Regarded as a timeless essential, suits are the simplest way for men to appear refined. However, a poorly fitted suit is the quickest way to appear unpolished or sloppy. Everyone has seen the effects of an ill-fitting suit — the jacket might be too baggy or the pants were sagging over the shoes. It can even seem like the suit is wearing you and that’s the last thing you want, especially if you are dressed for a wedding or a job interview. As a result, here are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting the perfect suit.
The jacket should always fit comfortably around your shoulders when you button it. Jackets that are too big will crease and wrinkle as you move, while jackets that are too tight will burst at the seams when buttoned. You will know the jacket is the correct fit if the seam that attaches the jacket’s sleeve lines up with the furthest point of your shoulders when you are standing with your arms to the side. You should also make sure the jacket is at a correct length. Clench your fists while you have your arms to the side and make sure the hem lines up. The jacket is the most integral aspect to the suit and is meant to lend a tailored effect to your overall look.
Pants should always drape the shape of your rear end. The seat of the pants should lie loosely against your underwear without feeling like it’s tugging at you or draping loosely down your thighs. Remember to consider the length of the pants as the cuffs should rest at the top of your shoe with a horizontal crease. The cuffs should never be the same length as your ankles or encompass your shoes.
THE SLEEVES & BUTTONS
The other details of the suit jacket can also make or break your ensemble. The sleeve should hit right before your wrist, so that a little bit of your shirt cuffs peak out or else you risk looking slouchy. Remember to evaluate the buttons too. This may seem like a minor detail, but the buttons can determine the suit’s silhouette. The best option are suit jackets with two buttons since jackets with one-button makes for a relaxed fit, while three buttons are boxier. Two buttons give you the option to have a fitted appearance, without looking pinched or messy.
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