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How to Wear a Suit Well

You might think that there’s not much to men’s fashion but you’d be wrong. It can be just as tricky for men to feel good in what they wear as it is for women. One traditionally difficult area to get right is the business suit. A must-have wardrobe essential for many occasions but mostly required for work purposes. Here we look at some tips for how to wear a suit in a super stylish manner:

  • Colour

The most timeless classic colours to choose are navy or charcoal grey. Black should be reserved for funerals or black-tie formal events. Navy and dark grey are great neutral bases for which any colour of shirt and tie can be worn. If there’s a slight pattern to your suit, make sure any shirt pattern does not clash.


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  • Fit

A good fitting jacket should taper in at the waist with the hem finishing where your fingertips fall naturally with your arms at your side. Sleeve length should end just at your wrist to allow a small amount of shirt cuff to show. Trousers should skim the top of your shoes to make a slight crease. Deep creases or more than crease shows that your trousers are too long. Avoid trousers with pleats or a cuffed bottom. Cuffs make your legs look shorter.

  • Shirt

Choose good quality dress shirts as they will look and feel better. Great colours to choose from for traditional business wear include white, blue, grey, pale pink or pale purple. For Mens Designer Clothes and a wide range of shirts, visit http://www.ejmenswear.com/. High quality will be demonstrated by a firm, crisp collar and neat, clean stitching. Opt for a Mandarin collar for a low-key, casual look that doesn’t require a tie.


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  • Ties & Belts

The width of a tie should match the width of the lapels on your jacket. Length-wise, the bottom of your tie should partially cover a belt. The most common tie knot is called the Windsor knot as it looks smart with any suit and is the knot used most in business wear. Thin belts work best with suits and should ideally be the same colour as your shoes.

  • Shoes

This is a matter of individual comfort but dark brown shoes work well with both navy and dark grey suits. Oxford or Derby shoes are the most common style for smart business wear but loafers are also an option. The lighter the suit, the lighter the colour of the shoes is the general rule of thumb.

  • Buttons

Buttons and what you do with them can make you look formal or more casual. If you want a casual look then one-button jackets are great but this won’t work for a formal look. A business suit should have at least two buttons. Three-button jackets are available for tall men. These buttons may be undone upon sitting.

Don’t forget to….

  • Try before you buy
  • Never mix a patterned shirt with a patterned suit
  • Keep your suit and shirt colour muted when choosing to wear a tie