Celebrity stylist for Kevin Hart, JayZ, Drake, Kanye West and Omar Hardwick (Power), shows us why a man can never go wrong when dressed in a suit especially if he follows these ten tips on rocking the suit with suave.
Here are ten tips to get the best look when rocking a suit.
TIP #1 – Fit is everything. Even the world’s most expensive suit will look bad if it isn’t tailored to the contours of your body. To judge true fit, put your fist between your suit and your chest. That’s the only distance your suit should have.
TIP #2 – When you go without a tie, it’s best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side. The suit collar should be able to cover whatever’s left of the shirt. Also, It’s fine to flip up the collar of a casual cotton jacket, but when you’re dressed more formally (say, in a black suit), you should always leave the collar down.
TIP #3 – Patterns always work with single shades, either as the suit or as the shirt. Find the pattern that contracts stylishly without appearing gaudy. Burberry, Checks and Polka dots always make wonderful patterns.
TIP #4 – Always unfasten your jacket buttons when you sit. No exceptions. Also, never fasten the bottom button of a double-breasted jacket (unless it has only a single row of buttons).
TIP #5 – A dark, patterned pocket square provides a welcome visual anchor to a light-colored suit. If you’re wearing a peach suit, a dark green and cream or navy blue and white patterned pocket square will give your suit the welcome visual it deserves. It’s all about using a darker patterned shade on cream suits. Two variations of the same color always look good together too.
TIP #6 – A suit jacket should come down to the first knuckle on your thumb. Too many people are cutting short jackets now, and they just make men look too heavy in the middle. Your jacket sleeves should reveal about half an inch of shirt cuff. If they don’t, try a short size instead.
TIP #7 – Undoing the button on your cuff looks kind of incomplete with the suit. It doesn’t signify quality anymore because there are plenty of working buttonholes done by machines. Keep your cuff buttons buttoned.
TIP #8 – Choose fabric according to how often you’ll wear the suit jacket. The most versatile option is a soft but durable wool. Show some personality by mixing and matching patterns and shades between suits, shirts and ties —the contrast is what you’re after.
TIP #9 – Your pants should sit at your waist (not your hips). You should be able to fit one finger into the waistband comfortably.
TIP #10 – You MUST own a black, brown and/or burgundy red shoe. MUST. No excuse.