Any designer will tell you that a properly fitted suit will boost any man’s confidence. It has the right lines, the right style and above all comfort. Details make the overall look speak for itself. The perfect tailored fit tucks you in and pulls your shoulders back. It flatters your body shape and shows the right amount of shirt cuff. The length presents itself well and hits at the shoe. It’s an overall look that gets you noticed.
Much like in women’s fashion, comfort plays a major role in such “suited” style. If the garment fits poorly and makes the wearer uncomfortable, he will most certainly look it. The key then lies in finding the perfect fitted suit from top to bottom. Like a well-oiled machine, the suit is a collaborative effort of intricate parts destined for style.
Color Me Styled
Whether you are adding to your wardrobe selection or picking your one and only suit, color is key to reflect your individual style. A suit in a solid, such as charcoal gray or true navy blue, is the best option. These two colors work with all imaginable shirt-and-tie combinations and are truly go-to neutrals when it comes to suits (“The GQ Guide to Suits,” 2017). With these easy-wear colors, the jacket itself can find its way to work with jeans and tees underneath as well.
The Suit Jacket
There are so many types of jackets and enough terminology to fill a dictionary. With the “single-breasted,” “double-vented” and “structured” just to name a few, the suit jacket is easily one of the most complex pieces of clothing known to man. This can make the selection process challenging and very much intimidating to many.
There’s much more than just the fit of the jacket. There is also the style. Will it be two buttons or three? Believe it or not, button stance does matter. Most will yield to the two-button style for most of their suits, but the modern looks gravitate to show a preference to a one-button look (“The GQ Guide to Suits,” 2017).
Suits typically start out having unfinished, overlong hems. The object is to tailor the pants to meet the tops of or fall just over your shoes. Asking for “no break” will give the perfect trim, according to “The GQ Guide to Suits.” Pants bunching around the ankles is a major fashion no-no. Trendy slim-cut pants with the flat front will give that modern, crisp look to your style.
Although added on to the suit itself, it’s a must and a component that finishes the look. From colors to blends the main key with the dress shirt is found in the collar. No matter what kind of jacket or tie you wear, people will always see your shirt collar. A Tailored Suit (a menswear consulting website) asserts that staple turndown collars leave the most room for individual taste. Although there are variations, the turndown collar comes in two main categories: the point and the spread (or cutaway). Don’t forget the cuffs! A Tailored Suit writes, “Shirt cuffs are a small but very important part of a gentleman’s ensemble; besides the collar, they are one of the only visible parts of a shirt when a jacket is worn.” Be sure that your shirt cuffs extend one-half to one full inch past the jacket sleeves for a polished look.
Tie up the Style
When it comes to accessorizing the perfect suit, the key players easily become the suit, tie and pocket square. According to “The Complete Guide to Shirt, Tie and Suit Combinations” by The Trend Spotter, fail-safe traditional colors for your shirt include white, light blue and pale pink, allowing you to lean on the ties for your versatility and creative dressing. No matter your tie choice, whether solids, classic stripes, traditional patterns or modern textures, pairing with a white shirt makes creating combinations effortless.
Every man should own one fantastic suit, that suit he puts on and feels special, styled and put together in. Navigating your way to find that perfect pairing between you and that suit can be tricky and sometimes intimidating. Yet with the assistance of a detailed suit guide and the expert advice of a stylist at a fine menswear boutique, the perfect match awaits. No matter the price or style you choose to embrace, there is a look for you. Fear not…your fiscal, fabulous, fantastic fit is out there!