When investing in a big-occasion suit, knowing what sets good ones apart will give you the edge – Barkers' no-fuss guide gives you the low-down.
Gallery: anatomy of a suit
FROM THE TOP: There’s nothing worse than an ill-fitting suit, so if it doesn’t sit nicely across the shoulders, hang it back on the rack. When scouting suits, start with a size smaller than your regular gear and remember there should be a firmness around your shoulder blades (but not so much that it restricts movement). The right jacket will hug your shoulders and make you stand taller. A tuxedo will always be a head-turner, and a streamlined black suit remains a modern alternative.