Came across some very useful rules to follow for men’s suits on buzzfeed.com (seriously, that website teaches me SO much) and I thought I’d share some of them: 1. Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.
2. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.
3. You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.
4. The suit jacket should be long enough to cover your butt and pants zipper.
5. For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.
6. Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.7. Use this guide to match the color of your shoes to your suit.8. The Savile Row Fold keeps your dress pants from falling off the hanger.9. In general, thin lapels are more modern.
10. A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either fabric or print choice.
Click here to see the rest of the rules on buzzfeed.com.
Real men know their size, and an ill-fitting suit can be somewhat of a tragedy. Here are some basic tips on how a business suit should fit on a man, according to Esquire’s Handbook of Style:
1. The jacket’s shoulder pads are supposed to fit on your shoulder. If they droop off and leave dents in the cloth, the jacket’s too big. Go down a size.
2. The jacket’s sleeves should never reach farther than the point where the base of the thumb meets the wrist. If they do, go down a size.
3. You do not need enough room in your jacket to house a family of raccoons. Go down two sizes.
4. Pants should touch the shoes with only an inch of cloth to spare. Anything more should be taken up.
Check list before you make that purchase:
- High/smaller armholes
- Narrower sleeves
- A slight silhouette at the torso
- Nothing too baggy at the crotch
- No creases or ripples radiating from the single fastened button
- No puckering of the collar
- Bottom hem of the jacket should be level with your knuckles (or, just long enough to cover your rear)
Something like Goldie Locks, get it right:
These are rules every guy should follow. Trust me, the little details can make all the difference. I’ve also been taught to avoid buying pleated pants at my resale store job, because they aren’t fashionable anymore.
Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for the next Men’s Style Monday!
Excerpts from Esquire’s The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good