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The divide used to be clear: if you worked with your hands, in the field or in a factory, you could wear jeans to work. If you worked in an office, you couldn’t.

That’s no longer the case. More and more offices are allowing denim in the workplace.

Some even encourage it, as part of relaxed corporate culture that’s deliberately designed to contrast more conservative models.

There’s also a huge swath of the workforce employed in service-sector jobs that are neither manual labor nor white-collar office work: food service workers, retail employees, hoteliers, and more.

So, what are the rules on denim in the workplace?

When You Can’t Wear Denim

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It’s easier to list the situations where jeans are an absolute deal-breaker than the ones where they’re at least potentially acceptable, these days.

Here’s the skinny on when you need to leave the denim at home:

  • Anywhere ties are required. Ties and jeans are always a mis-match. (And yes, you’ll see men doing it anyway. That doesn’t mean it looks good.)
  • Any time a uniform is required, such as a UPS driver’s brown trousers or a hotel cleaner’s company-issue black pants.
  • Anywhere jeans are explicitly prohibited by company dress code (duh).

Outside of those situations, there’s at least a chance that you can work jeans into your outfit. The key is in knowing which jeans to wear, and how to use them as part of your larger wardrobe.

The Jeans You Can (and Can’t) Wear to Work

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“Work jeans” originally meant just that — denim pants for hard physical labor. They were plain, tough pants that could take a beating, washed easily, and could be cheaply re-dyed in a sink or bathtub to refresh their look.

Those aren’t the jeans most men should be wearing to work.

For “dress casual” clothing, jeans should be darker, tighter, and simpler than their working-class progenitors. Acceptable jeans for most kinds of non-manual-labor workplaces need to follow a slightly dressier rubric:

  • Dark color (deep indigo is most common, but black and gray denim work as well — no light or bright blues!)
  • Close fit in the crotch (no sagging)
  • Some taper to the legs (no large boot-cut or flare at the ankles)

Some fashionable jeans feature “contrast stitching,” where the denim is dark but the stitching is done in white, yellow, or orange that stands out against the fabric.

While stylish, it’s pushing the envelope for work wear — unless your office is very relaxed, save the contrast-stitched jeans for club wear, and keep it monochrome.

Here are some features that are automatic deal-breakers for denim in most office situations:

Any kind of “distressing” — rips, fringes, worn patches, etc. This should go without saying, really.

  • Discoloration from bleaching or fading that makes the color patchy.
  • Gear loops, cargo pockets, etc.
  • Large logos or labels — a small label under the belt is fine, but anything oversized or printed on the legs is too showy.

Remember, jeans can be both expensive and stylish without being work-appropriate. The overall design needs to be subdued, not just from a high-end brand or store.

How to Wear Jeans in a Work Wardrobe

If you’re going to wear jeans to an office, remember that you need to be dressing them up.

Jeans are still automatically casual. And that’s fine, and can fit within the rubric of “dress casual” these days — but only if the rest of your outfit makes it clear that you’re trying. Otherwise you just look lazy.

Jeans with Sports Jackets

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A sportcoat is always going to be your best bet with blue jeans. It’s a clear sign that “hey, yeah, I’m still dressing up here; I’m just keeping it comfortable and relaxed.”

Light, unstructured jackets work well with jeans. Corduroy is good, and so is cotton twill — though be careful of anything with a really visible diagonal weave that mimics the jeans too closely.

Your options for color and pattern are pretty broad.

So long as you steer clear of anything that mimics the jeans too closely, you should be in good shape. Wear a plain white shirt underneath for the most neutral base, or mix it up with some light colors and patterns for a more varied outfit.

Jeans with Blazers

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The boxier, more structured cut of a blazer is a bit of a clash with the relaxed attitude of blue jeans.

You can do it, but understand that your options are going to be more limited than they are with a sports jacket.

Double-breasted is right out — the formality is too much of a clash with the jeans. And the traditional navy blue can also be problematic, as it’s too close to matching a lot of deep indigo jeans.

The best way to do jeans and a blazer is to either have a lighter, non-blue color of jeans such as slate gray, or to wear a less traditional color of blazer.

Jeans with Suit Jackets

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We’ve actually written about wearing suit jacket with jeans before, but to summarize that article very briefly: you can re-purpose a jacket from a matching suit and wear it with jeans instead if the jacket is a basic single-breasted model.

The fabric is conceivably something you could make a sports jacket out of (i.e., no charcoal gray superfine worsteds), and the jacket is in decent shape.

In most cases this ends up being a better evening look than a work look. Suit jackets tend to have a more tapered fit and a dressier look than sports jackets, and you get more of a stylistic contrast as a result.

Take it on a case-by-base basis, but in general don’t plan on mixing and matching your suit jackets with your jeans for work wear.

Jeans with Dress Shirts and No Jacket

If you’re really reluctant to wear a jacket, jeans can be worn with dress shirts.

The problem is that it doesn’t have much of a deliberate attitude. You look like a guy who just grabbed a couple things out of his closet, threw them on, and went to work. Not the most impressive presentation in the world.

There are a couple of ways you can dress the look up a touch so that you’re coming across as more deliberately-groomed:

  • Wear good dress shirts. Get some with a little color and pattern, not just plain white, and make sure the fit is close (and that they stay tucked in — you don’t want your shirttails popping out or ballooning into a muffin top).
  • Get a stylish belt. An interesting color of letter or a decorative buckle goes a long way toward creating a “look.”
  • Keep the shoes dressy. You should be wearing good leather, preferably something with some visual interest to it. Brogues, saddle shoes, wingtips, etc. will serve you better here than plain brown or black work shoes, or worse, sneakers.

Another good option for the fall and spring: throw a sweater on over the dress shirt. It’s not a jacket, but it adds a little class and visual interest.

Not all offices are going to accept jeans and a shirt as sufficiently dressy. Be cautious trying this one unless you’re sure it’s allowed.

Jeans and a Polo Shirt

This is increasingly common at large chain retailers. You’ll see it at places like Best Buy and Target.

Outside of those stores, it’s too casual. If the owners are making you wear it that’s one thing, but it’s not a look you should voluntarily show up wearing on your own accord. People will think you haven’t learned how to dress yourself like a grown-up yet.

Jeans and a Necktie

No. Just don’t. Maybe for a funky social look; never for work. If you’re wearing a necktie, put some slacks on. If you’re wearing jeans, take the tie off.

The only people who wear jeans and a tie to work are car salesmen from the 1980s and franchise employees who don’t get a choice. You’re not those people; don’t dress like them.

Wearing Jeans To Work: Conclusion

There is no clear-cut line on when jeans are and aren’t appropriate at work anymore (unless, of course, you work somewhere with a dress code, and that dress code says “no jeans” or “jeans allowed”).

If you want to wear jeans to work, and you work inside in a non-manual-labor job, your best bet is to get a pair of dark, fitted jeans and try them with a dress shirt and a casual sports jacket.

If that’s too dressy, then you can downgrade to just jeans and a dress shirt (but accent well, so that the outfit looks deliberate). And if jeans and a sports jacket is still too casual, you might want to give up on the idea of wearing jeans to work and get yourself some stylish slacks instead.

Good luck!

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Top 10 Black Men’s Beard Styles 2024

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When it comes to beard styles for black men, there are many options available that reflect cultural importance, the latest trends, and self-grooming. They are the result of the combination of both modern influences and traditional elements. 

With the passage of time, beard styles have become more creative and eye-catching.

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Choosing a right style for you might be confusing though.

But rest assured, you’re in the right place. We’re here to guide you towards the perfect beard styles that not only complement your personality but also ensure you stand out in any crowd.

These styles are designed to elevate your appearance and boost confidence in your look.

Top Black Men‘s Beard Styles For 2024

1. Full Beard Style

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A full beard style is the most common and classic beard style for African-American men. The hair grows freely on the cheeks, jawline, and chin in full beard style, making dense hair coverage.

This style enhances the virile and masculine look of black men. This sleek style suits all facial shapes, particularly diamond-shaped or heart-shaped faces.

You must be patient to attain the full beard style to the desired length. A well-groomed full beard style enhances your confidence as it can be styled into various looks, from professional to untamed appearance.

2. The Five O’clock Beard

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The Five O’clock beard gives black men a classy, simple, and natural look and is characterized by a 1-2 millimeters subtle appearance after several hours of shaving.

This type of beard style gives your face a shady look. It is given the name “five o’clock” so that if you shave in the morning, it will appear at 5 o’clock in the evening.

A man with a five-o’clock beard style looks attractive and young. This style requires you to let your beard hair grow freely for a few days; after that, you must trim it.

You can maintain this style easily by a regular subtle trimming on your face, generally after every three days. 

3. The Goatee Beard Style

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It is one of the most trending and elegant beard styles for black men now. It holds significant esteem, particularly in professional environments, where it’s highly regarded.

There is only a beard at the chin’s level, and it is named because it looks like hairs on a goat’s chin. To bring out the goatee, the rest of the face must be shaved, requiring a lot of attention.

It’s a traditional look popular among movie stars and has long been popular among black males. It is ideal for a face with a square jaw and short hair. The fact that these black men’s beard styles focus on the mouth sets them apart.

4. The Carved Beard

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Black men frequently adopt this beard style because it allows them to convey their sophisticated personalities more effectively.

This style elaborates patterns paired with a precisely sculpted contour. Perfecting the shape and contours takes dedication, artistic talent, and some barbering skills.

Use a razor or precision trimmer to shape the cheekbones, goatee, neck, and mustache. This is the perfect look for black males with thick facial hair. You must work on this look every day to keep it that way.

5. The Moustache

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The facial features of the mustache and beard involve the growth of hair on the chin and upper lip, respectively. It provides the face with a very subtle, clean appearance.

Depending on the wearer’s preference, the finish of the mustache can be either thick or thin. It’s best to shave clean and maintain a clean face to keep that air fresh.

This style draws attention to the longer hairs in the beard that stop at the mustache. You trim your mustache less frequently to give it more density to get this effect. If you have holes and uneven hairiness, this is perfect for you. It is because the mustache deflects attention, making the holes in the beard less noticeable.

6. The Circular Beard

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This form of beard for black guys are based on the concept of creating a thin and short beard strip along the beard. Beginning from the ears, it travels across the jawline and ends at the goatee. To become the focus point, the goatee can grow a little longer.

Starting from the mustache, everything will be rounded up to the chin beard, and then it will be rounded up towards the ear.

Black males who wish to maintain a sense of mystique while displaying a sense of maturity are the ideal candidates for this sophisticated style.

7. Bushy Beard

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The bushy beard style gives a bold and classy look that suits any black man. It involves thick beard hair with v-shaped corners and a distinct mustache. The beard can be trimmed to balance your looks because it covers up the lower portion of your face. It also gives you a strong jawline, which lengthens the appearance of your face.

This beard style provides more mature and sophisticated look. To maintain its shape, comb the brush in the direction of the hair you want to grow. 

8. The Stubble Beard

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Another fantastic beard style for people who are just starting or who want to avoid sports with an 8-inch beard is a stubble beard.

This is one of the beard styles that creates a lovely and carefree look for black men. All it needs from you – is a few days a week to keep it in shape and manageable texture. In addition, the touch-ups must be completed while the Adam’s apple is at its tallest.

Any facial shape, whether oval, round, square, or elongated, looks good with a stubble beard.

9. The Sculpted Beard

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It is a style of beard prevalent among people of younger age. The features of this beard are drawn crisply and precisely, and it is of a short length.

To achieve this kind of look, it is essential to determine the contours using a manual razor or a precision trimmer. In addition, it should be maintained daily.

This type of beard’s clean and sophisticated appearance is one reason it is so popular among women.

10. HOLLYWOODIAN Beard Style

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Because Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale have both been seen wearing a low cheek line appearance similar to this one, the Hollywoodian got its name from them. Although specific sources will tell you that a Hollywood beard does not link to the sideburns, we believe you should allow it to connect if you can have it do so.

When the cheek lines are lowered, it helps create a more apparent jawline. When you cut the neckline, keep it high; otherwise, you will start creeping into chinstrap territory, which is only where you want to be if you are a rapper from the early 2000s.

Not only is this style designated for performers, but anybody can use it. This is not the only time that LeBron James has been seen wearing the Hollywood chinstrap. 

Factors for Selecting the Right Beard Style:

Here are some distinct factors that you have to consider before selecting an ideal beard style for you.

Face Shape

Your facial shape is one aspect that immediately influences your decision. Though not everyone has this genetic trait, an oval face shape is the perfect canvas for a beard.

Beards that round off the edges of square faces are better for them than those that add length and angles to circles.

Less is more for longer faces.

By matching your beard style to your face shape, facial hair can enhance and balance your features.

Face Features

You should also take into account the peculiarities of your face. Beards are great tools for drawing attention to or concealing particular features:

Robust Jawline: A well-defined goatee or a trim beard can draw attention to a strong jawline.

Sharp Cheekbones: You can accentuate sharp facial features with a boxed or traditional full beard.

Beard Growth Patterns

Individuals differ in how their hair develops; some men’s beards grow even, while others may have patches. Depending on your natural growth pattern, some beard styles might not be possible, so set realistic expectations.

For instance, a goatee can suit someone with uneven growth, but a full beard requires a consistent growth pattern.

Knowing your development pattern will help you choose a style for your beard that is simple to manage and style.

Personal Style and Preference

The most important consideration when selecting a beard style is your personal preferences and style.

Would you instead look polished and modern?

Would an innovative, edgy look suit you better?

Are you willing to invest more time in grooming, or is low maintenance more your style?

When you wear a beard, it should reflect your personality and bring you joy.

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11 Casual Fashion Trends for Men: What’s Next in 2024 and Beyond?

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Are you curious about where men’s fashions are headed?

Do you believe that styles come and go?

Well, one thing is for sure: our fashion landscape is revving up for a radical transformation as we move forward in 2024.

If you are a little nostalgic and appreciate the vintage looks but would prefer some modern updates, your time has come.

This fashion-forward forecast will captivate the sartorial senses of every modern man, from low-top basketball sneakers and baggy pants to leather biker jackets and sleek trenches.

Irrespective of which aesthetic you favor, all men will don an ensemble that suits them to a tee!

The casual styles that have prevailed in 2024 will provide us with a glimpse of what’s to come. I believe it can be summed up in two words: tradition and innovation.

Read on to discover just exactly which hot items are blazing the trail for 2024 and beyond!

Low Top Basketball Sneakers

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If you want to really step up your game in style, be sure to grab some low-top basketball sneakers. To keep that laid-back vibe going, pair them with some cool and effortless relaxed-fit pants.

No matter if you are rocking straight or wide-leg chinos, these awesome low tops will take your outfit to a whole new level.

Just one caveat, however – make sure those sneaks are composed of no greater than three colors to keep things sleek and understated. Trust me on this one.

Leather Biker Jacket

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Well, I must tell you, the leather biker jacket has never been hotter. Talk about being both retro-chic and fashion-forward.

Forget about the full-on Marlon Brando vibe by switching it up with some wide-leg pants, cozy hoodies, and hefty sneakers for starters.

These classic leather jackets are always in vogue and add an extra punch to any outfit. Purchase one soon to become effortlessly fashionable for today and beyond today!

Baggy Pants

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Your slim and skinny-fit pants—not this year, gentlemen. A new fashion figure in town is stirring things up in men’s casual dressing and is prepared to grab the spotlight.

Wide-leg trousers are staging a fierce comeback. Oh, but not the ones of yesteryear—no, now we want style and comfort. It’s about time, I do believe!

This year, it’s all about pants that grab you from the knee down, allowing more room where it is needed, creating a sleek and contemporary silhouette without a heap of fabric.

Trench Coats

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Have you heard? The trench coat is back, but with some sexier upgrades!

Yes, you heard me right—long and classy, it boasts only one row of buttons without the shoulder strap in today’s fashion world. Made from hardy fabrics for strong durability, it’s a garment you don’t want to be without.

Many designers provide nuances to keep the trench coat stylish and up-to-date, such as technologically advanced materials, streamlined shapes, and minimalistic features. Their goal is to keep the trench coat new and enticing while maintaining its classic appeal.

Be sure to check out some exciting designs from Burberry, created by their talented mind, Daniel Lee.

Tank Tops

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Love your T-shirt?

Well, get ready to swap it out for something even breezier and more casual. Yep—it’s the tank top, my man.

This time around, however, the neckline needs to be low and chic, transmitting that cool and edging vibe.

Over this tank, pair it with a casual blazer, breathable jacket, or a button-down shirt to complete your fashionable statement. Cool, right?

Galactic Metallics

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Now, here’s when things really take a turn! Designers are now reaching for the stars by launching fashion into the galaxy with glittering galactic metallics.

Sparkling tops, futuristic pants, and menswear in metallic silver – on my!

This may not be your cup of tea, but who knows, it just might be the boost you have been looking for! Time to fasten your seatbelts, gentlemen, because this is a chic adventure to infinity and beyond!

Double Denim

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One fabric that never gets old is denim. So, how about double denim?

If one is good, two are, well, you know. To turn heads even further, why not go for triple denim?

Unleash your inner denim chicness. Fashionistas have made it perfectly clear—fusing denim ponchos with trench coats, matching cowboy-styled shirts with rugged denim, and blending sleeveless vests with edgy ripped jeans is ‘haute couture’.

Formal Shorts

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The spring of 2024 is the time for fashion to break many rules. Get ready!

This season, modernity and relaxation are fused to the extreme. Designers are introducing formal shorts. Valentino is the fearless leader in this regard by offering a bold cobalt look that marries tailored finesse with laid-back comfort.

Your chic blazer will be handsomely paired with a matching pair of formal shorts, promising a clean and striking appearance. The sleek lines and vibrant color demand attention, while the shorter length adds a youthful vibe. A perfect balance between class and cool!

Sweater Vests

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I bet you remember seeing your grandpa in a good old-fashioned sweater vest at least on one occasion or more. Once upon a time, they were considered unfashionable and put in the back of the closet like a dusty old rag. I have some fashion news for you, though: they have made a comeback!

So push them to the forefront of your clothes closet, and let’s begin rocking those vests once again. But how do you embrace this trend without looking like the days of old?

Simply pair your sweater vest with a relaxed T-shirt and some trendy jeans. Now, to take things up a style notch, don a pair of striking sneakers that scream, “I’m the coolest.”

Now you have gone from fashion zero to style hero!

Y2K

Who can forget the recognizable styles of the early 2000s? I hope you hung on to a garment or two from this era because, guess what?

That’s right—they are back in full force! There is a bit of a twist, incidentally. The baggy jeans and flamboyant rugby tops are in the limelight once again, but this time around, they are injecting new vitality and vigor into the fashion icon with today’s styles.

So, it is not quite the trip down memory lane you may be envisioning, but with an added Y2K charm that promises to be fabulous!

Tailoring Loosens Up

There has been a definite shift in men’s wear this year. The tight, slim-fitting styles we typically wear are no longer in style. Today, we are flashing back to the suave looks of the 1940s and 1950s. Classic and timeless have returned.

I believe most men would prefer comfort and style. Well, you are in luck because a more relaxed silhouette is all the rage starting now and hopefully will continue. After all, it’s not impossible to look both smart and at ease simultaneously.

Allow this vintage elegance to shine with a contemporary flair while enjoying the best of both worlds!

Final Thoughts

We have entered the modern world of men’s fashion. Let’s recap a few of the finer points discussed.

What’s old can become new with a few tweaks and modifications. Remember, there is no need to sacrifice comfort for style. Not anymore! The dynamic wardrobes of 2024 will have you feeling confident and sharp in no time.

For example, low-top basketball sneakers are back in a big way. Plus, they look really cool! Don’t forget to pair those sneaks with some baggy pants for a truly relaxed vibe.

For heaven’s sake, what about a timeless leather biker jacket? Also, a sleek trench coat will be popping up all over the runway, so be sure to grab one.

No, we are not quite done. Double denim, anyone? Don’t forget to invite your double and even triple denim outfits to today’s fashion world.

Okay, the formal shorts. I’m not kidding with this one! With its tailored finesse and laid-back comfort, it is the perfect combination. Why not give it a try? It really is a fashion statement. Play with textures and colors to achieve a look that is uniquely yours.

Who can forget about the futuristic galactic metallics? These sparkling gems are truly out of this world!

Now, here comes Y2K all over again. For a completely retro-chic look, embrace bold colors and funky patterns from the early 2000s. It really was a fun time, don’t you agree?

Here comes the most amazing part—flexibility and comfort reign supreme—no more stiff ensembles with tight stitching. Instead, say hello and welcome to easy-fitting that allows you to move and breathe.

No matter where you are going – to the office or to a summer barbeque – these 2024 trends have your back. (and front)!

If you want to keep the classics, that’s no problem. Infuse them with a few modern updates, and you will be the talk of the town.

Are you looking for a new style? Go ahead and go for it. Creativity is what it’s all about, so don’t hold back! After all, there is an aesthetic style for man, so let’s see your personality shine in 2024 and beyond!

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How To Buy A Suit For Short, Skinny, & Small Men

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Every body type has its challenges.

Short, thin, and petite men, however, have the challenge in that they have less room for error as their proportions have to be balanced just right.

Tailoring and fitting to the half-inch matters.

Pattern, silhouette, and cut are all critical to avoid looking like you’re wearing your older brother’s clothes.

Suits For Short Men 1. Get A Close-Fitted Suit

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A custom-made men’s suit is your best option if you can afford it — next to that, you’ll want to go with a designer brand that not only specializes on classic lines, but also has a slim silhouette.

Always have the tailor fit the suit snugly. As Americans, we normally wear our clothes too big – this is the worst thing you can do to your body type. You want as streamlined a profile as you can get with no extra cloth billowing or hanging.

If you’re shopping off the rack, focus on getting a close fit in the shoulders, chest, waist, and crotch even if the sleeves or trouser legs are a little too long or short.

Those can be adjusted much more easily than the fit on the body. Any local tailor (and some of the better dry cleaners as well) should be able to do the small adjustments for you quite cheaply.

Suits For Short Men 2. Wear Longer Sleeves & Legs

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Most men want their suit sleeve to end a little high on their wrist, exposing about a half-inch of shirt cuff beneath it.

A shorter man can go a little bit longer, leaving just a small band of cloth visible; this makes the arm appear longer and makes the visual impact of that band of cloth less distracting.

Don’t, however, let the sleeve hide the shirt entirely — that makes the suit look too big for you.

The key is proportion — more than any body type, you want to nail this on the head.

Trousers should sit high on your waist to make your body appear as long as possible. Avoid a belt. Wear suspenders instead; that way there’s one less horizontal line dividing your body up into shorter segments.

The trouser legs should be long enough to form a “break” on the tops of your shoes: this is where the cuff rests on the shoe leather and pushes out very slightly.

Anything that bunches up on the shoe is too long and should be shortened; anything that doesn’t make it to the shoe at all will look badly-fitted and draw attention downward rather than letting it sweep up your body for a better impression of height.

Similarly, avoid any excess detailing on your trousers. Un-cuffed hems will make your legs look longer than cuffed, and close-fitted plain fronts will look better than pleats.

Suits For Short Men 3. Get The Details Proportional To Your Size

This one can be a bit tricky. If you’re not having your suit custom-made, shopping around for a while before making the final purchase is recommended. You want the little details that adorn the suit to look like they’re in the right place on your body.

Generic off-the-rack suits in S or XS might not not need those adjustments — if you’re having trouble, look for brands that cater specifically to smaller men.

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Some key details to watch for:

  • The lower pockets on the jacket should sit above the hips, not down where the coat widens over them. Shorter men will want a slit pocket with no flaps — less distracting.
  • The upper breast pocket should be firmly over the front of your chest and not wrapped around the side of your body at all.
  • Lapels should match the width of your torso — if you have a slender chest, you need skinnier lapels.
  • If the back is vented, the vent should not rise significantly higher than your waist. You don’t want a split all the way up the back of your coat.
  • The front of the coat should button directly at your waist. On a two-button, single-breasted jacket that’s with the top button; on a three-button it’s the middle.

Suits For Short Men 4. Wear A Vertically-Oriented Pattern

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If the suit has a pattern, it should be a minimal one and one that orients the viewer’s eye upward.

Small stripes are ideal; solid monochrome works well too, especially in a fabric that has some up-and-down weaving of its own.

Narrow herringbone is very good on short men; so is a corduroy suit for more casual settings.

Avoid any kind of check — the horizontal lines will just draw the viewer’s attention to the sides and make you look shorter and wider.

Suits For Short Men 5. Draw The Eye Upward

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Smaller men will, in general, want their look to be less cluttered with details — the smoother the path for the eye up your body is, the taller you’ll seem. But don’t shy away from helping draw the eye upward with a splash of bright color on the upper body.

A pocket square that really stands out against the jacket can help keep people’s attention up toward your face. Keep their eyes moving with a crisp, peaked fold making a triangle pointing up!

What to read next? Top 10 Hairstyles For Short Men To Appear Taller

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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: How To Buy A Suit For Short, Skinny, & Small Men
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/suit-buying-tips-short-skinny-men/
Published Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2024 14:20:31 +0000

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