Monthly Archives: September 2008

Should I wear a pocket watch?

This question comes from Tim McDonald from North Dakota: Should I wear a pocket watch?

In order to understand the fashion statements that a pocket watch can make, one must understand the origins. Back in the day, pocket watches were a statement of wealth and class. They were very accurate time-keepers and were great for any occupation that required accurate time-keeping and scheduling: think of guys on wall-street in the early 1900s.

Nowadays, you don’t see many touting a pocket watch, but when you do, it does draw attention and makes a fashion statment like no other. It is usually preferable to wear a pocket watch when you are also wearing a vest. SuitUpp.com displayed a great Sean John 3-piece suit that is perfect for the pocket watch. 

It is usually customery to wear the pocket watch on the left as most people are right handed. Make sure that the pants that you wear this watch with are not too tight so that you can access the watch with a simple yank and without having to pull. Silver and Gold are the best fit for this type of a watch but nickel can also work.

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How to Tuck your Shirt in Properly and Avoid Billowing

The latest question asked was from Brad in Ottawa, Canada: How would you recommend avoiding the “billowing” that occurs when a thin guy tucks in his dress shirt, on the sides and back…. without covering it up with a blazer?

This question is very appropriate since SuitUpp.com just posted a Sean John Black Pin Stripe Suit that comes with nice pants that you could wear on a standalone basis. Tucking in your shirt is very important. You’ll see every now and then the odd person that doesn’t tuck in pretending to act stylish. All this does is portray a “I’m dressed up but don’t want to be”  look. Its not professional and we don’t recommend it.

The trouble is, how do you prevent the billowing effect where parts of your shirt (usually on the sides and back) don’t get tucked in properly? If you can, always get fitted shirts as this helps out a lot. If your shirt isn’t fitted, you can make it pseudo-fitted by grabbing all the slack from around your shirt (usually about an inch or so) and folding it on the back of your shirt (i.e. one big flap/fold). Make sure that this fold is held together tightly by your belt. You may still have to adjust it every once in a while, but it does help keep a nicely refined look.

Finally, make sure to align the buttons on your shirt with the center of your belt and zipper. This adds a nice touch of neatness.

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Should I button up My Suit?

This week’s question comes from Kim Stevens from LA who asked us whether her husband should button up her suit all the way…

This is a great question and, frankly, we’ve been asked this many times before. Fortunately, the answer is not so difficult. In general, if you leave your suit unbuttoned it portrays a more relaxed and somewhat less formal look while buttoning up your suit all the way presents a more conservative and serious look. To see an example of how an unbuttoned suit can look a little less formal, check out the Sean John 2-piece suit of the week at SuitUpp.com.

If you are to leave your suit buttoned up, you generally want to leave the bottom-most button unbuttoned. This is a convention that has somehow developed in the professional world and while there could be many explanations for it, “everyone else does it” seems to be the common one to go by…

Hope this helps,

Marco Raynault
SuitUpp
Customer Evangelist

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