Looking dressed to kill in a suit is what makes a man or breaks him. Given the number of formal occasions one must attend in a year, wearing a suit makes a standing impression.
If you haven’t quite got what it takes to pull it off or are not particularly sure how to slay your suit, we’ve got you covered. Follow these pointers stated below:
1. Shirts: Make sure the fit is right
When it comes to having the perfect shirt there are four aspects it must satisfy in determining the perfect fit: the sleeve length, the shoulder fit, the torso and the collar test.
First things first, while trying on a shirt, do not lift your arms up. This will convince you that the shirt is too small. Instead, rest your arms straight to the side and observe where the edge of the sleeve rests. If it lies between the bone of the wrist and the bottom knuckle of the thumb, my friend, you have found the perfect fit.
If the sleeve ends before your wrist, it’s too small. If the sleeve reaches your thumb, the shirt is too big for you.
The shoulder seams of your shirt should lie on the horizontal plane where your shoulder meets your biceps. If you can’t see for yourself, ask someone to assist you.
The best way to see how the shirt feels around your torso is the hug test. Hug someone, something, or simply lift your arms up to see how much of the shirt comes untucked from your pants.
If you feel constricted and about to burst out of your shirt, your selection has been a tad too small.
To check whether the collar of the shirt suits you, fasten the top button and ensure that it sits snugly around your neck. You can do the two fingers test by inserting the index finger and middle finger to check for space. If there is too much room, the shirt is too big. As for small shirts, you’ll feel a choking sensation somewhere along the night.
2. Pants or trousers
The perfect pair of trousers should have a straight back with a small crease in the front. Look at yourself in the mirror and see how your pants look paired with dress shoes.
Most people judge the ill fitting of your pants by noticing your ass (yes people are shallow, deal with it!) Make sure your trousers aren’t sticking to your posterior like hot pants or drooping from the back like a bum bag.
The sleeve of the jacket should end a little before the sleeve of the shirt. It should reveal a meagre inch of the cuff kind of like a sneaky preview.
As for jacket length, they must end at the cup of the hand and pretty much cover your backside.
If you do end up wearing a three button jacket, the middle button must always be fastened. Fastening the top button is optional and while buttoning the bottom button should never be done.
4. Jackets for men of different shapes and sizes
Not trying to make anyone conscious of their body image, but these are the jacket styles that suit different bodies.
Tall and thin
Men of these body proportions have the flexibility of any kind of jacket they want.
Tall and muscular/stocky
Two buttoned jackets work best for men of this size, while those with smaller waistlines look good in jackets with one button.
Short and thin
It would be ideal to give yourself an elongated look by wearing jackets that have a longer V dropping lower than the torso. Avoid double breasted jackets along with three or four button jackets.
Short and muscular/stocky
Choose a jacket that has a low button stance where the V drops below your torso. Also avoid double breasted jackets along with three or four button jackets.
A great accessory to give some kind of character to your suit, choose colours and patterns that complement your suit. Please refrain from wearing ties that have cartoon characters and elements of pop culture. They just come across as juvenile.
The classic Windsor knot is the best way to tie your tie, otherwise there are several other styles that might catch your fancy.
Bow ties save the time of tying a tie, as there are clip on variations available. If you’re looking to go with a more boyish approach to your look, this is ideal.
7. Belts and shoes
A rule of thumb being, the colour of your belt must always match your shoes. That being said, remember to wear socks that are dark in colour.