If you work in a traditional industry such as accounting and finances, or perhaps in a government agency, or any other area where you need to keep a more serious tone, well, you should be wearing a suit every day. If you are not, you should start, it might just make you a more successful person.
A group of psychologists from the California State University, Northridge have publicized a study that confirms that dressing up sharply will make you feel more confident about your choices and ultimately lead you to become a more successful person.
“Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world,” says Abraham Rutchick, an author of the study.
If this research is not enough to bring you on board, perhaps these practical benefits might open your eyes to the benefits of wearing a suit every day.
Practical Benefits of an Everyday Suit
First of all, wearing a suit every day doesn’t mean you will be stigmatized, or that you have to compromise on self-expression, or that you are somehow becoming an invisible cog in a larger machinery that doesn’t care about you.
In fact, there are many practical benefits to wearing a suit every day:
Fewer Decisions to Make: If you already have too much on your plate to decide already, you may find skipping small daily decisions, such as what to wear, relieving.
Less Time Wasted: As a man who cares about the way he looks, you can agree how burdening it can be to decide your outfit and get ready in the morning. When you decide to wear the same article of clothing every day, you can get ready relatively quickly in the morning.
Less Stress: Yes, pulling together the perfect outfit can be stressful. If you wear a suit every day, you just don’t have to answer questions like “is this too formal?”, or “does this jacket fits me well?” If you used to put on a suit every day, you know that these questions are not going to be a problem for you.
Less Expensive: If you are planning to wear a suit every day, all you need is to have a few suits and nothing more. You are not likely to splurge on other items of clothing, such as jumpers, blazers, cardigans, and so on. This way, you look sharp and still manage to save some cash.
Less Wasted Energy: The simple act of having to think about choosing what to wear every day is a waste of energy. You have to get up early in the morning and ponder over what you should wear. However, not anymore. If a suit is your daily armor of choice you just need to worry about the under layers.
Adding Variety to Your Everyday Suit
If you are bound by a corporate dress code or bound by personal choice, these clever tips will help you add a personal choice to your outfit:
Get Creative with Your Shirt: If you are going to wear a suit, especially in the warm weather, you should rotate your shirts. The important thing to remember is to change your shirt’s style or color every day. This does not mean you replace one black poplin shirt with another black poplin shirt. Instead, play with the fabric. When you modify your shirt’s texture from pique to cotton, you will completely change your suit’s identity.
You don’t even need to search, we picked a few great shirts for you:
Skip the Shirt: Combining a knitted polo or a tee with a suit gives it a different look. In winters, go for a suit with a rolled neck cashmere. What many men forget is that suits not only go best with classic shirts. They can look ravishing with so many casual pieces of clothing, especially when cut close. Try teaming your suit with athletic items to add a new identity, something that you will also enjoy wearing.
Wear a Dark-Colored Suit: When you wear a suit, make sure it is not bright, pale, or patterned. Even though these suits look great, they do tend to attract unnecessary attention. If your plan is to keep it classy, and you should, make sure to go for a dark color.
Be Sure it Fits Well: This is extremely important. A suit that fits you poorly, bet it too large or too small, will look unappealing every day. If you are uncertain, take it to the tailor for a custom fitting.
Remember to Accessories: Just like t-shirts, shirts and other similar under items, the accessories you wear can make a huge impact on how well your suit sits on you. Pairing your suit with loafers and going sockless in the summers gives off a chic vibe, whereas wearing chunky brogues in winter gives off a completely different look. You can also add different ties, pockets, pocket squares, and briefcases (and haircuts) to your everyday suit style for a unique daily look.
Here are a few picks of accessories to match your everyday suit:
With all that said, be sure to invest in a quality outfit, if possible a custom tailored suit, as these tend to last and feel very comfortable to wear.
Finally, another thing to keep in mind is your plan to wear a suit every day, you will need to have more than one, afterall, you don’t want people smudging your image with rumors about your lack of hygiene around the office.
It is always a handy idea to buy your suits in twos or threes just so you can leave a jacket in the office and another in your car.