Suit Separates – Breaking Up Is Not So Hard To Do
With a strong arsenal of blazer-pant color combinations, you’ll be prepared to face your suit separates break-up.
One of the great things about suits is that they make getting dressed simple. On one hanger, you’ve got most of your getup for the day covered. So it’s easy to understand how a guy can fall into a rut and keep his suits all together all the time. But true varsity players (the guys who strangers ask, “where’d you get that?”) know how to remix the suit by wearing suit separates. These guys aren’t geniuses, they’re just smart about how they break up their suit into separates. Joining them in the separatist movement isn’t hard. Here’s how to pull it off.
Which Suits Make Good Suit Separates?
Technically, you can separate the parts of any of your suits, but you shouldn’t think of everything in your closet that you purchased together as suit separates. While pinstripe suits look sharp as cheddar when you step into the boardroom, they don’t hold up to being worn separately. The whole pinstripe look depends on keeping the continuous lines going all the way from top to bottom. Breaking up the lines, by wearing just the pants or just the jacket, makes your whole outfit look incomplete and also cuts your body proportions in half.
Purists would argue that wearing the parts of a dark suit like a navy or a charcoal as suit separates is a sartorial crime. We give these dudes the Heisman stiff arm and keep on stepping because A) they tend to be little scrawny dudes who we can push around and B) they’re talking nonsense. For one, who couldn’t use an extra pair of neutral slacks in gray or blue? Second, splitting up a dark suit is fine, you just have to know how.
How to Recombine Your Suit Separates
Once you’ve rounded up the candidates, finding blazer and dress pants combinations is both an art and a science. The art part depends on your personal style and creativity, but here’s the science.. There’s one principle that can guide you to find the best suit separates combinations: Mix up solids and patterns. Here’s why.
While combining solids and solids (i.e. your navy suit pants with a light gray suit) is not in violation of any fashion rules, it lands somewhere between sleepy and snoozer on the scale of sartorial interest. The other end of the spectrum, wearing two patterns (i.e. a check jacket and windowpane suit pants), can make for a pretty loud look.
Here’s a guide on how to combine your suits for the best suit separates:
1. Pattern on Solid
2. Solid on Pattern
3. Solid on Solid
The Beginner Move:
The Advanced Move:
Pictured here: Forest Green Flannel Blazer and Ash Gray Flannel Dress Pants.
4. Pattern on Pattern
What Can You Do To Make Your
Suit Separates Easier to Split Up?
There are a couple of tweaks you can make to a custom suit to turn down the formality and make it easier to split up. (By the way, a Black Lapel stylist can take care of all of these customizations for you. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org when you’re ready to order).
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