Menswear Look of the Week: The One-Button Suit

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Finding a great-fitting suit can be a daunting process. For suit veterans, it’s easy to get stuck in the confines of boxy 2- and 3-button suits in poly blends that just miss the mark. For suit rookies who want to find a basic, versatile suit: Where to begin?

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With the one-button suit—that’s where. The different shape of this suit can easily freshen up any guy’s formalwear game. But these can be tricky. A common pitfall of choosing the one-button—especially when buying off the rack—is that they’re oftentimes too short for the guy wearing it. Typically, they’re the tiniest bit shorter than the average two-button suit, but not so short that it gives the appearance of a crop top. Searching for a comfortable fit that’s similar to modern classic suit styles is essential.

Here, we’re going for a modern-minimal look with a geometric-print shirt and coordinating accessories —not to mention those killer suede shoes—in all-black. What’s missing here? No tie. With a look such as this one, it’s okay to go tieless. Try buttoning up the shirt completely for a more high-fashion look, or leave a couple of buttons open at the top to seem a little more at-ease.

Just because you’re trying a new type of suit doesn’t mean you have to ditch tradition altogether, though. If you’re a guy who just can’t lose the tie, or if you prefer a more standard look for formal occasions, this suit can still accommodate that. With the proper pairings and a slim, sleek fit, you can look either like James Bond (for a classic look) or like you just strolled off the runways in Milan. Good options, huh?

One-button suit (Pants, $34.95 and Jacket, $69.95 at H&M); Ben Sherman shirt ($100 in similar styles at Moris Men’s Shop); Pointer shoes ($125 at 10denza); SALT Optics Lodin sunglasses ($400 at The Eye Bar); Casio classic analog watch ($25 at Urban Outfitters)

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