Suits are something that seemingly never goes out of fashion. If you ever want to add a touch of class to a social event, a suit will get the job done. Every man should own a great suit that can be used for those occasions that require looking dapper.
Jon Hamm, who’s portrayal of Donald Draper in Mad Men brought about a major resurgence in formal wear, told GQ:
“You button up into one of those suits and it’s like, ’Okay, there’s a certain way that I feel. I feel confident. I feel put together. I feel great-looking.’ You get the whole gear going and you’re like, ’All right.’”
— The Insider (@TheInsider) January 11, 2016
That’s the power of a good suit, it can give you an air of class and sophistication. Meanwhile, the hazard of a bad suit can make you feel like James Bond on the inside, while the outside looks closer to Austin Powers.
You never know when you might need a suit, it could be for a wedding or black tie event, it’s always good to have the confidence of knowing that you will be looking fresh when the time comes.
Without further ado here’s our guide to getting the most out of your suiting this year with some timeless advice.
Make Sure Your Suit Fits
This sounds like glaringly obvious advice for any item of clothing, because you wouldn’t wear a t-shirt if it didn’t fit you. But when it comes to suiting, it’s all in the fit. While you might be able to get away with ill-fitting casual clothes, a bad fitting suit is glaringly obvious and can make you stand out in the worst possible way.
The key to suits is to get clean lines all over and avoid any bunching or tightness on the material, a tell-tale giveaway of an ill-fitting suit. Ensure you know your measurements before even stepping foot in the fitting room.
Start by measuring your chest, across the thickest part, this will give you a good baseline to work from. When trying on the jacket, we would recommend wearing a long sleeve tailored shirt underneath to get an idea of how it will look when worn.
The length of the arms varies for everyone so you may need to get a tailor to help alter the length of the arm. The golden rule is that the arms should hit the wrist bone. No lower, no higher. It’s best to have a little bit of the shirt showing underneath the jacket.
In terms of jacket length, it’s important to find the happy medium between too long and too short, if you get it wrong people may think that you’ve had a sudden growth spurt. The ideal length for a suit jacket is just below your hip bone. Observe:
When it comes to men’s formal trousers you need to be aware of your measurements, specifically inside leg and waist. This will help you know whether you need a regular length or something shorter/longer, with the waist the same measurement usually applied for when you buy jeans. So you should probably know that one.
Check out how the trousers sit on your shoes, so ensure that you are wearing smart footwear when trying on the trousers. The bottom should slightly sit on the top of your shoes, here’s the ideal look you are going for:
So after you’ve got yourself a suit that fits come the small details, to quote the classic Queer Eye For the Straight Guy adage, “clothes may make the man, but accessories make the man fabulous”.
You can’t go wrong with a leather belt, one rule of men’s fashion that we stand by is for the belt to match your shoes. We’ve all seen those people with brown belts and black shoes. It’s just not a good look. It’s worth noting that if you want to go belt and braces George has you covered. From here you can look to get a lapel pin or pocket square to add some extra details, there are such a huge variety of these items that you can really go with something that matches your personality.
It’s usually a good idea to not to go too over the top when accessorising, remember that less is more.
Final Word of Advice
If there’s one piece of advice that I would take from this run down is to ensure that your suit is well-fitting and makes you look good. This will provide a solid baseline where it is difficult to go wrong from. If you’re at all unsure, ask for a second opinion, your friends or a shop assistant should be more than happy to offer their advice.