Life Hack is a series of posts focused on finding little tips and tricks that will help you improve your life in ways that you didn’t think you could. The Life Hack for this week is how to wear a suit, so we approached Rich from Signature bespoke to talk about clothing and what errors to avoid when wearing a suit.
When you’re trying to figure out how to wear a suit, the best people to ask are those who work in a tailor shop. Signature Bespoke is a British fashion company that trades under the direct and exacting supervision of its founder who has extensive international experience in the high-end fashion business. With offices in Liverpool and London, Signature Bespoke visit clients across the UK (and internationally by appointment).
The wide range of luxurious materials that Signature Bespoke has available to them means that they can create the best bespoke suits to cater to their clients’ impeccable tastes. To compliment their suits, they offer shoes and other handmade leather goods sourced from a well-established workshop in Portugal.
Rich is a Professional Clothier for Signature Bespoke – he aids the Master Tailor in the measuring and design process for each and every garment they create. He liaises with clients regarding Signature’s new fabric collections and works on new commissions. He is perfectly equipped to answer any questions regarding suit processes and materials.
When we asked Rich how he got in to menswear and tailoring, he said: “I have always been interested in classical menswear since a relatively young age and decided to pursue my passion as a career! Bespoke tailoring, for me, is the ultimate clothing experience and once you have your first garment complete, it’s impossible to look back.”
There is a massive amount of trust between a tailor and a client, and Rich appreciates this. He strives to exceed their expectations and finds it extremely rewarding when they’re wearing the final piece that they have worked on together from start to finish.
For Rich, the most important aspect of wearing a suit is what occasion it is going to be used for. He says that this will dictate the grading of cloth you choose, which ultimately dictates the price. You should opt for a more durable cloth for a business suit, as it will be worn frequently, whilst a more luxurious cloth for special occasions such as weddings.
“A tailor worth his salt will be able to guide you through the various cloth gradings and help make the best choice with the purpose of the suit in mind,” Rich says, “The biggest issues I have come across while working in menswear are two seemingly small errors but once corrected make a profound difference to your look.”
“When you’re thinking about how to wear a suit, one glaring mistake is that you should never match your tie to your pocket square or handkerchief. Matching them makes your look frumpy and extremely thought out; style is about having a certain nonchalance and a natural, organic aspect to your look.” The second error, according to Rich, is to “never fasten the bottom button of your blazer or jacket – this distorts the look of the suit and its cut by adding bulk to the mid-section of your body. In fact, even off the peg ready-to-wear suits are cut with the intention that the wearer leaves the bottom button unfastened.”
Signature Bespoke visits clients all over the country in their homes or offices, but their clients are more than welcome to visit them in their showrooms. While plans to expand in the UK are underway, there are also rumblings that we could see a Signature Bespoke tailor shop overseas at some point.
“[Liverpool and London] are incredibly important for us,” Rich says, “They are the hubs for great fashion, which means plenty of forward-thinking, modern clientele who will be extremely interested in what Signature Bespoke does.”
So, there you have it, if you’re wondering how to wear a suit, you need to consider the type of cloth for the occasion, don’t wear a tie and pocket square with the same pattern, and don’t fasten the bottom button on your jacket!