A great suit isn’t just a suit that can be worn as is. A suit should be able to be versatile in other combinations of attire as well as superb and comfortable by itself. If personal style is the defining factor that will ultimately showcase the overall look, pieces to compliment the suit will help accentuate the personal style. Let’s look at ways to make the suite more versatile.
The Debonair Look
A suit by itself should be striking and fittingly comfortable; and by striking I mean elegant, handsome, and vibrant. Regardless if it’s a 2-piece or 3-piece suit, you can’t go wrong with a great suit when:
- The fabric is comfortable and doesn’t look cheap. Wool Gabardine is an easy fabric that is lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, and is quite form-fitting.
- The style and type accentuates your body and the look you’re going for. Light to medium weight pinstripes should be a good standard for most body types.
- The tailoring fits well with your own body. Don’t go baggy on the suit, but ensure that you actually fit comfortably in both the jacket and the pants, and the pants do not sag nor run down farther than base of your ankles.
A good suit with a nicely pressed solid button-down shirt, such as Nordstrom’s classics, Armani Exchange’s slims, or Express’s MX1, should keep you looking freshly debonair. Add a little spiciness by changing classic colors to bolder, modern colors (lavender, steel gray, royal blue, for examples), or introduce bold stripes to your color to enhance the interest factor.
In selecting ties, try choosing colors that are at least 2 shades away from your primary color palette for a classic look. For bolder looks, look for adjacent color schemes by alternating neutral colors with striking patterns or colors.
Selecting accessories for great suits should never be taken lightly. I suggest using modern square toes from Kenneth Cole or Cole Haan, or for a more sophisticated feel, go for Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada, or Nordstrom pointed toes or cap toes. A great black leather belt and cuff links can be found at Kenneth Cole.
The Relaxed Look
With a great suit, you can also mix and match tops and bottoms to make your outfit more versatile. Pair up your suit jacket with a polo shirt from Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic or Armani Exchange to transform the sophistication of the jacket into more of a relaxed feel.
A nice dark denim jeans from Rock and Republic should be sufficient in keeping things down to earth, and driving mocs from Banana Republic or Steve Madden will definitely complete the outfit.
Add in Kenneth Cole New York watches and bracelets, and you will be good to go.
The Semi-Formal Look
Use the pants to establish the foundation of this look by pairing it with a more formal style pique polo from Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Burberry, or Brooks Brothers. Or for a bit more sophistication without being too sophisticated, get long-sleeve button-downs from Brooks Brothers or Banana Republic, or even use a v-neck cashmere sweater or sweatshirt from Kenneth Cole.
Keep the style uniform with Banana Republic or Nordstrom loafers. For a more edgy look, go for Kenneth Cole or Cole Haan shoewear.
I typically would keep watches and accessories from Kenneth Cole, but higher end Fossil, or lower-end Movados or Bulgaris should keep conversations entertaining.