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27 Unspoken Suit Rules Every Man Should Know

You can't expect to look all dapper and gentlemanly without knowing Suiting 101.

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3. A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn't match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.

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Before you go totally conservative, remember that the pocket square is where you get the most freedom and the one place you get to add a little pizzazz to your suit.

4. When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.

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Tsk, tsk, John McCain. Shoulder pads should end at the shoulders. The shoulders are the hardest to tailor, so make sure they don't stick out or stick up.

16. Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.

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BIG HEAD = FULL KNOT. SMALL HEAD = HALF KNOT. If you're not sure how your head size compares, ask one of your male friends. They should be able to give you an objective opinion.

18. There are practical reasons for vests beyond just how they look.

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A vest is best worn with single-breasted suits (so it's actually visible). if you're going to be wearing your suit in a cold climate, a vest can add a lot of warmth. It also adds a formal touch to your suit.

20. When you get your suit home, you'll need a seam ripper or a small, sharp pair of scissors.

Unstitch the jacket's pockets, remove the tack stitches from the jacket's vents, and remove the little embroidered label from the jacket's left sleeve. Do this very carefully to ensure you don't actually rip the fabric or neighboring threads.

25. For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.

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For a more conservative look, the pants should cover the top of the shoe and parts of the laces.

26. If you sweat a lot, wear an undershirt.

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Preferably one with a deep neck so it doesn't peek through. Nothing will cheapen the appearance of a suit more than a glimpse of undershirt.

27. Finally, go for the dimple.

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The dimple is the little hollow beneath the knot of your tie, and it gives a slightly disheveled yet polished appearance to your finished look. Check out this handy guide on nailing the tie dimple.