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The suit rules you ought to know

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Posted  Sunday, August 24  2014 at  01:00

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Here is our exhaustive guide to that wardrobe essential, the suit: the styles you need, the fit you want, and how to put it all together with style as Gloria Haguma writes.

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Whether you are an office man who needs to look sharp for the competition, or a creative type who dresses up because he likes to, the suit is the basic of looking good. It is a timeless, ever adaptable, sometimes maligned, but never improved uniform.

Come to think of it, there are very few men that can wear a suit, and still manage to ooze sharpness, but not a very serious look. Read on for tips on how to nail a perfect suit look.

Get the fit right
The suit has to fit just right. Let everything from the shirt to your pants be just the right fit. Even the most expensive suit in the world will look pathetic if it is ill-fitting. If you can, get it tailor-made, so that it can be made with just the right measurements.

There is a suit for every occasion
Know when to wear what suit to where. The tuxedo is more of the evening kind of suit. Do not go to work in one. The coloured suits, especially the bolder shades such as red should also be left to the casual wardrobe.

The tie is not a must
Who made the commandment that the suit and tie are a complete package? With the ever evolving trends, don’t fear to wear your button down shirt and leave the tie out. This look is also very stylish and will set you apart from the pack. Even better, substitute your tie with bling tie clips.

The pleats are old school!
Keep the front of your trousers flat. All that energy you put it to press those pleats into your trousers will be a waste when you step out and you attract cold stares.

The three-piece suit
This suit is good, only if you know how to pull it off. Also make sure that your waist coat is fitted very close to your body, and it does not go past your belt line.

The shoes
The suit is supposed to be a clean, neat look. So no matter where you go and how you get there, do not be caught wearing your suit with dirty, scruffy, or even tattered shoes.