Can you Look Suave in a Suit?

BEAUTY & FASHION

Weston Whitener

6 Min Quiz

When wearing a suit, what color should your belt be?

Matching your belt's leather to your shoes' leather will tie together your suit. The closer the match, the sharper you'll look!

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When wearing a two-button suit jacket walking, which buttons should you button?

Buttoning the top button will make you look trim and posh; buttoning the bottom will look a touch too relaxed. But whatever you do, don't button both!

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Now, when wearing a three-button suit jacket walking, which buttons should you button?

Three buttons follow the "Sometimes, always, never" rule: sometimes the top, always the middle, and never the bottom button. Bottom buttons seem to be just for show!

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If you're wearing a double-breasted jacket, which buttons should you button?

Once again, the bottom button remains open; on most double-breasted suits this leaves only one button to fasten. It's alleged that the fashion began with Edward VII of England, who was too rotund to button the last button!

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If you're sitting down a in two or three-button suit jacket, you should...

Sitting with a button fastened in a two or three-button suit looks and feels uncomfortable. The strain being seated puts on the button could damage it or the rest of your suit!

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If you're sitting in a double-breasted suit, you should...

The cut of a double-breasted suit should allow you to sit comfortably, even if all buttons are fastened! So you can gently swirl your brandy and be at ease.

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The widest width of your tie should be...

To know if your tie is the right width, simply hold its widest portion up to your lapel. If they're the same width, you look as dapper as Don Draper!

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What kind of ties should you wear with a winged collar?

Winged collars are usually reserved for the opera in Milan, galas at the Met and other fine black-tie occasions. And at those occasions, only a bow tie will do.

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How far should your shirt cuffs extend past the suit jacket?

A cuff that's too long will make the jacket seem too small, and vice-versa. To make sure you can adjust those shirt cuffs like 007, keep them at a trim 1/4 inch to 1 inch.

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Standing, where should the hem of your pants rest?

Wearing a fine suit means you're wearing some fine footwear. Best to show those shoes off with your pants resting at your ankle!

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When sitting down, your socks should...

Hairy legs distract from how good you look in that suit -- cover them up! Dress socks should extend far enough up your legs to cover all visible skin, even when you're seated.

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Black suits are best used for what events?

Black suits may look fine, but they are usually associated with death. Try dark grey or navy as a more lively substitute!

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What is the handkerchief folded and inserted into the breast pocket called?

Well-placed pocket squares will add zest to your fine attire. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns; have fun selecting one that suits you!

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If you add a pocket square, it should be...

Pocket squares can add panache to your suit ensemble. They look best when they are completely different in color and texture from your tie, tucked into a fine fold.

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What is the classic, standard necktie knot?

You may choose to go half or you may choose to go full, but the Windsor makes a great knot for any occasion. The knot is often attributed to the Duke of Windsor.

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What is the additional pocket located above your right suit jacket pocket called?

The ticket pocket is popular in British suits. It's there for storing your train ticket; who doesn't love riding the rails looking fancy?

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When you've brought home a new suit, what should you do if the pockets are sewn shut?

Most suits will be returned to you with the pockets sewed together, and it's your responsibility to open them carefully. A seam ripper is ideal for the task, but other precise clipping methods may be employed at your discretion!

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What are suit jacket pockets without a flap called?

Besom pockets are best unleashed for life's formal occasions. You see them most frequently in tuxedos jackets and finer suit jackets.

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What's a "bespoke" suit?

Bespoke suits are ideal for fellows with peculiar measurements. If you have shoulders that stretch the largest jacket or legs that swim in the smallest trousers, a bespoke suit may be for you!

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What is the back flap (or flaps) of a suit jacket called?

When selecting a suit, consider the vents on the back! Both double and single vents offer comfort in motion and distinguish your suit.

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What's another term for a single-vent suit?

Like apple pie and baseball, single-vent suits are all-American! Throw on a single-vent for your next board meeting in the Windy City or buying a hot dog in the Big Apple.

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Where should a tie bar or tie clip be placed?

Tie clips can add distinction to your suit, especially when placed between the third and fourth dress shirt buttons. The clip will also keep your tie and shirt together!

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Where should the bottom of your tie rest?

The tie's tip should rest at your belt line for a crisp look. Some are able to nail that placement on their first tie, other's knots are not so lucky!

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How should a good suit rest on your shoulders?

The suit's fit in the shoulders can make you look like the recipient of hand-me-downs or the recipient of an Oscar. Choosing a suit that hugs your shoulders and feels firm will make you look the latter!

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Where should the top button of a two-button jacket or the second button of a three-button sit on you?

Shouldering that suit, make sure the second button rests just above your navel! This will tuck the jacket in and make your shoulders look broader.

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If you wear a suit with a dress shirt buttoned all the way up and no tie, you're rocking the...

The Air Tie has seen bursts of popularity in recent years. It's a great way to bring some casual, contemporary flair to your dressed-up look!

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If you leave your top dress shirt button open, you should not...

Showing a little skin with your suit is fine, just don't show off your undershirt! Nothing undercuts the classy casual look like the white peak of your sweat-blocker.

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Where should a suit jacket's hem rest?

Size your jacket's length to the tips of your fingers. The perfectly sized jacket will make the whole ensemble look sharp.

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What type of fabric is ideal for your warm-weather suit?

It's light, it's lively, it's linen! The fabric not only looks great during the warmer months, but it will feel great when you need to look refined in the sweltering sun.

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If you are wearing a patterned suit...

Patterns can clash or look silly in combination. When wearing a soft pattern suit, it's best not to counteract the look with a pattern shirt.

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If you can slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket, the suit is ...

A good rule-of-thumb is to slip your hand between your chest and your jacket. If your hand fits snugly, your suit fits snugly!

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If you are wearing a vest, you should do what with the bottom button?

As with nearly every other bottom button, vests' last fastener remains unfastened. Some will try to pull off the fully-buttoned look with their vest, but it's ill-advised.

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What color shoes should you wear with a black suit?

Black shoes are the best paring for a black suit. Brown leather will clash with black fabric, while black creates a seamlessly classy look.

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When you get home and remove your suit, how long should you let it air-out on its hanger before hanging it up in a closet?

Airing out your suit for 1 or 2 hours after wearing it all day is sufficient. It will make sure your suit doesn't get musty hanging in the closet!

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To combat moths in your closet, which of the following works as a deterrent?

The smell of cedar will help keep your wool-based suits in good shape. Not only will it deter moths, but it will give your closet a quality smell!

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There are many little-known rules to wearing a suit stylishly. Do you think you know them? See if you can answer all the questions correctly and prove you're the king of class!

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