Abdullah Al Mahin
Nothing will make you feel sharp, elegant, and powerful like wearing a suit. However, to feel that way, you need to follow a few guidelines and make sure you don’t make the mistakes that a lot of gentlemen out there are making. So today, we’re going to discuss the ten common mistakes that gentlemen make when they wear a suit, and of course, how to fix them so that you can look and feel amazing.
1. Wearing a Smart-Watch:
It’s not a good idea to wear a smart-watch, i.e. an Apple watch, with your suit. The Apple watch is just sport, it’s not sophisticated and it’s not as timeless as a good suit should be. There are some smart-watches out there that look like a regular watch and you may get away with them, but if you have a nice regular watch at home, and you want to wear a suit, wear those two together and leave the smart-watch behind.
2. Not Removing the Tag Stitching:
It is often found that many gentlemen completely forget to remove the tag stitching. Often because they’re scared that they’re going to ruin the suit somehow. In fact, they are meant to be removed, they are meant to be cut. You can find the tag stitching in a few different places like the sleeves, the pockets, or even in the vent slits in the back. All you need to do is grab a pair of scissors and snip them off properly.
3. Wearing Too Many Accessories:
Remember, most of the tie, when you’re wearing a suit, you’re going for a classy, timeless look. It is not exactly the best outfit to wear six or seven rings and bracelets. It’s often found that many gentlemen wear deep V-neck t-shirts, few necklaces, and a bunch of rings with a suit, but it’s not the proper way to wear a suit. It doesn’t mean you can’t wear accessories, and as a matter of fact, you should, but it should be held to a minimum like a watch, glasses and if you really want to go edgy, then just go for one or two rings, and that should do the trick.
4. Not Getting their Suits Tailored:
The most important thing when it comes to suits is how they fit you properly. They need to fit perfectly. Sleeves and trousers are extremely important. This will completely change the look of the suit. So make sure that you’re getting them tailored properly.
5. Match with a Nice Wallet:
If you’re going to wear a suit, make sure you’re bringing your nice wallet with you. Pulling out your Velcro wallet when wearing a suit if one of the worst mistakes you can ever make – they just don’t go together. It is recommended that you carry a nice leather wallet, preferably something that’s a little bit thinner. It won’t be bulky inside your jacket pocket or you can just put it in your back pocket and it’s won’t create a huge bulge in the back which you definitely don’t want. You want something classy, something that won’t embarrass you when you take out your wallet to pay for the dinner, or when you take your business card at the gala, the wedding, or wherever you are. Cardholders are actually great with suits as well as they’re small, they fit right into your pockets easily and they carry everything you need without adding bulk to your fit.
6. Buttoning the Last or Bottom Button:
Three-button jackets are fairly popular, but in the last few decades, suits definitely trended towards having just a two-button jacket, but regardless, you should never button the bottom button in your jacket. If you’re standing, you can button up your jacket, not the bottom button of course, but when you’re sitting, it is recommended to unbutton everything so that you can sit and be comfortable and you’re not adding all of that pressure on the top button(s) of your jacket.
7. Not Being Versatile:
It’s not accurate to say that you always have to wear a shirt and a tie with a suit. Don’t think that you always have to button up all the way up top and wear a tie – of course, that is the classic look but if you want to experiment then go ahead with a little bit of versatility. You can go for something like a nice t-shirt (in summer) or even a nice turtleneck (in winter). Turtlenecks are comfortable, they’re cozy, but they’re still elegant and dressy, so why not change it up a little bit with an experiment. And if you want to wear a t-shirt underneath, you’ve to make sure that you’re wearing something nice – not your usual V-necks, but rather something finer and more luxurious to go with your nice suit.
8. Not Removing Logo Tag:
Some suit pieces come with logos and tags on the sleeves and other places as well, but make sure that you cut them off. Remove them completely as you’re not supposed to leave them and keep that big logo there. So, don’t be afraid to remove it because you’re not going to ruin the suit.
9. Getting a Trendy Suit:
It’s one of the greatest mistakes to get a suit that looks voguish now just because that style is trending – whether it’s a pink suit because it’s all over the red carpet or whatever reason. If you’re going to spend money on a suit, get the basics first – black, navy blue, gray, and once you have those, you can experiment and have fun, but it’s still recommended to go with something like tan, burgundy, charcoal, etc. If you spend a lot of money on trending suits, then you’re probably going to wear them just once or twice and that’s really it. It might not be fashionable again the next year.
10. Matching Tie & Pocket Square:
There’s no need to match your tie with your pocket square. It’s too much of the same pattern or texture. You might want pull colors here and there from each other but definitely stay away, especially from patterns because that’s when it becomes a little bit too much.