How to match suit jackets with trousers

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How to match suit jackets with trousers
Creating your own pairings in suits can be satisfying (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

While it's easy to buy pre-matched suits, creating your own pairings can prove more satisfying. This is because it can also allow you to show off your creativity and fashion sense. Mix and match separate pieces to create looks worthy of a store display.

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    Matching suit jackets with trousers

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    Consider the measurements of each piece. Understand that ignoring important features including jacket lengths or trouser leg widths can lead to unbalanced looks. For example, wearing a double-breasted jacket with tapered dress trousers can make your body appear out of proportion. Ensure that basic standards of fit are met before settling on final pairings.

    How to match suit jackets with trousers
    Consider the measurements of each piece (Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
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    Pay attention to the fabric of each piece. Try to match the texture and thickness of materials to maintain continuity throughout your ensemble. If you do mix thin and thick materials, ensure that your trousers are made of the bulkier fabric to keep a more balanced silhouette.

    How to match suit jackets with trousers
    Pay attention to the fabric of each piece (ICHIRO/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
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    Embrace different colour options. Choose pieces in coordinating or contrasting colours depending on your fashion intentions. Examples include pairing a beige jacket with tan trousers for a subdued office look while wearing a fuchsia jacket with charcoal grey trousers for a striking night look.

    How to match suit jackets with trousers
    Consider the colour options (Elizabeth Hachem/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
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    Focus on small details to elevate your look. Delve beyond the "obvious" choices when putting together a new outfit. For example, playing off subtle details such as the stitching on your jacket lapels or the pinstripes in your trousers can lead to interesting pairings. Avoid thinking that mixing patterns is forbidden, as doing so can actually enhance your look.

    How to match suit jackets with trousers
    Small details can elevate your look (Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Getty Images)
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    Factor in your additional accessories. Elements including neckties, cuff links and scarves can provide inspiration when choosing outfits. Select these pieces first or use them to unify your selections. Hats, scarves and handkerchiefs can also spark your creativity.

    How to match suit jackets with trousers
    Accessories (Push/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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  • Using a colour wheel can help expand your comfort with choosing both complementary and contrasting colours.

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