From job interviews to meetings to dates to offices, name them. If you are the type to wake up on a Monday morning after a very long weekend and for some reason find yourself buried in clothes unable to make a neat office look leaving you looking stupid in your undergarments staring at piles of clothes thinking you have nothing to wear, well, this post is for you.
This post also goes to this guy that has that wild imagination of what he’ll look like when trying a different fashion style for the first time, and particularly the suited-up style or rather going all dapper and official. Especially for us youngsters of this time and age, nothing says “out of style” more than doing a suit. It’s all street wear or casual everywhere you go and find a group of young millennials.
The case tends to differ, a lot. Nothing says “manly” more than a well-tailored suit and tie. It is a complete transition from the carefree collegiate vibe to a more grown up polished look for the young men.
Play with fashion a little bit. That’s how trends are introduced, they come and go but the Suit has always been a classic wardrobe essential for every man and earns top spot of the list. The versatility of owning the official look is perpetual and goes a long way.
You can already tell a successful story from my look. I have on three sets of different looks but all in the same line. A well-tailored blazer, a dress shirt, a tie, a pair of suit trousers and a pair of leather dress shoes.
For this first look, this is a pinstripe blazer (yes, it is three-buttoned. Old is gold, as they say.), a black tie matched with a light blue dress shirt and a pair of black suit trousers then comes the shoes.
The second look is a navy blue blazer and everything that comes underneath it is my all-time favorite, black. Black shirt, black tie, a black pair of trousers and shoes. This look is the easiest to pull off from the three categories since black has its benefits of a blank slate thus easily dressed up or dressed down.
And finally is the fun and bright detailed. This is the same pinstripe blazer but for a change I brought in a little contrast and went with a red shirt and red trousers (Valentines classic).
Through the use of color and pattern, although it is usually best to go for one or the other, it’s really important you know how to play with the two otherwise you might not like the outcome. The easier way to go about it is to do two colors that contrast each other but one must be dull compared to the other or just go with the ease of monochrome, same color or different shades of the same color. I talked about in a previous post, the Trench Setter. Note that a checked or pinstripe suit is better worn with a plain shirt and tie combo.
Finally, always wear a statement piece or add a fun item to your look. ACCESSORIES MATTER bruh! They’ll take your outfit from 0-100 real quick. Here’s a quick list of must haves when rocking that suit and tie:
- A pocket square – Worn at the breast pocket of a suit or blazer. Make it noticeable, a contrasting color to the suit will make sure that is sorted.
- A tie bar – A tie bar is as functional as it is fashionable and is the best way to complete your look. The right tie clip will bring all your other accessories together, whether it’s a basic bar or features a design.
- Cuff links – These dapper accessories do add a touch of personal style to your suit.
- A wrist watch – Your watch should be just as dressy as the suit you wear. For a business suit, choose a stainless steel watch with multiple functions to meet your needs at the office. For a more formal look, like a wedding or black-tie affair, a simpler dress watch is appropriate.
And a few other accessories that aren’t really necessary but are still good to have are things like sunglasses or aviators, rings, bracelets and a boutonniere (This is just the floral decoration on the lapel of the blazers you’ve seen on me).
There is nothing as empowering than putting on a great looking suit. It always looks good while maintaining that touch of class. It adds interest to your personality. Get ready to turn heads every place you pass by.
Until the next post, please leave a comment or question below, whichever does you much justice and I will talk to you in the next one.