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Jan 28, 2016 at 17:23

27 Rules About Wearing A Suit That Every Man Should Know

by SW Staff


'A well tailored suit is to women, what lingerie is to men'. 

Ask any woman and she'll tell you that a man in a suit is sexier than a man with rippling abs. If only men paid as much attention to their suits as they pay to their abs though! 

It isn't merely about donning a suit. There's so much that goes into wearing one. It's all about a glove-like fit and attention to detail. Don't get bogged down by the rules- if there's one thing that guarantees instant attention, that of the good kind, everywhere you go, it's your own suit. 

Embrace the following pointers and you'll never have a bad day again. Satisfaction guaranteed! 

1. The last button should always be open

The last button of your suit is purely for aesthetic purposes. You don't need to bother with it. Keep it open. Always!   

Source: Male Model Scene

 

2. Unfasten the buttons while sitting down

This one is a must. Lest you want to spoil your suit. Or look like a stuffed potato. Or both!

Source: Stilpalast

 

3.  Button the shirt at the top 

While you're at it, do ensure that you're not choking yourself out. In case you are, please change the shirt. Or die trying (just kidding!)

Source: Pinterest

 

4. If you're wearing a dark suit, a light pocket square is advised 

And vice-versa. While on pocket squares, make sure it's well-ironed. 

Source: Elegant Cloth

 

5. Never pair a sports watch with your suit

Different strokes for different folks? It's the same with watches. 

Source: New Love Times

 

6. The shoulders of the suit should hug your shoulders

With a suit, it's all about the fit. And the true test of your suit's rests on your shoulders. 

Source: Imgur

 

7. Say no to baggy trousers

Look at the picture below. Need we say more?

Source: Reddit

 

8. Focus on the jacket

Can you easily slip your hand between your chest and buttoned-up jacket? Well done!

Source: WordPress

 

9. An overcoat accentuates the corporate look

And if you can look like David Gandy while at it, more power to ya! 

Source: Vev

 

10. Don't go overboard with accessories

If you're trying to look clean and sophisticated, just let your suit do the talking. When it comes to dressing up, less is indeed more. 

Source: FT

 

11. Shoes should always complement the colour of your suit

A little mix and match is okay, but refrain from having too much colour contrast.

Source: WebLokum

 

12. Socks should always cover your legs

And the socks cannot be white. Keep them for the field! 

Source: Imgarcade

 

13. The tip of your tie should be at/just before the buckle of the belt

A little trial and error can sort this. Practice to perfection! 

Source: AliExpress

 

14. Even the waistcoat should finish at the belt

It's also a good way to flatten out your stomach. Well, just a little! 

Source: Lyst

 

15. If you wear suspenders, don't wear belts

The purpose of suspenders is to hoist up your trousers, just like a belt. Donning both is redundant. 

Source: Pinterest

 

16. Shirt cuffs shouldn't go over the hands

If it does, you're wearing the wrong size. 

Source: The Dark Knot

 

17. Tie knots should be of decent size

Size matters here as well. Anything too big is jarring and too small fails to make a mark. 

Source: Imgarcade

 

18. The colour of your tie has to be in contrast with your suit

If it's a dark coloured suit, make sure to get a tie in a lighter shade. And vice versa. 

Source: WordPress

 

19. Stitching should always be removed

Otherwise the jacket would hang weirdly, while you're walking.

Source: Dappered

 

20. The tie-bar should not be wider than the tie

It's like wearing trousers too long for your legs. Agreed they solve the purpose but there's something to be said about aesthetics and visuals too, right?

Source: He Spoke Style

 

21. The fabric should depend on how frequently you wear the suit

Go for more durable fabrics for everyday wear. 

Source: Edgar

 

22. There shouldn't be any gap between the shirt's collar and the suit

Those are signs of an ill-fitting jacket. And it always looks tacky. 

Source: Askmen

 

23. For a corporate look, opt for a double-breasted jacket with a notched lapel

Even in these, leave the last button open. 

Source: Suitly

 

24. The top button of a two-button & the middle button of a three-button suit should fall at or above the navel

This is particularly important for it makes or breaks the entire look. 

Source: CBS Baltimore

 

25. The bottom button of the vest must always be unbuttoned too

It's the same rule for both the vest and the jacket. 

Source: Reddit

 

26. The jacket should be long enough to cover the zipper of your trousers

Coz anything shorter is not a pleasant sight for others. 

Source: Moss Bros

 

27. Wear something underneath the shirt if your sweat-glands get activated too easily

And ensure that it isn't seen. That would be worse than seeing those sweat marks! 

Source: Baomoi

 

Now that you know all that you need to know about suits, go ahead and suit right up. 

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