3 Ways to Amp Up Your Suit Game feat. Cory Sylvester

December 17th, 2014

Cory Sylvester knows a thing or two about wearing a suit.

The baseball player, turned actor, turned clothier is now the man in charge of measuring & fitting at one of NYC’s premiere custom menswear shops; Michael Andrews Bespoke. I have to respect Cory’s hustle since I was his predecessor in that position (before AofS I apprenticed under Michael; learning the ins-and-outs of the tailoring business while simultaneously working-off my bespoke suit balance).

When your job is making guys look their best in tailoredwear, you learn how to wear a suit with ease, comfort, and confidence.

Here Cory shows us a few ways to take your suit game to the next level.

Micro Patterns

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Pattern-mixing doesn’t have to be all bold and in-your-face.

Try shrinking down your patterns for effect, like this micro shadow plaid on tight polka dot.

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The fit is on point and the Ariston fabric is gorgeous, but it’s the details that make this suit a real killer. Little touches like the jean-style pockets (one of Cory’s signatures) make it a one-of-a-kind piece.

This is also a perfect example of how much waistcoat should be visible under a jacket.

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Lapels on Lapels

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Adding lapels to your waistcoat is a throwback move that can bring some life and dimension to your three-piece. It also makes the waistcoat more substantial on its own.

I usually stick with notch lapel under notch lapel, or peak under peak, but there are no hard and fast rules to this. Here’s a super luxe shawl under peak, for example.

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If you look very closely, this is also another example of micro pattern-mixing: houndstooth suit, hairline stripe shirt, and pindot tie.

I love it when pieces look solid-colored until you get up close to see the texture and creativity. There’s taste in subtlety.

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Badass Boots

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We’ve done some pretty serious suited and booted looks, but never with a riding boot this sharp.

Nobody makes a sexier harness boot than Saint Laurent. These are rugged enough to finish-off a black leather jacket and waxed jeans on the weekend, and sleek enough to keep up with the most luxurious of tailored suits (like this double-breasted Dormeuil shadow stripe).

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Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Cory for participating!

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford

  • jswede

    dear author: I know this is an old post, but I for some reason just remembered coming across this post linked from somewhere during work, and I was meaning to post then, but promptly forgot to.

    so, on the chance any/all posts ping you:

    I’ve always felt jacket lapels, shirt collar, and tie knot/width should be in relative proportion. To me, the top picture – beautiful fit and patterns notwithstanding – looks rather ridiculous with the giant lapels and small knot.

    I do know/see that wider lapels are making a comeback — imo, they need to be paired with proper proportions.

    Your thought on the topic please.

  • http://Bloggersboyfriend.com/ Bloggers_Boyfriend

    love love love ! all flawless!!! amzing !! keep them coming !


  • Austin

    That strong gangster vibe from the last one is my jam.

  • http://www.gentlemanscandor.com/ GentlemansCandor

    The micro patterned suit is beyond gorgeous. I’m now on a serious hunt for jean-style pocketed trousers.

  • TO

    First of all, thank you for the shout out of the “jean style” suit pockets. I have these on my favorite vintage-find suit and I love that detail! The suit in “micro patterns” demands a beefier tie knot w/ the wide lapels- a small criticism on an otherwise nice array of tailored outfits from Cory. Nice to see him back on here– congrats on the new gig!

  • Andres perez

    Amazing article as always.

  • jaykaysway

    Can we have some more information about those cufflinks in the second look please?

  • Shawn

    What’s the word concerning jeans-style pockets in dress trousers, these days? Yay or nay? I like the idea, since this might help reduce my pockets flaring in traditional slanted pockets. On the other hand, I don’t want to make a deliberate sartorial faux-pas.

    • Shawn

      The only thing that bugs me is that I like high-waisted, double pleated trousers. Jeans-style pockets make pleats impossible, right?

    • TO

      Definite yay. They are awesome! And agreed for the pocket flair reduction reason to have them as well.

  • paul

    Are those five pocket suit trousers in the second picture of the second look?

  • Jeanscuffed

    Those boots are SICK!! Definitely want those in my line-up. Also, the suits in this are really eye-catching especially with the small details like the jean pockets. Great post

  • http://ledebonnaire.tumblr.com/ Juan Zara

    Really superb pattern-mixing all around, bravo!

    Where’s the fabric from in look 2? That micro-houndstooth is out of this world! Looks British-inspired but Italian-made, like something VBC would do. And those Di Bianco monks are pretty mean as well!

    One of the best profiles yet, very creative yet still classic and refined.

    • TO

      VBC- Vitale Barberis? Trying to break-down your shorthand :)

      • http://ledebonnaire.tumblr.com/ Juan Zara

        Yep, their Revenge and Drapers lines especially draw inspiration from vintage British fabrics. Fantastic stuff!

  • AdamE

    My favorites are the solid from a far but interesting from up close. You mainly only see those types of fabrics in custom suits from customers who have an attention to detail. My most recent acquisition is a navy/black nail’s head suit, from far looks solid navy suit, but up close you can see the texture (and the black in the nail’s head darkens the navy a little which tends to work well with my skin color). All 3 looks are awesome, not sure I see myself in suit 33, although the boots are killer, but the first two for sure!

  • http://www.vincentnappi.com/ Vincent Nappi

    Cory knows what’s what. Sharp fits, subtle patterns, great hair and hot damn, look at those boots.

  • http://www.levitatestyle.com Levitate Style

    Really like the micro pattern suit look and the guy reminded me of Johnny Depp haha