You made it. You have finally received your Benici custom made suit, and you are eager to wear it. . .
Well, before you proceed I want to guide you through a few style mistakes that you should avoid at any costs. Get ready!
Here they come:
1. Short Socks
Do yourself a favour and keep those short, white socks where they belong: the gym.
Opt for knee high suit socks, or simply take them off during the summer for a fresh and sporty look.
Did you say formal socks are boring? Fear not. If you are a creative person, and you do not mind leaving a memorable impression try pairing your suit with your favourite patterned socks.
2. Too Tight
Everyone likes to follow the new fashion trends, but some go too far. If you like your suit slim fit, make sure that it’s not too tight. Not only will you damage your garment's fabric (link), but you may also look like you stole your clothes from your 6 years old cousin. (That, of course, is not good).
3. Too Large
This, unfortunately, is still a widespread mistake. Make sure that the fit is comfortable enough, but avoid looking like you are wearing your dad’s suit. A well fitting garment will make you look more professional, while boosting your credibility and style.
4. Wrinkly Shirts
We all lead busy lives, and are all tempted to go with the “good enough” approach. But this is an area where you should not indulge. A non-ironed shirt could be interpreted as a sign of disrespect towards to person you are talking too. If you didn’t take the time to make yourself presentable to him, why should he spend his time talking to you?
5. Incorrect Tie Lapel Width Ratio
It is a very simple formula and it’s worth remembering: the widest part of the lapel and the widest part of the tie should be similar in width. Not only will it make the proportions of the suit more balanced, but it will also influence others’ positive perception of you.
6. Wearing Your Grandpa's Ties
I’m sure we can all say amazing things about our grandparents, but there is one thing that does change with time: fashion. Unless you are specifically aiming for that 70’s look, avoid wearing them.
7. Sleeves Are Too Long
This is one of the most common mistakes that men make. Make sure that around ¼ inch to ½ inch of the shirt cuff is showing when your arms are hanging on your sides. A good rule of thumb is to remember that your suit jacket's sleeve should end right above the top of your wrist bone.
8. Pants Are Too Long
If you like your pants with a full break, make sure that it is not going to wrinkle too much on your shoes. At Benici, we prefer the half break or the no break, as we think that this will improve your silhouette. Besides, why would you not want to show those nice socks that you have just purchased?
9. Wrong Suit, Wrong Time
Always ensure that the suit you are wearing is appropriate for the event you are attending. Don’t be too formal when you need to be casual and vice versa. Moreover, watch out for the colour combinations. Black for very formal occasions, light colours for the summer, and neutral colours for the office.
10. Wrong Shoes
Another area where it is very easy to make mistakes is the shoes. Here too, avoid taking the “good enough” approach. Invest in a good quality pair of shoes, and match the colour with the suit that you are wearing. Brown shoes work best with a navy/light blue suit, and black shoes with a black/grey suit.
What are the top mistakes your friends make that get on your nerves? Feel free to comment below to let us know! Don't forget to keep checking our website for more style tips by Prof. Benici.
Keep on reading!
“Benici, bringing made in Italy right to your doorstep”