Never underestimate how useful being suited up is. As one of the last symbols of class in our vulgar democracy, the difference between a properly suited man and a common schmuck comes down to the details.
These 8 guidelines make sure you don’t overlook any of the basics.
Make sure the cuffs on your button-down shirt are poking out from your blazer about half an inch.
This goes for cuff-links too.
Be sure to tie your tie with a dimple.
But this isn’t your only option. A man below shows how to invert the tie dimple:
3. The Gig Line
The gig line is the line made by the alignment of your button-down shirt, your belt buckle, and your pants fly. Make sure they are all in a straight line.
The bottom of your pants leg should end at the middle of the rubber on your shoe’s heel. A tailor can easily make adjustments to fix this.
Socks should always be an off-color of whatever color the pants are. Anything else is the mark of an amateur.
Always wear black shoes with anything except khaki. And even then, wear black:
If the shoulders on your blazer are too wide, it can make you look incredibly awkward, like your shoulders bend at right angles or you have football padding underneath. Get a blazer that’s more fitted to your body shape, or with the shoulder hem right at your shoulder joint. A tailor can also fix this.
No. Just no:
A lot of people go straight for black, which is fine, but you can never go wrong with a blue blazer. When in need of a semi-formal outfit for a get together or a meeting, go with blue.
And if you’re going someplace where peacocking will win you points, talk to someone who knows what they are doing and try something creative:
Inspiration for today’s post goes to “Matt.” RoK tried to get you a guest account on here, but you gave us a bad email.
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