Style Tip: Getting the most of your suit

A common mistake that most men fall victim to is not wearing a suit to its full potential. Every guy (pretty much) knows how to wear a suit for business purposes, however; your suit can be appreciated beyond the boardroom. To get the most out of your suit, find ways to break up the pieces into a variety of looks. Once your closet is stocked with “normal” business suits, step outside of the your comfort zone and grab a bold suit that will look great as separate pieces.

Blazer with Shorts

Blue Oxford by Izod


Tassel Loafers by Johnston Murphy | Cotton Blazer by H&M

A great way to mix up your suit is to wear the blazer with shorts. You will need to consider the fabric of your blazer when you decide to pair it with shorts. A cotton or linen blazer compliments a shorts look the best because of the texture of the blazer. Since you are not wearing pants take into account the length of your blazer. You will want to make sure your blazer isn’t too long, to avoid looking like you are wearing “daisy dukes”.

Shades by AJ Morgan | Bracelets by Aldo

Mix Up For Work

Suede Loafers by Mercanti Fiorentini | Canvas Bag by J.Fold

Shades by OC Shades "Beckon" | Suit Pants by H&M | Knit tie by Club Room

Of course you will still need to go to work, so why not bring your bold suit to the office with you. In order to still appear “work-appropriate” and not over power your pants, pair the pants with a navy blazer. Your pants will add a flair to your look, however; your blue blazer tones down what would be considered a loud pair of pants.
Quick Tips:

  • An unlined blazer will give the look a carefree air and still appear professional
  • A bold pattern pant in a muted color works the best because they will not stand out too much to be seen as an eye sore.
  • Even though your suit is cotton you should still make sure that the fit is tailored like your wool suits.

T-Shirt & Suit

Flip Flops by J.Crew

Pocket Square by Merona | Watch by Timex | Watchband by J.Crew

Since your suit is already bold as hell, it’s time to dress it down with a t-shirt and flip flops. Summer time will leave you with less options on how to wear most suits, however; a cotton or linen suit pairs great with more casual shirts. Most style critics will say that wearing flops with a suit is a sin, but, when you keep the flops simple the look will work.

Quick Tips:

  • If you are wearing flip flops at any time in the summer make sure your toes have been cleaned up (pedicure) and moisturized
  • A form fitting v-neck t-shirt is the perfect option for your bold cotton suit
  • It’s okay to push up your sleeves on a cotton/linen blazer, just make sure you get them pressed the next time you decide to wear it to work.




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Categories: Men's Style, Style Tip, Versatility

Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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10 Comments on “Style Tip: Getting the most of your suit”

  1. July 25, 2011 at 6:33 AM #

    lol what the…are you doing with that statue haha.

    you always know how to make a stiff suite look comfortable with for example the choice of shoes you make.

    the ones with the shorts, my fav.


    • July 25, 2011 at 2:40 PM #

      Hey X,

      You know I love a good statue ( I think she was into me too). I want to let people see the fun side of suits instead of the stuffy side.



  2. July 25, 2011 at 3:48 PM #

    Great post, Sabir! I have a suit by Calvin Klein that resembles the one you have (minus the orange under-collar lining)! #swag

    • July 25, 2011 at 3:51 PM #

      Hey Emmanuel,

      Thanks for stopping by. The orange felt under collar is one of the main reason I bought this suit a few years ago.



  3. July 25, 2011 at 10:38 PM #

    This question isn’t in relation to the suit (although I do approve): what type of bag is that you are using as a briefcase?

  4. neiL
    July 25, 2011 at 10:54 PM #

    Where are the bracelets from?

  5. Rich
    July 31, 2011 at 4:14 AM #

    Sweet post! I actually have the exact same suit for HnM but I wasn’t getting that much wear out of it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    PS. I actually didn’t even know/remember it had an orange collar underlining. I went back to my closet to check and there it was! Haha! Deffs gonna pop it with my autumn oranges and browns.



    • July 31, 2011 at 10:12 PM #

      Hey Rich,

      It is definitely good to hear that I could give you some good inspiration for a fairly tricky suit. Its funny what you can find out about your clothes with a little bit of investigation.



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