Fashion Forward – The Suit

Sophia Carter

Sophia is a poet and writer based in Birmingham with a passion for LGBT issues, food, fashion and literature, keen blogger and lover of cats.

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Whilst on my way for a morning coffee, I noticed something awful. There were hundreds of city men bowling about wearing the most ill fitted suits, clunky shoes and quite honestly questionable color matching skills I think I’ve ever seen. In my opinion a good fitted suit in any mans wardrobe is an absolute must.

Trousers

When you see a man wearing a suit and his trousers are continuing all the way past the shoe and are almost on the floor, it looks scruffy and cheapens the look. If you want the right length there should be little or no break in the hem. 

Jackets

The next issue concerns those good old shoulder pads. Why oh why do some men think it’s ok to wear pads that stick out past their shoulders? Embracing eighties women’s office attire is definitely not a good look. So make sure that whenever you buy a jacket the shoulder pads never stick out further than your shoulders.

The rule is if you clench your hand into a fist and can’t grab any material, the arm length is far too short. However, if you grab onto copious amounts of material then it’s too long.

As a rule of thumb, you should be able to see your shirt cuff showing by about an inch. When you’ve finally got that sorted you should be able to button up with ease.

Shirts

Your sleeve should reach to where your palm starts. Any shorter or longer, go and get another one!

The collar should be comfortable and hug your neck. Of course, if you feel like you’re being strangled by it, you should definitely try the next size up.

Last but not least, if you raise your arms, you shouldn’t be able to see your torso area.

The fact of the matter is, suits are not hard to get right, however disastrous to get wrong. Below are some of our best and worst picks.

Worst

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Best

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Next week we’re talking shoes, our pick of the best buy and tweed.

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