Introduction: A well-fitted suit not only enhances a man’s elegance but also exudes masculinity and attractiveness. However, achieving a perfectly tailored suit is key to achieving that desired look. Here are some important tips to consider when purchasing or wearing a suit:
- Purchase or wear suits that fit you properly. To determine if a suit jacket fits well, pay attention to the shoulders. They should neither protrude nor sag. When buttoning the jacket, it should not form an “X” at the buttons, as this indicates it is too tight.
- The suit jacket should never be fully buttoned unless it has a single button. If it has two buttons, fasten only the top button. For a three-button suit, fasten the middle button and, optionally, the top button. Leave the first and last buttons unfastened. In the case of a double-breasted suit, only the top button is fastened.
- When seated, it is considered good manners to unbutton the jacket entirely. When standing, follow the recommendations mentioned in point 2. Unfastening the buttons helps prevent strain on the fabric and maintains the jacket’s shape.
- The length of suit jacket sleeves should reach the base of your thumb. However, personal preference and the desired style also play a role. Some individuals opt for slightly shorter sleeves to showcase a more modern look.
- If you can’t afford multiple suits, invest in a quality charcoal suit. This color is versatile and easy to match with various patterns and colors. Navy, gray, and black are also excellent choices for a suit.
- To ensure comfort in suit pants, ensure that you can slip a finger alongside the waistband when purchasing off-the-rack or ordering custom-made pants.
- The length of suit pants should hover just above the heel of your shoes, with a slight break at the front. If you prefer a more traditional look, the pants should cover your socks when standing. However, for a youthful and modern style, consider opting for slightly shorter pants that reveal your ankles and socks, allowing for colorful or playful patterns.
- Suits come with different types of lapels. The most common ones are:a. Notch lapels: Suitable for everyday wear, such as work or any event. b. Peak lapels: Typically worn to stand out with a distinctive detail. They create a “V” shape, accentuating the shoulders and narrowing the waist. This style is often found in double-breasted suits. c. Shawl lapels: These are typically seen in ceremonial suits, like tuxedos. Although not commonly worn, they possess an air of sophistication.
- In warmer weather or less formal occasions, consider wearing a waistcoat (vest) instead of a suit jacket. The waistcoat should cover your belt and should be coordinated in terms of material, pattern, and color with the suit you’re wearing. It can be fastened at all buttons or left unfastened with the last button undone.
- When standing, approximately half an inch of the shirt cuff should be visible beyond the suit jacket sleeve.
- When opting for a striped suit, ensure the stripes are subtle and preferably vertical. Suits with thick horizontal stripes can appear comical and are suitable only for Halloween-themed events. Horizontal stripes are challenging to wear and match effectively.
- Light-colored suits are best reserved for summer and are typically made of lightweight materials like linen.
- The length of a tie should reach your waistline or the top of your belt—never longer or shorter. The tie should be darker than the shirt and its width should be proportional to the lapel width of the suit jacket you’re wearing. Adding a tie clip always adds a touch of elegance and uniqueness to your outfit.
- You can add a touch of originality by wearing a bow tie. While some formal occasions may restrict your creativity in terms of suit color or style, a bow tie made of an interesting material or featuring an unconventional print can subtly enhance your outfit.
- Lapel pins are currently in vogue. Opt for a more classic one for formal events or a playful design for less formal occasions.
Conclusion: By following these 15 essential tips for wearing a suit correctly, you can achieve a polished and sophisticated look. Remember to prioritize proper fit, buttoning techniques, and coordination with the rest of your ensemble. Each detail, from sleeve length to tie choice, contributes to a refined appearance that will leave a lasting impression wherever you go.