Does your business suit fit you correctly
Masters of the boardroom need the requisite tools of the trade: A firm handshake, an ironclad reputation, and a killer suit. Sure, you could buy off-the-rack, but a made-to-measure suit separates the men from the boys. Sharp lines, quality construction and hand finishing are the hallmarks of a man who takes himself and his business seriously. Confidence conveys competence, and by looking and dressing the part, you can put your colleagues and superiors at ease. Here’s a definitive guide to achieving the perfect fit of your corporate suit.
"A good suit should accentuate your form subtly and not put everything out on display"
Are your shoulders nice and clean? And we don't mean the Head-And-Shoulders crowd! A sign of a well-made suit is the perfect shape for your frame, and its shoulders should slope beautifully with little interruption to the line of the blazer. Subtle changes in the blazer’s construction should make the seam between the shoulder line and the top of the sleeves almost imperceptible. It’s a skill we tailors have honed over centuries to create minimal interruption to the line of the suit.
My eyes are up here. A good suit should accentuate your form subtly and not put everything out on display. In short: an unexaggerated chest and a comfortable fit. A suit that’s too tight will restrict your movement and ruin the line of the suit by causing it to bunch where it shouldn’t. The fabric of the blazer should fall directly from the chest—and while some definition is required to prevent it from looking boxy, it should give you a gentle shape rather than a chest that pops out. Likewise the collar should have soft lines, gently rolling at the button and giving a soft-yet-sophisticated finish.
Aim for balance. When fitting for a jacket, you should remember that the jacket must look as good undone as it does buttoned. There will be times in the day that call for either option, so having the perfectly formed jacket is essential. Look for one with the correct drape—the fabric should be weighted to hang of its own accord, but still have a certain lightness and movement when you walk.
Keep those trousers clean. Suits that remain uncomplicated are always best, particularly if you wish to leave the emphasis on a well-constructed jacket. Aim for elegant flat-front trousers, or if you must pleat, a single pleat will add an extra dimension. These days trousers remain uncuffed, though you should allow your tailor to hem them so they fall perfectly on your shoes.
Imagine powering down the corridor to your next meeting, feeling a million dollars about to wage a deal of equal or greater value. A good suit makes the man, and a well-suited man knows how to make money.