Rules To Wearing A Suit Better
By Micheal Ogbuogebe
10 Suit Rules You Should Follow
You know the saying that goes “dress as you wish to be addressed”, well i would like to rephrase it as “dress to these rules and be accorded respect”.
When you’re able to ‘up’ your dressing skills, you’re improving your public persona by some percentages and that’s a good development you would agree.
These past years, the way suits have been worn have so changed that people have forgotten that there are certain ways in which these suits are meant to be worn, be it in the English or Italian style. Everything is now changed and i fear the next generation might not get to know the rules of wearing a suit properly, hence this article.
This is still in line with the philosophy of the blog which is an ‘all round’ development through great contents and after reading this, you might get the idea that what we want is you to always look fabulous and ‘Glam’ ( Confidence Arinze-ago)
1. ALWAYS LEAVE THE BOTTOM BUTTON UNDONE
Now if you must button up, you MUST leave the bottom button undone except you’re ‘rockin’ a croissant-like jacket. The sight of the tail of the tie resting on a crisp neat shirt just above the waist when you leave the bottom button undone makes for a great view.
2. THE CUFFS SHOULD REVEAL BENEATH THE SLEEVE.
Here, the aim is to expose the shirt as much as possible and revealing the cuffs adds more to this. A shirt no matter how classy or even gaudy appears rich to the onlooker when the cuff is revealed. Hiding the cuffs beneath the sleeves says less of the shirt even if it costs a fortune.
3.YOUR BELT SHOULD ALWAYS MATCH YOUR SHOES.
Hey, i know this might raise some eyebrow and you are probably culpable but it’s vital. In rocking a suit, it’s noteworthy you don’t flaunt much colours in general. The lesser the colours, the classier the suit. You can’t wear a blue suit with black belt and brown shoe. Nahhh! Damn awkward. More like colour-block.
4. YOUR TIE SHOULD END AT OR JUST BELOW THE BELT
When the tie exceeds the belt, it dosen’t only make your trunk broader but also literally transforms the tie into a rope(believe me that’s the illusion you create on the onlooker). Unless you’re a comic character in a drama, DON’T TRY IT!!!
5. NEVER LOCKUP THE SHIRT COLLAR WITHOUT TIE
The tie can be exempted from the suit only when the collar is not buttoned up. Locking up the collar without tie is a NO NO. This is actually trending but it’s not right. The so-called famous fashionistas and red carpet kings are even culpable. In most cases the locked up collar is accompanied by ‘bling bling’. ‘Bling bling’ cannot alternate for the tie. STOP!!
6. MEDIUM OR SMALL SIZED COLLAR SHIRT IS THE MOST SUITABLE
A suit exudes class when the shirt collar is medium or small sized and it’s proportional to the knot of the tie. Makes the knot of the tie rest well on the shirt and the wearer feels ‘comfy’. A fat collar makes the suit shabby. Besides it chokes the wearer. The suit itself is choking enough.
7. REVEAL THE TWO OPPOSITE ANGULAR HALF- COLLARS
This rule is maybe avoidable but important. The two opposite angular half-collars should show when the suit is buttoned up. At times one is hidden or both are hidden.
8. NO ‘SAGGING’ OF TROUSERS
Ehen! Gam gam!!. It’s a no brainer. A cliche says thus ‘suits are meant for gentlemen’ but to my consternation i see most men ‘sag’ their suit trousers, suffice it to say there are only a few gentlemen. I often hear flimsy alibis like ‘my wallet is dragging my trouser down’ or ‘my belt is loose’ lol. Habaaa! Then you shouldn’t have worn the suit without fixing these faults. Please!! it makes a big tout of you
9. NO EXCESSIVE PULL-UP OF TROUSER
This complements the rule number 8. You don’t do this either. If you do, then the tie exceeds the belt thereby breaking rule number 4 or the trouser makes a ‘jumpup’. It’s not nice. You’ll create the picture of some village headmaster. Lol
10. THE TIE/SHIRT COLOUR MUST MATCH THE POCKET FILLERS
The tie/shirt colour should in no way contradict the pocket filler’s. You will look odd. Adherence to this rule gives a resplendent dapper look. It’s even advisable you don’t rock a pocket filler at all than fall a victim.