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The Ultimate Suit Wearing Cheat Sheet Every Man Needs

The Ultimate Suit Wearing Cheat Sheet Every Man Needs

Aside from being heavy drinkers and womanizers, what do Barney Stinson, James Bond and Don Draper have in common? They all look suave, thanks to their ability to wear a suit, which is the trademark of the professional man.

Now you may be thinking to yourself that you’ve never looked anywhere near as dashing as these men when wearing your suit and you’re probably right but not for the reason you’re thinking. If you want to look sharp, smart and put-together then you need to pay attention to the finer details of suit wearing.

Too many men wear a suit improperly and therefore don’t look nearly as good as they can. Common mistakes like wearing pants that are too long, jacket sleeves that are too short, improperly matching your tie to your shirt, using the wrong tie knot are just among a few of the many mistakes you’re possibly making.

But fear not! Read our ultimate suit wearing cheat sheet below so that you can dress to impress and walk into a room allowing your presence to be felt.

The 10 Suit Wearing Rules Every Man Needs to Know

Ten Rules Suit Wearing

    Ten Rules to Suit Wearing

      Common Suit Features

      Mens Suits and Their FeaturesMen's Suit Buttons Men's Suits LapelsMen's Suits SleevesMen's Suits VestsSuit Pockets

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          How Your Suit Should Fit

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          Infographic to Help You Learn How a Suit Should Fit

            Visual Guide to How Your Suit Should Fit

            How a Suit Should Fit Visual

              How to Dress Dapper in the Modern Age
              Dress Daper in the Modern Age

                Guide to Wearing a Suit

                Look stylish with this suit wearing guide

                  The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide To Suit Tailoring  

                  A Guide For Men On Suit Tailoring

                    What Type of Cut Suits You?

                    Suit Cuts

                      The Perfect Modern Suit

                      Guide to the Perfect Modern Suit

                        Dressing for the Occasion

                        Suit wearing by occasion

                          5 Common Formal Pocket Square Folds for Your Tuxedo

                          Formal Pocket Square Folds

                            How to Fold a Pocket Square

                            How to Fold a Pocket Square

                              Matching Your Suit, Shirt and Tie Like a Pro

                              Matching Shirt Suit Tie

                                Dress Shirt Anatomy

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                                Anatomy of a Dress Shirt

                                  The Perfect White Shirt by Occasion

                                  White Shirt by Occasion

                                    Types of Shirt Collars

                                    the collar types a shirt can have

                                      Picking the Right Shirt Collar by Face Shape

                                      Your face shape determines the shirt collar

                                        Basic Shirt Cuff Types

                                        Basic Shirt Cuffs

                                          Men’s Dress Shirt Alterations

                                          Men's Shirt Alterations

                                            How to Fold a Dress Shirt

                                            How to Fold a Dress Shirt

                                              How to Match Shirt and Tie Patterns

                                              Match patterned shirts and ties

                                                The Correct Way to Wear a Tie

                                                The proper way to wear a tie

                                                  Right Classic Tie Knot for Your Face

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                                                  Right Tie Style for Face Shape

                                                    How to Tie a Tie: Classic Knots

                                                    How to Tie a Tie Classic Knot

                                                      How to Tie a Tie: New Knots

                                                      How to Tie a Tie

                                                        Simple Guide to Tie Bars

                                                        Guide to Tie Bars

                                                          Ultimate Guide to the Bowtie

                                                          Everything You Need to Know About Bowties

                                                            When to Wear These 5 Common Bow Tie Shapes

                                                            Five Common Bowtie Shapes

                                                              How Pants Should Fit

                                                              Dress Pants

                                                                Men’s Dress Pant Alterations

                                                                Men's Dress Pants Altertaions

                                                                  A Simple Guide to Men’s Belts

                                                                  Guide to Men's Belts

                                                                    The Ultimate Guide to Dress Shoes

                                                                    Ultimate Guide to Dress Shoes

                                                                      Shoe Jargon Explained

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                                                                      Difference in shoe jargon

                                                                        Matching Your Dress Shoes and Suit

                                                                        How to match suits to your suit

                                                                          How to Fold a Suit

                                                                          Folding a Suit Jacket Properly

                                                                            How to Dress like “Mad Men”

                                                                            How to Dress like Mad Men

                                                                              Suit Up Like Barney Stinson

                                                                              How to look like Barney Stinson

                                                                                How to Dress like Bond, James Bond

                                                                                How James Bond Wears a Suit

                                                                                  History of Men’s Suits

                                                                                  History of Men's Suits

                                                                                    Now that you have a good idea of how to wear a suit as well as how to accessorize, it’s time to go out and make some heads turn. Leave a comment if you have any additional tips or send a photo with you rocking your new look!

                                                                                    Featured photo credit: Nejron Photo /Shutterstock via shutterstock.com

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                                                                                    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                                                                                    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                                                                    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                                                                    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                                                                                    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                                                                                    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                                                                                    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                                                                                    Review Your Past Flow

                                                                                    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                                                                                    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                                                                                    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                                                                                    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                                                                                    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                                                                                    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                                                                                    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                                                                                    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                                                                                    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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