The modern men's suit is far from the rickety, surging numbers of the past decades that would swallow a man as a whole. Today's styles are sleek and streamlined, with a wide selection of tailor-made choices. Nevertheless, for many men a formal suit remains a symbol of clogged companies. Old perceptions die hard.
The reality is, with a few simple styling tricks you can add flair, versatility and comfort to any occasion, whether that's the office, out in the city or anywhere else.
1 Keep it classic
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In today's traditional suit, it's all about the details: the width of a tie (slim, not ultra thin), the length of the pants (hits the ankle exactly (no break) and of course the fit of the jacket (tailored, precise Clings to the shoulders).
A gray or charcoal suit is a must as it combines with just about anything and everyone effortlessly switches between seasons, but the classic white button-down shirt does this Look really timeless.
2. Stay Classic – But With Color!
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See this year round classic and haul it up. If you contrast your neutral suit with an unexpected color (like vibrant oranges or bright reds like this Alfani shirt from Macy's), you can mix a traditional look in a modern way. Customize it to your build by slimming, classic and athletic cuts. Finish the look with a black tie.
. 3 Swap a Sweater
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A modern suit that can be combined with just about any occasion You can use a shirt and tie free for a soft knit sweater to create a soft yet relaxed feel, from the morning commute to the anus -Work Date fits everywhere.
If you want to put your sweater in, choose one that's not too heavy or chunky: A fine knit, whether turtleneck or simple crew neck, seamlessly blends with the suit thanks to its figure-hugging, streamlined shape
4. Overlay image
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Layering is a basic tool in your styling arsenal and should also be applied to your suits.There are several ways to do it, but the modern application involves combining a pullover with a matching business shirt (no tie required). Take a suit in neutral color to ground the outfit and let the other items make the statement.
Dress it down
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Ultra-casual does not mean youthful or sloppy: just wear a light T-shirt under your suit and put on a pair of clean sports shoes like the Nike Air Monarch which give this look a relaxed atmosphere that has been well received by Silicon Valley celebrities and executives alike: If the guys who wore the same hoodie work for weeks, a time can catch that eye, as can you.
Mario Abad is a Manhattan style and nursing writer.