Whether you wear one every day at work, or it is stored away for special occasions, a suit is a staple piece of any man’s wardrobe. However, like all clothes, there are some fashion rules you need to follow to ensure you get the best out of it. Below we’ve listed some of our top menswear tips when purchasing or wearing a suit.
1. Focus on the fit if you’re buying off-the-shelf
If you’re looking to purchase a new suit, you need to focus on ensuring the fit is right. This is even more important if you’re buying an off-the-shelf suit rather than having one custom made. Make sure the fit across your shoulders is correct first (the sleeve seam should sit along your shoulders or just a little behind the shoulder slope), as this is the hardest part to alter if changes are necessary. Another rule of thumb is to ensure no more than a clenched fist fits between your stomach and jacket when it’s fastened.
2. Get the trouser length right
Make sure that your trouser legs rest perfectly at your ankles (just above your shoes). It’s also worth bearing in mind that when you sit down, your trouser legs will ride up, so make sure you have high socks on – never opt for trainer or gym socks as your hairy legs will be on show.
3. Don’t forget about the cuffs
If you have long arms, it’s hard to decide what to do with your cuffs. Ideally, your shirt cuffs should be longer than your jacket by approximately half an inch, although they shouldn’t protrude by more than an inch. If you need to shorten the arms, we’d recommend asking a tailor to do this for you to ensure a professional finish.
Some finer details…
• Always make sure the width of your tie matches the width of your lapel.
• Your tie should sit above your trouser waistband or belt buckle.
• If you opt for a pocket square, make sure it’s different to your tie in either fabric or pattern choice.
• Wide lapels are considered dated, so go for a thin lapel instead.
• Black suits should be reserved for funerals or other conservative events, so choose navy or grey options for work or social occasions.
• Never over accessorise – you don’t need to wear a tie bar, lapel pin and pocket square at the same time.