Some people call me “the guy who was born in a suit”, and in a way, they’re right: The day I got my first bespoke suit (a graduation present from my awesome late grandfather), I felt like I was born again – a new man.
Since then, I’ve preferred to rock a suit as often as possible, whether it’s a traditional black or gray one, or a bolder choice, like purple (really). My suits and accessories catch eyes, let me express myself, and make me look sophisticated and feel fantastic even on my worst days.
But a lot of guys I know hate wearing suits, and only do so when they absolutely have to. I get it: we often think of suits as something you’re forced to wear for work or special occasions. But wearing a suit can be something you actually want to do. Really. Here are five reasons why you should wear a suit more often — or think differently about the ones you wear now:
It shows what you’re made of. Inner beauty is what’s most important – no argument here. But in order to show that inner beauty by having a conversation, you have to get noticed in the first place. Whether it’s meeting a girl in the club, or being spotted by a future client who likes my sense of style, dressing well has opened the door to a lot of successes in my life, and it can do the same for you.
It draws people in. Just why do people come up to you when you wear a well-fitting, well-accessorized suit? Because it makes you look intriguing, but also trustworthy and put-together. People feel like they can approach you with questions about who your tailor is, or where you got your pocket square. Which brings me to the next reason….
It gives you a story to tell. These questions are a way to get past those awkward moments when you feel like there’s nothing to talk about. I’ve met so many people and told so many stories based on my suit, or on an accessory like a pocket square, lapel flower, or bowtie. The questions come naturally, and your answers will, too. But don’t worry – you won’t get bored. The conversation isn’t going to just be about that. It’ll usually branch out into other things pretty fast. Your suit and accessories just provide a great jumping-off point.
It makes you look put-together. Okay, so you might be wearing a suit because you have to. Maybe everyone at your office does the same. But if your suit fits you perfectly and is perfectly accessorized, you’ll still stand out. And believe it or not, looking put-together will give co-workers and higher-ups the impression that you’re more put-together than everyone else. It could lead to consideration for new projects, or even a promotion. And that same impression also works when you’re looking for love. Every moment you’re in a suit is an opportunity. Take it from me.
It boosts your self-confidence. Your suit is sort of like a self-portrait. It can be as simple as something that fits well and looks neat, highlighting qualities like responsibility and tidiness. Or you could accessorize it, adding personal touches like favorite colors, or motifs that mean something to you (although I always advise staying away from jokey or cartoon ties and prints – you want to look unique, but still sophisticated). This leaves an opening for people to see a glimpse of what’s behind the suit. Choosing your accessories and look makes you put yourself out there. And when you get positive reactions from that, it can give your self-esteem a boost: after all, you’re the one who made those style choices.
These are only a few reasons why I love wearing a suit, and why I think all guys should at least try it. There are very few things that make you feel as good as when your suit fits perfectly and your accessories go with it perfectly, too. You feel like you could conquer the world. And as you step out that door, you just might.
But maybe you’re wondering just how to find that perfect suit, and how to accessorize it? Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered. In my new book, Style & Masculine Elegance: How To Dress Like A Real Gentleman, you’ll find out more about how dressing well can upgrade your life, and get my tips on things like what to look for when you buy a suit, how to keep it looking fresh, how to match your tie, pocket square, and socks — and a lot more.
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