Whether you wear it at work, in the club, or for a special event, here’s how to look great in a suit:
Get it tailor-made
You might be able to find an off-the-rack suit that fits you well enough, but nothing beats getting one custom-made. It’s definitely an investment, but think about how often or why you wear a suit: this is a garment worth looking perfect in. If your heart is saying yes but your budget is saying no, there is a compromise – buy a suit that fits well and then bring it to a tailor to get alterations made. It’ll cost less, but still look pretty darn good.
Dare to be different
Chances are the suits you’re wearing are a wool and synthetic blend. Nothing wrong with that, but changing things up can be the perfect way to turn heads. You can invest in a pure wool suit, which actually means a lot of different sub-choices — do you want to go light in linen, or Brit-chic in tweed, for example? Another thing your suit or suits is/are likely to be is black. It’s easy to understand why: black goes with pretty much everything, and can pass anywhere, from the office, to the club. But if you have a lot of suits, investing in one that’s another color is definitely something to consider. How about one in a sleek silver-grey or dapper navy blue?
Keep it clean
No matter how your suit is cut and what fabric or color it is, it still needs to be clean and well-maintained. Luckily, suit maintenance isn’t something that will break the bank. For one thing, believe it or not, you don’t have to dry clean suits extremely often; in fact, doing this can wear them out. Instead, use a suit brush to remove dirt and stains, and a lint roller to get rid of hair and dust. If you notice a stain or smell that isn’t coming off, try steam cleaning. (A good steam cleaner may not be cheap, but think of how much you’re saving on dry cleaning bills!)
If you can’t afford one, set your iron to “steam” and pass it carefully over your coat and trousers. Or you can do the savvy travellers’ trick of hanging your suit neatly (make sure you have a proper hanger that’s thick at the shoulders) in your bathroom when you take a shower and letting the steam clean and smooth it out for you. Dry cleaning is only for stains or smells that still won’t come out, after all that. And one more thing: give it a break! If you wear the same suit every day, of course it’s going to get worn out. Hang up your suit when you take it off and give it at least a day to just sit and air out, and it will last a lot longer.
Don’t think of a suit as something you wear: think of it as a way to show your sense of style. You could choose a tie in an unusual fabric or a striking color. Or try wearing eye-catching socks (not silly, just “eye-catching” – for example, choose a solid, bold shade like red). And of course, a pocket square will improve your suit immeasurably. Feel free to browse through the Glamorous Pochette website to find one that will perfectly suit you – and your suit.
This shouldn’t be hard, if you’ve followed my advice. But sometimes you need an extra boost. When you get dressed, take a minute to have a look at yourself in the mirror. Your suit fits well, is eye-catching, and clean. You look good, my friend. Repeat this to yourself a few times, and then get out into the world and let the admiring glances you get do the rest!
Hopefully, these tips will help you and your suit look fantastic. But if you feel a little lost, no need to worry. An award-winning men’s fashion blogger, experienced coach, and model, I can advise you on what suit to buy, find you a great tailor from my personal address book, and help you get your look and confidence on-point. Just click here to contact me.
Now, let’s put on our suits and go work hard, play hard, and look amazing doing it.