Suit Etiquette

If you are new to wearing suits, you need to know some rules regarding suit etiquette.

Here are a few of them:

  • If you are wearing a 2 button suit, always fasten both buttons.
  • When wearing a 3 button suit, fasten only two of the buttons. Fasten the top two, leaving the bottom one open.
  • In a 4 button suit, fasten the middle two buttons, leaving the top and bottom ones open.
  • Double breasted suit coats should always be kept buttoned.
  • Single breasted suit coat buttons can be kept fastened or unfastened, whichever you prefer.
  • Always unfasten the lowermost button of the suit coat before sitting.
  • Wear a black or navy blue suit if you are unsure of the color. You could never go wrong with these.
  • Your tie should always be darker than your shirt.
  • Your tie should always be long enough to reach the level of your waist.
  • You should always wear a long-sleeved button down dress shirt with your business suit.
  • Adding cufflinks to your shirts will add a touch of class to your suit.
  • Conservative colored shirts are white and blue. You can always go with other colors, too.
  • The color of your socks must match with the color of your trousers. They should be a slightly darker color than the trousers.
  • Oxfords and Derbies are the best shoes to go with a business suit. The color should be black or brown, depending on the suit color.
  • The color of your belt should match the color of your shoes.
  • Wear a thin, analog watch as your only jewelry.
  • You could put a handkerchief in your breast pocket, with a small portion of it peeping out.
  • Don’t remove your suit coat in a formal situation, no matter the circumstances.
  • You can mix and match suit coats and trousers if it’s an informal occasion.

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