By Graham Ray

Need a suit but own just one (which you haven’t worn since your Aunt Esther’s third wedding 10 years ago)? You should probably bring the likely ill-fitting, stylistically anachronistic suit to Goodwill and buy a new one (or two).

Check out this YouTube video from The Art of Manliness in which third-generation tailor Vishal Melwani from Combatant Gentlemen takes you through the dos and don’ts of proper suit fit and etiquette.

Melwani emphasizes that you don’t need to drop $1,000 on a suit to look great. If you’re like me and don’t have the budget for custom-made suits, then getting precise tailoring for a prêt-à-porter (I think that’s French for off-the-rack) suit is crucial!

A recent spate of weddings — including my own upcoming nuptials – compelled me to go suit shopping for the first time in more than a decade. A daunting task, no doubt, for one whose typical out-of-the-office ensemble can most aptly be labeled “casual casual”: a ubiquitous mélange of jeans, T-shirts and sneakers. A super-formal look for me outside of work is a polo shirt, jeans and sneakers.

The key to wearing a suit is to make it work for your own style and body type, but pay close attention to the guidelines. You don’t want to look like you’re either a small child wearing your dad’s suit or that you’re waiting for a flood.

Two keys points Melwani makes:

  • Shoulder pads belong underneath the jerseys of football and hockey jerseys – NEVER YOUR SUIT
  • The answer to “When should I leave my two-button suit jacket buttoned?” is, starting with the top button: 1) Always; 2) Never

What are you waiting for? A man should always have at least one go-to suit, and now that you know you don’t have to spend a fortune to look great, you’re officially out of excuses!

Check out Macys.com, where DubLi members get up to 8.5% Cashback, along with 70-80% discounts on select suits, jackets and dress pants through April 30!

 

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