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You may be entering your mid-30s or late 40s and thinking to yourself that now is the time for you to improve your wardrobe. You may realize that you have reached a point in life where T-shirts and jeans are not enough. In your professional and personal life you re finding yourself needing to wear suits with greater frequency. You realize that the off the rack suits you have been wearing will not cut it anymore. You need something that’s fitted to meet your needs. What suit will be best for you?
It’s good to ponder on what made you realize you needed to add quality suits to your wardrobe. Are you getting married? Have you put on weight or lost weight? Maybe you got a new job or are taking on more responsibility at your current job. The reason you are considering getting a new suit will influence your choice.
Few things in life can make a man look as good as he does if he is wearing a suit that has been tailored for his body shape. A tailored suit can be used on a variety of occasions.
Men’s suits come in a variety of colors. However, the most traditional colors are navy and gray. A navy suit or a gray suit can work in several environments, ranging from business to social.
The pleasant thing about navy and gray suits is that they work for most skin tones. With gray, there is a spectrum that you can choose from, starting with charcoal and ending with a medium gray. Medium gray is preferable to charcoal because it is a more balanced color.
Some people would argue that going with a traditional black suit is best. However, the reality is that a traditional black suit lacks versatility. You can’t mix it with other pieces. A gray or navy suit can be mixed with different trousers and jackets to create several outfits. In fact, if you purchase one navy suit and one gray suit, with that combination, you have four separate outfits.
It depends on your business and personal life. They took a survey of corporate executives and lawyers. They were asked how many suits they have in rotation. The answer ranged from three to 20 or more.
Most people would agree that with five suits, a man has a wardrobe that he can continually rotate without looking stagnant. The five suits that are recommended include:
· A navy suit
· A gray suit
· A suit with a subtle pattern
· A suit that is a lighter shade of blue or gray, preferably Birdseye gray or royal blue
· A nontraditional suit
Having a nice suit is good, but if you want to look your best, you are going to pay attention to the details. Therefore, it’s important for you to get the right accessories for your suit.
When choosing a tie for your suit, you want a tie that has the right thickness for your style of suit. If your suit has skinny lapels, then you need a skinny tie. A traditional suit that has a peak or notched lapel will look better with a thicker tie.
Pocket squares, when worn appropriately, can take your suit to the next level. Your pocket square should go with your tie. It doesn’t have to be an exact pattern match for your tie, but the colors should not clash. If you have a solid-colored tie, think about getting a pocket square that has a printed design. Or you can do vice versa.
Socks have become more imaginative in recent years. Printed socks have grown in popularity. It’s common to see men wearing traditional suits with socks that have a unique or elaborate design.
Printed socks are a great way to break away from the mold of black socks. However, printed socks should only be worn in the right environment. In some conservative workplaces, they will not be allowed.
The suits that you own when you are in your 30s may not be the same ones you want in your 40s. The suits that you love in your 40s may not be a style that fits you in your 50s or 60s. Your wardrobe will keep evolving as your tastes evolve. However, you will see that regardless of the stage of life you are in, nothing fits as well as a nice suit.