10 Tips for Getting the Best Out of Your Suit
So here I am sitting in my office thinking, ‘what can I write in my first blog‘ for Me My Suit and Tie.
I’m not going to lie to you, it’s been a long day and this coffee, which I think is my twelfth or thirteenth cup today, isn’t having the desired effect that I had hoped for.
Luckily for me though, there is something that really does excite me and suddenly I feel as energised as a small boy on Christmas morning … or maybe that’s just the caffein kicking in after all.
I clearly love suits. In fact I have a few that I hold so dear to me that I would save them first over my family and friends, if a fire broke out at my house.
Sure, I would feel awful at their funerals but at least I would be the best dressed there. Silver lining and all that (which ironically is the lining in one of the suits I would save).
Personally, I feel a good suit is a visual representation of all things a real man should be.
Think Bond, think Sinatra, think Archer. This blog needs to be about my point of view on men’s fashion. My point of view, which I’m sure some will agree with and others will not.
That’s the best thing about all this, fashion is subjective. What I love, you may hate. If it wasn’t this way then fashion wouldn’t be what it is today, diverse and varied.
If I had my way, we would all go back to the suit being a staple of the male wardrobe. It is still prolific, just not in the way it once was. I have too many friends, who don’t even own a suit.
However, there is definitely a change in the tide, as the suit is making a greater comeback than Mickey Rourke’s career. And I don’t just mean in the high end fashion world either, I am referring to the normal working man.
Those of us who wear suits on a regular basis, whether for work or for socialising, have our own ways of wearing them.
There are however a few rules that I personally never break and this is your lucky day. I am going to share my top 10 with you. Consider this to be my introduction to how I wear a suit.
1. The Suit’s Fit
If I could only draw your attention to one thing about a suit, it would be the suit’s fit. The fit is everything and I really mean everything.
It doesn’t matter what your suit is made of, whether it’s a polyester/viscose blend or Guanashina (a Guanashina suit starts at around $15,000), the fit can make or break it.
Looking like you’re a ten year old, wearing your dads suit is never a good look, regardless of how much it cost.
2. A Pair of Smart Shoes
Guys it’s true that woman always look at your shoes first. I know this to be the case because although I take pride in my suits, the thing that they always complement me on is my shoes.
Wearing the right pair of smart shoes is like having a solid foundation for you to build upon.
3. The Pocket Square
Personally, I can’t remember the last time I wore a suit or blazer without a pocket square. The right pocket square will completely make any suit, regardless of whether you’re wearing a tie or not. The pocket square will help with tips on the best way to wear your pocket square.
4. The Cuffs of a Shirt
Just a few simple rules in regards to cuffs. They should always be clean, pressed and always about an inch from the sleeve of the jacket. Personally I prefer double cuffs but this is just a personal preference.
5. An Elegant Wrist Watch
its easy. The price of the wrist watch isn’t important. It just needs to be simple and elegant. I prefer some of the Daniel Wellington watches to a Bell & Ross when wearing a suit. Whatever your choice, just remember to keep it simple and elegant.
6. The Knot of a Tie
The knot you use on your tie is important. It should reflect the collar of your shirt and the size of your head. I use a half windsor knot most days. If I see you wearing Eldredge knot, I can safely say I won’t compliment it. How to wear a tie is worth a read if you’re still not sure.
7. Trouser Length
This one is all about your fashion preferences, but what I would say is that your trouser length should never be too long.
A little dimple or ‘break’ is just right no more. I do roll fold them up if I am wearing a summer suit and no socks, but I never let the trouser length be too long.
8. Suit Socks
Okay, if you were to meet my friends, they would tell you that I am a little wild on when it comes to my taste in socks, as I like my socks to be like the lining of my jacket.
They For me at least, they are a little glimpse into the inner child, the playful side. Have fun with your socks. Just never wear white, unless you plan on imitating Michael Jackson.
9. The Belt
This one is very simple. If you are wearing a belt with your suit, match it to the colour of your shoes. Done.
10. Tie Length
In terms of tie length, mid buckle is the longest your tie should be and an inch above the top of the buckle is the shortest, (an inch from the top is not recommended for formal occasions).
If you have to tie it ten times to get it right, then do so as it’s that important.
These are my preferences, while some of these rules are generally accepted as universally true, the rest are just conjecture, left to the personal opinion of the wearer.
Remember that when you wear a suit, it should feel like you are empowered. Enjoy it, play with it and figure out what you feel is your comfort zone.
I hope you like my first blog. Use these 10 tips to get the best out of your suit or don’t, it’s up to you … I’m off for another cup of coffee.
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