As they say, “first impressions last”, and one thing that guarantees a good first impression every time is a well-fitted and carefully thought-out suit. This is why bespoke suits have always been one of the most sought after styling choices and business attire for men around the globe. The art of bespoke is more than just a craft, it is a reflection of the wearer’s personality. It is a process in which the craftsman (tailor) has the time, freedom, insight, and fashion sense to create a garment that’s perfect not just for the wearer’s body, but personality, mindset and aesthetic appeal as well. Whether casuals or formals, bespoke suits are a ‘must-have’ in your wardrobe. In this article, we have put together 10 golden rules that will help you sport the right bespoke style.
Rule 1: Settle for Nothing Less Than a Perfect Fit
A right fit is essential to bring out a perfect bespoke gentleman look. Even the world’s most expensive suits will look bad if not tailored to the silhouette of your body. When buying a bespoke suit, the first thing you need to do is ensure that it’s the right fit for your body.
The shoulders are very difficult to tailor and determine whether any option is perfect for your body, so make sure the shoulders of the suit you are about to purchase do not stick out or stick up. After all, you need to strike a perfect balance to cut out that sculpted physique!
Rule 2: Tie Should Be In Harmony with the Lapel
For a gentlemanly formal look, make sure the widths of the tie and the suit’s lapel match perfectly. A lapel is that part on each side of the jacket immediately below the collar and usually formed by folding over the front edges of suit-jackets. Thin lapels are very much in vogue as compared to wide lapels that are now considered old-school. When working with a thin collar use thin ties, and for broad lapel broad ties are the way to go.
Rule 3: Experiment Cautiously with Pocket Squares
A pocket square is a ‘must’ if you want to add an extra level of elegance to your look. This is one area where you get the most freedom to experiment with your styling.
Before you experiment, however, one thing you need to keep in mind is that your pocket square shouldn’t match with either the pattern or fabric of the tie
Rule 4: Don’t Limit Yourself to ‘Black’
Myriad color choices are available in men’s suits. We recommend that you go for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you are attending a funeral. Dark gray is the new black and a versatile color choice that goes with a plethora of shirt color choices. Also, be a little experimental with the pattern choices, and remember that ‘checks’ are in vogue these days.
Rules 5: Choose the Right Color of Shoes
If you get this rule right, you are sure to make an lasting first impressions. Make sure the color of your shoes blends well with that of your suit.
Rule 6: Make Sure Shoes and Belts Go Well Together
Another sensitive element to men’s formal styling is ‘the belt.’ Your belt should be fairly thin and of the same color as your shoes. There is a plethora of leather and metal finish belts in the market, and you just have to match any choice with your shoes.
A Few Parting Tips
The clothes on your back are more than just a piece of covering material, but rather a testament to your personality. A bespoke suit is the best way to have an impactful impression, provided you get all aforementioned rules right. Besides, to give a more trendy and casual look to your bespoke piece of clothing, go for single-button peak-lapel jackets with colorful chinos. If you want to stick to a formal look, go for a double-button, notched lapel jacket. Last but not least, makes sure your socks are long enough not to show skin when sitting down.