‘A well tailored suit is to women, what lingerie is to men’.
This is something we’re well acquainted with. But merely donning a suit isn’t enough to strike the right first impression. Improperly fitting suits may tarnish your reputation at the workplace. Even worse, it could dissuade your chances of hitting it off with your sweetheart!
Here’s how you can effortlessly pull the dapper ‘corporate look’, with ease:
1. The last button remains open
Always remember that the last button is there just for the style quotient and should remain unbuttoned, always.
2. Always unfasten the suit buttons while sitting down
Lest you want to spoil your suit!
3. Always button the top shirt button
Ensure that you’re not choking yourself out. If yes, then it’s time to invest in a new shirt.
4. If you’re wearing a dark coloured suit, a light pocket square can be visually pleasing
5. Never pair a sports watch with your suit
The effort to look stylish goes in vain!
6. The shoulders of the suit should hug your shoulders
Like they say, a proper fitting suit is akin to proper fitting lingerie.
7. Baggy trousers are a big no-no
8. How to gauge a perfectly fitting jacket?
You should be able to just slip your hand between your chest and buttoned-up jacket
9. An overcoat accentuates the corporate look
10. Do not go overboard with accessories
11. Shoes should always complement the colour of your suit
A little mix and match is okay, but refrain from having too much colour contrast.
12. Socks should always cover your legs
Don’t put people off by showing hairy legs!
13. The tip of your tie should be at/just before the buckle of the belt
A little trial and error can sort this.
14. Even the waistcoat should finish at the belt
15. If you wear suspenders, don’t wear belts
The purpose of suspenders or braces is to hoist your trousers up, just like a belt. Donning both would be redundant.
16. Shirt cuffs shouldn’t go over the hands
Remember, a shirt that fits perfectly is what garners positive attention.
17. Tie knots should be of decent size
18. A dark coloured tie paired with a slightly lighter suit looks sharper
19. Stitchings should always be removed
Otherwise the jacket would hang weirdly, while you’re walking.
20. The tie-bar should not be wider than the tie
21. Suit fabric should depend on how frequently you wear it
Go for more durable fabrics for everyday wear.
22. There shouldn’t be any gap between the shirt’s collar and the suit
Those are signs of an ill-fitting jacket.
23. If you’re going all corporate, opt for a double-button jacket with a notched lapel
24. The top button of a two-button/middle button of a three-button should fall at or above the navel
Remember this thumb rule!
25. The bottom button of the vest must always be unbuttoned too
26. The suit jacket should be long enough to cover the zipper of your trousers
27. Wear something underneath the shirt if your sweat-glands get activated too easily
But ensure that it isn’t seen. That would malign your suited-up look!
28. Opt for thin lapels for a more modern look. Those who prefer the old school look can opt for the thick ones