Fashion Faux Pas: Common Suit Mistakes

Suits - Harvey Specter

Suits are considered the modern man’s second skin. And just like your own skin you want to look good in it. Indeed, a well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men. If you want to look good in a suit, take note of these common suit mistakes that can make or break your overall style.

Suit Mistake Convention

Is this a Suits Mistake Convention? (Credit to the owner of the photo)

Wrong Belt/Shoes Combo

Belt & Shoes

We have stressed before that when speaking about menswear, the carpets must always match the drapes. The color of your shoes must be of the same shade with your belt. There are no exceptions to this rule when it comes to formal wear. If you can’t find a good belt of the same shade with your shoes, then try donning some suspenders.



If you’re always on the go, never partner your suit with a backpack. Not only does it look horrendous, but it also deforms the shoulder pads in your jacket. Hey, you don’t want to let that 20-dollar backpack ruin your 500-dollar suit!

Inappropriate Trousers

Mismatched Suit

It’s called a suit for a reason. If the jacket and the trouser are made together: they must get worn-out together and they must be disposed together. Never justify yourself that they’re both “black.” Chances are, when the camera flash hits your outfit, one is darker than the other.

Unfit and Baggy

Andre Agassi Baggy Suit

Never again…

There’s nothing more awkward than seeing a guy in an unfit and baggy suit. It’s like a child wearing his dad’s clothes. The suit should hug the body perfectly. The best way to acquire this is by going bespoke. The ready-made suits in your local department store are made for the mannequins. Your body is unique in every way so develop a good relationship with an excellent tailor.

Collar gap

Collar Gap

It shows that the suit you’re wearing is not yours.

This is one of those mistakes that once you realize, it cannot be unseen. It’s that gap the blazer’s collar and the shirt. You produce collar gaps when the jacket collar is too big for the wearer’s neck size. This happens because the blazer is from RTW or was poorly made.

Shoulder divots

Shoulder Divot

This is one fitting faux pas that you need to be aware of. These stubborn shoulder divots happen when the shoulder pads of the jacket are broader than your natural shoulder. When buying ready-to-wear, make sure that your shoulder snugs perfectly with the jacket. It can be very difficult, even for a well-experienced tailor, to alter shoulder jackets.

Button Rules

The bottom button should always be left alone. This menswear etiquette’s origin is unknown, but most experts would say that it is a tribute to King Edward VII. Legends say that King Edward VII became so plump that he can no longer fasten the last button of his waistcoat. To save the King from humiliation, everyone in his court did the same. The practice spread all over the world and became an unwritten rule among dapper men.

Buttons Unbuttoned

No matter how odd it may seem, there’s no harm in trying.

Mistakes are common and it happens to the best of us. It’s okay to commit anyone of these in your lifetime but that does not mean that you should never learn from it.

Now you know.

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