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1. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.
The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.
 
It’s all about BALANCE.

 

 
2. In general, thin lapels are more modern. Wide lapels are more old school, Mad Men-style.
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So choose your look accordingly.

 


3. Pocket squares add an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.

 

Pocket squares add an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn't match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.
Before you go totally conservative, remember that the pocket square is where you get the most freedom and the one place you get to add a little pizzazz to your suit.

 


4. When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.

When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.
Tsk, tsk, John McCain. Shoulder pads should end at the shoulders. The shoulders are the hardest to tailor, so make sure they don’t stick out or stick up.

 


5. A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket.
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It’s complicated. Read more about it here.
 
 
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6. Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral.
Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you're attending a funeral.
Dark gray is more versatile and goes with more colors.
 

7. Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.
Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.
Union Made makes really great belts in a variety of leather and metal finishes.
 

8. You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide:
You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide:

 


9. Double vents in the back are more modern and fashionable.
 

This look is also more flattering for larger figures, and it gives you enough room to do that effortlessly casual “hand in pocket” thing.

 


10. For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.

For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.
 
 
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11. If you’re going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket.
If you're going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket.
 
12. The Savile Row Fold keeps your dress pants from falling off the hanger.
The Savile Row Fold keeps your dress pants from falling off the hanger.
 
Watch the instructional video here.

 


13. You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.

You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.
 
14. Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it.
Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it.
 
15. The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel.
The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel.
 
 
 
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16. Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.

Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.
 

BIG HEAD = FULL KNOT. SMALL HEAD = HALF KNOT. If you’re not sure how your head size compares, ask one of your male friends. They should be able to give you an objective opinion.

 


17. If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.

If you're wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.
 

But plenty of men break this rule and are still able to pull off the 3-piece beautifully.

 


18. There are practical reasons for vests beyond just how they look.

There are practical reasons for vests beyond just how they look.
 

Vests are best worn with single-breasted suits (so it’s actually visible). if you’re going to be wearing your suit in a cold climate, a vest can add a lot of warmth. It also adds a formal touch to your suit

 

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19. Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about 1/2 an inch.

Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about 1/2 an inch.

For a harmonious look, try to match the visible cuff length to the amount of collar that is visible at the back of the neck.

 


20. When you get your suit home, you’ll need a seam ripper or a small, sharp pair of scissors.

When you get your suit home, you'll need a seam ripper or a small, sharp pair of scissors.

Unstitch the jacket’s pockets, remove the tack stitches from the jacket’s vents, and remove the little embroidered label from the jacket’s left sleeve. Do this very carefully to ensure you don’t actually rip the fabric or neighboring threads.

 


 

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21. Make sure that your socks are long enough that there’s no exposed leg when sitting down.

Make sure that your socks are long enough that there's no exposed leg when sitting down.
No one needs to see your hairy gams.
 
 

22. Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.

Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.
 

23. The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.

The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.
 

24. Your tie should JUST reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter.

Your tie should JUST reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter.
 

25. For a more fashion forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.

For a more fashion forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.
 

For a more conservative look, the pants should cover the top of the shoe and parts of the laces.

 


26. If you sweat a lot, wear an undershirt.

If you sweat a lot, wear an undershirt.

Preferably one with a deep neck so it doesn’t peek through. Nothing will cheapen the appearance of a suit more than a glimpse of undershirt.

 


27. Finally, go for the dimple.

Finally, go for the dimple.
 

The dimple is the little hollow beneath the knot of your tie, and it gives a slightly disheveled yet polished appearance to your finished look. Check out this handy guide on nailing the tie dimple.

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LINK:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/unspoken-suit-rules-every-man-should-know?bffb

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Number 6 is bullshit IMO
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I understand that Armani suit isn't really necessary. It's fit above all. If the fit is great(follow the steps above), any suit will look 10x better.

Granted I agree, I wonder if that still applies to those suits you can get at Mens Warehouse or other very affordable suit warehouse type places. If the fit is great, but the suit is still "cheap" does it still look good?

Lawyers, finance, etc folks... would love your thoughts on this.
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LetsTalkItOut - I understand that Armani suit isn't really necessary. It's fit above all. If the fit is great(follow the steps above), any suit will look 10x better.

Granted I agree, I wonder if that still applies to those suits you can get at Mens Warehouse or other very affordable suit warehouse type places. If the fit is great, but the suit is still "cheap" does it still look good?

Lawyers, finance, etc folks... would love your thoughts on this.

no one is going to check the label. If it looks good it looks good. 

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Daredevil73 - Number 6 is bullshit IMO

I've heard #6 countless times. Black suits = funerals... at least in America.

just because so many people wear black suits doesn't make this tip wrong.
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garythekid - What's a lapel? Lol Phone Post 3.0

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Lol @ being experts on suits while showing a picture of a guy in obvious high water pants.

Worried about balmce of tie and lapel, but unconcerned with high water pants. Phone Post 3.0
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BadDog - Lol @ being experts on suits while showing a picture of a guy in obvious high water pants.

Worried about balmce of tie and lapel, but unconcerned with high water pants. Phone Post 3.0

Did you read the item? High waters are the hipster trend these days.

 

 

25. For a more fashion forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.

For a more fashion forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.
 

For a more conservative look, the pants should cover the top of the shoe and parts of the laces.

 

 

PS I thought that was Jay Cutler at first haha

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Most of the people in the pics look like they ran their suits through a washer and dryer a few time to shrink them up a couple of sizes.

It may be fashionable, but IMO it looks stupid. Phone Post 3.0
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If you follow these rules, almost no one is going to actually notice.
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28) if you're a chicken chested pencil neck, try wearing high-water flood pants with an old skin-tight tweed suit in brown . A clever monocle and pipe complete your steampunk time traveler look. Phone Post 3.0
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Sandy Pantz - If you follow these rules, almost no one is going to actually notice.

this is true. People tend not to notice when you do it right but people sure as shit notice when you do it wrong. 

 

I had a guy come in for an interview and had a clearly poor fitting suit. I kept thinking about it. I didn't hire the guy because i felt that he was a bad interview. I would be lying if i said that the suit did not play a small part in that decision.

 

Moral of the story: Spend the $50 on a tailor. It is fracking worth every dime. 

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I'm not about to take tips from a list that has pics of a bunch of fags dressed to go to their cocksucking formal.

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Dongbar13 - 
Sandy Pantz - If you follow these rules, almost no one is going to actually notice.

this is true. People tend not to notice when you do it right but people sure as shit notice when you do it wrong. 

 

I had a guy come in for an interview and had a clearly poor fitting suit. I kept thinking about it. I didn't hire the guy because i felt that he was a bad interview. I would be lying if i said that the suit did not play a small part in that decision.

 

Moral of the story: Spend the $50 on a tailor. It is fracking worth every dime. 


This goes faaaaaaaaaaaar beyond getting your suit tailored imo

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