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Choosing the right man’s suit

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When it comes to style, you can often afford a lot, but some outfits leave no room for error, and can get you all the compliments or have the opposite effect. This is the case with the costume. A priori, nothing more classic than a suit for a job interview, a somewhat formal dinner or even a ceremony, whatever it is. Here are some tips that will help you avoid falling head first into certain pitfalls.

First of all, you have to take into account the occasion when your costume will be reserved. Because even if it is understood that buying a costume for several hundred euros for a single use is not a luxury that everyone can afford, not all “costars” are interchangeable depending on the situation. Indeed, you will not wear the same outfit to go to work as for your best friend’s wedding!

Then, size is arguably one of the most important factors, especially for the jacket, one ill-fitting detail of which can make you lose all hope of “class”. The most common mistake is choosing a jacket that is too loose. The shoulders of your jacket should stop where your arms start, and not reach you halfway to the elbows! In all cases, a suit must be worn “adjusted”, that is to say that, when the jacket is closed, you must be able to pass a finger on the button without difficulty, but no more. No creases should form either, and the jacket should not “fall” when opened: it should remain in the same position. As for the length, it should reach you just below the buttocks, neither higher nor lower. The shirt should protrude slightly from the sleeves.

If you wear a tie, be aware that it must reach the height of the belt, which itself must be worn at the waist, that is to say at the hips.

The pants will therefore also be worn at the hips: neither higher nor lower. You should be able to close it without any difficulty, but without needing a belt to keep it in place (the belt should not play a supporting role for the pants, otherwise you end up with many unsightly folds). The length of the pants is also important. It is out of the question to wear pants that stop just above the shoes, or that form many folds along the entire length. Your pants should form a single “break” in the vertical fold at the bottom, where it meets the shoe. The rest should be perfectly adjusted, and follow the line of the legs.

Finally, do not think that a costume must necessarily be black and knowing how to be original often gives a more casual style. Dare, depending on the occasion, fabrics with a satin aspect. And don’t forget to match your shoes, which should in no case “swear” with your outfit. So, don’t wear white or beige shoes with a black suit and, unless you’re a young, fashionable director, avoid the sneaker-costar look…

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