Alida Barden / BuzzFeed 1. Generally your tie should be the same width as your lapel. blacklapel.com So here's a general suit rule: "Your tie at its widest should be the same width as your lapel," according to Black Lapel. That's because suits all about proportions, and essentially you want everything to look as even and clean as possible. 2. And you should know the different types of lapels. wsj.com / Via wsj.com Here are a few examples of the different types of lapels. Make sure to heed the widths to help match your tie to your suit. 3. The sleeves of your suit jacket should stop somewhere around the wrist bone. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Because everything that has to do with a suit is based on proportions, your jacket sleeve coming to your wrist bone is a generally accepted rule. Your tailor probably knows best, but this is just something to keep in mind when getting adjustments. 4. Your shirt cuff should stick out about half an inch from the cuff of your jacket. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The experts say that a half inch of exposed shirt cuff is ideal. Any more, and your shirt will bunch up at the wrist. Any less, and it'll look like your suit doesn't fit properly. 5. Your belt should be thin. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @nickviall Here's an entire suit and belt guide. It's considered modern to wear a thin belt with a suit nowadays. Basically you don't want a belt that cuts you in half or makes you look shorter. 6. But, ditch the belt if you want to look taller. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @canerkurtulus You don’t always have to wear a belt — especially if you want to avoid drawing attention to your midsection. Try suspenders, or don’t wear a belt at all. 7. Ditch the pant cuff, too. vegashottestpeople.com Cuffs are dated, and they're also not great if you're short. Skip the cuffs and you’ll look instantly taller. 8. Pocket squares draw people to your chest...and away from other "problem areas." View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @pdxandy_ Pocket squares are a great accessory. They're also a way to draw people's eyes away from your midsection and more towards your face and chest. 9. Patterns and shapes can help you stand out. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @davidson_frere You can play around with various non-traditional colors for your suit, or play with shapes and patterns. Obviously this depends on the occasion, and you should pay attention to the event/occasion and the attire suggested by the host. But, you don't have to stick to a solid if you feel like standing out or want to switch it up. 10. Single button suit jackets are more modern and popular. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @apachibyrmc Single button suit jackets are all the rage right now. People love them because they're modern and slimming. The next time you go suit shopping consider a single button instead of a double or triple button suit. 11. Although, sometimes you can leave the jacket at home. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @suitsharks If you want a more casual look, ditch the blazer and test out a vest. 12. You don't always have to wear a tie. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @sugsean Bow ties are a nice alternative to regular ties and definitely help you stand out without looking like you tried too hard. If bow ties aren't your thing consider opting for a skinny tie versus a normal sized tie for a different look. 13. If you want to save time shopping for a suit, know how to measure yourself at home. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This is a handy guide to the different parts of your body you should measure before you go into a store. The only thing you need to find is a tape measure. 14. If you can only get one suit, make it charcoal. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @dissonant_style The experts recommend a charcoal suit over a black suit because it matches with more colors. A charcoal suit is appropriate for all types of occasions, too. 15. But also, know which colors go together. imgur.com / Via modaparahomens.com.br 16. Remember, the shoes are just as important as the suit. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @makanveli Typically, your shoe color should always match your belt color. But at the same time, you should pay attention to the type of shoe you're wearing. There are all types of different styles that can complement or hurt all the hard work you've put into selecting a great suit. Here's a full guide to the different types and their function. 17. A good fit is the key to looking sharp. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @lakylethomas Fit is everything. There's a good chance you've probably bought the same size over and over since you became an adult, but fit is the difference between looking sharp and looking lazy. When you're trying your suit on grab the size you think you are and maybe one size up or down and see if it matches your body type better. 18. Accessorize, but don't over do it. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @styleby_nk Accessories like lapel pins and hats can help make a suit more personalized. Just try not to go overboard because it might be distracting. 19. If you're traveling with a suit, know the best way to fold a jacket. bows-n-ties.com 20. You probably already know this, but it goes without saying: make time to see a tailor. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @kevinhart4real Suits off the rack just won't cut it. You should make sure that after you buy your suit you get some slight alterations so that it perfectly matches your body. Simply take it to a tailor and they'll know exactly what to do. 21. And finally, when you sit, make sure to undo all your buttons. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @jjboutique If your suit is tailored correctly, sitting down with your button still done can be a bit constricting. It's proper etiquette to unbutton your suit as you sit down.