Advice is sometimes better given than taken, I know. Men wear suits to different functions or events all the time. I think some tips on how, when and what to wear, would be of great help to all suit wearing men out there.
- When you buy an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit. Business men should go for the doubled button notched lapel jacket.
- Always unbutton your jacket before sitting.
- For a more casual but trendy look take a jacket with a single button. It’s more fashionable to choose a suit with a double vent.
- Choose a grey suit instead of a black suit unless you are attending a funeral.
- The collar gap between your jacket lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket. Thin lapels are more modern and should always be kept in mind when buying a suit.
- When wearing a tie remember the width of the tie should match the width of the lapel and always go for a classic knot for your tie.
- A pocket square adds extra volume to your suit and should always match your tie.
- Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.
- Always take the same colour belt as your shoes and make sure your shoes complement your suit.
- When wearing a waistcoat, always keep the last button unbuttoned. Wear your waistcoat with a single breasted suit; this adds a formal touch to your suit.
- If you are wearing a shirt that can expose the cuffs make sure your cuffs are exposed half an inch.
- If you are wearing a suit with the same colour waistcoat it’s called a three piece suit. When you prefer to wear a suit without a waistcoat you can also wear a cumber band set, which consists of a bowtie and a cumber band which is normally tied around the waist.
- Remember to unstitch your jackets pocket; it’s normally just tack stitches that can easily be removed with a stitch remover. Also remember to remove the labels from the jacket’s left sleeve. Do this very carefully as you can rip the fabric or neighbouring threads.
- Do not wear bright socks and make sure your socks are long enough so that when you sit, no leg shows. White socks are also a no-no unless you’re wearing a white suit and shoes.
- Make sure your jacket is long enough so it covers your zipper and buttocks.
- Your tie shouldn’t be longer than your waist and also not very short.
- The hem of your pants should reach the top of your shoes and for a more conservative look, wear your pants long enough to cover your laces.
- If you are a very sweaty person wear a vest under your shirt so you don’t end up with a wet and sweaty shirt. When wearing a vest make sure it has a deep neck so it won’t stick out at the collar.
- Make sure you put your men’s suit back into its original bag so that it will stay dust and crease free for a long time.
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