How to spot a cheap suit part 3

ow to spot a cheap suit

How to spot a cheap suit part 3

Hallmarks of a cheap suit, number 5: Buttons

The cheapest suits have plastic buttons. Sometimes the buttons look painted and it's because they are, on the other hand, I have also seen higher-end plastic buttons that are made to look like horn buttons and it's much more difficult to determine a difference. Sometimes you can take two buttons together and look for a specific sound, I find that works quite well, but that is rarely used for a suit and horn buttons can sound exactly the same so therefore, you have to look very closely at the button and touch it. Horn is usually a little heavier than plastic and has a nicer, smoother feel and a natural shine. Plastic, on the other hand, is bad because it breaks very easily and then you have to sew on new buttons and it is always hard to find any exact matching button and then you have to do it for all them which costs a lot of money. Another quality option for buttons is corozo buttons. They come from a palm tree and they have a slightly inconsistent color and they are not regular like a machine made one, so you can distinguish them. The big advantage for them is that they could be colored in basically any color so if there is no natural horn button, that is what quality manufacturers use. Plastic buttons are always for cheap suits.

Hallmarks of a cheap suit, number 6: Lining

Another great way to spot a cheap suit is by identifying if it's a polyester lining or not. Quality suits have linings made out of sometimes viscose which is less expensive. A higher-end option would be silk, sometimes you also see cotton, but very cheap suits have a polyester lining or blends with polyester. By law, manufacturers are required to tell you what material the lining is made of.