How to Wear a Suit Properly

Written by Philip Johnson. Posted in Mens

While women go through a lot of trouble to learn how to put on makeup in a way that advantages them, how to style their hair properly, and how to combine an outfit, men have their own wardrobe issues to go through. Although women have a lot of details to deal with, and it is said men have it easy when it comes to making themselves presentable, it is all balanced by the fact that in certain situations they have to wear a suit. When it comes to appearance, few things are as difficult for a man as wearing a suit. You need to understand what a good-fitting suit looks like, and you have to know how to accessorize for it as well.

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If you’re not one of the lucky fellows who can afford to have their suits tailor-made, then you have to go and find a ready-made suit that sits just right on your body. As difficult as it may sound, you will have to learn your own measures, for shoulders, sleeves, pants and so on; in a good suit shop, the clerk should be able to help you with these measurements and find something that is right for you, and even give the suit the proper adjustments to look just perfect on your body. However, you can do all this without assistance as well in most cases, if you just know a few basic rules of suit wear. First of all, you have to find the right shirt and tie for your suit; the colors must be complementary, but avoid being too bright or colorful.

When you put your suit jacket on, about 1/4 of the shirt’s collar should be visible above the jacket collar; the next step is to determine whether the shoulders of the jacket fit. When they do, the shoulder pads should be slightly sloping over your shoulders; if they are higher than your shoulders, or slope too much, then the suit is large and you need a different size. Now, you can turn your attention towards the sleeves; their length is essential for a good fit, and you must make sure that about half an inch of the shirt is visible from under the suit sleeve when you’re standing normally. If the sleeve hides your wrists, or shows too much shirt, then the jacket is ill-fitting and you either get it fixed, or try a different size. Another good test is to raise your arms, and see whether the suit is too loose or too tight; when it’s too tight and the sleeves too short, the shirt will be too visible and you’ll feel constricted in your movements.

While a suit is not one of the most comfortable types of garments, it doesn’t have to be too tight fitting, otherwise you won’t be able to move normally. The length of the jacket should cover just the top of your rear end, and at the front, you should be able to close all buttons without making creases, or having it hang too loose. As for the pants, they cannot be too short or too long; when you stand, they should make a slight crease over the shoes, on which they rest, The width of the pant leg should also not form creases when the suit is fitting; when there are creases, it is either too big or too short. These are the basic rules of buying and wearing a suit, but you have to learn to develop your own style, through the shirts and shoes you wear, the ties you put on, and whether or not you want other accessories such as  a pocket square or sleeve buttons.