Style Manual

The modern man’s guide to dressing well every day

Fassbender, Hardy, Best and Beckham, there are some men who can just pull off a suit effortlessly. While you may not be a global superstar on the football pitch or an Oscar-nominated actor, you can still look just as stylish and sharp in a suit. Simply follow our 10 rules to look good in a suit and you’ll always be sartorially on point in your finest tailored gear.

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Know the signs of an ill-fitting jacket
First, check how the shoulders fit as they are key to ensuring a sharp look. Shoulder pads need to end at the shoulders and neither stick out or stick up. Secondly, there should be no gap between your shirt’s collar and your jacket’s lapel. Thirdly, check the length of your jacket – it should be long enough to cover your zip and behind.

Match colours when it counts
When it comes to choosing shoes to complement your suit, go for darker colours with cooler shades (navy, black and grey) and browns with warmer colours. Then find a thin belt in the same shade as your shoes. Lastly, add  finesse with a pocket square but try not to match it to your tie.

Show your personality in detail
If you want to be a cut above the rest, add a few extra details to your sharp suit. A smart belt, tie, pocket square, dress watch, pair of cufflinks, tie pin and bright socks are all finishing flourishes to give you a sartorial edge.

Undo your buttons when sitting down
You probably spend most of your time sitting down in your suit, so make sure you’re comfortable in something that fits (see point one).

When it comes to your tie, use your head
Not sure whether to tie a classic Windsor knot or a half Windsor knot? Well, use this size of your head as a guide. Essentially, the former style of knot suits a big head while the latter is better for a smaller head.

Stick to the one-button rule
As in one button undone on your jacket or waistcoat if your suit jacket has more than one button. This is for both practical and stylish reasons- practical because you’ll feel less restricted in terms of movement and if you’ve ever done all the buttons up on a suit jacket, you’ll know why one button should always be undone.

Dress from the ground up
Send a signal that you pay attention to the details and ensure you’re stylish from the ground up. That means checking your socks are long enough so you don’t expose your legs when you sit down. And when standing, make sure your trouser hem hits the top of your shoe.

Expose your cuffs
To look sharp, try and expose at least half an inch of your cuffs. This will also mean you can show off your choice of cufflinks.

Cover up any additional layers
If you have a tendency to sweat or wear an extra layer under your shirt to keep you warm in winter, choose a basic deep neck t-shirt in a light colour and ensure it’s well hidden. You do not want to expose anything that could cheapen your smart suit and sharp look.

Steam or press your suit ahead of any occasion
It can make or break your impression on others. You want to be remembered for looking sharp not scruffy so make sure your suit is crease free.

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