Everything you need to know about Men's Dress clothing. What to buy and how to wear it. (You'll be the one the guys look to for tips in no time. )

Starting from the Top

Adding a layer can instantly dress up your outfit. If you want to take it up a notch, show some of your personal style by selecting a suit jacket or sport coat with detailing like contrasting stitching, texture or a patterned fabric.

Sport Coats and Blazers
Sport Coats & Blazers

The Sport Coat comes in a larger assortment of colors and patterns, so it is a great choice for the more fashion-forward.

The Blazer is an essential to have in your closet. It’s the perfect basic that goes with any pant. Keep one in your office to throw on for an unexpected client visit.

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Suit Separate Jackets
Suit Separate Jackets

When shopping for a full suit, these jackets have matching pants and sometimes vests, but can be bought separately. This makes them great to pick and choose to get the perfect fit. A suit is perfect for special events, weddings, and business professional attire.

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A vest can be worn on its own or with a matching suit jacket and pant. Modern men's professional dress no longer requires a 3-piece suit, but the vest is still a great way to add style to your look.

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Expert Tip: If you decide to wear a jacket or vest, remember, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.


When selecting a pant, the waist should fit snugly so that your pants can be worn with or without a belt. The length of a pant is ultimately a personal preference, but you can’t go wrong with a classic break at the ankle, so the hem just touches the top of your shoes. “Break” is the crease in the fabric created when the pant meets the shoe.

Flat Front Pants that don’t have any pleats under the waistband. Shop Now.
Flat Front

No pleats, with a smooth, flat front at the hip. Typically worn a bit lower on the hip than a pleated pant, this style is more slim fit, with no cuff.

One Pleat Front One pleat on either pant leg. (This helps some fabrics drape better.) Shop Now
Pleat Front

This classic style of dress pant has a higher rise, is creased in the front, and cuffed at the ankle. Wear this style slightly above your hip bone.

Suit Up

Suits can be purchased in a complete set with 2 or 3 pieces. If your body proportions are different than the paired sizes, you can purchase a pant, jacket, and vest individually, referred to as “suit separates.”

If you are taller than 6’ 2 1/2” and your chest measurement is greater than 48”, you should shop Big & Tall to find your best fit.


A dress shirt is a long sleeved shirt made to accommodate a jacket and tie, but can be worn without either one. For a more professional look, choose a color or pattern to complement other elements of your suit. If you want to express more personal style, you can go bolder by mixing brighter colors and busier, fun patterns.

The Style

Solids shirts

Essential & versatile. Own a few colors, plus white.

Stripes & Plaids shirts
Stripes & Plaids

Dress up or down by pattern size (bigger is more casual).

Prints & Patterns shirts
Prints & Patterns

More fashion forward & bold. Again, keep in mind pattern size.

Formal shirts

Wear this with your tux. Try a bow tie for a finishing touch.

The Fit

Classic Fit

Broader across the shoulders, lots of room through the chest and body with loose sleeves until the cuff.


Still cut broad across the shoulders, but tapered through the chest and body. Sleeves are fuller but not loose.

Slim Fit

Armholes are higher and the chest and body are much closer with a bit of room to move. Sleeves are more narrow.

Features & Fabrics

Learn the benefits of the most popular materials to best decide what will work for you.


If you're on the move or in the office, stretch is important to keep you comfortable. Stretch can be included in the fabric content (Spandex, Lycra®, or Elastane) or in the stitching around the collar, armholes, and waistband. Stretch can also be technical; included in the way the garment is woven for increased freedom of movement, shape retention, and comfort.


  • Wool is the most common suiting fabric. It is natural, breathable, and does not wrinkle. It will keep you cool in the heat and warm in the cold.
  • Cotton is popular for its breathability, but can crease easily, and isn’t as luxurious as wool. A cotton blend will offer a hybrid of the benefits of each fabric.
  • Linen is the best option for warm temperatures, but wrinkles easily, making it ideal for a more casual look.
  • Polyester is more budget friendly, usually blended with a natural fiber to increase durability and breathability.
  • Silk is a great year-round fabric, offering durability and breathability, but is often more expensive.

Dress Shoes

If you only have one dress shoe, make it a basic black oxford. Black can be worn day or night, dressed up or down.

Dark stitching dresses up a shoe, while a lighter stitch leans more casual.

There are many different styles of toe, stitching and perforation to add detail and interest. For a casual look, try a loafer or moccasin toe.

Finishing Touches

The details finish the look. Add a belt (a good rule of thumb is to match your belt to your shoes). Then add some fun with your accessories like socks, ties, or pocket squares to complete your dress clothing style.

Ties & Pocket Squares
Cufflinks & Accessories

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Now that you've learned the basics of men's dress clothing, you're armed with the knowledge you need to start shopping.