7 Considerations for the Suited Gentleman

1. The Proper Fitting Dress Shirt

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen professionals in dress shirts where the shoulders and sleeves were too long, or the waist had too much slack in it. Investing in a custom-fitted shirt will alleviate buying a shirt that is the proper neck and sleeve length but does not fit well everywhere else

A great fitting shirt keeps you confident for the times you feel to remove your jacket during a presentation or on a warm day at the office

When you feel better, it will always impact your level of confidence

2. The Bowtie and The Tuxedo

In recent years there’s been a resurgence of the bowtie with the everyday suit, but my humble opinion is bowties are best with a Tuxedo. When wearing a bowtie (without a tuxedo), it can draw attention to the bowtie giving the impression that you are trying to be sophisticated, seem smart or fashion-forward. Unfortunately, at times it can do the exact opposite. The Andersonn Bespoke advice would be to reserve the bowtie for your formal events and wear a necktie with everything else.

3. No Sports Sunglasses with your Suit

Have you ever seen a business professional in a nice suit and large, reflective sports sunglasses? Enough said. I can’t say this enough – small details matter – Invest in a classic pair of Ray Ban’s or Tom Fords to complete your look when wearing a suit and shades. The right sunglasses will add an element of relaxed sophistication to your look. The Andersonn Bespoke rule of thumb is “If you wear it on the ski hill it will not work with your suit!”.

4. The Trouser 2” Too Long

In the tailoring world, we refer to the length of your dress trouser as the trouser break. There are typically three options which include no break – where the trouser meets the top the shoe, a medium break – where the trouser falls slightly over the shoe and a full break – where the trouser pretty much covers the shoe. The Andersonn Bespoke recommendation is a trouser with no break or a medium break as these options offer the cleanest look and can be especially advantageous for the shorter gentleman looking for an elongated appearance. Too much bunching over your dress shoe supports a much less polished look and conveys a lack of concern for personal attire. For the less adventurous, A medium break is always the safe bet.

5. The Necktie Length and Width

A necktie that is too short will bring attention to your stomach and appear as if you’re wearing something intended for someone much smaller than you. Also, it may be a sign that your knot is too big. Consider using a slimmer knot style or purchasing a longer length necktie to accommodate your preferred knot. Your tie should extend slightly over your waistband or belt, and the width of your necktie should be proportional to your suit jacket lapel.

6. The Proper Jacket Sleeve Length

An improper sleeve length will make or break the look of your jacket. A jacket with proper sleeve length shows that you pay attention to detail and that how others perceive you matters. Tom Ford said, “Dressing well is a form of good manners.” A jacket sleeve that extends to long has the same impact as a long trouser. Ignoring this detail makes your jacket look big and can minimize the value of the garment.

7. The End to Square and Pointy Dress Shoes

“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin. Here’s my final note – stick with a classic oxford, monk strap or loafer as they will always stand the test of time and keep your look clean and professional. Square shoes only make your feet look stubby and pointy dress shoes make your feet look disproportionately big (also, you run the risk of appearing clownish). There’s nothing like cutting ten while wearing a plain or cap toe, smooth or full-grain leather dress shoe that in the words of Christian Louboutin “…lifts you physically and emotionally.”

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