Suit is a garment that is equivalent to class, prestige, quality, solemnity. But in order to dress up and give prominence to a suit’s severe identity, you should take account of some small (but significant) details.

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Rule #1
Pay attention to how it fits. It is very important for a suit to set well on your body. Even if you are not into bespoke or made-to-measure tailoring, you should buy a suit that matches your size, check that the shoulders fit well, the length of the trousers just reach the top of your shoes, the sleeves aren’t too long. If you can’t find a suit that fits perfectly, you should customize it. Slim fit suits are usually flattering, but be careful it matches your size and doesn’t look too tight.

Rule #2
Always remove the brand label off the sleeve. They are there for practical reasons in order to quickly determine a suit in a store, not for advertising your suit’s brand.

Rule #3
One should leave the bottom button of the jacket open, to ensure the proper fit. Have in mind to always unfasten your jacket’s buttons when seated.

Rule #4
Take care of wearing socks long enough, that your leg’s skin doesn’t appear while you sit. You should, also, be very carefull with the color selection. Simply, have in mind that you should match your socks with your pants, not your shoes.

Rule #5
The belt should match the shoes. A black belt would be incompatible with a pair of brown shoes.

 

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Rule #6
The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel. Balance is the key to a flawless appearance.

Rule #7
The tie should just reach the waistband, or be slightly shorter.

Rule #8
For a formal outfit the tie should always be a darker color than your shirt.

Rule #9
Wear your tie bar properly. First, make sure that the tie bar isn’t wider than your tie. Then, fasten it straight, never at an angle. The perfect placement for a tie bar is between the 3rd and the 4th shirt button.

Rule #10
To avoid looking too conservative, watch your pocket square doesn’t exactly match your tie (color, pattern or material).

The small details make your appearance look neat and as Hardy Amies once said:

“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”

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