5 Stylish Ways to Dress Down a Suit

Suits are an expensive clothing item, and any time you make a huge clothing purchase you want to get the most out of it. In addition to the suit itself, there’s also the cost of tailoring it, which according to JackThreads, can run you up to $200 if you also end up taking in the shoulders. Although your bank account is taking a hit, the upside to it is that you look good because it fits well.

Better to look good than anything else, am I right? Even though suits are intended for business professional/fancy situations, you can get the most out of your money by also dressing them down. Here are five ways to get the most out of your suits and wear them for both dressy and casual occasions.

1. Lose the tie

A man wearing a suit

A man wearing a suit | iStock.com

Although ties add personality to your suit and can even make a political statement (red=power, blue=sympathetic), a way to dress your suit down is to give the tie a rest. You can either leave a few buttons unbuttoned or button it to the top and go.

2. Try a light grey dress shirt

Dark blue in a small checkered formal men suit

Dark blue in a small checkered formal men suit | iStock.com/fotobyjuliet

It’s a little more casual than a classic white one. Light grey still keeps your outfit crisp but brings it together in a slightly less refined (yet equally stylish) way. Looking for a little inspiration? Check out Nordstrom’s great selection, or look to Bloomingdale’s for some grey dress shirt ingenuity.

3. Sneak in a sneaker

Modern hipster wedding, groom wearing sneakers, suit

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White kicks are dominant in men’s fashion right now. Proceed cautiously (you don’t want to look like you wore your suit to the gym), but pairing a nice stylish sneaker with a suit can be a really cool, casual option, since sneakers are allowed mostly everywhere now. Reach for sneakers that are clean and classic, which will enhance your suit’s stylish cut. It gives you a laid-back vibe and for more casual occasions, will ensure it doesn’t seem like you are trying too hard.

4. Mix it up

Man in grey blazer and blue pants

Man in grey blazer and blue pants | iStock.com

If you’re brave enough, you can mix and match your suits, tastefully of course. Italians calls it spezzato, which allows for endless combinations and stylish outfits. You can mix and match different textures but don’t mix and match suits that are in the same color scheme — it will look like you reached for the wrong pieces in your closet. This is a great way to get plenty of use out of all of your suits.

5. Try a crew neck sweatshirt

Man buttoning sleeves

Man buttoning sleeves | iStock.com

Wear this with your suit pants. It adds an unexpected sporty twist to your suit and exudes cool casual. It’s the perfect weekender look and great for grabbing drinks with friends at a swanky bar.