It is indisputable: the costume embodies seriousness, respect and style. And without consciously noticing, I somehow respect a man in a suit more than I would in any other outfit. Perhaps this is because such men seem to be more confident. No wonder serious bankers or lawyers wear suits right in the middle of summer, when outside temperatures exceed 35 degrees. Of course, a men’s suit is also a sign of adaptability and conservatism and an essential part of a world that is ruled mainly by men. But where does the suit actually come from? At first, it was the French who adapted to the new fashion, and later, it reached all of Europe where simplicity could finally prevail. Stylish people were no longer interested in colorful and eccentric clothes. The dark suit was “born” and was in vogue like no other item of clothing, already embodying men’s style and fashion. Men didn’t just wear anything. Rather, they followed the etiquette and standards that were set in this elegant world. For formal occasions, men wore a special suit tailored to them. If there was an evening reception, the perfect choice was a tailcoat.
Tricks on how to wear a suit properly
When buying clothes, it is important to take into account certain things. Being a man is very practical when you are going to acquire any piece. But that doesn’t mean you should choose whatever. We will give you some tips that will help you have clothes that fit you well. Buy clothes of your size: A mistake that many men can make is to buy clothes that are either too big or too small. If you like a garment, but it doesn’t fit you, discard it unless it can be fitted. Less is more: Simple and light outfits are always ideal. Knowing how to dress for each occasion is not just wearing a casual or formal outfit depending on the meeting. In many cases, opting for sobriety and the classic is not synonymous with being boring, rather it is a guarantee that there will be no mistakes. This rule also applies to accessories, I don’t want to abuse them. Although they can give a different touch to your outfit, it does not mean that you should take all the accessories in your closet and use them together. Be guided by trends: If something is fashionable, it does not have to be the same as buying or wearing it. Well, not everything that is in trend will look good on you, it may even, but it is not among your tastes. And if a garment makes you uncomfortable, it will automatically look bad.
Learn how to recognize if a suit doesn’t fit you as it should. If you see that your jacket rises to the shoulder, as in the picture below, it means that it is much too wide.
It is always acceptable to close your middle button when wearing a three-button jacket. But don’t forget that if closing the button on the top is optional – it’s up to you whether you want to close it or not – the button below should always stay open. Under no circumstances close this button. If you have a four-button jacket, the first and last button must always be unbuttoned, and if you have a single-button jacket, it is worn closed. Remember another rule, it has more to do with the code of good manners than fashion: when a man sits on a chair he must sit with his buttons unbuttoned, and when he gets up he ends them, as I explained in the above.
When it comes to length, the sleeves should reach the knot on the thumb of the hand (ie the trapezius bone of the carpal bones). Of course, this rule needs to be adapted. It also depends on the size of your hand. This is the basic rule, but it also depends on how you look in the mirror, if you feel that the length suits you, how you visually perceive this suit.
When you sit down, always unbutton your suit. If you leave them closed, you will destroy your buttons and it is very possible that the shape of the suit will change.
For a business suit that is often worn regularly, consider wool blends as the fabric will be more durable, for example wool and polyester blends.
For more formal occasions, you can look for 100% wool, these are finer threads that will give a more luxurious look and are best when worn less often.
Poly viscose is also a popular choice for those looking for a trendier product at a good price. This is a durable fabric and often has a stretch for comfort and movement.
Velvet – is actually a combination of materials; silk, cotton and nylon. The first impression will be that it is luxurious and if you want some kind of jackets for everyday use, it can be perfect.
However, there are disadvantages. Due to the fact that it contains nylon, it is not the most airy material. It means that these velvet suits are more suitable for cold periods.
Polyester – in recent years, this is a material that has definitely entered the public eye much more often. Polyester is made from synthetic materials and, without a doubt, is of a much lower quality than the natural alternatives.
In general, polyester is combined with something similar to wool, as manufacturers try to reduce costs. Therefore, for anyone operating on a budget, this is always a good choice. Silk. In contrast to the previous material, the next one on our list is silk. Oddly enough, this is an animal protein used by moths to build their cocoons.
Considering this, it will not be a surprise to hear that silk is much more expensive, but at the same time it is a luxury fabric. As for the specifics, silk is one of the most breathable fabrics and that means it is excellent at different temperatures. For example, if it is cold, it will help the body retain heat, while allowing heat to escape if the temperature rises.
Some might suggest that silk is too luxurious for informal events, but for anything else, it is certainly ideal. It can be used all year round, and the material fits pretty much every body type.
Cotton – This is one of the most popular fabrics when it comes to suits and, again, it is naturally derived. More precisely, it comes from plant fibers and the end result is that it is breathable and will fit your body very easily.
The disadvantage of cotton is that it is a material that wrinkles easily. However, cotton is a material that is suitable for most body types and will suffice for both work and semi-formal events. Usually, it is not good for cold weather, but for autumn, spring and summer it is indicated.
An easy way to bring character and personality to any costume is to opt for a bow tie. While many formal occasions will restrict the creativity of your style, a tie or a bow tie of an interesting material will add a subtle artifice to the chosen outfit. Just as choosing the right suit depends on the season, the bow tie should be seasonally appropriate. For spring / summer, consider light fabrics such as cotton, Chambray and knitted silk, then switch to heavy fabrics such as tweed, wool, flannel and velvet during the colder months of the year.
How do you choose the color of the suit?
The color of the suit depends on the style of each client, and because we are talking about a custom-made suit, the client’s personality must be highlighted in the smallest details. The color depends equally on the circumstances in which it will be worn. Whether at the office or at an evening event, all of these are inescapable features for master tailors. The recommended colors for business suits are gray or blue and the shades associated with them. The colors in the case of a tweed or casual suit must be earth colors, namely gray, brown, khaki or a combination of them if the material is multi-colored. Ceremony or special event costumes are generally black, white or very dark in color.
- The color of the suit “good for all”. People who have only one suit in their personal wardrobe do not usually wear it regularly, but only occasionally. Most of the time, it is about weddings, baptisms, funerals or similar events, where wearing a suit is mandatory. So, the best choice in this case is a neutral suit, such as black or dark blue.
- Suitable colors for the office suit. Most of the time, at work, you have to approach a conservative and elegant outfit. Thus, any wardrobe should contain a selection of dark colored suits, as they are suitable in almost any circumstance.
- Light shades. Suits in light shades, such as light blue, pink or red, are not suitable for any occasion. You can wear a casual suit in a light shade for a romantic date, a fashion event or a day at the office, if you do not have scheduled business meetings.
What accessories do you choose for the suit?
Accessories for a custom suit can be countless items of clothing, from the well-known tie, to the bow tie, or the scarf, the possibilities are endless in colors and shapes. One important detail, however, is in a Black Tie event, wearing a black tie in a classic collared shirt, and in the case of the White Tie outfit, the white bow tie in a sweater collared shirt. The shirt is perhaps the most important accessory for a tailor-made suit. Formal or formal attire is most often accompanied by buttonhole shirts that require cufflinks, these elegant accessories of a special masculine outfit. Depending on the specifics of the event, but especially on the type of outfit, the pants or straps can be worn with trousers. There is no limitation on wearing a belt or straps, which are present both in business or casual outfits and in outfits dedicated to special events. It is important to note, however, that the two accessories (belt and straps) are never worn together, regardless of the style of the pants.
You can wear the most expensive suit in the world, but if you do not pay attention to details and do not take care to give the outfit a perfect shape, you wasted money on it. Accessorizing a men’s suit is an essential step in getting the perfect look, but many people do not think that small details deserve to be taken into account. A stylish man, eager to have an impeccable image, will always know how to accessorize his suit to give it the perfect finish.
Tie, bow tie or ascot, the indispensable accessory on the neck.
Just as women are accustomed to accessorizing their evening dresses and business attire with statement necklaces, so men should become accustomed to wearing neck accessories when wearing a suit. Among the most suitable men’s accessories for the upper body are the tie, the bow tie and the ascot. The classic tie can be worn with any type of men’s suit, whether it is a day suit or an evening suit. Of course, depending on the suit you are wearing, you can choose different tie designs: narrower, wider, longer, monochrome, printed, striped, etc.
Watch out for socks
Many men choose black socks when wearing a suit, but this does not always have to be the case. If you wear a gray plaid suit or a beige suit, the socks may be in tune with the suit or may have a contrasting shade. However, to make sure you don’t make a mistake, choose a shade that matches the suit. There are also situations in which this accessory for the suit may be completely missing. The white summer suit and some casual suits can be worn without socks, especially if you choose a pair of loafers as shoes.
Handkerchief, for extra color
Another accessory that can perfectly complement your suit is the handkerchief. This may be in a contrasting shade to that of the jacket. For men’s formal suits, it is good to use a simple white handkerchief as an accessory.
Everything is important: the suit, the tie, the shirt
If you bet on a navy blue suit, which is a basic, it does not mean that you are conformist, rather that you are confident and that you have good taste. Of course, try to make this suit have a well-defined cut in this color and of course try to wear a matching tie. If we don’t know what tie to add to this type of suit, you can opt for a maroon or burgundy tie. The tailoring of the tailored shirt for men is also a very important element. If you opt for a tailored shirt with a white collar and colored body, you can’t go wrong. Although the white shirt is the queen in these cases. It is more of a business look, but one that can be worn in any situation. Beware of sharp contrasts. The tie must be well adjusted. We already told you in one of our articles the importance of wearing the tie knot well. No puckering, no half-adjusting. That it is well tied is a sign of style and that you like to take care of your presence. If you wear a suit you do not do it to stand out, your intention should not be to outshine anyone. You must do it simply and soberly, but at the same time with elegance and above all with style. Don’t forget the accessories. They are elements just as important as the suit or shirt itself. When you use certain accessories you are also showing or transmitting your own personality. I just want to remember a simple “tie clip”. It is an accessory that has become very rare to see among men.