Choosing the Perfect Check Suit
What weight should it be?
A heavy suit (with a cloth weight of 12.5 – 15 oz) has a country feel to it and indeed, most tweeds have a check that reflects the season or the environment they are to be worn in. However, in recent years, more cloth makers have produced medium weight cloths, which allow the opportunity to sport a similar look yet they are more practical for urban life. This style of suit has, therefore, established itself as the choice of ‘the country gent in town’ – a reputation it can be very proud of.
How bold should it be?
There are many different types of check to choose from. A good rule of thumb is that the smaller the width of the check, the more subtle and understated the final look. A Prince of Wales check in charcoal grey will simply look charcoal grey from 3 metres away, whereas a bold windowpane check in two contrasting colours will be spotted from the other side of the room! It is, therefore, often better suited as a sports jacket. Your tailor will be able to advise on which style will work better for your needs.
What colour should it be?
The reason it’s so hard to choose is because, often, there is the introduction of a second colour… and it’s hard enough choosing one! The two combinations below are certainly a good start:
- Grey & blue (with either as the dominant colour) works well and can be combined with white, blue, grey and even light pink shirts.
- Grey/blue with burgundy also works well, especially with white or pink shirts.