Look The Part & Upgrade Your Suit Style

This feature is sponsored by Acura Financial Services (AFS). All content and opinions are that of Men’s Style Pro.


Mr. 9 to 5


Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Half-lined Washington Flannel Suit – Suitsupply $499 || Shirt & Tie – Suitsupply || Boots – Cobbler Union 


When I graduated from college there were few things that I knew I needed to buy – a well-tailored versatile blue suit & a car. With a limited budget and putting most of my money into my car, I settled for an off the rack, fast fashion suit that was within my budget. When it came to the car department, I wish I’d known about the Acura College Grad Program to help keep a few extra dollars in my pocket. Acura Financial Services is offering recent and upcoming qualified grads $500 toward the purchase or lease of a new Acura through the Look the Part campaign. Grads can use the $500 they save to update their wardrobe and Look the Part of a working professional.

When Acura reached out about working with me on a style feature based around their college graduate campaign I thought, wouldn’t it be great to go out and buy that versatile heighten blue suit that would truly make me look the part of the professional that I’ve become. Making an investment in a versatile suit is just like making an invest in a luxury vehicle – you’ll want something that you can get great mileage out of and look amazing while doing it. With the $500 I might’ve saved with this program, I headed over to Suitsupply here in Philly and purchased the Washington Half-lined stripe blue suit for $499 (put that $1 back in my pocket). It made sense to link two in the know brands like Acura & Suitsupply, both with an eye for innovation & style when coming up with this feature. Here are three looks all using the Washington blue suit to give you some inspiration on how to look the part as you suit up this fall.

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

 


Make It A Date 


Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Half-lined Washington Flannel Suit – Suitsupply $499 || Cardigan – Tommy Hilfiger ||Plaid Wool Pocket Square – Armstrong & Wilson || Suede Double Monk Strap Shoes – Beckett Simonon 


The same suit you were rocking from 9 to 5 can pull double-duty as a date-night look. The key to pulling off a suit on a date is to make it a bit more casual. When pulled together appropriately, wearing a suit on a date makes it look like you care to look the part. Trust me, your date will appreciate the effort.

Suit Up For Dinner Tips

  • Ditch the tie and the white pocket square. Unless you going to a formal dinner
  • A plaid shirt is the perfect way to peacock without screaming look at me
  • Add a layer. A neutral cardigan provides a cozy style upgrade and makes your suit seem more relaxed
  • Add a loafer or a sneaker. A traditional slip or monk strap loafer is an easy option for making your suit seem less stuffy. Depending on the date option, a plain white, black or grey leather low top sneaker work just as well

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

 


Working For The Weekend 


Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Half-lined Washington Striped Blue Flannel Suit – Suitsupply $499 ||Leather Duffle – Herschel Supply || Pebble Grain “Imperial” Oxford Shoes – Crosby Square 


You’ve worked hard to make it to the weekend, but, that doesn’t mean your style should fall apart when Saturday rolls around. A great way suit up your weekend style is to partner it with sporty items like a sweat shirt. You may be traveling for a weekend wedding, business trip or you just want to put together a brunch look that would make anyone proud to dine with you.

Weekend Suiting

  • Find your sporty balance. Pairing a grey athletic sweat shirt with your suit? Keep the look refined with a plain Oxford shoe with some texture (i.e., scotch/pebble grain leather)
  • Accessories: a watch with a striped nylon Nato strap is sporty and sleek. For a flash of classic flair, add a gold metal watch
  • Travel Bag: ditch your nylon gym bag and add a luxurious leather duffle. Remember you’re wearing a suit, which means keeping your travel gear luxurious is important too

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro in Acura's Look The Part Campaign Wear Suitsupply Washington Suit

Now you’re armed with the style knowledge to help you figure out how to spend that $500 you might save with Acura college graduate program to look the part. For more info on the program, check out http://www.acurafinancialservices.com/finance/college-grad-program.

 

Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele @cantwinklefty

 

 

Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

Founder & Creative Director of Men’s Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the “5 Best Dressed Men In America” by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well.

Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

  • DJ Hargrave

    Really a fan of the date and weekend look..I feel like the weekend look could be good for a date depending on the location

    DJ | http://www.collegestyleguy.com

    • Thanks DJ and I couldnt agree more. You’ll probably catch me in the suit/sweat shirt look pretty often this fall!

      – Sabir

  • Jeanscuffed

    Yo Sabir, great post as usual. Were you one of the lucky ones that walk out of SuitSupply with only a hem or did you have other alterations needed?

    • Hey Jeanscuffed,

      I had a hem an taper on the pants and a slight nip in the jacket. And I meant the slightest of nips.

      – Sabir

  • TO

    Look like a $1M here Sabir- and since its from Suitsupply I know you only paid a fraction of percent of that! Nice edit.

    • To,

      It’s good to hear from you dude! Thanks for the kudos. Yeah man, just under $500.

  • Isaac

    Going through this feature and I’d like to know your measurements for comparison, I’ve read SS can run really slim, did you have to size up?

    • Hi Isaac,

      That’s a good question:
      Height: 5 ft 9.25 inches tall (i think the doctor threw me an extra .25 last week)
      Chest – 38.5 inches
      Shoulders 18.5 inches
      Waist – 32 inches
      Thighs – 24.5 inches

      I’m wearing a 38 jacket (which is my normal size). Depending on the brand, I’m a 39/40. I prefer my jacket length at 28.75, but, I believe this one is close to 29.25 (i didn’t measure it though). All that being said, I didn’t size up.

      Best,

      Sabir

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