Suits 101 : A Guide on How to Properly Wear Suits

Suits 101: Tips on how to PROPERLY Wear Suits

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Suits, as we know it, is an integral part of every man’s wardrobe – or at least the majority of men. There is at least a single event in a man’s life that the attire would be necessary. Whether it is for a corporate event, a job interview, a wedding, a formal gala, the prom, a funeral, or even day-to-day office wear, suits are always in the picture. However, many men who already own a suit may not know how to properly wear them. No matter how properly made a suit is, if the wearer misses some important points on how to properly wear it, the suit just won’t look as sleek and professional as it should be. As your most reliable choice for custom tailored suits, Crown Custom Clothing is here to help you out with just some of the basics of properly wearing your suit.

Let’s start with the upper body garments and accessories.

  1. The Jacket – Find the perfect fitting jacket: the length of the shoulders, the sleeve diameter, the waist measurement, and shoulder-to-hem measurement should match your upper body proportions.
    • Whether you are wearing a two-button or a three-button jacket, always make sure that the last button is open.
    • The top button of your two-button jacket or the middle button of a three-button one should always fall right at your navel or slightly above it.
    • Open both buttons when sitting down.
    • The end of the sleeves should allow at least half an inch of your shirt to show.
    • When worn with a shirt, there should not be any gap between the collar of the shirt and that of the jacket’s lapel.
    • The shoulder-to-hem measurement of your jacket should be precise to cover the zipper of your trousers
  1. The Dress Shirt – Similar to the suit, the shirt should always fit your body and still allow some space for comfort.
    • Leave no button undone. Yes, even the top button. Just make sure that you’re not choking yourself – if you are, you might want to consider getting a new one.
    • The cuffs of your shirt should always end at your wrist.
    • Invest in a shirt that would complement the appeal of your suit.

  1. The Waistcoat – There are but three simple rules here:
    • Find the perfect fit.
    • The last button should always be open.
    • It should always, ALWAYS, match with your jacket and trousers.

  1. The Tie – This is an important part of the overall attire and you must keep close attention to this so as not to ruin your getup.
    • The color should always be in contrast with your jacket but is still darker than your shirt.
    • The width of your tie should match your jacket’s lapel width. 
    • The tip of your tie should at least touch the tip or cover not more than half of your belt buckle.
    • Practice perfecting doing the knot and the tie dimple.

  1. Accessories –  Simple rule: don’t go overboard with your accessories. Remember, the suit is the main attraction, not the accessories.
    • Dark suit = light-colored pocket square. And vice-versa.
    • Dress suit = Dress watch. Never match your sports watch with this attire.
    • Lapel and collar pins should be minimal.
    • The tie bar should always go between the third and fourth button of your shirt 
    • Make sure that you never wear a tie bar that is wider than your tie. Go with a length that is just half or a little bit than the half of your tie’s width.

Now, let’s move to some important suit points to remember for items from your waist down to your feet.

  1. The Trousers – As an overall dress suit is aimed for a slick look, always make sure that the trousers fit you to perfection.
  • The color and fabric should match your jacket and waistcoat.
  • The hem of your pants should just fall on top of your shoes.
  • Avoid trousers that have front pleats.
  1. Belts/Suspenders
  • These two should never be worn together. If you’re already wearing a belt, cross out the suspenders – and vice-versa.
  • Match your belt with your shoes.
  • Choose a thin belt with a small belt buckle.
  • If you’re wearing suspenders, adjust it to the perfect and most comfortable length.
  1. The Footwear
  • Shoes – As mentioned in the previous section, the shoes and belt should match, and together, these two should always compliment the color of your dress suit. Also, always remember that Oxfords are always the best match for dress suits.
  • Socks Socks should cover your whole leg. As pants would always slip up when you sit, your ankles must be covered. Choose a pair of socks that would go halfway up your shin. As for the color and design, stick with the classy palettes and patterns but never – EVER – wear white socks with your dress suit.

IMPORTANT: If you often get sweaty, it is advised that you wear something underneath your dress shirt. However, you should make sure that this undergarment isn’t visible.

There you have it! A full-on crash course of the things that you should remember when wearing a dress suit. It might be too much, but the effort of keeping these points noted will be worth it.

Since the main objective of opting for a suit is a sleek look, then you should consider getting a bespoke suit. This way, you get to have a suit that perfectly fits your body proportion and have a set that has the jacket, waistcoat, and trousers in a perfect match when it comes to color and fabric. Lucky for those who are in Michigan, Crown Custom Clothing is here to help you fulfill this goal. Get in touch with us today so that we can start tailoring the best bespoke suit for you!