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Some questions about wearing suits as everyday public attire

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Leijonasisu, Jun 1, 2013.

Is 22 too young to be wearing suits as normal dresswear?

  1. Yes

    2 vote(s)
  2. No

    4 vote(s)
  1. Leijonasisu

    Leijonasisu New Member

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    Jun 1, 2013
    I'm 22 and about a year ago I put on a suit for the first time for my wedding. Sice then I've always felt uncomfortable wearing t-shirts and pants. In fact I've felt uncomfortable in anything other than in a suit. When I do find the excuse to wear one, people give me a lot of praise and ask me why I ever wear anything else.

    I go out a lot to dance and I'm often in the public, also I started working temporarily in 'Dressmann' which is a men's fashion store. The most expensive suits we sell range up to about €400. But we have various ranges etc.

    I dress semi-formal for my work but I've asked, and my boss said I can dress as formally as I like.

    Basically my question is. As a young adult is it possible for me to wear suits, ties and dress pants etc. as everyday public attire? Or will I look out of place and ridiculous. I live in Finland, in Europe and obviously where I work I see a lot of men wearing suits. Many who don't look so good and many who I envy like crazy.

    The thing is. I don't have a valid excuse for wearing them. I'm not a law student or a lawyer or businessman, or something like that at all. So I feel like I have no valid reason for wearing them. Plus there's the fact that I know it's Europe and people dress well here (I'm from Australia) but I feel so young, too young to be wearing a suit.

    Also I go to nightclubs a lot, and the people I see there wearing suits are always a lot older than me. I'm worried that I'd feel like an idiot in their presence.

    Money isn't a factor here if someone can explain to me how I could adopt this new style of dressing. Though I'd probably not spend more than $500 on a suit, and I don't want to look like I'm dressed up for a job interview every single day. But whilst I work where I work, I would like to take advantage of the ability to wear suit attire and hopefully 'wear-in' the feeling of being used to wearing them.

    So to sum it up. Can I wear a suit, tie and dress pants attire in public as everyday dress code? Bearing in mind I'm only 22, and that I live in Finland (Europe) and I have no reason to dress like that except that I love the look and feel of a suit.

    Taking everything I've said into account. What do you veteran suit wearers suggest and if I get the green light, please suggest to me what is appropriate and what isn't. So don't spare any detail whatsoever!

    Regards, Daniel

    P.S. Here's a picture of me. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2013

  2. landshark

    landshark Distinguished Member

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    Apr 22, 2010
    If you enjoy it, do it.

    I am 22 and I wear a suit when I want, which is almost daily. I also own my own business, and work downtown so I don't really stick out that much.

    In Texas though, it gets hot so I don't always wear a tie (Also in Austin, where it can be way too stuffy for my business and the social culture in general). That way I can take off my jacket and still be put together with nice trousers and a shirt, and not have the used car salesman look
    with a tie and no jacket.

    Your tie knot could use some practice. Try to nail down the four in hand, and look at this thread for how your tie should look:


    Otherwise good luck. Try to be a good husband and provider and be happy with the way you dress.

  3. Claghorn

    Claghorn Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Aug 21, 2012
    odd jacket and trou. It eliminates the "that douche is a Bond/banker wannable" stigma while still allowing you to dress in good taste
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2013

  4. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Distinguished Member

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    Mar 15, 2006
    And the boss said it's okay. So yes, at least on days when you or most adults are working. Try not to do a conservative (somewhat Bond) suit look daily, though - through colors or tie removal, the look can be dressed down.

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