If someone tells you that choosing a suit for you is a piece of cake, there are two options: a) they do not have the slightest idea what they are on about; b) they’ve been around suits from the first day in school with plenty of time to figure out the whole matter. Why is this matter complex? Well, for starters, the sheer variety one can choose from is staggering. Do I go double breasted or single breasted, should the lapel be notched or peaked? Then there are fabrics – wool, cotton, silk, satin, tweed… Don’t forget color, patterns and matching all that with pants, shirt and shoes. And there is also the proper etiquette to consider – does this event call for a dinner suit or a lounge one. And when it’s all said and done, who does really care, you might ask.
Well, chances are you do not need a masters degree in the area, to make it through the day. But still, for most of us comes the day when the occasion requires a suit and some basic tips could really come in handy. That is why we are going to cover some basics in regards to those occasions. So lets have a look at some main event types where selecting the right suit is crucial:
The main thing to remember when choosing a suit for any job interview is professionalism. No CEO with a golden desk plate is going to look twice at someone with jeans and a t-shirt. Now is not the time for anything too crazy. That blue suede suit that was bought just because it looked cool will have to wait. Now is the time for blacks, dark greys or navy blues. Pinstripe suits are also a good choice as they are very high-class. Let personality show by picking a snazzy tie. Keeping in mind the color of the suit, choose a tie with bold colors and designs such as paisley or stripes. Always go for the classic tie style rather than the skinny or bow tie. Leave out any cartoon character or Santa neckwear. And in terms of suit fabric, cotton is your safest bet.
Weddings are always happy occasions where lighter colors are the perfect choice. Light browns, grays, creams, even blues can make an appearance, and yes, this is where that blue suede suit can stop collecting mothballs. Since weddings are usually more formal, this is where a waistcoat is a good investment, usually matching the suit jacket. Personal style is much more appreciated and often encouraged. This is where plaids, sweater vests, skinny ties and bow ties come in. Let personal style show. Always keep it light: no blacks, dark grays or browns. No one wants to be the rain cloud over a wedding. Just remember to never outshine the bride.
This is the place to be bold. When going to a business party or a night on the town, the main thing is confidence. Make James Dean proud with black satin or really turn some heads with a white suit jacket over black shirt and tie. According to Esquire magazine, the fabric of a suit is just as important as the fit. When choosing a party suit, never go wild with colors or designs. Black satin and cashmere are for social gatherings; tweed is not! Choose a two-piece suit that has a little shine to it to give it that extra edge. To add zest, add cuff links.
Be the man in black, not the goofy clown, and keep the blue suede suit at home. Choose the right fit. The sleeves should end at the middle of the palm. Loose and sloppy could be the deciding factor between “Do you want fries with that?” and “Thank you Mr. President.” Check out GQ magazine’s “Guide to Suits” to find the best fit for any body type.
Make a professional, personal and bold statement with every suit in the closest. And the best news is that no matter the occasion and the suit you went for, TheSocks has the right socks to add that finishing touch to your look.
This article was sent to us by Tom – a city boy, who has a passion for fashion, always looking to dress smartly and fashionably. Through his experience Tom recommends companies such as Skopes suits for those looking for premium corporate wear.