DAvid Gandy


Men have it easy when it comes to dressing smart. A sharp suit looks good on everyone, but only when worn correctly. A poor fit, and mismatched accessories, can run the illusion quickly. It’s very difficult to get your suit perfect, but very easy to get it wrong. We can’t all look like James Bond, but we can get pretty damn close! Today, I’m going to walk you through the process step-by-step. A suit is the ultimate style piece for guys, and there are no excuses for getting it wrong.

Keep it clean

The first rule of a great suit is keeping it clean and sharp. And, I don’t just mean brushed down and hung up after your last event. I mean dry cleaned and ironed to perfection. You can now get dry cleaning pickup and delivery, so there’s no excuse for a dirty suit. Trust me, that red wine stain isn’t hidden! The perfect suit is beautifully clean, pressed, and crisp. Match it with a freshly ironed shirt, and – yes – you should iron your tie. When it comes to your suit, don’t leave anything to chance!

Tailored fit

The biggest faux pas when in fashion is an ill-fitting suit. Understandably, this is a tricky one to get right. Especially when there are so many ‘off-the-rack’ options on the market. Even if you do purchase a store-bought suit, stump up for the alterations; it’s well worth the money! The shoulder should fit squarely on your shoulders. The cuffs should leave a quarter-inch of shirt showing. The trousers should be just the right length, and sit on top of your heel. When it comes to looking great in a suit, it’s all about the details.

Shirt, tie, and pocket square

A great suit is easily ruined by pairing it with the wrong accessories. Rule number one is getting the dress shirt right. You can get somewhat creative with the colour, just make sure it’s always lighter than your tie. If you’re asking me, don’t mess with the simple white and pastel shades. As for the tie, make sure the width matches the lapel of your suit. Choose a sophisticated and simple option (no funny patterns!) When it comes to the pocket square, you have a little freedom, but never match it to the fabric or pattern of your tie.

Belt and shoes

The other two primary accessories are your belt and shoes. A full dress suit doesn’t require a belt, but a more casual everyday suit always looks good with a belt. The main rule here is to match your belt and your shoes. If you choose a tan leather belt, opt for tan brogues. If you go for the simple black leather belt, choose a leather Oxford shoe. Simple. Oh, and don’t forget to polish the shoes.


My final piece of advice is confidence. The mark of a good suit is how you wear it. Stand up straight, walk with confidence, and you’ll project style and sophistication. Oh, and don’t forget the all-important grooming essentials. Tame that beard!


That’s all for now, folks. Until next time!


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