Off-the-rack can’t compare with the bespoke tradition of having high quality, personalized goods made to your exact specifications. So, the website CustomMade has teamed up with Ghergich & Co. to create a useful guide that teaches us how to dress dapper in the modern age. To look dapper yourself, check out the infographic below.
Things to remember when dressing dapper
- A good suit should hug your shoulders.
- Your jacket should contour to your body.
- Suit sleeves should end just above the hinges of your wrists.
- Your pant legs should touch the top of your shoes, not bunch.
Fabric by season
Wool: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter
Cotton: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Twill: Fabric weaved into diagonal lines
Houndstooth: Series of jagged broken checks
Herringbone: Altered diagonal line making a ‘V’ pattern
Glenurquhart Check: Small checkers alternating with large checkers
Windowpane: Fine lines create large, open squares
Pinstripe: Regularly spaces, fine strips of a lighter colour than the fabric
Casual Cocktail Attire: Wear a suit jacket and a shirt with or without a tie and dress pants. Alternatively, you can wear a tuxedo jacket and light-coloured shirt without a tie.
Formal Cocktail Attire: You should wear a suit jacket, shirt and tie (unless requested otherwise), a waistcoat and trousers.
Daytime Event: Nothing too formal; a shirt and dress pants with blazer and tie optional.
Semi Formal Attire: Try a dark grey, charcoal, or navy blue suit jacket to go with your shirt and trousers. Tie is optional.
Formal Attire: A tuxedo jacket, shirt, waistcoat, trousers and a tie or bow tie.
Want more tips on style? Check out seven ways to look like the perfect gentleman.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.