5 Tips to Instantly Improve Your Suit

Today’s the day.  You’ve pulled your suit out of the closet, possibly for the first time in a long time, and now you have to determine how to pull together the perfect outfit.  Fortunately, it’s easy to make any suit look great if you follow some of these tips.  Pick a few and your outfit will look great.

1. Choose the Right Tie

There are two quick tips to always have a great looking tie.  First, choose a tie that is darker in color than your dress shirt and that matches the lapel width of your jacket.  Second, make sure that the end of your tie barely brushes your belt buckle once tied.

2.  Match your shoes and belt

Make sure to match the color of your shoes and belt.  If possible, go a step further and match the material as well.  Doing this will create a coherent look and take your outfit to the next level.

3.  Buttoning Your Suit

The rule of thumb for most suit jacket styles is to always button the top button and to leave the bottom button undone.  One exception is three-button suit jackets; always button the middle button and leave the bottom button undone on this style of jacket (buttoning the top button is optional).  Regardless of the jacket style, always button your jacket when standing and unbutton when sitting down.

4.  Accessorize

Pick one or two of these suit accessories:

Pocket squares are a great addition to any outfit.  Avoid buying pocket square and tie sets, you don’t want your pocket square made from the same fabric as your tie.  Choose a pocket square that complements your overall outfit.

Cufflinks add an element of interest to your shirt sleeves if you’re wearing French Cuffs.  Choose a design you like and enhance your outfit.

Tie Bars help keep your tie neat and in place, ensuring you always look presentable.

5. Dress Socks

Dress socks should always fit over the calf so that no skin is visible when you sit.  For formal events or business meetings, wear socks that match the color of your pants and blend with the outfit.  For fun events, try matching your socks with your tie or shirt color.