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Can I wear a Digital Watch with my Suit?

Watches are definitely an accessory that men ponder about all the time (we do at SuitUpp). When it comes to a suit, we all know that a Rolex can match quite well. If you don’t want to invest too much in the watch though, can you skip the analog and move to digital?

If you are looking for a general rule to use when choosing your watch, analog is more formal and digital is less formal. To take that a step further on the analog side, you could also say that the more formal the occasion, the thinner the watch. If you wanted to get really formal, of course, you could invest in a pocket watch. If you’re wondering about the pocket watch and how to wear it, you should read our blog post on this. With that said, there is still room for the digital watch. If you’re going for a night on the town or are just touting a jacket during the day, an eye-catching sight like the Casio G-Shock can do the trick. Remember, fashion is all about making a statementΒ  & sometimes going against convention can be a good thing! Just don’t wear the Casio at a wedding πŸ™‚


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What Color Shoes Should I Wear with an Off-white Suit

We recently got a question from one of our readers asking what color shoes should be worn with an off-white suit. Since we do sell off-white suits every now and then at SuitUpp,like this Sean John beige suit with brown pinstripes, we thought this was a very relevant question πŸ™‚

The answer is that you can wear light brown or even white dress shoes depending on the color of suit and whether the occasion is formal or more casual (white for casual and light brown for formal). As you can see in the picture above, our SuitUpp model is wearing light brown shoes (for a more formal look). If you have another color suit and are trying to decide what type of shoes to wear, consider this guide on what type of shoes to wear (another blog post from us).


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What to wear with a Seersucker Suit – Match Your Seersucker Jacket

Last week, we talked about Seersucker (the fabric). We talked about the origins and why people wear it. This week, we thought we’d talk about Seersucker suits. They’ve been on the rise all over the country (especially in the South and East) – typically worn by younger men. The question is, if you are to wear one of these, what do you wear with a Seersucker suit?

The Seersucker suit is quite the statement on it’s own so if you are going to be touting one, you should just be wearing a plain oxford button down shirt. If you’re going to wear a tie, a plain silk one should do in this case (preferably dark). If you’re wondering whether you should wear a tie or not, make sure to read our blog post on this.

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Seersucker Fabric – Where Did it Come From? Why is it Worn? Part I

Seersucker fabric is commonly associated with spring/summer clothing. The primary reason for this is that this type of fabric helps dissipate heat. The fabric itself is typically all-cotton and is striped/checkered. The word Seersucker may seem odd to you. The reason is that it did not originate from English but rather Persian. In Persian, it is referred to as “Shir o Shekar” which means “Milk & Sugar”. This name most likely refers to the look and feel of the fabric in itself. The good news about the fabric is that it doesn’t need to be ironed and the wrinkled look is why a lot of people wear clothing made of this fabric. If you’re the lazy type, this is the fabric for you! πŸ™‚ You’ll see this type of fabric in a variety of colors but white and blue is the most common combination.

Seersucker originally came to the Western World through Muslim traders. The fabric was popular in British colonies with warmer climate. In the United States, the fabric was worn by poor individuals and this trend reversed itself when college students started wearing it regardless of wealth status. Another advantage for college students, of course, was how easy it was to wash.

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What Type of Lapel to Wear? Lapel Choices in Tuxedos.

As we discussed in a previous article about Different Types of Jacket Lapels, there are three types that are most common: Notched, Peaked, and Shawl. What we didn’t discuss in that article was when to wear each of these jacket types. In this article, we’ll analyze briefly the differences between the three types of lapels to give you an idea of how you can go about making your choices.

Shawl Lapel

The shawl lapel is mostly seen with dinner jackets. This type of lapel was originally designed to fit men with wide shoulders. This type of jacket is associated James Bond by a few circles. The shawl lapel is mostly considered to be the most formal of the 3 jacket lapels and is probably is observed less than the other two as well. As of late, some fashion labels such as Dolce & Gabbana have been pushing this look in recent times:

Peaked Lapel

The peaked lapel is more formal than the notched lapel and less common. Furthermore, this lapel is less formal than the shawl lapel and more common. Wearing a tuxedo with a peaked lapel is very desirable. This jacket was originally designed to give men with smaller frames a frame boost (makes your shoulders look wider). You can see Tom Cruise Wearing a Peaked Lapel Below:

Notched Lapel

The notched lapel is the most common type of lapel and is also the least formal of the 3 types of lapels (however, this doesn’t mean that if wear a notched lapel that your suit is not formal). You’ll typically see George Clooney wearing this type of lapel quite well:

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When Do I Take My Hat Off? When Can I Keep My Hat On?

We’ve written about hats a few times here at SuitUpp. What we haven’t done is tell you when you should take off your hat and when you can leave it on. The most interesting aspect to point out about hats is that they mean very different things to younger audiences than they do more traditional fashion lovers. In this blog post, we’ll explore some details about wearing hats and give you some excellent tips.

Traditionally, hats were not meant to be worn in front of an audience in a closed space – put differently, they weren’t meant to be worn inside. For example, if you were to walk into a department store, it would be best if you would take your hat off. Similarly, if you walked into an elevator, it would have been polite to take your hat off. However, times have since changed. This type of hat-wearing behavior is considered to be quite formal. Nowadays, younger men/women may keep their hats on for the entire day as it may be part of their outfit. In the past, out of respect for an individual you were talking to (especially ladies), you would take off your hat. If you ever passed by an individual that you knew, it would also be polite to tip your hat or take it off briefly to say your greetings and then put it back on as you walked away.

If we were to give you some tips on hat wearing behavior, we would divide up hats into two categories: as part of a traditional look or as part of a non-traditional look.

If you are going for the non-traditional look,

1) Ensure that the hat integrates into your outfit seamlessly.

2) Make sure the audience, in front of whom this style is portrayed, is accepting of non-traditional attire (i.e. don’t go to a black-tie event with a winter hat and claim that it is stylish).

If you are going for the traditional look,

1) Take your hat off when you are indoors & in closed spaces.

2) Take you hat off briefly when you greet other individuals.

Final Tip: Hats tend to destroy your hair. We call this hat-hair. If you are going to wear a hat often, it may be beneficial to you to have shorter hair to avoid the hat-hair look.

If you’re interested in reading more about hats, check out the articles below:

> The Different Parts/Components of a Hat (Hat Nomenclature)

> Different Types of Hats

> What type of Hat Looks Best on You?

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Removing Stains from Your Suit, Shirt, Pants, Jeans, etc…

What can we say… no matter how careful you are, sometimes you can still spill wine and other staining material on your suit. If you know that you are systematically clumsy, cotton clothes and robust denim are materials that you should become friendly with. Of course, it is not always possible to stick to these materials and so the good news is that most stains can indeed be removed.

Before we begin talking in more detail, please keep in mind that your tuxedo and suit should always be professionally dry cleaned. If you’ve spent your hard earned money on a good suit that you want to last, please, don’t try anything but a reputable dry cleaning shop.


Ok, now that this is out of the way, let’s talk about what happens when you stain your suit. Take for example, the day that you spill wine all over the sleeve of your suit. The first thing that you want to do is reach for the nearest Napkin/Cloth and try to soak up as much of the wine as possible and beat your sleeve to the task πŸ™‚ Don’t use the cloth to rub in the stain but rather tap it against your sleeve and try to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Preferably, that day, head over to the dry cleaners and tell them exactly how the stain was formed so they can do their best to remove it. Remember, the longer a stain stays in your clothes, the harder it will be to get out.

If you stain your cotton shirt or your jeans, you can also head over to the washroom and use a damp cloth to try and wash out the stain before it settles in too comfortably. If you happen to be at home and have access to dish washing detergent (the type that is used to “hand-wash” dishes), you can use that to help pre-treat the stain before your clothes go through a full wash. Tide Pens are also useful to carry around.

Word of advise… if you have a silk tie and if you spill wine on it… don’t even bother with the dry cleaners πŸ™‚ 9 out of 10 times, once your tie is stained, it’s over… washing it or even dry cleaning it will distort and discolor it… sorry guys… if you need a new tie, make sure to check out our tie collection!

In all cases, it’s better to just be careful enough and put clumsiness aside πŸ™‚ When this can’t be avoided, please follow our tips and you should be ok!

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