How to Suit Up | Men’s Fashion Tips | Doctor Mike

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People always ask me questions about the suits that I’m wearing and I want to take the time out to make a video dedicated to
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just that picking out the perfect suit and dressing it up to perfection.
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First things first,
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fit is king. Doesn’t matter what brand you’re wearing. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve spent on your suit. If it doesn’t fit
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It’s a bad suit.
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I see a lot of guys getting a suit that’s one size too big and the result of that is that
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the shoulders of the suit flop over your natural
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shoulders you get this dent. An easy way to check if the suit shoulder fits you right is to go up against the wall.
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You suit should make contact with the wall first followed by your shoulder.
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if there’s any bunching of fabric in between that your suit is too big. If your shoulder hits the wall first before the fabric of
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the suit, the suit is too tight.
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It’s important that you’re able to comfortably cross your arms without
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tearing the fabric across your back. Moving on down the suit you want to make sure that the fit at the stomach is right too.
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The way you check that is you button the top button of the suit and slide your hand in between that button.
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If your hand feels too tight in that area,
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it’s possible that your suit is too small or if
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there’s way too much room in there, your suit is likely too big. The fabric of the jacket
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should drape the natural contour of your arms without bunching up being too tight or loose.
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The length of the sleeve is also crucial. You want to be comfortable showing at least a quarter to half an inch of your shirt
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below your suit. This is one of those alterations that need to be done by a tailor because anatomically, we’re all different,
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we’re not symmetrical. One arm can be longer than the other it’s been debated
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how long your suit should be and really there’s a simple answer to this. You want your suit to fall somewhere between your wrist and
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the middle of your thumb
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but most importantly it has to cover your bottom. So we talked about the jacket of the suit now let’s talk about the pants.
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First you want to make sure that the waist of the pants fits you properly.
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How do you find your natural waist? Well, take three fingers and place them right below your bellybutton, and that’s your natural waist.
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That’s where your suit pant should fit. These aren’t jeans, these aren’t sweat pants, so don’t let them sink, too low.
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Your suit pant should fit comfortably without the need for a belt. In fact, the best quality suit pants are made without
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belt loops. They’re made with little hinges and attachments on the sides to make small changes in case you gain
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a pound or two. The suit fabric should naturally drape the contour of your legs without being too loose or snug. Now
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Let’s talk about the length of the pants. There is some flexibility in deciding
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How you want the hem of your pants to look you can go for no break,
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half break or a full break.
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I think the perfect look falls somewhere between a half break or no break at all because when you go for a full break you
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get that ugly crease in your shins and doesn’t make the suit look flattering.
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Now let’s talk about the details
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which can really bring your personality to light. Starting from top to bottom, let’s look at the lapels. The three most popular
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variations of the lapel is the notch lapel which is that classic one you see on most suits.
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Then you have the peak lapel
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which is the one I’m wearing now. A little bit more formal, a little bit more flashy.
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And then you have the shawl collar, which is something that you see traditionally at more formal events like award shows or galas.
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But throw all those rules out the window.
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If you feel like one of those lapels matches your personality or you look best,
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don’t be afraid to try it. Give it a go and see if it works with your outfit.
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Let’s talk about the buttons of the suit. We’re going to be talking about single breasted suits only,
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leaving a double-breasted suits behind. The most important part to remember is do not button the bottom button.
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That’s like a tongue twister, but seriously don’t button the bottom button. I recommend going with the two buttons. It’s classic,
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it works on all styles
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You can wear it to a formal event, you can make it less formal by dressing it down with some jeans.
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Good quality suits have
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functioning or working buttons. Believe it or not, functioning buttons have a medical history.
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They used to be called Surgeon’s button because when surgeons had to run to the operating room,
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they would unbutton their sleeves, roll them up and go to work.
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It’s true. A part of the suit that you probably never paid attention to before is the vents
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. It’s the backside of your suit
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but it’s equally as important as all the other details. Suits have three options you can go for for the vents.
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You have no vent, you have the single vent down the middle or you have the double vent on the sides.
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I
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strongly recommend going for the double vent because when you sit down, the flap in the middle actually covers your bottom and doesn’t make you
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look like a fool. Go with a flat front pant. No pleats, please no pleats.
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The last detail of a suit that you can work on is either getting a cuff or no cuff at the bottom of your pant
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leg. Really the choice here is yours.
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Now let’s talk about the color and fabric of suits. If you’re getting your first suit,
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you should definitely get a suit that’s going to be multi-purpose
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that you can wear to weddings, that you can wear to events, that you can wear to work and
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a navy suit for that fits all occasions. If you already have a few suits and you’re looking to buy more,
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there’s two things that you should really focus on:
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that’s your skin tone and the season. If it’s winter you want to go for something heavier like a wool or even a corduroy.
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If it’s summer, you want to go for light fabrics like cotton,
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linen or even a very thin, fine wool. When talking about color, for the summer you want bright colors that pop and make a statement.
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But for the winter and the fall you want brown tones,
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navy tones, dark tones. It just generally looks good with the light of that season.
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Underneath your suit
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I believe there’s only two options that you could really go for –
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that’s a t-shirt or a dress shirt. Wearing a t-shirt is a great way to dress down the suit and
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making it a little bit less formal, but still looking very well dressed. The type of t-shirt
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I’d normally go for is either a white or black V-neck tee.
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It keeps the lines of the suit looking very crisp and doesn’t take away from the suit
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but still allows you to look very well dressed, very proper and very sharp. Make sure that it’s a slim fit T-shirt,
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there’s not too much fabric bunching up down the middle and also that it’s not too long.
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You don’t want your shirt to be longer than your suit, that just makes it look messy. Dress shirts. Let’s not get too complicated
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here. You want a shirt that fits really well, snug
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but not causing any kind of creasing, no pulling on the buttons. Most importantly you want a shirt that’s long enough
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so it stays neatly tucked into your pants all day.
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You want to get a semi spread collar, it’s the collar that works with pretty much anything, tie or no tie.
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Avoid getting a collar that buttons down, it doesn’t look good with the suit. Just go for the classic two button barrel cuff,
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no need for French cuffs,
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no need for cuff links right now. Start off by getting a quality collection of basic shirts first
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and then you can start exploring and finding out what works for you. What do I think about undershirts?
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I don’t think you need them. Get rid of them. They never look good,
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they make your midsection look heavy and some people say that it prevents the sweat stains from going onto the dress shirt
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but that doesn’t happen. In fact. I think they make you more hot more sweaty
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There’s no benefit to an undershirt. Ties. Make sure that when you’re wearing a tie doesn’t go past your belt, and it doesn’t sit
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oo high up on your torso because it’s going to make you
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look bad. Also when selecting the color of your tie,
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make sure it fits the color palette of your suit and your dress shirt. I also opt for a tie bar.
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Not only do I think it looks great
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but it also keeps the tie in the same place all day without falling to either side. What’s the deal with pocket squares?
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Well, I think pocket squares are great.
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They allow you to show more
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personality, add more color to your wardrobe.
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A lot of people think that your pocket square needs to match your tie or your dresser perfectly,
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but that’s not true. It can be that perfect little accent of color that you don’t expect but, again
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it should stay the same color palette that your tie suit and dress shirt are in.
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There are a million ways to fold your pocket square
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but I like to keep it simple as I do with most things so I either go for the
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conservative square, or if I’m feeling very fashionable
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I’ll go for the four-point look
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It’s time to figure out what kind of socks to wear.
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Here’s a place for you to show even more personality and get some crazy colored socks. You really only should be seeing your socks
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when you’re seated so it’s okay to get a really flashy color here. For me because I have big calves if I wear regular socks
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they’ll cause the fabric of my suit to bunch up, and it won’t look great.
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I wear super low
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no-show socks. Also if you’re going to be wearing a loafer, don’t be afraid to go sock-less,
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especially in the summer. You can tell a lot about a man by looking at his shoes.
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As long as they match the color palette of your suit and they’re great quality, you’ll be all set. Fashion has no boundaries,
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there’s really no limit to your creativity.
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These are simply my rules that I think can help you look your best.
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We’ve covered a lot of ground.
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Did you get all that? Are you ready to get suited up? If not, leave your questions down below,
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I’ll get back to you.
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