Every modern man should have a suit hanging in his wardrobe. Whether it's brought out to be worn for those special occasions, or for your day at work, a suit will always be your essential go-to. However, like all things, there are some rules you always need to follow. Here at Idle HQ our Editors have gathered the suit rules you need to know, especially when you want to get the best out of your suit jacket. Read More Men's Style Guide features.
Like every trend, fad, or occasion, there are rules carved in stone to follow. While most can be passed off as preference or style, there are some which are mandatory, especially when it comes to suits. While a suit has the ability to turn even the most casual, laid-back, 'couldn't give a...' man into someone who looks like they belong in the Houses of Commons, we thought to refresh our memories, and have outlined a few rules you might want to know when wearing a mens suit.
Suits for Men
The first pointer (or obvious one) to take in mind of is your fit. With the options of slim and skinny fit undoubtedly the most popular amongst the modern man today, you need to make sure you know your stuff. Whether is a defined look you wanting to achieve or to compliment your broad shoulders, understanding the differences will help you greatly.
The most popular for most body shapes is the Slim Fit. With a cut that is slim through and from the shoulder and also the waist, opting for a slim fit is curated to comfort. With extra room on the hip and hem, the slim fit suits always finish with a straight leg trouser. Ideal for broader body types.
A much more 'hugged' fit compared to the slim fit, skinny fit is more defined. Skinny around the shoulder and brought in more around the waist, this design is more built for tall, slim bodytypes. Fitted and narrow from the sleeve the leg, skinny fit suits opt more for formal events rather than day to day.
Suit Fit - The Details
The next important step is the fit of the minor details. You don't want to look uncomfortable, nor, do you want to look like you're drowning in fabric. Understanding and measuring are vital when purchasing your next suit. From your arm and leg length to chest - make sure you know your numbers.
Once you have your measurements down always give your desired suit a try. Whether you have broad shoulders or not, it is important that you try the jacket on first, to see how much of your frame fills out the jacket. If your physique is a little imbalanced then you may never find the perfect fitting jacket and you might require a tailored alteration.
Some people will have longer arms than others, so it is hard to fully determine what can be done about your cuffs if you do indeed have long arms. Ideally, the shirt cuffs will exceed the suit jacket by about half an inch and certainly no more than an inch or less than the actual jacket. If you need to shorten the arms or buy a bigger shirt to compensate for the sleeves then it's recommended you consult a tailor for a professional opinion.
The length must sit perfectly on your ankle and crucially before it rests on your shoe. When you sit down your trousers will rise up a little bit, so to save yourself from embarrassment make sure that you have socks that rise a fair way past your Achilles. If you wear gym socks or those short length socks with a suit, then you’ll get what you deserve if your hairy legs are on the show.
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