Picking out a suit isn’t easy, but we’ve all had to do it at one time or another. When deciding on a suit to wear around the office, you’ll find that attention to detail will make all the difference. Here are a few helpful tips for finding a suit that fits right and shows people what a hopefully interesting guy you are. That’s what you want, right? Sure you do.
1) Find a Magical Tailor
Okay, listen. Most of us don’t have the attention to detail that I just described. We’re men, and being fashionable isn’t always at the top of our list of character traits. But that’s okay, because God invented tailors (and women) to bridge the gap.
You’ll want a suit that hugs your frame. It shouldn’t be too tight, and it shouldn’t be too loose. Tailors are great at finding just the right fit. They measure you head to toe, and this is why there’s such a noticeable distinction between the final product you’ll receive from a tailor and what you’d get when shopping at any department store. This is about you. It’s not about a mass-produced, wearable, burnable piece of trash.
Keep a few things in mind while the tailor goes about his business. Make sure you’re getting a hand-stitched sleeve lining and breast pocket. Make sure your trousers have vented pleats. Check these off mentally; if the tailor does all three, you can rest assured that he knows what he’s doing. And on top of that, you’ll get a great fit.
2) Don’t be weak
People have the tendency to shy away from flamboyant combinations. Don’t be afraid to get colorful. This is your first opportunity to grab people’s attention, and show them that you’re comfortable being a man. Be bold, be brave, and be confident in your appearance.
Find out what looks good against your skin. Ask women what they think of your choices. And accept that women aren’t afraid to test a man’s sexual insecurities. If one of them decides that you look phenomenal in pink or purple, then smile, nod, and say: “You’re damned right I do.” If you can strike fear into the black hearts of your underlings or coworkers, then you’re doing it right. Good job.
A word to the wise: No matter which colors you choose or how exciting your combinations get, try to find a way to incorporate a little red into your appearance. Red is the color of strength, pride, and confidence.
3) Take Note of Pointless Seasonal Trends
So, they exist. People wear different outfits in summer than they do in winter. Does it make sense? Not at all. Not to me, anyway. To my fashion designer friends, and to the tailors of the world? Yes. It makes sense, and everyone should just understand why. You can get away with wool in fall or winter, but not in spring or summer, when you’ll want to break out that silk tie. Try contrasting seasonal colors. Do a little research on what people are wearing this year.
4) Rock the Accessories
Stylish handkerchief, with or without snot? Definitely. Empty leather briefcase? Sure. A shiny watch, the battery of which wore out years ago? Wouldn’t leave home without it! Cufflinks? Only if you’re up for it. A pair of glasses? Maybe. Accessories can make a world of difference, so try out different combinations and get some feedback. Let your tailor know what you’re thinking of wearing with your suit. It’s also worth mentioning that you’re a fool if you wear mismatching socks. People will see them. People will judge you for them. Don’t skimp on those socks!
5) The Flower Loop What?
There are some older styles that never really wore out their welcome. Do you know what the flower loop is? Back when people actually accessorized with a flower, there was a hand-stitched loop that accommodated the addition. You may not care for the flower, but think about adding the loop. The older gents will notice, and they might just appreciate that some traditions are still alive in memory.
And what guy wouldn’t want a hidden pocket (great for holding flasks, winkwinknudgenudge)? Ask your tailor if your suit will have one. If he says no, then you say: “Yes, yes it will most definitely have a hidden compartment.”
6) Deciding on Mood
You know how moods come and go? Well, they don’t have to. How you feel can be manipulated, and you have a lot of mood-swinging choices available in the way you dress.
What mood would you like to be in? Are you on fire? Warm colors can say a lot about your personality, and they can make you feel better. They can make you feel vital and confident, then can put you into a creative mood. Softer colors may look great, but they may not inspire you to feel great. That said, not everything works for everyone. Experiment a little.
Trendy suits can also lift your mood and personality. Three piece suits are making waves right now. And consider the fabric you’ll be wearing all day–make sure you’re comfortable! That’s more important than anything.
No matter what you do, seek the advice and professional service of a tailor. They can shock you with their little secrets of the trade. One leg longer than the other? Believe it or not, they may let you know. You’ll be surprised (and hopefully pleased) to discover a few new details about your own body, and what kind of fashions work best for you. Ask some questions, discover some new styles, and have fun!