ANATOMY OF A SUIT
Looking for the sharpest big-day outfit? Knowing what sets each suit apart will give you the edge – our no-fuss guide has all the need-to-knows.
Knowing what sets each suit apart will give you the edge – our no-fuss guide has all the need-to-knows
FROM THE TOP
There’s nothing more impressive than a well-fitting suit, so if it doesn’t sit nicely across the shoulders, hang it back on the rack, stat. When scouting suits, start off by trying a size down. There should be a firmness around your shoulder blades, but not so much that it restricts movement. The right jacket will hug your shoulders and make you stand taller. The tuxedo is still a head-turner, and a streamlined black suit remains a modern alternative.
A notched lapel is the most classic lapel for a suit and complements men of all shapes and sizes.
Its more formal cousin, the peaked lapel, has twin peaks that point towards the shoulders and help provide definition to the torso.
TIPS FOR TAPERING
Getting a suit tailored to your body shape is key for nailing a streamlined look. Bringing the jacket in at the sides of your waist will give you a strong line in the shoulders, and the chest piece (material in the part of the suit that sits over the chest) will help the suit to keep its shape and prevent sagging.
You might not be able to see it, but it does pay to know what’s happening at the back of your jacket. That’s right, we’re talking about vents. If you want to keep your look more casual, opt for a clean and simple centre vent. Those looking to make more of a statement can go for a double vent.
The cuffs of your suit should sit just above your wrists, to give those shirt sleeves a bit of time in the spotlight. This length is essential for showing off your shiny new cufflinks, too. The four buttons on the cuff of this suit are known as kissing buttons and slightly overlap each other.
Suit trousers should be hemmed to sit at the top of your shoes – bunching around the ankles is a big no-no. Slimcut pants with a flat front offer a modern, clean look. Most come with a zip fly, single button closure and, of course, belt loops.