When you don a perfect suit, you make more than a statement. But ever wondered on the nitty-gritty of getting your tuxedo look just precise? Well, you’ve reached the right place. This article is all about the stylish fashion statements men would love to make with one of the most elegant of the ensembles in their wardrobe – the suit. Never mind the scruffy flannel-and-jeans look, but there’s nothing like a three-piece when it’s comes to look earnestly sharp.
Agreed, but a suit is a modicum of astute etiquette, that requires meticulous effort on your part to get it right. Perhaps, it looks good only when you get it right. And unfortunately, there are many who just don’t seem to wear their suits to precision (or anywhere in the neighborhood of precision). Either the pants go down too long, or the jacket sleeves come-up too short; while the lapels traverse wide, the buttons too tight… and on and on.
Shortlisted are some of the most common egregious mistakes that men would want to avoid, while buying suits or getting them stitched. Hope these would go a long way in apprehending the errors and sorting them out.
Removing Brand labels: Now this can happen with any of your new attires but if it with your jacket sleeve, all we can do is shake our heads in dismay.
Undershirt poking out above the dress shirt: This is sloppy-looking, giving off a whiff of frat boy. It’s also simply unnecessary: Buy yourself some v-neck undershirts (or better yet, wear none — they’re by no means required) and save the crewnecks for days when you wear a tie.
Jacket sleeves not hemmed or tailored. Most men assume that once their pants are hemmed, they’re done. But jacket sleeves are just as important, if not more so, to have tailored. Too-long sleeves look careless, and too-short sleeves look dorky. Make sure the jacket ends 1/2 inch above your shirt sleeve. In addition, take care to tailor the jacket width around the bicep and the torso. Most guys’ suit jackets are way too roomy, making them look heavier or simply sloppier.
Jackets too long: Now you wouldn’t want your suit to resemble a gown, would you? But what’s the good way to test the length? Let the jacket hem fall where your fingertips end naturally. It’s as easy as that.
The uncut threads on the back vent and the pockets: When you’re getting dressed for an occasion, it’s important to be relaxed or you might just miss out on these trifles. But if you really didn’t knew this, well.
Lapels that are too big: Might just look like a huge butterfly hanging around your neck, not happening. Three inches is probably a safe upper limit.
Pants with pleats: Well, you wouldn’t want to look like the dad from “Leave It To Beaver” and this isn’t 1955. Flat-front pants are the way to go so you don’t look 10 pounds heavier.
Shirt that is too big: If it’s billowing out or bunching at the sides when you tuck it in, for heaven’s sake, it’s too big. There will be some gym rats with bulging muscles whose shirts are too tight. But generally, men have the problem of buying them too big. When it come to the collar, follow the one-finger rule (if you can fit more than one finger between the collar and your neck, it’s too big). For the torso, just purchase a slim-cut shirt.
Pants that are too long: Mind the break — the break in the fabric that occurs when the bottom of your pants skims the tops of your shoes, creating a horizontal crease. Pants with no break mean they’re so short they fall right above the shoe and flash some sock. This is trendy, but perhaps too risky for many guys. Most men should aim for a medium break — not too rumpled or baggy, but not too short around the ankles.
Pants with cuffs: Not only are they untrendy at the moment, cuffs visually shorten the leg, a death sentence for the petite dudes out there. For everyone else, cuffs also tend to flop around more. And no woman likes a guy whose pants flop around the ankles.
Wearing black: Yes, wearing black. You may have gotten a spiffy black suit for your Bar Mitzvah, and you may have seen your father rock a black suit to the office. But black should generally be reserved for funerals and weddings — for daytime wear, stick with a classic navy or charcoal gray suit, paired with shoes in brown hues. Bonus: There are almost no color shirts that don’t match navy or gray.
The tie peeking out from under the sides and back of your collar: Either your collar is too small or your tie is too big. Either way, make sure this never happens.
And last but not the least –
Flash over substance has to be the focus. Tie clips, pocket squares, French cuffs — these are privileges that are earned, not simply given. You’ve got to master the basics first, which means a solid-fitting suit and a shirt to match in a foolproof color combo. As the saying goes, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”