A Great Suit Basics
Oscar Wilde once said, “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” A good tie and good suit must be a core part of every man’s wardrobe. We all want to look suave and a man’s man in a good suit, but finding a good fitting one is easier said than done. And as not everyone can get tailor made suits by Meiko Tailor, knowing what you are looking for can help you find just the perfect suit and make sure you look the part.
It all starts with the cut. There are different styles of suits, ranging from Italian to British to American styles. Regardless of what you pick, there are common things to look out for. Look at the shoulders to make sure the pads don’t jut out. You might want to opt for no pads at all if you have the shoulder physique for it. Check the back of the suit jacket, which should fall neatly and in a straight line when fastened. Get someone to tell you how your jacket falls as it might be hard to see for yourself. The fabric around the stomach should be close to your body but not tight and certainly never strained.
Then to choose a colour. You can stick to the everyday workhorse colours of black, charcoal grey, and navy. These colours are particularly versatile and can be used for most occasions. If you have to wear a suit for everyday work, it might be a good idea to invest a little bit more to make sure the fabric is as comfortable as it can be. A classic black suit goes perfectly with a crisp white shirt, and charcoal grey and navy are more flexible to combine different colours of shirts with.
Make sure you think about shoes and belts. A black suit can really only take black boots, a charcoal grey can suit can handle brown shoes as does a navy suit. Cufflinks are optional but do make the look very classy. Find yourself a nice pair and make sure your shirt has sleeves for cufflinks. Once you have the perfect suit, you might want to familiarise yourself with the do’s and don’ts of wearing one. To get you started here are the important ones around buttons of both your jacket and shirt.
The first one is never to button the bottom button of a suit jacket. Whether it’s got two buttons or three buttons, single or double-breasted, you just shouldn’t do it. The jacket is tailored only to have the middle button closed, so that’s the only button you should close. Ignore the bottom one, it’s just there for style. Also, when you are sitting down, unbutton the jacket. Also, make sure to bottom-up your shirt. Unless you are going dancing, you want all the buttons of your shirt done up. Sure, there is this casual look with the top button undone, but that is usually a sports blazer-look, not the same as a formal suit in a non-leisure setting. Follow these simple rules, and soon, you fully live up to “clothes maketh the man.”