3. Suited Up
In your opinion, what looks most attractive on a man when it comes to getting suited up?
When his suit actually fits him! It’s funny, when I was younger, I thought I didn’t like a suited-up look. It turned out, though, that I just hadn’t seen a guy wear a suit well. That’s because the only examples I had to go on were guys – well, boys really – in suits at prom, or graduation, or their first job interviews and all those suits were terrible. And I mean, ter-r-r-r-r-i-b-l-e. The suits themselves were boxy, the shirts were puffy, the ties were…actually, let’s not even get into the ties. The shoes were – almost without exception – square-toed. Once I was around guys who really knew how suits were supposed to look…oh. My. God. I was a total convert.
Love that you kept it classic with a two-button suit in a solid dark color. How do you feel about DB suits? 3-piece? Bolder colors/patterns?
I think if a guy is new to wearing suits (or perhaps more accurately, wearing suits well), he should start with the basics. Invest in a dark gray or navy two-button suit with notch lapels and go from there. Suiting definitely has an advanced degree of difficulty as you go more and more trendy. When it comes to more style-forward pieces (like double-breasted, prince of wales check, etc) – if you feel great in it, you’ll probably look great too. But if you’re a little nervous, then you might look less than confident.
Where do guys go wrong with suits? Turn-offs? What’s trying too hard/not hard enough?
Suits that are too big. 100%. That’s why guys don’t like suits, because they think they look like they’re wearing their dads’ old clothes. Which…they do, if they’re not wearing a suit that fits them. Throw on a jacket that hugs your shoulders and pants that end with just the slightest break and you’ll look amazing.
- Frames by Warby Parker
- Charcoal suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Purple micro-stripe shirt by Thomas Pink
- White cotton pocket square
- Purple crest tie by Hickey
- Sterling Silver tie bar by Tiffany & Co.
- Brown leather wingtips by Gucci
Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Megan for participating.
Yours in style,
Styling by Megan Collins.