Match 20 marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. With this transition comes warmer temperatures, allowing you to enjoy the sunny weather with lighter, more comfortable clothing. But if you’re planning to wear a suit this spring, there are a few things you should know. To create an attractive, comfortable outfit, follow these dos and don’ts.
Do Choose a Lightweight Fabric
When choosing a suit to wear this spring season, consider the fabric and how much it weighs. Thicker fabrics like wool and corduroy are excellent to wear during the winter because of thick, insulated properties. Wool and corduroy are both thicker than most other common types of suit fabrics, allowing them to “trap” your body heat to provide a higher level of warmth and protection from the cold. During the spring season, though, it’s recommended that you choose a suit in a lighter fabric, such as cotton or linen. Both cotton and linen suits are thinner and lighter than most other suit fabrics, making them an excellent choice for springtime men’s formal wear.
Don’t Wear Mismatching Suit Trousers and a Jacket
Don’t make the mistake of wearing mismatching suit trousers and a suit jacket. If you’re in a hurry to get dressed, you may assume that it’s okay to wear any pair of trousers and a suit jacket. Even if these two garments fit, though, they still need to flow together in a cohesive manner. Wearing mismatching suit trousers and a jacket will only hurt your efforts to create a stylish outfit this spring season. You can avoid this headache by purchasing a wearing a complete suit rather than suit separates. A complete suit consists of trousers with a matching suit jacket, giving you peace of mind knowing that these two garments feature the same fabric, color and style.
Do Accessorize With a Necktie
There’s no substitution for a necktie when accessorizing your suit during the spring season. This otherwise simple accessory will define your neckline while introducing new colors and designs into your outfit. With that said, there are certain occasions when wearing a necktie isn’t a necessary. If you’re getting dressed for a semi-formal event or occasion, for example, you can probably wear a suit without a necktie. But for all formal events and occasions, you need to include a necktie in your suit. Neckties are synonymous with men’s formal wear, and leaving this accessory out of your outfit will hurt your efforts to create a formal outfit.
Don’t Wear a Thick Undershirt
You can wear an undershirt with your suit this spring season, but consider choosing a lightweight, thin undershirt. If your undershirt is too thick, you may find yourself getting uncomfortably hot, especially if you spend outdoors. Instead, choose a thinner undershirt so that you’ll stay cool and comfortable even during the midday spring weather.
Do Wear a Belt
Another essential accessory to wear with your springtime suit is a belt. Worn around your waist, a belt will secure your trousers in place while also adding new colors and styles to your outfit. Don’t just wear any belt with your springtime suit, though. To achieve a high-end, formal appearance, choose a premium men’s dress belt that’s made of genuine leather materials. The only time when you shouldn’t wear a belt is when you wear suspenders. Also known as bracers, suspenders are attached to your suit trousers and draped over your shoulders, thus supporting your trousers and preventing them from falling or riding down.
Don’t Wear Casual Footwear
The warm temperatures during spring may compel you to wear athletic shoes, sandals or other types of casual footwear with your suit. Unless you’re headed to the beach, though, it’s best to leave your casual footwear in the closet. Instead, choose formal footwear with which to wear your suit. There are dozens of great formal shoes and boots you can wear with a suit. Loafers and Oxfords, for example, are two of the most popular. They both offer a simple, classic style while maintaining a high level of formality when compared to other types of footwear.
Do Press or Iron Your Suit
Before wearing your suit this spring season, take a few minutes to smooth out the wrinkles by pressing or ironing it. Suits can develop wrinkles during any time of the year, but wrinkles are often more problematic during the spring season because of the increased humidity levels. As the air becomes more humid during spring, it allows wrinkles to form on your clothes. You can smooth out wrinkles on your suit, however, by pressing or ironing it. First, check the care label to make sure that ironing is safe. Assuming the care label doesn’t say “do not iron,” it should be safe or press or iron. When in doubt, though, you can always have your suit dry-cleaned to smooth out wrinkles.
Don’t Wear Oversized Trousers
A common mistake men make when choosing suits is overlooking the size of the trousers. Even if a suit jacket fits, the trousers may be too big. And wearing a pair of oversized trousers means that some of the excess fabric will bundle up around your shoes or even drag on the ground. If you’re going to wear a suit this spring season, make sure the trousers fit your legs. At StudioSuits, we offer custom sizing on all suit jackets and trousers, ensuring you get the perfect fit with each order.
Do Wear Dress Socks to Match Your Trousers
Leave your athletic socks at home when wearing a suit this spring season. Instead, choose dress socks in the same color as your suit trousers. Why is this important? Well, if you wear traditional white socks with your trousers, they’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Sitting down in a chair, for instance, will cause the bottom of your trousers to rise a few inches at your feet, thus revealing your casual socks. Therefore, it’s recommended that you wear dress socks in the same color as your trousers. Doing so will essentially blend your socks and trousers together to create a cleaner and more formal appearance.