A clean and classic jacket is one of the most versatile items in every YP man’s closet. Nearing the end of the holiday season, the right suit seems to be critical after draining your closet of your best holiday party outfits. Here are some tips for choosing the right fabric, shape and style of suit.
Suits are primarily made of wool, but the true quality of fabric is revealed by simply squeezing it. If it quickly recuperates and wrinkles with difficulty, it is probably made from a good material.
Your flat hand should easily slip into your suit under the lapel when the top button is fastened. If you put a fist in, the fastened button should pull.
If you have a narrower frame, a shawl collar is flattering as it broadens the look of your shoulders.
Larger men should instead choose a standard, notch lapel. This is the most traditional and flattering style on the majority of mens’ body types. Recently, the fashion world has been pushing for a bolder look with wider lapels and higher peaks.
Should pads are supposed to be square with your shoulders. They should not divot or dent as this shows that the suit is too big on your frame.
Jacket sleeves should never meet the wrist any lower than the base of the thumb and your cuff should be visible between a quarter and a half inch of the shirt.
Taller men often opt for a three-button suit as the buttons travel higher up onto the chest to increase comfort and presentation. For an elegant look, close only the middle button, though more fashion-forward men have been fastening the top two buttons.
The most common and traditional suit is a two-button jacket, as it flatters many builds and gives off a classic and timeless look, though you still want to replace it every five years to stay current with cuts, trends and the fit as your body changes.
Bringing your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be even with the bottom of your jacket. With a three-button jacket, the middle button of should not hit below your navel and with a two-button suit the top button should not fall below your navel.
Small details such as a flower loop under the lapel, hand-stitched sleeve linings and interior pockets show that the suit maker cares about tradition and ensures good fit.
The proper fit is crucial to looking good in your suit. When in doubt, take a trip to your tailor to make that off-the-rack suit fit you like a glove.
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