With winter now upon us, here’s some of our thoughts on how to choose a suit to match the season, with style and practicality!

Warmth

One of the chief factors to bear in mind is obviously how warm your suit is going to keep you. To make sure you won’t be left shivering, you’ll need to consider the material of the suit and the weight of the fabric. For the winter months, a weight of anything between 360 grams per square metre to 570 grams per square metre is advisable. The weight of the material not only reflects its thickness which helps to insulate against the cold, but also the density of fabric, the closeness of the weave.

The material of the suit will of course also have an impact on how warm the suit will keep you. Whilst synthetic fabrics can have advantages in some clothing, if you’re looking for comfort and warmth in the winter months, then wool is the way to go. It is well known for its fantastic insulating properties. Many travelling tailors will produce suits in wool, with Norton and Townsend for example, being known for working with Moon & Sons wool in Yorkshire. To keep you insulated during the winter a suit in wool is a sensible choice.

Style

Its unlikely that during the winter you’ll be out and about in just your suit however. A coat and scarf might well be necessary additions to your outfit. If you’re looking for a suit specifically for the winter months, why not also bear in mind the coat you intend to wear with it. As well as the colour of the coat, which ought to either match or compliment your suit, consider also the style of the suit as well. Matching the suit’s jacket lapel with the coat is a nice way to tie a look together. A winter overcoat may often feature a peaked lapel, with the wider more ostentatious lapel look being more common place on larger coats.

Having a suit tailored gives you extra control over the exact fit of the different elements of a suit. Consider whether you might be wearing a slightly sturdier shoe or boot, will this make a difference to the length of the trouser you choose? A slightly higher cut to sit on the boot will also ensure that your trousers aren’t getting wet in rainy and snowy months.

We hope you’ll find there’s some food for thought here and that you keep warm and stylish in the coming winter- before you know it you’ll be picking out lightweight lighter coloured jackets for the summer again.