How To Pick The Right Accessories For Your Suit
You got the fit right, but styling your suit doesn’t stop there.
Looking good is all in the details, which is why picking the right accessories for your suit is important. Today’s post is all about getting those accessories perfect, I’ll show you what ties to look for and point out a few lesser known styling tips that can make a big impact on your outfit.
First, let’s talk about what accessories you have to choose from when decking out your look. Ties are a no-brainer, but around this part of your suit you’ve also go tie bars, lapel pins and pocket squares. Moving down you’ve got cufflinks and a well-made belt or suspenders, and there are even coloured or printed socks if you’re into it.
PICKING A TIE
When you pick a tie, you should always find a thickness that matches the style of your suit. Slim fit suits with skinny lapels look amazing with skinny ties, think Mike Ross or Joseph Gordon Levitt. A more traditional suit will have a peak or notch lapel and a tie that isn’t too thick but isn’t thin like a skinny tie, these ties are what you see in most suiting stores, like MJ Bale or Farage.
TIE BARS, CLIPS AND LAPEL PINS
Anytime you add something metal to your outfit, you should keep it consistent with other metals. For example, if you pick a silver tie bar and also wear cufflinks, the metal on those cufflinks should also be silver. If your accessories have consistent metals, your outfit will look better put together.
Tie bars and clips are a great way to add a little detail to your outfit, particularly when you want attention to be closer to your face. Remember that tie bars and clips were designed to hold your tie to your shirt, so they should be positioned on a horizontal angle between the third and fourth button on your shirt. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t wear a tie bar that’s wider than your tie – that won’t look too fab.
THE BELT AND SUSPENDERS
If your suit is a modern, formal suit, it’s likely it has side adjusters and you don’t need a belt, but plenty of suit brands still offer suiting with belt loops. When there are belt loops, always match the belt to your shoes. When your pants are higher waisted or represent a style from a certain decade, make sure you buy good quality suspenders to hold up your pants, that won’t damage your pants waistband.
In the last few years, printed socks have become more and more popular, sending men into stores to buy the brightest printed socks they can find to wear with their suiting. These are a fun break away from black but should be worn in the right environments, for example, overly bright socks aren’t always a good choice for conservative workplaces.