Can you Look Suave in a Suit?

By: Weston Whitener

Can you Look Suave in a Suit?
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About This Quiz

There are many little-known rules to wearing a suit stylishly. Do you think you know them? See if you can answer all the questions correctly and prove you're the king of class!
When wearing a suit, what color should your belt be?
The same color as your suit pants
A complementary color to your tie
The same color as your shoes
Matching your belt's leather to your shoes' leather will tie together your suit. The closer the match, the sharper you'll look!
A complementary color to your dress shirt

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When wearing a two-button suit jacket walking, which buttons should you button?
Only the bottom button
Only the top button
Buttoning the top button will make you look trim and posh; buttoning the bottom will look a touch too relaxed. But whatever you do, don't button both!
Both buttons
Neither buttons

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Now, when wearing a three-button suit jacket walking, which buttons should you button?
Sometimes the middle, always the top, never the bottom button
Sometimes the bottom, always the middle, never the top button
Sometimes the top, always the middle, never the bottom button
Three buttons follow the "Sometimes, always, never" rule: sometimes the top, always the middle, and never the bottom button. Bottom buttons seem to be just for show!
Sometimes the middle, always the bottom, never the top button.

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If you're wearing a double-breasted jacket, which buttons should you button?
All but the bottom button
Once again, the bottom button remains open; on most double-breasted suits this leaves only one button to fasten. It's alleged that the fashion began with Edward VII of England, who was too rotund to button the last button!
All but the top button
You don't button a double-breasted suit
There are no buttons on a double-breasted suit

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If you're sitting down a in two or three-button suit jacket, you should...
Take off the jacket and drape it over the chair's back
Button the bottom button
Gently fluff up the back vent to avoid ruffling
Unbutton all fastened buttons
Sitting with a button fastened in a two or three-button suit looks and feels uncomfortable. The strain being seated puts on the button could damage it or the rest of your suit!

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If you're sitting in a double-breasted suit, you should...
Take off the jacket and drape it over your chair's back
Unfasten the bottom button
Leave the fastened buttons fastened
The cut of a double-breasted suit should allow you to sit comfortably, even if all buttons are fastened! So you can gently swirl your brandy and be at ease.
Unfasten all fastened buttons

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The widest width of your tie should be...
No wider than the width of your mouth
As wide as your lapel's width
To know if your tie is the right width, simply hold its widest portion up to your lapel. If they're the same width, you look as dapper as Don Draper!
Approximately twice that of your cuff's length
As wide as the tie's knot

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What kind of ties should you wear with a winged collar?
Only a bow tie
Winged collars are usually reserved for the opera in Milan, galas at the Met and other fine black-tie occasions. And at those occasions, only a bow tie will do.
Either a bow tie or a plain black necktie
A bow tie, a thin necktie or a bolo tie
A bow tie, a necktie of any width, but never a bolo tie

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How far should your shirt cuffs extend past the suit jacket?
1/4 inch - 1 inch
A cuff that's too long will make the jacket seem too small, and vice-versa. To make sure you can adjust those shirt cuffs like 007, keep them at a trim 1/4 inch to 1 inch.
1 inch - 2 inch
2 inch - 3 inch
The cuffs shouldn't extend past the suit jacket

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Standing, where should the hem of your pants rest?
At the Achilles, just above the ankle
Over the laces of your shoes
At the ankle, just above your shoes
Wearing a fine suit means you're wearing some fine footwear. Best to show those shoes off with your pants resting at your ankle!
Over the back of your shoes

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When sitting down, your socks should...
Cover all visible skin
Hairy legs distract from how good you look in that suit -- cover them up! Dress socks should extend far enough up your legs to cover all visible skin, even when you're seated.
Draw attention to your shoes with bright patterns
Reveal approximately 1/2 inch of skin
Reveal approximately 2 inches of skin.

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Black suits are best used for what events?
Awards Ceremonies
Funerals
Black suits may look fine, but they are usually associated with death. Try dark grey or navy as a more lively substitute!
Board meetings
Parties

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What is the handkerchief folded and inserted into the breast pocket called?
Dress Kerchief
Pocket Square
Well-placed pocket squares will add zest to your fine attire. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns; have fun selecting one that suits you!
Lapel Accent
Suit Garnish

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If you add a pocket square, it should be...
The same pattern and fabric as your tie
The same color, but a different fabric than your suit
A different color and fabric than your suit and tie
Pocket squares can add panache to your suit ensemble. They look best when they are completely different in color and texture from your tie, tucked into a fine fold.
The same fabric but a different color than your tie

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What is the classic, standard necktie knot?
Worthingshire
Wexley
Windsor
You may choose to go half or you may choose to go full, but the Windsor makes a great knot for any occasion. The knot is often attributed to the Duke of Windsor.
Weidner

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What is the additional pocket located above your right suit jacket pocket called?
Vent Pocket
Smoking Pocket
Ticket Pocket
The ticket pocket is popular in British suits. It's there for storing your train ticket; who doesn't love riding the rails looking fancy?
Errant Pocket

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When you've brought home a new suit, what should you do if the pockets are sewn shut?
Return the suit for alteration; they missed this fine detail
Leave the pockets as they are, as suits are not meant to be used for storage
Use a seam ripper or delicate knife to open all the pockets
Most suits will be returned to you with the pockets sewed together, and it's your responsibility to open them carefully. A seam ripper is ideal for the task, but other precise clipping methods may be employed at your discretion!
Open only the inner pockets of the suit; the outer ones are to be left alone.

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What are suit jacket pockets without a flap called?
Latent
Besom
Besom pockets are best unleashed for life's formal occasions. You see them most frequently in tuxedos jackets and finer suit jackets.
Flat
A tailor's mistake

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What's a "bespoke" suit?
A suit built specifically for you
Bespoke suits are ideal for fellows with peculiar measurements. If you have shoulders that stretch the largest jacket or legs that swim in the smallest trousers, a bespoke suit may be for you!
A suit without any visible stitching
An ill-fitting suit
A double-breasted suit without left-hand buttons

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What is the back flap (or flaps) of a suit jacket called?
Flange
Vent
When selecting a suit, consider the vents on the back! Both double and single vents offer comfort in motion and distinguish your suit.
Duct
Hind

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What's another term for a single-vent suit?
European
British
American
Like apple pie and baseball, single-vent suits are all-American! Throw on a single-vent for your next board meeting in the Windy City or buying a hot dog in the Big Apple.
Spanish

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Where should a tie bar or tie clip be placed?
Just below the bottom of the lapels
Between the third and fourth dress shirt buttons
Tie clips can add distinction to your suit, especially when placed between the third and fourth dress shirt buttons. The clip will also keep your tie and shirt together!
As close as possible to the tie's dimple
Under the first jacket button hole

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Where should the bottom of your tie rest?
On your navel
Just over your pants fly
Over your third dress shirt button
On your belt line
The tie's tip should rest at your belt line for a crisp look. Some are able to nail that placement on their first tie, other's knots are not so lucky!

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How should a good suit rest on your shoulders?
It should bring your shoulders forward and feel taught
It should hug your shoulders and feel firm
The suit's fit in the shoulders can make you look like the recipient of hand-me-downs or the recipient of an Oscar. Choosing a suit that hugs your shoulders and feels firm will make you look the latter!
It should hang from your shoulders and feel loose
It should raise the height of your shoulders slightly

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Where should the top button of a two-button jacket or the second button of a three-button sit on you?
At the sternum
Below the navel
Above the navel
Shouldering that suit, make sure the second button rests just above your navel! This will tuck the jacket in and make your shoulders look broader.
At the seventh dress shirt button

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If you wear a suit with a dress shirt buttoned all the way up and no tie, you're rocking the...
Full Button
Casual Friday Tie
Lynchian Button
Air Tie
The Air Tie has seen bursts of popularity in recent years. It's a great way to bring some casual, contemporary flair to your dressed-up look!

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If you leave your top dress shirt button open, you should not...
Button it part way through an evening
Lean over at the dinner table
Let your white undershirt show
Showing a little skin with your suit is fine, just don't show off your undershirt! Nothing undercuts the classy casual look like the white peak of your sweat-blocker.
Wear a loosened tie

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Where should a suit jacket's hem rest?
At your fingertips when your arms are at your sides
Size your jacket's length to the tips of your fingers. The perfectly sized jacket will make the whole ensemble look sharp.
Below your hips
Above the belt line
At your wrists when your arms are at your sides

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What type of fabric is ideal for your warm-weather suit?
Polyester
Linen
It's light, it's lively, it's linen! The fabric not only looks great during the warmer months, but it will feel great when you need to look refined in the sweltering sun.
Velvet
Wool

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If you are wearing a patterned suit...
Avoid wearing a plain tie
Avoid wearing ties at all
Avoid wearing patterned shirts
Patterns can clash or look silly in combination. When wearing a soft pattern suit, it's best not to counteract the look with a pattern shirt.
Wear patterned shirts

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If you can slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket, the suit is ...
A good fit
A good rule-of-thumb is to slip your hand between your chest and your jacket. If your hand fits snugly, your suit fits snugly!
Too big
Too small
In need of a new button

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If you are wearing a vest, you should do what with the bottom button?
Leave it unbuttoned
As with nearly every other bottom button, vests' last fastener remains unfastened. Some will try to pull off the fully-buttoned look with their vest, but it's ill-advised.
Button it
Use a seam ripper to remove it
Make sure it can tuck into your belt

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What color shoes should you wear with a black suit?
Brown
Black
Black shoes are the best paring for a black suit. Brown leather will clash with black fabric, while black creates a seamlessly classy look.
Brown or Black
Any color shoes match a black suit

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When you get home and remove your suit, how long should you let it air-out on its hanger before hanging it up in a closet?
1-2 hours
Airing out your suit for 1 or 2 hours after wearing it all day is sufficient. It will make sure your suit doesn't get musty hanging in the closet!
3-4 hours
4-5 hours
Airing out your suit isn't a good idea

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To combat moths in your closet, which of the following works as a deterrent?
Pine Wood
Cedar Wood
The smell of cedar will help keep your wool-based suits in good shape. Not only will it deter moths, but it will give your closet a quality smell!
Alabaster
Iron
Parchment Paper

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