5 mistakes men make while wearing suits

5 mistakes men make while wearing suits

Absolute no-nos when it comes to donning a formal look

By Alii Muhammad

Published: Fri 30 Aug 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 30 Aug 2019, 11:59 AM

Have a preposterously glamorous event coming up? Whether it's your prom, a friend's wedding or even just a classy gentlemen's night out, what you need is a smart suit! You may think you look like a Hollywood star in your suit, but chances are you've made one of these five common mistakes. Instead of trying to show you how to wear a suit just right, I'm going to explain what you shouldn't do.
1. Off-the-rack suits: Suits are meant to be custom-made or bespoke and never purchased off-the-rack. No matter how well you think an off-the-rack suit fits you, it will still have its flaws. Attention to detail is very important. By getting a suit tailor-made, you can ensure that you customise the following just right:
· Sleeves: When it comes to sleeves, you should be able to see anything from a quarter to an inch of your shirtsleeve under the jacket. Nothing exposed is long and sloppy, but if altered too much, it can look funny. Keep the balance just right!
· Pants: It is very important to get your trousers altered just right to hit your ankles to flatter the sockless look. This is something I like and recommend every gentleman to try.
2. Wearing belts with suits: Belts were never meant to be worn with a suit. Belt hoops were later added on when off-the-rack suits started to hit it off. Your pants are meant to be stitched and fit you perfectly according to your measurements. If you still need help holding them up, then you can add features like side tab adjusters, button adjusters or even suspender buttons on the inside but wearing a belt will chop your clean, sharp, silhouette in half and look sloppy.

3. The second button sin: The second button on your suit should always remain undone. It's 2019 and there are plenty of men out there who fail to do so. That is a fashion crime! When only the top button in your suit is fastened while standing, it cuts a smoother silhouette and shows that you pay attention to detail. Fastening the bottom button will make you look like you don't know what you're doing and add an extra five kilograms to your hips as an illusion.
4. Not removing the tag stitching: Similar to fastening the second button in a suit, I cannot fathom how people still wear and pull off suits whilst having the tag still on their sleeves. This clearly shows that it's their first time wearing a suit. The stitching on the tags on suit sleeves is pretty soft and can be torn out easily. Most men tend to keep it on, as they're afraid the suit might get ruined but you can always use the help of scissors.
5. Way too many accessories: Being super active on Instagram, I often see a lot of men accessorise heavily while wearing suits. The idea of getting dressed up is to look as sharp, clean and elegant without adding anything extra like tie pins, lapel pins, broaches, bracelets or even rings. They completely deteriorate the focus from the suit itself.  Therefore, I recommend keeping the accessories to a minimum - keep it to a tie and pocket square, which complements the suit and enhances your overall look. A single ring to add character works just fine too!
Alii Muhammad, Digital media influencer - menswear, luxury and hospitality (Instagram: @AliiMuhd)

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