You’ve probably noticed from my instagram that one of my favourite things to wear is a suit. As I work full time in The City I spend most of my waking hours in a suit, so I love any opportunity to dress them up or down and experiment with ways to stand out from the crowd.
In this post I’m going to show you how I like to style a suit, piece by piece. But the true key to pulling off a suit, as with any outfit, is confidence.
Also great on their own with a t-shirt and jeans, the suit jacket is the one piece that brings your whole look together. Make sure you invest in a fairly neutral suit jacket and a stand out piece, this could be check, a playful texture or pinstripe.
Once you’re comfortable wearing a standard single breasted jacket, start trying out double breasted with statement buttons. This will add an extra bit of sophistication to an everyday smart look.
Hugo Boss – Slim-fit suit Jacket in virgin wool with AMF stitching (Link)
Three things make a great suit trouser; fit, pleat and ankle height. I make sure my suit trousers sit just below the navel and rest just above the shoe. If you want to go more fashion forward, try experimenting with slightly higher waisted suit trousers in a neutral colour paired with a plain shirt and blazer.
Hugo Boss – Slim-fit suit Trousers in virgin wool with AMF stitching (Link)
Basic white shirts are my go-to everyday work. Pairing a white shirt with a bolder tie is a great way to incorporate pops of colour into a basic look.
Charles Tyrwhitt – Extra slim fit cutaway non-iron twill white shirt (Link)
Ties, Pocket Squares and Socks
TIEm to get playful. Ties, pocket squares and socks are the best way to let your personality shine through as you can play with patterns, colours and textures. Go for sauve all-matching sets or cool clashing colours to make a suited look your own.
My favourite suit accessories include:
Bows-N-Ties – British tie in dark green (Link)
Geoff Stocker – Neo-Victorian Pocket square (Link)
Happy Socks – Navy cotton crew dotted socks (Link)
Investing in a high quality belt is a must when styling a suit. High quality doesn’t have to mean high cost. You can find some great pieces from discounted stores like TK Maxx, online on Depop or designer outlets.
Polo Ralph Lauren – reversible leather belt (Link)
Whether you prefer Oxford shoes, brogues, a boot or loafer; colour pairing is key.
A quick rundown of the best basic colour pairings:
Black suit = black shoes
Navy suit = black / brown / oxblood shoes
Grey suit = black / oxblood shoes
Charles Tyrhwitt – Black Goodyear welted Oxford leather shoe sole (Link)
You’re all ready to go out into the world literally suited and booted. Make sure you tag #mrmchale on social media so I can check out your suited styles.