1. Colour: navy blue or dark-grey are your basics. Once you have these two colours in your wardrobe, you can then up your number of suits with a pinstripe (this will show that you know what you’re talking about) or even a windowpane check suit. Houndstooth and Prince of Wales checks are for the experts.
2. Jacket: two button or double-breasted suit, don’t accept anything else. The two button is a classic stalwart, which seems will never go out of fashion and the double-breasted suit is ever more in these days. The lower button should always be unfastened when you are standing up and you should only fully unfasten your jacket when seated. Three and four-piece suits have fallen by the wayside.
3. Waistcoat: this garment is living somewhat of a renaissance now. You can either go for a classic tailored look or a knitted one. Both are accepted, but the second option is more casual.
4. Trousers: wherever possible try and ensure that the hem opening is not excessively wide. The most appropriate width tends to be 18 or 19 centimetres. It’s never a bad idea to have turned-up suit trousers. Don’t forget, the hem of the trouser should just brush the shoe, if there’s too much fabric and it doesn’t drape properly; it creates a bunching effect, which must be avoided at all cost.
5. Shoes: although many men in Spain tend to wear moccasins with their suit, this is a big no. Gentlemen that want to stand out for their style and elegance, wear lace-up shoes (Oxford or Derby) or monkstrap shoes.
6. Tie: for years a wide-necked tie was worn, but it is now ever more complicated to find them, as this century has imposed a skinnier form of tie (don’t go over board on this). Remember that the wider end of the tie (the front) should be longer than the thinner end (the back).
7. Shirt: white and blue are the traditional options, but you can also go for a light pink. Checked shirts always give a more modern look to a suit, but it’s more risky to go for this option. The most appropriate shirt collars for suits are the Italian, French and English collars and they should always be buttoned up. A maximum of one or two fingers of your shirt cuff should be exposed from the sleeves of your jacket.
8. Pocket square: The top pocket of a blazer isn’t just there to look pretty. A white pocket square or one with an upbeat print (which doesn’t clash with the tie) is a great option.
9. Belt or braces?: more men opt to wear a belt than braces, but the truth of the matter is that a suit feels much better when you use the latter. This way the waist is not so defined and it will always sit in the right place (which is likely to be higher than you actually think).
10. Socks: a touch of colour never goes amiss (a saying upheld by among others the all knowing style guru Jeremy Hackett), but for those that don’t dare, it’s fine to go for a colour that matches the suit (never the same as the shoes).