Dressed for The Occasion: Suits 101

No man’s wardrobe is complete without a stylish suit in it. Nothing can make a man feel more confident than donning that killer suit. But, if you want to make the right impression, it isn’t just about wearing a suit, there’s a lot more that goes into it. Here’s all that you need to keep in mind when you feel like getting dressed for the occasion!

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Talk your type

‘One-style-fits-all’ is a theory that doesn’t apply to suits. A slim-fit suit is narrow at the chest and waist, and flatters well-toned physiques. A classic fit suit is comfortable, breathable, and unfettered in design, which is why it’s a favorite for all kinds of bodies. A single-breasted suit has a narrower appearance and possibly the most popular style, chosen by most. The double-breasted suit is equipped with additional buttons on either side, creating the illusion of a wider frame, best avoided by stockier men.

Do it the right way

Last button in and first button out should be kept open, the top button especially whenever you are sitting down. A little mix and match is okay when it comes to ties & pocket squares, but always complement your shoes & belt with the suit. Go for the suave look with a sophisticated metal watch with the classic suit – it’s a match made in heaven. The true test of a goof fit rests on your shoulders…quite literally! Make sure the shoulders are not too short or too droopy, when you check the fit of any suit on yourself. Lastly, Brogues, Oxfords or even patent leather shoes are what you should be looking for in your shoe-drobe while adding finishing touches to the look.

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Not ‘Suit’able

There’s some important don’ts too, when it comes to a suited look. For starters, baggy trousers with a suit are a fashion faux pas. If you are thinking of adding suspenders to the outfit, do not wear a belt. Also, shirt cuffs shouldn’t go over the hand and if they are, you are wearing a wrong size. And lastly, your legs should always be covered with socks, which must match the color of your trousers.

The Occasion Calls for It

Suits are super versatile and different occasions calls for different styles. A slim-fit is more ‘suited’ for the proverbial ‘day at the races’. Shawl lapels are perfect for weddings or black-tie dinners. A single-breasted suit or a classic fit is what you can wear to office everyday while the double-breasted is more apt for dressier occasions. If you like to experiment, embroidered or printed suits allows you to make the perfect statement!

Picking the perfect suit for the perfect occasion is easy once you’ve got your suit 101 down pat! Head over to a Lifestyle Store near you and with Suit Fest going on, you’ll get the benefit of great offers on the season’s best formals and occasion wear – from Arrow, Blackberry’s and more. It’s the perfect time to pick a few suave suits for the wedding/party season coming ahead!

 

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