Style Manual

The modern man’s guide to dressing well every day


If suits are new territory to you, rest assured we’ve got your back. Whether your buying your first suit or you’ve always been more of a t-shirt and jeans type of guy, figuring out what suit to wear (and what goes with it) can be a bit of a minefield. However, we’re here to help. Read on for our tailoring low-down for a new suit state of mind and you’ll be ready for your upcoming event in no time.

The Suit

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If suits are new to you, then why not to start with a 2-piece. This tried-and-tested jacket and trouser duo is the easiest way to look sharp. Smart and comfortable its the ideal choice for any occasion. A navy, black or grey 2-piece suit is a good starting point and will always be flattering on. Or why not standout among your squad in bold prints and colours?

Already own a suit but want something standout? Then try 3-piece on for size. A suit with a matching waistcoat will elevate any look and provide a touch of old school charm. For a modern take, opt for a contrasting waistcoat in a bold check, print or double breasted style.

Fit-wise, a tailored suit will fit any body type and make for a stylish yet timeless silhouette. While skinny and slim fit suits are a great choice for leaner frames.

Going to a black tie do? Then opt for a tuxedo to make a lasting, smart impression. You’ll look every bit the gentleman in a vintage-inspired black satin lapel jacket and matching trousers. Go for a tailored fit and look a cut above the rest.

The Neckwear

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If you’re wearing a tux, a bow tie is almost as important as the outfit. You can’t go wrong with a traditional black one, or showcase your personality with a printed design.

For those opting for a 2-piece, it’s best to stick to a tie, but make the look your own with a floral or knitted style.

The Shoes

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You can do no wrong with a smart pair of Derby shoes. Whether you stick with classic leather or go all out in a patent pair, the derby shoe is a failsafe option, as the polished, masculine and classic shape will compliment any suit. As a general rule, stick to the colour that is darker than your suit. E.g. black shoes and a black suit, and dark brown with a navy suit.

After a more contemporary vibe? Then why not, turn to loafers and go sans socks, this is a particularly good options for summer events.

Want to take a simpler approach? Think brogues. With a classic yet contemporary appeal, these no-fuss shoes can be paired among a wide range of suit styles. Recommended to invest in, you can rely on a good pair for many years to come.

The Accessories

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Silky handkerchiefs or pocket squares nicely dress up a suit jacket. And much like a tie, there’s many ways to wear yours. For beginners, fold yours into a simple square shape for an accent of colour. Don’t forget about the corsage either! Match yours with the same colour as your tie for a polished appearance.

Cufflinks may be a little detail, but they won’t go unmissed. Silver or gold-plated designs will add an expensive-looking touch to any suiting.

Finally, why not add a cummerbund? Usually worn with a bow tie, a cummerbund is a broad waist sash lightly worn across the stomach and above the waistband. This traditional accessory is guaranteed to perfectly pull your look together on the big night.

If you need a little more help prepping for your event, why not look at our suit guide, or head over to our Formal Hire. Once you discover our range of extensive styles and options, choosing a suit will be second nature… 


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