Custom suits aren't outfits you wear every day. As such, you may have a lot of questions when it comes to how to wear one properly.
How do you wear a custom suit?
Some of these questions may be so particular, that it can be hard to find the answers to them in a quick Google search. So, we've gathered some of the most asked (and least frequently answered) questions we've seen online or have gotten from our customers about how to wear a bespoke suit and have answered them here.
Nathon Kong is an expert when it comes to matters of style and bespoke fashion. When you come for your appointment with him, he can answer all you fashion questions while advising you on the best suit styles for you.
There is so much to cover, we couldn't avoid doing the topic of how to wear a bespoke suit in less than 2 parts. This is part 1. Part 2 is here.
Sizes, Lengths, and Distances: How to Measure a Custom Suit Outfit.
Many of the questions we receive have to do with how to measure different parts of a custom suit and the outfit. This is usually related to common fitting problems with custom suits. There is also the matter of keeping everything--shirt sleeves and collars, pant legs, and lapels--in the right proportions.
Should You Wear Your Cuff Sleeve Past the Jacket Sleeve?
How to adjust shirt cuffs to a tailored suit
This can vary, as men can wear many different styles. In general, a custom suit that is well-fitted will leave a little bit of the shirt cuff exposed (about .5 cm or 1 cm, if you want to be really specific). Bespoke suits can look oversized when they cover the shirt cuff. Showing the shirt cuff adds a little more colour and depth to your outfit.
How Long Should the Pants You Wear be?
This may surprise you, but you may want to keep the pants of your bespoke suit outfit a little shorter than you might expect. For pants that are made to fit you well, you generally want to wear a pair with hems that falls high above the heel of most dress shoes, about 2.5 cm, to be specific.
How far from the Shirt Collar Should the Collar of the Suit Jacket be?
Many men have different styles of wearing a custom-made suit.
This can vary widely depending on whether you prefer to wear your suit buttoned up or not. This comes down to a matter of personal preference. We will say that keeping a suit open is a more casual way of wearing a custom suit.
Most of the time, if you're wearing a suit that is tailored to fit you and you're buttoning up, the lapels of a custom-made suit will touch or come close to touching the bottom of your shirt collar. In terms of the height of your shirt collar, it should show a generous portion of your neck, measuring maybe 1 cm and no more.
What Kind of Belt Should You Wear with a Suit?
Belt choices matter when wearing a custom suit.
Most custom suits don't want to take attention away from an outfit with a big, bulky belt or belt buckle. For this reason, most men choose to wear a thin belt rather than a thick one. This is why they also tend to choose simple belt styles, like belts in black or brown leather.
Custom Suits Tailored to You
Nathon Kong's advice on style goes beyond small details like pant length and belt types. At Nathon Kong, we incorporate artwork into the lining of our custom suits and help clients pick a piece that speaks to their hearts.
Artwork by Les Impatients participant (Normand Hebert)
Each artwork is created by a participant of Les Impatients, a non-profit organization that supports people with mental health troubles through therapeutic art classes. Each artwork tells of a participant's journey to mental health recovery.
Nathon Kong donates 10% of all proceeds to Les Impatients so that they can continue to support their participants. When you wear Nathon Kong, you wear a story and show support for mental wellness.
Be sure to check out part 2, where we go into further detail on how to wear a custom suit.
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