"The suit is not just a garment, it is a statement to the world and as such it should express your personality, your style, your soul."
- Tips for the well dressed Gentleman
- Maintenance of your suit
- Choose the right color for your suit
- Suggestions for business professionals
- VIDEOS: Style advice
Jacket shoulders should be proportionate with your head. If the shoulders look too wide, then your head will look small and vice versa.
Rest your arms along your body, the jacket should end just above where your thumb starts.
The length between your bottom collar and bottom jacket should be equal to the length from your bottom jacket to the ground.
Pants should never be pulled up all the way to your belly button, they should "hang" from your waist down.
Pants should reach the heels of your shoes. However, the recent trend is a little shorter in order to show your shoes.
With flat front style, your pants should be cuffed.
Only 10% of our customers like vent-less suits.
With only 1 vent, the jacket has to be a 3-button
With side vents (2 vents), it is strongly advised to have flap besom pockets in the front.
Every suit, especially if new, needs special care. It needs to "rest" periodically and therefore you need to alternate it with other suits. It should not be worn for more than 3-4 consecutive days, and if it is made with lightweight fabrics, then no more than 2 consecutive days.
Wool is a "live fiber" that gets "tired" with use. Resting is the best remedy versus unwanted creases. When you get home at night, make sure your jacket is well hung over a proper hanger and that the pants are hanging upside down on a pant-hanger that has pinches.
If you are able, allow your suit to rest outside. It helps the fibers of the fabrics breathe and doing so often regenerates the original look of the suit.
Of course, keep your suit in a dust bag when you make your seasonal wardrobe change.
Only Dry Clean your wool suits. Do not try to wash the suit by yourself!
If you need to iron your suit, never use the iron in direct contact with the suit, always use a wet cloth in between the iron and the suit. Make sure the iron is at medium temperature.
The color of your suit is important as it should integrate with the environment in which you will be wearing it.
The first thing to keep in mind is what the circumstance is and what is appropriate. Black is definitely ok for a funeral, however white and pink are definitely not!
Next you have to think about your own style and what will match up well, keeping in mind your skin tone. For example, a very white skin tone gentleman should stay away from khaki suits.
Lastly you have to consider what each color suit says about you. For instance, a blue pinstripe or black pinstripe suit sends a message of power and authority, whereas a white suit conveys a more relaxed feeling.
Following, you will find a list of some of the colors a gentleman like you may want to wear.
Pivotal Colors - Two suits with the following colors will be a good foundation for your wardrobe. They will be a perfect fit for any occasion.
1. Navy Blue (Business and other formal situations; Navy blue pinstripe for a more powerful statement)
2. Medium and Dark Gray (Business and other formal situations; dark gray pinstripe for a more powerful statement)
Safe Colors - These are standard colors that won't stand out too much.
Good for any formal occasion: formal business environments, weddings, funerals. Combine it with a bright colored shirt and tie to come across a little "less serious".
2. Dark Brown:
Perfect fit for less formal occasions: less rigid business environment, parties, church, etc
A good choice when it comes to hotter seasons and non-formal occasions.
Just like the khaki suit, I would not suggest to use this color for any formal occasion.
Just as khaki and Tan, beige is more appropriate for the warmer weather. Combine it with a white shirt and a handkerchief and you will stand out in any non-formal events (parties, church, unformal business environments, etc)
This tonality of brown is more adaptable to formal events than the previous light colors. Very versatile when it comes to combine it with shirts and shoes.
Depending on the tonality, from light to dark this color is the perfet choice for many occasions.
1. Never take the chance of being underdressed at a meeting. You never overdressed. Worst-case scenario? You’re the best dressed, most in-control, confidence-inspiring person in the room.
2. Men in suits look powerful, authoritative, and sexy. Why would you not want to have that advantage when dealing with a potential client?
3. Dark dressy suit: navy, black or charcoal — updated and current. A dark suit is the most versatile suit you can own. Wear it with a coloured or patterned shirt, with a tie or without, for a more relaxed look.
4. When “business casual” is appropriate, wear a sports jacket with dress casual pants and a smart sport shirt or knit. Jeans are never appropriate for business.
5. The small things make you look complete. Add a pocket square and cufflinks. Take care choosing your shirt and tie.
6. Eyeglass frames that are 10 years old look 10 years old.
7. The leather colour of your belt should match that of your shoes. The colour of your socks should match that of your pants.
8. Successful people get their shoes shined — often.
9. Try something new. Everyone can benefit from getting out of their rut and dressing more eclectically.
10. If you have occasion to attend more than one formal event each year, invest in a tuxedo. You will always look great (and rentals always look “rented”).