A suit no longer needs to be regarded as stuffy and uncomfortable and only worn to weddings and board meetings.
With careful choices your suit will become the ‘go to’ item to wear to any occasion, every day wear for work and casual occasions.By choosing the right colours and styles it can become as versatile as any other item in your wardrobe. Here are a few tips on how to make the perfect choice:
- Choose a suit style which you find comfortable and fits well. You are more likely to want to wear a suit if it feels unrestricted but also compliments your body shape. Don’t buy off the rail but seek advice from a professional who can suggest fabrics and styles, correct arm and leg lengths and the flattering cuts.
- Avoid the ‘skinny fit’. This is rapidly becoming the ‘too tight’ look which is not flattering, feels very restrictive and the inevitable short jacket makes the wearer look as if he is wearing one that belongs to his younger brother.
- Choose colours which are flattering to your skin tone. Gone are the days when suits had to be navy or grey or even black. Choose earthy tones which are muted and gentle and more exciting.
- Think about texture too. Ditch the ‘shiny look’ and try matte subtle checks or textured tweeds. There are a wide selection of weaves and tweeds available which makes a suit more interesting, versatile and natural looking.
- Once you have chosen the perfect one, think carefully about the way you accessorise it.
- Don’t just assume that you should wear a classic shirt and tie with your suit. Try wearing it with a T shirt, jersey shirt or even knitwear for a more relaxed but still stylish look.
- Don’t over accessorise with tie pins, collar bars and pocket watches. Keep the look simple and your suit and your personality will do the talking.
- Think about your footwear. Try not to follow the crowd which wears tan shoes with everything. If trainers are more your style, then try pairing them with your suit but keep them clean and plain for the most effective styling.
- Waistcoats will always have a role to play too. Again, keep them simple and choose your colour carefully but interesting fabrics will add another dimension to your outfit.
A simple, comfortable, well-chosen suit will not stay at the back of your wardrobe. It will become a major staple that can be dressed up or down, worn to a board meeting but also out to dinner with friends.