Tips for Wearing a Suit

March 1, 2019

Every office has that guy who wears a suit with complete perfection. Rocking a suit is all about the details. And paying attention to those details makes you look smart, refined and confident. But putting your finger on exactly what makes a suit look sharp isn't always easy.

 

13 Tips for Wearing a Suit

Here are some subtle tips for wearing a suit that will instantly make you look more put together.

 

1. FIND THE RIGHT SHOULDER FIT FIRST

 

Did you know shoulders are the hardest area to tailor on a suit?  Avoid the dreaded shoulder divot, and instead choose a suit that fits your shoulders best when shopping off the rack. Your tailor can easily take in the waist and adjust for length, so shoulders should be your primary concern when suit shopping.

 

2. GET YOUR SLEEVE AND PANTS TAILORED

 

A good fit is the first step to looking fresh in a suit. Without a suit that hugs and hangs from your body in all the right places, you’ll look sloppy and disheveled — no matter how hard you try. Invest a few extra bucks in tailoring your suit to get the perfect fit, and you’ll instantly look more polished.

 

3. INVEST IN A QUALITY DRESS SHIRT, BELT AND SHOES

 

Sure, you know suits are an investment, but what about the rest of your look? A quality shirt, belt and shoes go a long way in tying together your professional look. Don’t skimp on these, or you’ll cheapen your suit. Check out AmericanTuxedo.com for top men’s dress shirt brands to complete any look.

 

4. SAVE YOUR SUIT WITH A SLEEK UNDERSHIRT

 

In high-stress environments, sweat will find a way to soak through any barrier. Your dress shirt, your suit jacket — sweat will test the limit at the worst moment possible. Do yourself (and your co-workers) a favor, and wear an undershirt beneath your dress shirt. Blocking sweat from your dress shirt will help hide those jarring underarm sweat marks and help your shirts look fresher, longer. 

 

5. CHOOSE A TIE THAT’S DARKER THAN YOUR SHIRT

 

Unsure which tie to choose? As a general rule of thumb, your tie should be darker than your shirt to create balance. Also, avoid matching the pattern of your tie and dress shirt. For example, with a checkered shirt, try a paisley tie to offset the more casual checkered pattern.

 

6. PERFECT THE TIE DIMPLE

 

What's a tie dimple, you ask? That natural divot at the top of your tie that looks deceivingly unintentional. Really, perfecting the tie dimple is an art that requires a bit of practice and patience. For the best chance at achieving a tie dimple, use a thick, wide tie made of silk or cashmere and stay away from cotton ties.<