Basic rules for dressing a suit with elegance

When it’s about dressing a suit, over all in the first times we do it, many men have a look at other men to learn some good practices and take the right way. This may be a good idea if the examples we are having a look at are good. However, it’s not always like this because there could be ome unadvisable examples and it can take us to the confusion.

But it doesn’t mean that, for being sure about our decision, we have to appeal on fashion catwalks to take notes until the last details. They tend to bring the rules of dressing to the limit that, at the end, they are not applied to ordinary people like us. However, they can be useful to come out from some trascendental doubts.

Today, we would like to give you some advices to bear in mind when dressing a tailored suit. We are naming it the “10 commandments for the perfect suit”. Should we start?

fit suit1. Last button unfastened

Whatever it is the occasion, you should never ever fasten the last button of the jacket (unless your jacket has only 1 button, then it’s up to you). When the jacket has 2 buttons (the most common nowadays), you must only fasten the top one. If it has 3 buttons, you can fasten the middle button and, if you want, the top one, but never the last one.

2. When sitting, unfasten!

It can be obvious, but not everybody remembers to do it. When sitting, is mandatory to unfasten the jacket, otherwise, it becomes deformed. Furthermore, when unfasten it, we allow other people to see the shirt and the tie.

3. The cuff of the shirt should be visible

One of the biggest myths nowadays. It becomes more stetic to allow the cuff of the shirt come out below the jacket sleeves (between 1 cm and 1.5 cm). If we avoid to do it, our look could be too classical and old-fashioned or even worst, that we have not taken care about our appearance. If you use this practise and someone tells you to buy another suit because yours is really short, you could tell him to take his old-fashioned suit to a museum so that cientists could study its origins.

4. Accessories yes, but, when and how?

The tie is the most used complement when dressing a suit. We can find a wide range of colors and textures. Wearing it conveys elegance and formality, so it is perfect for our working days when it’s about causing good sensations to our customers, chiefs or suppliers. They are also a good option for ceremonies or special celebrations. However, for those less formal occasions, in casual days, it is better to avoid wearing the tie if we don’t want to cause a too formal feeling.


Another elegance indicator accessory are the cufflinks, perfect for weadings and other celebrations. To dress a shirt with double cuff and wear a good pair of cufflinks, is allways a guarantee of success.


Finally, we could finish this section by mentioning the pocket square. It can be a good option if you combine it with the tie or with the shirt.

5. Shoulders adjusted

We won’t neither use our suit to climb nor to play paddle. A suit must be worn with elegance, so it is logical that we won’t make any athlete movements. Like the building’s fundation, the suit begins in the shoulders and, if they are properly adjusted, its feeling will be perfect. A too big shoulder width will result in an oversized look. We get the contrary effect if they are too tight.

6. Who likes wrinkles?

No one. A perfect suit should be worn without wrinkles, in both the jacket and pants. If once you have put the jacket on there is any wrinkle, something goes wrong. Maybe it’s too tight or too loose.

7. The hem of the pants

Normally, when it’s about dressing, we should find a balance between comfort and perfect adjustment. The hem of the pants may be a clear example that it’s not allways comfortable to follow the standards of fashion. There are some people more susceptible when it’s about showing the socks when sitting. Therefore, while it is advisable to let the pant finishing stay just on the top of the shoe, without any wrinkle in its falling, there are people who prefer to have it a little bit longer so they don’t show any part of the leg when they sit.

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8. Jacket’s length

People who is loyal to the classical style, prefer the jacket a little bit longer than the usual. The current recommended style is to have the jacket length until the base of the thumb. However, as it occurs with the hem of the pants, the jacket’s length should be to the customer’s liking.

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9. Colors combination

In other occasions, we have talked about some tricks to combine the colors properly. Leaving aside the combinations among different kind of textures (plain, striped, checkered, herringbone, etc.), we allways have to look for the contrast. We will keep brilliant colors for parties and ceremonies and the rest for the working days. In all likelihood, most of the suit that you have may be with dark colors. That means that you should consider to have light color shirts (white is a color that never fails whatever the color of the suit is) and ties with colors according to the suit. We recommend you to leave the black suit for hotel recepcionists and nightlife staff.

10. Slim fit vs Normal fit

This could be unknown for us because there are many brands that don’t distinguish it among their dressing models. For many manufacturers results more salable to use a pattern suitable for a wide variety of bodies; it doesn’t matter if it’s slim fit or not. If you have ever missed to feel the jacket around your waist, we recommend you to try a slim fit suit. It will make you feel much better and, of course, the look will be perfect.

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We hope this basic guide to be useful for you. If you wish you can leave your queries in the comments and we’ll be glad to help you in whatever you need.


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