Slim-fit is a style in cutting. Unlike most styles which leave a larger fabric allowance, slim fit suits has a more narrow cut, leaving only a 1-23 leeway. This cut creates a more body-contouring, tapered look. In other words, slim fit suits for men is not only for the select few with Hugh Jackman bodies out there - it also works for the general populace of men with regular bodies. It is simply a matter of finding the right fit. Even places such as Mr. Big & Tall have started carrying pants and blazers in slimmer styles.
This slim fit suits trend opens up the appreciation of the male physique, demonstrating that men can primp and look good as well. It is no longer feminine or homosexual for men to pay attention to more fitted clothing.
Style and Cut to look out for:
1. 3 buttons on the jacket/blazer - anymore and youre making a fashion faux pas.
2. Shoulders should be fitted - no 80s shoulder pads. American styles end at the shoulder bone while English styles peak out a little past the shoulders.
3. Most of the new Double Breasted styles you will see in the upcoming season are Kent style, which is the slimmest of the DB cuts. The Kent cut will create a slimming effect to the waist and also add height due to the extension of the longer lapel to the waist (following the traditional English suits).
-traditional contrasts (think black slim fit suits and white, white collared shirt, diagonal lines from tie, horizontal pinstripes)
-thin, subtle pinstripes
-suit and shirt is color coordinated (ex. dark plum pinstriped suit, bold purple colored tie that coordinates with suit, light collared shirt with subtle purple hues)
-subtle shades of grey
-add a pointed lapel (not suggested if youre a bit bigger - stick to clean cut lines and subtle horizontal pinstripes to elongate the body)