Fashion Faux Pas to Avoid When Wearing a Suit

Fashion Faux Pas to Avoid When Wearing a Suit

Regardless of your age or occupation, every man should own a suit. Sure, on most days you can wear casual attire consisting of a t-shirt and a pair of jeans. But there are other times that call for a more casual outfit, and jeans a t-shirt won't cut it. When you're faced with such an occasion, though, you'll want to avoid making the following fashion faux pas with your suit.

Visible Undershirt

Don't get me wrong, wearing an undershirt is a great way to add warmth and comfort to your suit, but you should keep it hidden from plain sight. If people can see the top of your undershirt poking through the collar of your dress shirt, it will throw off the entire look. This is why it's a good idea to wear V-neck shirts rather than crew-cut.

Mismatching Shoes

When you're busy choosing a shirt, tie, pants and jacket, it's easy to overlook something as simple as the shoes. However, the wrong shoes can have disastrous consequences on your appearance, creating an imbalanced look that does your outfit no justice. A good rule of thumb is to choose a pair of shoes that are the same, similar or contrasting color as your tie. Doing so will ensure a clean and concise look in which everything flows together.

Wearing the Wrong Socks

Equally as important as shoes are socks. Ideally, your socks should match the color of your pants. If you are wearing navy blue dress pants, choose a similar navy blue-colored socks. Or if you are wearing black dress pants, wear black socks. When you sit down the bottom of your pants rise up, your socks will blend together with your pants.

Wrinkled Clothes

I always cringe when I see guys wearing wrinkled suits. It may seem harmless enough, but wearing a wrinkled shirt, pants or jacket can bring down the visual appeal of your entire outfit. It only takes a couple of minutes to run over your clothes with an iron, but doing so can make a world of difference in the appearance of your suit.

Jacket is Too Long

Don't make the mistake of wearing a jacket that's too long. When choosing a suit jacket, find one in which the hem reaches your fingertips -- not any longer or shorter. This is the sweet spot for a jacket that creates a balanced, elegant look.