Double-breasted suits can make your man look wider and shorter than he actually is. While I prefer the look of a three-button suit for dressier occasions, GQ touts the benefits a two-button suit - it'll give you a slimmer, more streamlined look and will better show off your shirt and tie.
- The suit coat should closely skim the body without pulling at the buttons, shoulders or back slit. Suit coat shoulders should hug your man's shoulders, not stick out or bag around them. Suit coat sleeves should never be longer than his thumb joint. The best look is when the sleeve stops where the wrist meets the hand.
- The suit pants should hang trimly, without bunching like a paper bag when he puts on a belt. And they should never bag at the ankles. No more than two breaks (preferably one) before the top of the shoe. "Breaks" are the little bends that occur in the front crease of the pant leg when standing still.
Slim fitting, tailored coats - from your basic leather jacket to a long rain trench or winter wool - will make him look trimmer and younger.
Avoid too many "manly" details, like heavy buckles or thick zippers.
So much more stylish and versatile than the ubiquitous fleece jacket, it'll take him through fall, into spring and any event where a suit would be too dressy.
Add a winter scarf and he can avoid a bulky parka, looking instead dashing and debonair. (The scarf at right is worn continental style. You can also wear it open and hanging straight. Or any other number of ways!)
GQ says it goes great with a dark suit and fall colors as well as jeans and lighter colors in spring. Buy the best one you can afford and try to pamper your man with a cashmere blend.
A nice pair can last a lifetime, literally! Some mainstream brands offer lifetime repair and resoling, a luxury almost nonexistent in the female shoe universe. A classic, quality pair will dress up any outfit and remain timeless.
If your man doesn't own a pair, get him a set to match his style and a proper white shirt to go with them.
And don't reserve them for the times he dresses up with a tie. GQ says wearing them without a tie will give your man a "rakish yet elegant flair." How sexy is that!