Wear a suit well. The key to a suit looking good is fit, whether your suit is made from scratch or you are buying off the rack. If you’re indeed buying off the rack then you should focus on the fit across the shoulders because getting the chest and waist altered is a very easy job at any tailor or seamstress.
The classic fit suit is best and most useful – this suit is typically dark, two-button, single-breasted and moderate in details.
Furthermore, a watch is an extremely important part of your dress since a watch is like a piece of art for your suit. Watches are personal, it marks your passage through time and will say a lot about you. Your watch should feel comfortable and be right in terms of size and depth relative to your wrist as well. These days a 40mm bezel is typically what fits most people.
Don’t forget to not shy away from colour- this can be anywhere from casual wear to formal wear. A dip of colour is always a good thing. Whether it’s on casualwear or formal wear, indulge in a bit of colour. I will say this though, when it comes to colour – less is more.
I also can’t say this enough – men, you need to look after your appearance. That includes your clothing and accessories. Iff you’ve invested money and thought in your clothing then look after it. Use wooden hangers for shirts and shoe trees for your best shoes; have your suit dry-cleaned and pressed; wash your clothes regularly and, ideally, don’t tumble dry them (it can degrade the fabric); and polish your shoes. It’s also not just the skin of your leather jacket that you need to care for, your also need to take care of your own skin. Establish a routine to take care of yourself and your body. Have a routine on what range of time you eat, when you go to the gym, and your grooming regime.
Accessories like ties and pocket squares bring individuality to classic clothing, but be careful how you use them since they should accent, highlight or even contrast your wardrobe and not anything to outshine your attire. When it comes to curating your accessories, it is best to wear a tie or pocket square in a darker shade than your jacket or do the flipside – make it a bright colour that juxtaposes your outfit. The main point here is to not over-do the accents and the look – think less is more.
Another important factor is to know yourself, know what look you are aiming for and know if that look suits you. There is nothing worse or more cringe when a man dresses in something unsuitable. This also means age, a 50 year old man shouldn’t be dress like a teenager even though dressing the other way around shows maturity. There is nothing less stylish than a man dressed as he thinks he should dress rather than in what he genuinely feels suits who he is.
Furthermore, style is not merely about self-expression; it’s also about being dressed appropriately for your environment. whether it’s a formal dinner or a lazy Sunday in the pub – dress for that occasion. The worst style is one which is out of place – you should feel comfortable in your wardrobe but you should never under-dress. There is nothing worse than a man in jeans at a tuxedo dinner party. On the flip-side, there is nothing more interesting than a man in a full 3 piece suit – when in doubt just overdress.
Also remember to spend money on your shoes. This does not mean to splurge for Versaces but to make sure you find a nice comfortable pair of shoes for every occasion. A shoe that is worn with shoes has a gold standard and that is re-soleable leathers. These can be brogues (wing-tips), loafers, or just a plain five-eyelet Derby.
Over-all, make sure your style suits you, dress to impress and the occasion. When you are in doubt, over-dress and be minimalistic with jewelry and accessories. After-all, a suit says 1000 unspoken words about a man.