Men’s suits, rules for a successful business look



Your outfit plays a fundamental role at work: when selling or in a job interview, the first impression is important because it may often be the only one that you can give.

Your look needs to inspire trust and credibility, and also indicates your level and position of your workplace. Thus it conveys where you come from, but more importantly, where you want to go: information that we capture from some specific details, like the suit cut, and the materials used to tailor it, but also the shirt and the tie, shoes and socks.

Men’s suit is the basic element of the wardrobe of the businessman. The exact name of the inventor is unknown, but we know that the suit was born at the end of the seventeenth century, evolving until the thirties of the twentieth century, and then it has remained essentially unchanged: cpmposed by a jacket and trousers of the same fabric. Since then few innovations were only related to new methods of industrial production or some changes in the use of materials. The two most common types of suits for business wear are the two or three-button single-breasted jacket and the double-breasted jacket, only worn with long-sleeved shirts.


Fitting is the most important element of the suit: it must have clean lines that skim the body without tighten it and without too excess fabric, especially in the crotch and armpits. These are small details that people notice, without knowing it, and affect the image of the person. In addition, trousers and jacket lenght must not extend beyond the end of the wrists and ankles, and the sleeves of the jacket should show at least 1 centimeter of shirt cuffs.

Even colours have a certain visual impact. According to business rules, it is preferable to wear a wool blue or dark gray suit in areas where a certain formality is required. This habit comes from the United Kingdom, the capital of men’s fashion. Indeed, it is of British origin the rule “no brown in town”, which required only dark gray or blue for men’s suits. The reason was purely practical, as these colours more easily dissembled the dust of the city. Today the brown suit is instead increasingly appreciated in business area, while it remains a taboo overseas.


Colours convey a lot more than what you might think. Dark colours are related to authority and power meaning, and the blue in particular evokes feelings of trust in personal relationships and in business. This colour implies a message of credibility, competence and kindness and what is more, it pairs well with almost any colour and skin tone, allowing many combinations of shirt and tie. The warm shades of brown instead, make people feel more comfortable and make you feel more approachable. Gray suggests responsibility and firmness, and black is considered too severe and hard and suggests seriousness, inadvisable to use in business in general. As a general rule, in business wear is advised to be cautious in the use of too many colours and patterns at once. It is better to opt for soft or light stripes and checks with little contrast.

It is also important to properly match your accessories, essential elements as they give the impression of care, precision and attention to details. Accessories like pocket squares, pins or watches, they are esthetically pleasing and personalise with originality an office outfit. The important thing is not to use more than two or three accesories together for a sober outfit, and match their colours: shoes of the same colour of the belt, as well as for the colour of the metals of watch, buckle and buttons.

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