Do Tight Suits Look Good? The Response You Need To Read

Ed Ruiz

30 October 2017

You have surely seen it, right?

This newish trend of tight (and even strikingly tight) suits.

I won’t make any guesses as to what your reaction was the first time you saw this look, but I can tell you about mine.

I’ll be blunt.

It wasn’t a nice reaction. I was pretty much convinced it was nothing more than a joke. How could any man seriously think that looked good?

Sadly for me, it wasn’t a joke. Far from it. It turned out to be very serious. A very serious issue that we must now deal with.

So, here are my thoughts on these extraordinarily tight suits.

Do Tight Suits Look Good?


Where Did These Skin Tight Suits Come From?

Honestly, I have no idea.

But I can make a wild, uninformed guess.

One side of me believes there must be a virus out there causing a distorted view of reality. Sounds like an extreme guess, I know, but how else could you justify seeing so many men wearing shirts, suits, pants and jackets that look like they were just sprayed on their bodies?

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Another side of me leans towards thinking that recently (10 years back or so), menswear trends started to deliberately favor a tighter fit with no regards as to where the line should be drawn. You know I am not a fan of baggy clothes, in fact I have a serious dislike for baggy clothes and needless to say, baggy-fitting suits, but going all the way to the other end of the spectrum is equally bad in my opinion.

Is this skin tight fit an offshot of the oversexualization that has been affecting all aspects of culture as of late? Could be, but I wouldn’t venture to make such declaration yet.

Still, for my peace of mind I would rather pretend my first guess wins and a dangerous virus is to blame.

What I Actually Consider Tight Suits (A Much Needed Clarification)

I feel I need to be more specific when I’m writing about “tight suits” and what they actually are. Or at least, make it clear what I see in my mind when I write about them.

I am not talking about slim fit suits. They are nice, clean and modern.

They can be a great fit for slim and shorter men. They can really be quite flattering. Slim fit suits are a great option in my book.

I am not talking about that suit in your closet that every now and then comes out and cannot hide the few extra pounds you have added since you last wore it.

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No, I am not talking about that.

I am talking about this:

And this:

And this:

Looking at these images again, I’m not sure if tightness is even the worst offender. There are a few really cringe-inducing style choices in display here.

But anyway, I digress, let’s go back to the topic at hand…

Now I’m sure you understand why I feel so strongly about these tight looks. I just wanted to be super clear about the scope of this post.

Do These Tight, Constricting Suits Look Good?

I won’t sugarcoat it. As a classic menswear blogger and image consultant I owe it to you to be honest and coherent with my beliefs.

So no, they don’t look good.

They are not flattering. They are not appropriate. And they are not, contrary to what some may think, sexy.

When you spend so much time as I have, promoting the beauty that is a perfect fit in a suit, it would be just awfully hypocritical of me to defend this constricting fit on suits that goes against many of the things I promote in this blog.

I just can’t say it looks even remotely good. I just can’t.

They are not flattering for the simple reason that super tight clothes have never looked good on men (except for some sports and exercise clothing). Besides, how could a suit that looks that it’s just about to burst open at any minute look good? And what about the awkward walk that results from pants so tight that you can hardly move around? They don’t fool me with those Instagram posts, I’m sure they put on the suit, take a quick snap and immediately proceeded to remove the suit – there is no way a functioning human being can go about his life in that movement-restricting outfit.

They are not appropriate nor sexy because, no matter how convinced some guys are that everyone wants to look at their muscles, the hard truth is that most people just don’t care. And that is assuming they are doing what it takes to stay fit, but if that’s not even the case, come on, just be respectful to individuals around and wear a suit that actually fits.

Wear This Instead

I briefly mentioned it in a previous paragraph, but slim fit can be a great option for all the guys out there who don’t feel quite comfortable wearing regular fit suits.

I can understand how a healthy young man with a well-built body would think of traditional fit suits as a bit too baggy if he wants to make the most out of his body build.

But that doesn’t mean you have to side with the button-popping crowd.

Instead, why not go for a well-fitting slim fit suit? It is your best alternative if you are buying off-the-rack.

Slim-fit suits are not as roomy as traditional fit suits are and they’re not restrictive in any way (well, at least they’re not supposed to be – if they are, dismiss). They can actually be very flattering when worn properly, so I would definitely recommend you to give them a try if you’re convinced you simply won’t feel comfortable in a classic style suit.

You know, it all goes back to the very basics of fit. Dedicate time to learn about what proper fit in a suit is and then apply the necessary adjustments to meet your personal taste, but never go against the very fundamentals of fit.

When it comes to sartorial rules, it is always a good idea to know when to obey them, when to bend them and when to break them.

In Conclusion

There is just no way I could get behind the tight as a tick look on suits or any other form of traditional menswear.

I kid you not, I spent a couple hours thinking of a positive thing to say about them, but I couldn’t manage to come up with anything worth mentioning in this post.

Quite the opposite, the more I thought about it and the more I spent time looking at different examples of this look, the more I felt the urge to express my disapproval of it.

Sorry. Not sorry.

Anyway, maybe your mind is more open than mine and you can actually think of a few positive things to say about tight suits. If so, let me know in the comments below. Who knows? Perhaps you manage to change my mind on this topic, but I’ll bet dollars to donuts you won’t. 🙂


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