Hello Dearies!Happy belated Mashujaa Day! So it’s back to work and to class for most of you guys after a long weekend; hopefully you’re not hangover from the fun or NAH! Today’s post is dedicated to the Men out there and it’s all about suits. We’re adults and sometimes we’ve got to look the part. You can’t expect to look all dapper and gentlemanly without knowing Suiting 101. I love seeing a man in a well tailored and fitted suit and honestly, I haven’t seen a lot of them. Society has been plagued with what i refer to as the ‘Pastor’s Suit’. No offense to the men of the word but have you seen the suits most of them wear?! It’s Preposterous!! A good suit doesn’t have to be expensive you guys, wearing the right fit makes it look expensive. Looking shabby is not a Fashion statement. For those times when sweats, t shirts and sneakers are not appropriate, you’ve got to suit up. But don’t you worry…I’m here to help! I’ve been doing A LOT of research on suits and I’ve come across rules that every guy should know and consider when wearing or buying a suit. Here’s What Every Guy Should Know…
The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.When selecting a lapel, you also need to keep your tie preferences in mind. The width of your tie should match the width of your lapel. Narrow tie kinda guy? Don’t peak (Read below on the types of lapels).
In general, thin lapels are more modern. Wide lapels are more old-school, Mad Men style.
A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.
Your jacket should sit flat across your chest and shoulders.
How do you know if it’s pulling across your chest? The fabric will make an X shape across your abdomen. And across your shoulders? Cross your arms and see if it pulls. If a jacket isn’t fitted to your shape, the bottom will flare out giving you the appearance of “hips”.
That said, the slimmer the fit through the torso, the broader your shoulders will appear. Getting it right is a fine line — best left to the masters/Italians.
When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.
A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket.
What about pockets? Another minefield…
Ask your tailor to recommend which pocket pairs back best with your physique. To be safe, choose flap pockets with a ticket pocket for extra marks.
Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral.
Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.
You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide:Black, Dark grey, Light grey and Navy suits go with black dress shoes while Brown, Dark grey and Navy suits go with Brown dress shoes.
Double vents in the back are more modern and fashionable.
For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.
If you’re going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket.
Dabbling with a double-breast jacket? Tailors know best…
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.
Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it.
The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel.
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.
If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.
There are practical reasons for vests beyond just how they look.
Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.
The pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.
Make sure that your socks are long enough that there’s no exposed leg when sitting down.
Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.
The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.
Your tie should JUST reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter.
For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.
If you sweat a lot, wear an undershirt.
Finally, go for the dimple.
I hope this post helps transform you from Eddie Murphy at the beginning of Trading Places to Eddie Murphy at the end of Trading Places.
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KATHY & KAROL( THE TWINS)