If you plan on spending a day at the park, would you wear a suit? How about if you have plans to grab a casual bite to eat with friends?
If you’re like most people, you probably wouldn’t. Most people reserve suits for only the most formal of events. But what if you could dress a suit down and wear it to all sorts of occasions?
In this guide, we’re going to examine how to wear a suit in non-traditional settings. All you need to do is change your perspective and dig around in your closet for some additional non-suit clothes.
So how can you get started?
Read on to learn how to pull off wearing a suit in a casual environment.
Understand How to Wear a Suit in Formal Occasions
Before you can get started wearing a suit to casual events, you need to understand how to wear one in a formal environment. Although many Americans have office jobs, this is nevertheless something that many people struggle with.
With regards to fitting, you want your tie to just touch the top of your waist. Your jacket should cover your zipper but not go further, and your cuffs should show around half an inch of your wrists.
Try to stick to a specific color palette when wearing a suit. Remember that blues and blacks never mix and that the color of your tie should almost always be darker than that of your dress shirt.
Match a Jacket With a T-Shirt
One of the easiest ways to dress down a suit is by pairing it with a t-shirt. While this might sound strange at first, it’s convenient and a huge men’s fashion statement.
The t-shirt you don underneath the suit jacket depends on you and your style. Simple, neutral colors always look good but don’t be afraid to go for something louder.
Choose something with a unique or clashing pattern, or even throw on a graphic tee for an edgy look. Just make sure to accessorize your suit jacket so that it doesn’t look too out of place.
Dress Down in the Colder Months
If you live in an area that experiences colder weather, one of the best ways to wear a suit in a casual context is to swap out some of your dress clothes for cardigans and knitwear.
Instead of wearing a dress shirt, wear a sweater instead. If you want to maintain some level of formality, you can also layer a sweater on top of a dress shirt. You can even create an entire knit tie outfit.
Regardless of how you end up pulling it off, make sure that the sweaters or knitwear you put on aren’t too thick. You want to stay warm, but you also don’t want to lose that suit eye-catching silhouette.
Swap Out the Dress Shirt
If you don’t want to go completely casual with a t-shirt but also don’t want to wear multiple layers, switching out your dress shirt for a more casual option is always a possibility.
Denim and simple, more casual button-downs can look great with a suit jacket. Make sure to accessorize, but leave the more formal accessories in the closet. Instead, bring a pair of sunglasses or an interesting necklace.
Dress Down All the Way
Remember that dress pants are formal enough on their own. You can wear them and an extremely casual top, like a singlet, to create an interesting mix of styles.
This is the most casual option of all, but it’s also the one that looks the most striking if you pull it off the right way. Depending on the pants you’re wearing, you can go with something solid, patterned, or printed.
Again, you can choose to accessorize it with things like sunglasses and scarves or embrace the simplicity and casualness of the singlet.
Leave the Dress Shoes in the Closet
Shiny leather shoes are the hallmark of most suits. To dress down, leave them in the closet and start looking at some of the other options you have to choose from.
Regardless of the exact style, sneakers create a comfortable and striking look. Pairing a suit with a pair of flashy sneakers is something that many celebrities do, but you can also go with something softer.
Boots can also work great with a suit. You can go with something chic like a pair of Chelsea boots or something more outdoorsy if the colors match the rest of your outfit.
Be Smart With Accessories
As we’ve hinted at throughout the article, you have to be smart when it comes to accessories. You want to choose pieces that tone your look down and don’t make it look more formal.
If your pants fit you fine (and they really should), that might mean leaving the belt in your closet. It also might mean leaving your leather watchstrap behind until you go to work the next day.
Instead, go for necklaces, bracelets, sunglasses, and other pieces that you don’t often get to pair with a suit in a normal environment. If you wear it to work, don’t wear it somewhere else!
Wear a Suit to Any Occasion
While you may hear the word ‘suit’ and imagine offices and formal dinner parties, the truth is that you can wear a suit almost anywhere. All it requires is a bit of tweaking.
Use this guide and the tips mentioned to take advantage of all the different occasions you can don a suit. Are you look for more men’s guides and tips on men’s fashion? If you are, make sure to check out the rest of our site for more great content.