Shweta Bhatia is a self professed shopaholic and also happens to be the Fashion & Beauty Editor at Femina Middle East. She lives and breathes fashion.
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As much we love women’s fashion, we can’t resist a well turned out man. There is nothing more attractive than a man in a crisp suit. Think James Bond. Think Harvey Specter. Think Francis Underwood. What do they all have in common? A fantastic stylist who knows their formal wear! All of them spend their journey in suave formal wear. Their style is definitely to take notes from.
From waistcoats and overcoats all the way to tuxedos, what is it that you need to look out for when it comes to fit, colour and design. It’s time we had a formal round up of what to look out for when selecting on what to wear.
When it comes to the jacket, make sure that it hugs your shoulders; it needs to be slim on the body and cover your bottom. The trousers should be slim and not skinny. Your suit needs to have a break of the tone of colour; this could be in the form of the shirt or socks. Notch lapels are more business appropriate, whilst a peak lapel communicates elegance and power. Number of buttons and vents is your choice.
If you’re going to be choosing your first suit, then go for a solid color such as a navy or dark grey. From then on, you can explore colours such as khaki, French blue, olive and burgundy. As long as the suit fits you properly, you can dress it up or down to your tastes. Think dress shirts, grenadine ties and Derby shoes or neutral t-shirts, trainers and chambray shirts.
Note: Black is not suitable for business daytime. Save it for the night.
Every man should own a pair of black cap toe shoes, a pair of brown Oxfords, some burgundy penny loafers, some tan brogues and possibly some suede variations of the above for a good collection. As always, it’s important to keep them clean and well maintained. Nothing ruins a great look, especially a suit, more than a pair of grubby, unmaintained shoes.
If the coat is going to be worn over a suit jacket regularly, you’ll want to make sure there is a bit of extra room in the shoulders. Otherwise, aim for a snug fit and length that ends a couple of inches above your knees.
What type of coat you get is up to you. My favourite has always been a navy pea coat as it’s (you guessed it) versatile, simple and classic – I can wear it with pretty much everything in my wardrobe.
Pocket Squares – This comes down to personal preference, but it tends to work best. Also, if you tend to wear a lot of colours and patterns in your everyday wardrobe then stick to solid, neutral coloured pieces to help anchor your look. Use these accessories to add some depth and character to your outfits.
Ties – These are the definition of personal taste and style, so my only advice is this: you can never have too many of either. Tie Bars, Collar Pins & Other Vintage
Accessories – Use these correctly and in the manner that they were designed.
Belts – Leather, suede or horsehair, just always make sure they match the colour of your shoes.
This will be the same fit as a suit jacket but cut a little shorter in length. They can still be solid in colour, but they tend to look better when they have a pattern or a colour involved, such as brown windowpane check, navy plaid or pastel shades.
Look for jackets that have softer shoulders and minimal lining for a comfortable fit that feels more like wearing a shirt than a jacket. You can pair them with everything, from a classic jeans and t-shirt combination to a pair of corduroy trousers and a polo shirt.
And don’t forget to make a statement with a pocket square.
Take this very seriously as it’s the one time that you need to look your best. Make sure the fit is razor sharp and go for one in a black wool or cotton with a grosgrain lapel and matching bow tie. For a classic look, pair it with a white French cuff dress shirt. If you are looking to get more use out of your tux jacket, you can try combining it with a pair of black jeans and a white t-shirt.