Every gentleman needs at least a couple of suits in his wardrobe. Even if your everyday life doesn't require formal attire, you don't want to find yourself stuck borrowing a friend's ill-fitting jacket the day before a special occasion.


You should never select any garment without considering how the style fits your body shape. For suits, the correct cut can make all the difference between a suave, confident style and an off-the-discount-rack look.



Patterned suits, whether herringbone, striped or checkered, are more daring and should be selected with care. Always opt for a fitted cut to avoid a dated look. Aim for understatement in professional situations: dark shades and simple patterns are best.

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Solid fabrics are generally easier to wear, but they're less fashion-forward. While timelessly stylish, black suits can be more difficult to wear for events other than weddings and society dinner parties.

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No longer reserved for bankers and Don Draper wannabes, suits don't have to be formal. A classic suit and tie are still the pinnacle of masculine elegance, but casual suits are starting to make their mark on men's fashion. Try pairing a suit with a t-shirt and trainers for an alternative modern style.


Swap a button-down shirt for a t-shirt or polo sweater, teamed with a pair of plain sneakers.


Although by definition a suit consists of an identical jacket and trousers, rules are made to be broken. Why not experiment with different (but complementary) colours and patterns?


Keep it classic but let your personality shine with a tie and shoes in interesting hues and textures.


When you need to look elegant, nothing can compete with a dinner jacket or a three-piece suit. Accompanied, of course, by a tie or bow tie.


A leather belt and shoes are staple suit accessories. Wear a tie for professional settings, and feel free to opt a bow tie, pocket handkerchief, or cuffliks for special occasions.

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Trousers should have a single “break” over your shoes and should cover half of the heel. You should be able to walk barefoot in your suit if the length is correct.


The shoulder seam should be in perfect alignment with the shoulder. If your shoulder goes beyond the sleeve seam, then your jacket is too small.


Your jacket should hit about halfway down your bottom. With your arms by your sides, the end of the sleeves should be level with your wrist bone. Around half an inch of your shirt sleeve should show so that your cuff links are visible (if you're wearing them).


Jackets with two buttons are the easiest to wear. Remember that only the first button should be fastened. When buttoned, you should see slight folds next to the button, and you should be able to slide your fist underneath.


Besides the cut, you'll also want to consider other smaller details when shopping for the perfect suit. Here are four points to help you with your choice.


A cornerstone of the masculine wardrobe for decades, many brands have given extra attention to suit designs and have produced original designs. Here's a quick overview of a few iconic suit brands.

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