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Tan France Shares 6 Tips for Dressing Down a Suit

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A well-tailored suit for men is a must-have in any capsule wardrobe. Even if your job is not in corporate fashion, a suit can be useful for many occasions. A suit’s versatility allows you to dress up or down in a more casual outfit.

A brief introduction to Tan France

Tan France is a fashion expert and Queer Eye’s 2018 Primetime Emmy-nominated Netflix series. The prolific stylist has been in fashion and styling for more than 20 years. The fashion guru had already helped thousands of people to find their style and feel great. Tan, the first openly gay South Asian male on television, has been a highly sought-after personal stylist since Queer Eye’s success. His memoir, Naturally Tan, was published in 2019. It became a New York Times bestseller. Tan hosted the fast-paced, fun 2020 Netflix fashion design contest series Next in Fashion with Alexa Chung.

Tan France shares 6 tips for dressing down a suit

A perfectly tailored suit is required for many formal occasions, including job interviews and weddings. You don’t need to keep your suit or tuxedo reserved for formal events. You can dress them down for casual occasions like post-work drinks or the opening of an art gallery. These are the top tips from Tan France, a world-renowned fashion stylist for dressing down formal menswear.

  • Remove your tie

You can easily dress down a suit by removing your tie. You can remove your tie if you don’t want your suit to be too formal for an evening out with friends after work. For a more casual business look, you can unbutton the buttons at the top of your button-down shirt.

  • Switch to a button-down shirt

You can dress down your suit by switching out your button-down shirt with a casual shirt like a V neck or slim-fit crewneck shirt. While solid colors are the best, you can also experiment with bright colors. You can also swap out your T-shirts for a button-up shirt if the T-shirts do not fit the dress code that you are trying to achieve. Your new casual style can be matched with your pocket square.

  • Wear sneakers with your suit

A pair of white sneakers with your suit can transform your formal look into casual smart wear.

  • Wear boots or sneakers

You can pair sneakers with your suit with Chelsea boots if you don’t feel like wearing heels. You can also wear boots with suede loafers if your style doesn’t suit boots.

  • You can swap your suit jacket for a genuine leather jacket

You can instantly reduce the size of your suit by switching to a leather jacket over your suit jacket. You can wear a sweater or cardigan underneath the leather jacket if the weather allows. This will allow you to still look great when you take it off.

  • A sport coat can be worn with jeans

A suit jacket or a sport coat can be paired with a T shirt and jeans, instead of a dress shirt. This look is great for a first date, or after-work drinks. You can pair this casual look with chinos or a sport coat.

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