Dress to Impress
Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, so is the image you portray of yourself. Style is a statement, a way of communicating to someone without having to speak. It is therefore imperative the modern gentlemen understands how to dress for the occasion.
At the office, for example, whether you are an intern, in middle-management or a high-level executive, how you dress will determine how you are perceived and treated by your co-workers, subordinates and clients. Dress well and you give yourself a head start, dress poorly, and you will lose points right from the get-go.
Below is the first instalment of our Gentleman’s Guide to Suits, an easy-to-follow list of tips that every man should know to look good in a suit. Let’s start with the basics:
The Fit 合身：
A modern gentleman understands that a suit will ultimately only look as good as the fit. There are generally two choices available to you:
Upon comparison it is clear that purchasing a tailored suit is more troublesome, but the end product is a more fitted and personalized suit. However, it is important to remember, a tailored suit is only as good as the tailor who makes it.
Be sure to take our Gentleman’s Guide to Suits with you when you purchase your next suit. You can make an off-the-rack suit fit just as well as a tailored suit, or assist your tailor to create a better product.
1. SHOULDERS 肩膀
The seam should rest naturally on your shoulder, not pull when you move, and not be too wide.
2. Jacket Collar 西装外套领子
The collar of your shirt jacket should fit closely just below the shirt collar. It should go across the contour of your back, without being loose, hanging off or standing away.
3. SLEEVE LENGTH 袖子长短
Your jacket sleeves should reach the bumps of your wrist and your shirt sleeves should be a little longer to add about an inch of visibility.
4. TROUSER SEAT 裤裆
Your trouser seat should fit comfortably so that it does not hang or sag, feel too tight or dig.
Tip: Be sure to practice sitting or squatting when trying your suit to ensure a good fit.
5. Jacket Length 西装外套长短
Your suit jacket should cover the majority of your zip and your entire behind. This is usually around somewhere between the point your thumb begins, and its knuckle.
6. TROUSER BREAK 裤子长短
Though there is a little room for personal preference here, as a general rule of thumb, your trouser leg should end a little above half way up your shoe.
The Results 结果：
The difference speaks for itself. Below are a few “before and after” examples of a poorly fitted suit vs. a well-fitted suit.
As you can see, in comparison to an over-sized or over-tight suit, a well-fitted suit makes the wearer look more stylish and professional.
Below are some street snaps taken in London, showing examples of gentleman that got it right.
A well-fitted 3-piece suit is the perfect way to portray the unique charm of a modern gentleman; calm, collected, dignified and well-educated.
Stay tuned for more tips from the Gentleman’s Guide to Suits.