Behind every great man, there’s at least one suit hanging in his closet. Whether you need it for your day job, or a sporadic special occasion, a jacket and a trouser combination is a key piece in any modern man’s wardrobe. To avoid committing a major suiting mistake, we’ve listed the top 7 mistakes below.
Mixed fabrics look unpolished and cheap for a formal affair. When wearing a suit jacket, either wear it with its corresponding pants, or with a pair of pants very different in color and texture – and the two should be complementary, instead of conflicting each other.
Your jacket should end 1/2 inch above your shirt sleeve. In addition, tailor the jacket width around the bicep and the torso. Most guys’ suit jackets are way too baggy, making them look heavier or simply sloppier.
When it come to the collar, follow the one-finger rule (if you can fit more than one finger between the collar and your neck, it’s too big). For the torso, just go with a slim-cut shirt. If it’s billowing out or bunching at the sides when tucked in, it’s simply too big.
Mind the break – the break, that is, in the fabric that occurs when the bottom of your pant skims the tops of your shoes, creating a horizontal crease in the fabric. Most men should aim for a medium break – not too rumpled, and not too short around the ankles.
There are hundreds of different textures, materials and weaves to choose from. Shop for your suit in person. Touch the material and look at the fabric.
Also, pay attention to build quality. The jacket lining is as important as the shell and it is a main contributing factor to the quality of the suit, its longevity and its overall fit.
You can ruin the look of the best suit very easily. Think about what you’re going to pair it with and your personal grooming. Don’t ruin an otherwise dapper look with a poor-quality shirt or dirty shoes.
You’ve got to master the basics first, which means a solid-fitting suit and a shirt to match in a foolproof color combo. Take some time to try out different pocket square, shirt and tie combinations to ensure you always look the best you possibly can.
The suit is synonymous with classy, timeless style and the foundation of any gentleman’s formal wardrobe. Despite its unending place in our closet, the suit doesn’t always get an easy pass. In reality, it’s the easiest thing a man could ever wear, it’s simple and a good portion of the work has been done for you – the only thing left to decide is the choice of shirt and tie, and all-important shoes.