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Looking to buy our top dark red suit, dark blue suit red tie, dark red suit mens, dark red bodysuit, and dark grey suit with red tie picks? A modern man’s sophisticated closet should always include such stylish essentials as a red suit and a white striped classic shirt. This combination of a red suit and a light blue long sleeve shirt is the picture of elegance. A good pair of dark purple leather derby shoes are sure to leave the kind of impression you want to give.

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Tips for Wearing a Suit

Here are some subtle tips for wearing a suit that will instantly make you look more put together.

1. FIND THE RIGHT SHOULDER FIT FIRST

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Did you know shoulders are the hardest area to tailor on a suit?  Avoid the dreaded shoulder divot, and instead choose a suit that fits your shoulders best when shopping off the rack. Your tailor can easily take in the waist and adjust for length, so shoulders should be your primary concern when suit shopping.

2. GET YOUR SLEEVE AND PANTS TAILORED

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A good fit is the first step to looking fresh in a suit. Without a suit that hugs and hangs from your body in all the right places, you’ll look sloppy and disheveled — no matter how hard you try. Invest a few extra bucks in tailoring your suit to get the perfect fit, and you’ll instantly look more polished.

3. INVEST IN A QUALITY DRESS SHIRT, BELT AND SHOES

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Sure, you know suits are an investment, but what about the rest of your look? A quality shirt, belt and shoes go a long way in tying together your professional look. Don’t skimp on these, or you’ll cheapen your suit. Check out HisFavoriteShirt.com for top men’s dress shirt brands to complete any look.

4. SAVE YOUR SUIT WITH A SLEEK UNDERSHIRT

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In high-stress environments, sweat will find a way to soak through any barrier. Your dress shirt, your suit jacket — sweat will test the limit at the worst moment possible. Do yourself (and your co-workers) a favor, and wear an undershirt beneath your dress shirt. Blocking sweat from your dress shirt will help hide those jarring underarm sweat marks and help your shirts look fresher, longer. Opt for a sweat proof undershirt like Thompson Tee to guarantee no one sees you sweat. Read more tips on how to stay cool in a suit.

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5. CHOOSE A TIE THAT’S DARKER THAN YOUR SHIRT

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Unsure which tie to choose? As a general rule of thumb, your tie should be darker than your shirt to create balance. Also, avoid matching the pattern of your tie and dress shirt. For example, with a checkered shirt, try a paisley tie to offset the more casual checkered pattern.

6. PERFECT THE TIE DIMPLE

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What’s a tie dimple, you ask? That natural divot at the top of your tie that looks deceivingly unintentional. Really, perfecting the tie dimple is an art that requires a bit of practice and patience. For the best chance at achieving a tie dimple, use a thick, wide tie made of silk or cashmere and stay away from cotton ties.

7. MATCH YOUR SHOES AND BELTmatch

Coordinating your shoes and belt is an easy way to create a more cohesive look.

8. UNBUTTON YOUR JACKET BEFORE SITTING DOWN

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You stand up and sit down repeatedly all day. But sitting in a suit is a quick way to ruin it. Make a habit of unbuttoning your jacket before sitting down to avoid stretching it out and potentially popping buttons (the kind of attention you definitely don’t want in a board meeting.)

9. DON’T BE WARY OF A SNUG JACKET

The fit of your jacket is crucial. Although you might want some breathing room, your suit jacket should actually fit quite snug. In fact, when placing your hand between your chest and suit jacket, it should have just a little room to move. If your hand has plenty of wiggle room, your jacket may be too big.

10. EXPOSE YOUR SLEEVE CUFFS HALF AN INCH

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Long jacket sleeves look dated and sloppy. Show your attention to detail by exposing your sleeve cuffs half an inch.

11. PERFECT THE LENGTH OF YOUR TIE AND JACKET

While short ties might have been in during the 1940s, today they’re a major faux pas. Both extra-short and extra-long ties make you look disheveled and throw off the balance of your look. Your tie should just graze the top of your belt buckle or fall an inch below. But it should never reach below the belt. As for suit jackets, they should cover your pants zipper and butt.

12. MATCH THE WIDTH OF YOUR TIE AND LAPEL

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This is one overlooked detail that makes a huge difference. When pairing a tie with your suit, be sure to match the width of your tie with the width of your lapel. This creates symmetry — an essential for rocking any suit.

13. WEAR LONG DRESS SOCKS & STEER CLEAR OF WHITE

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Want to know a quick way to diminish your fresh look in a suit? Flash white athletic socks or a little leg when sitting down in an important meeting. Although you might not think anyone will see your socks, it’s sure to happen when you least expect it. Save some of your dignity, and invest in dress socks.

The key to owning your suit is making your look appear effortless. With these subtle tips for wearing a suit, you’ll instantly look more refined.

The Basics of How to Wear a Suit

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  • Your belt should be relatively thin and also the same color as your shoes.
  • Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.
  • Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie.
  • If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.
  • Always unbutton your suit before sitting down or you risk ruining it.
  • Always remove the stitching on the vents and the label on the left sleeve before wearing a new suit.
  • Never remove the stitching of the jacket pockets and never use your pockets, they can easily be stretched out, warping the entire suit.

The Finer Points of Wearing a Suit

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  • The width of your tie should match the width of your lapel.
  • Your tie should just reach the waistband of your trousers or the top of your belt buckle.
  • Your suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants’ zipper and butt.
  • The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) jacket should fall at or above your navel.
  • Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.
  • Make sure that your socks are long enough that there’s no exposed leg when sitting down.
  • A good tailor can work wonders on a suit that you love but know it won’t fit or feel like it did before.

Style-Savvy Tips for Wearing a Suit

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  • pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.
  • In general, thin lapels are more modern, whereas wide lapels are more old-school (read: dated).
  • Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral or other equally conservative event.
  • For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.
  • When you go without a tie, it’s best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side.
  • Double vents in the back are more modern and fashionable.
  • Avoid over-accessorizing. If you’re already wearing a pocket square and a tie bar, you’ll want to reconsider that clever lapel pin.

Tips for Smart Suit Shopping

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  • Choose fabric according to how often you’ll wear the suit. The most versatile option is a soft, but durable wool-like super 120 (a measure of yarn fineness), any higher is too delicate for daily use.
  • When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.
  • A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket.
  • If you’re going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket.
  • For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button, peak-lapel jacket.
  • You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.
  • Visible stitches around the edges of your lapels (called pick-stitching) aren’t necessarily a sign of a well-made garment anymore. However, they can be an attractive decorative flourish — as long as they’re subtle.

The 3 Suit Styles You Must Have

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Eric Powell, Founder of Ratio Clothing, a digital and brick-and-mortar business that custom-tailors your shirts and suits, says these two suits should be the building blocks of your suit wardrobe:

Dark All-Season Solid

“If you only want one suit in your closet, this is the one. This is the all-purpose suit you can wear to weddings, funerals, job interviews, and everything in-between. Dark charcoal or navy is the move here — not black. A black suit can look stark in daylight and is generally reserved for service staff uniforms,” says Powell. “Keep things simple on this one with a two-button, notch lapel. A solid fabric will make it versatile, so you can pair it with virtually any shirt or tie. We like a Super 110’s or Super 120’s gabardine that will be comfortable to wear in any season.”

Navy Blazer

“Not a suit exactly, but these days the situation often calls for something less than a full suit. The navy blazer is your friend when the formality is unclear or if you want to kick your casual wear up a notch. Wear them with jeans or your finest wool trousers. Throw on a tie. Or not. If you wear a navy blazer you’ll rarely be underdressed or overdressed,” Powell says. “We like a travel-ready fabric like hopsack for your navy blazer. Connoisseurs will often go with an unconstructed model for their all-purpose blazer. This keeps things less rigid, literally and figuratively, and will be comfortable for long days that take you from the office to an evening on the town.”

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