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The 10 suit wearing rules every man needs to know
These rules tell you how to choose a suit, wear a suit and - best of all - look fantastic in a suit! Alternatively, you could visit the Executive - we would love to help you.
Choosing the right suit and accessories will make you look suave - the trademark of the professional man. If you want to look sharp, smart and put-together then you need to pay attention to the finer details of suit wearing. Too many men don't wear a suit properly and don’t look nearly as good as they could. Common mistakes like wearing pants that are too long, jacket sleeves that are too short, improperly matching your tie to your shirt, using the wrong tie knot are just among a few of the many mistakes men make.
Read our 10 suit wearing rules so that you can dress to impress!
Width of your tie should be balanced
The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel. It's all about balance.
Thin vs wide lapels depends on your look
In general, thin lapels are more modern and wide lapels are more old school. So you need to decide if the look you are going for is old school or new school?
Pocket squares add pizzazz
Pocket squares add an extra level of polish to your suite. Before you go totally conservative, remember that the pocket square is where you get the most freedom and the one place you get to add a little pizzazz to your suite.
Shoulder pads should end at the shoulders
When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one item to check is how the shoulders fit.
No collar gap between your jacket's lapels and your shirt's collar
A collar gap between your jacket's lapels and your shirt's collar just looks ugly and signifies an ill-fitting jacket.
What colour suit should you go for?
Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black - unless you're going to a funeral. Dark grey is the most versatile and goes with more colours.
Watch the width and colour of your belt
Your belt should be fairly thin and the same colour as your shoes. Belts are not entirely necessary, but do add an extra finish.
Match your shoes to the colour of your suit
- Black Suit – Black shoes are the only option.
- Navy Suit – Black, brown or burgundy shoes.
- Dark Grey Suit – Black or burgundy shoes.
- Light Grey Suit – Brown, black or burgundy.
- Cream/Beige Suit – Light brown or white shoes.
Double vents are more modern
Double vents in the back of your jackets are more modern and fashionalble. This look is also more flattering for larger figures, and it give you enough room to do that effortless, hand in pocket pose!
Opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket
For a more casual and trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.
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