Fashion

Just Stop: Wearing Ill-Fitting Suits

In this series, Details' market director, Matthew Marden, identifies egregious trends in men's fashion. This week, he's got beef with that suit you're swimming in (or bursting out of).

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I am so sick and tired of seeing grown men walking around midtown looking like they're in their father's hand-me-down suit on the way to their first job interview.

Suits should fit properly, and if you don't know what I'm talking about, you can walk into any department store and ask to be measured by a tailor in the suit department. Jackets and pants should be fitted—which doesn't mean tight—and not billowy. Palazzo pants are for women. Also, unless you actually are Thom Browne, you shouldn't try to rock anything with cropped proportions. So if your jacket sleeve is showing more than one and a half inches of your dress shirt or your pants could be mistaken for capris, I'm talking to you.

And here's a tip for you hefty fellas: Double-breasted styles don't hide your gut, they accentuate it. Go for a two-button single-breasted suit in a dark color, with plain-front trousers. Leave the DBs to lanky or ultra-fit guys who can pull it off.

—Matthew Marden (@DetailsMatt), market director at Details

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Also on Details.com:
Just Stop: Wearing Flip-Flops in the City
Exclusive First Look: Burberry's Spring 2013 Pre-Collection
Street Style: The Well-Tailored Lawyer

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