The Art of the Suit

It’s all in how you wear it

As any sharp-dressed man—Tim DeKay for example—knows well the secret to personal style is found not in cut but in confidence. Begin your pursuit of sartorial swagger with these tips from personal shopper Todd Fliginger of MARTINPATRICK3 in Minneapolis.


No, you don’t have to spend more time in the gym. The most current look in suiting is a body-conscious cut with a shorter jacket and narrower trousers. Money-saving secret: A good tailor can adjust suits you already own to reflect this slimmer aesthetic.


For the most personal look, have suits and shirts made to order. You can personalize everything from the style of the suit to the fabric to the color of the thread for the buttons. Expert tip: Stick with a two-button suit for a more classic (and comfortable) look.


Gone are the days of the conservative suit and tie. Many men are opting to skip the tie altogether, even in corporate settings. Whether you’re for or against neckwear, feel free to mix patterns and colors with vigor. Rule of thumb: Balance your patterns by pairing geometrics like checks or plaids with organic designs like paisleys or florals.


A pocket square (white for a classic look, bright or patterned for an energetic effect) a bold tie, a statement belt, great shoes—these are the finishing touches that pull your look together. Hint: For a fresh, modern look, wear burnished brown-laced shoes with a grey suit.