Be Sleek, Suave & Sexy! Tayo Adeyeye of Nigerian Menswear Design Label Taryor Gabriels Shares 4 Tips for Buying a Suit

Whether you’re a business man, a sharp guy, or a ‘Mad Men‘ enthusiast, the suit is very essential. It is the basic building block of every man’s wardrobe. Without a suit, you’re missing the first type of formal wear for the modern man and that just wont do.

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting a man whose first suit ever was bought for his wedding which took place last month. Apparently he never even wore suits to his office even though he owns the place (One of the things that come with being a BOSS I guess). So I thought maybe he just didn’t know how to find one.

To help our male BellaNaijarians figure out what they need to know when it comes to finding the right suit we got in touch with menswear design label Taryor Gabriels. If you don’t know who that is by now then you haven’t seen THIS. We tapped into his knowledge of menswear to give us guides to picking a suit.

Know the Three Basic Colours

As with a lot of things, colors matter a lot. In the nation of suits only a certain number of colors matter. According to Taryor “Blacks, grays (in many different shades) and navies have been around forever. This is because they are classics.
My easy primer: Gray is universal, good for business and pleasure, and conveys that you are an honest & nice person. Blue is sporty and not as somber. Black could be off-limits. If you like a little pattern, you can find interesting variations like Herringbones and Over Checks. A light gray suit is more daring while darker grays are more conservative. Dig around and find something that speaks to you.”

Know What You Want

When shopping for a suit for a particular purpose there are different factors that will come into play. Taryor suggests-  “To figure out if you need something formal for big-shot meetings and dinners or something more chilled out that says “I look fly but I don’t work too hard”? The two areas that generally define how dressy a suit is are the lapels and the pockets. Thinner lapels (roughly 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 inches at the widest point) are more elegant, while thicker lapels (3 to 3 1/2) are more executive.

As for pockets, flapped or jetted (tuxedo-style) pockets are the standard, while patch (rounded) pockets give your look a bit more a laid-back vibe. Peaked lapels (with pointed joints) are a bit more rakish, while notched lapels (with round ends) are smoother“.

Know your Fabric:

You may not know so much but you do know that polyester is for punks, shiny suits are best reserved for “hitmen” and that any label that contains the word lycra or spandex is a lining you don’t want near you.  You can never go wrong with high quality wool.

Know your Fit:

Shoulder and jacket length should be as close to perfect as possible, anything else can be fixed.” The shoulders should end where your shoulders end; if they’re hanging off the end, even a smidgen, put the suit back on the rack and find another.

Next, check the length. “You should be able to cup your hand underneath the bottom of the jacket.” If you brought daddy along and he’s telling you to go for the suit that touches the tips of your fingers, ignore him. That was the rule in his day; the new rule, is a more modern look. “It makes everyone look taller if your jacket is a little shorter

We hope this has helped the guys figure out what they need to do to get that ‘Mr. GQ’ going. Don’t forget to share your tips on buying a suit with us.

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18 Comments on Be Sleek, Suave & Sexy! Tayo Adeyeye of Nigerian Menswear Design Label Taryor Gabriels Shares 4 Tips for Buying a Suit
  • Megan April 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Nigerians knows how to make Men’s Suit for real.

  • Eefi April 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Damn! I’m fanning myself right here. There ain’t nothing as sexy as a man in a fitted suit. Nothing at all!

    • hmm April 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      you can say it again…..:)..I concur

  • Let it flow… April 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    This article makes me want to rush out now and buy my DH a new suit. I loved reading it. Now I am more knowledgable when buying him a suit. Please write an article on ties also. I always get it wrong with my DH. I get lost in tie stores/sections. Help a wife out.

  • GentsStyle April 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm


  • HRS April 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Taryor Gabriels is a boss!

  • Idak April 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Forget Mad Men, every lover of well cut suits should have a live long crush on Harvey Specter. That dude is in a class of his own when it comes to well cut jackets.

    • Leanne April 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Harvey Spector is a GEE, but MAD MEN is a different ERA, get the ERAS and understand the suits, Roger Stirling’s 3 piece collection, his silver hair, and his mannerisms : HOT HOT HOT

    • her April 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

      AMEN Sisterr… AMEN!!!

  • ozyy April 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    @idak…..GOD bless u jaree…Harvey is jst fineee…dang

  • edie April 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

    lovely pieces indeed, keep up the good work man

  • comment waiting moderation! April 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    See how dry,article for men can be,we all the extensive writeup…BN,give tips for lady jare,let’s dish it!

  • Edu boi April 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Also not forgetting chuck bass

  • arinola April 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    my lil advice, DONT ORDER UR SUIT FROM TAYOR GABRIELS,YOU WILL BE FUSTRATED,all this advice can be copied from mens magazine.he didnt learn customer satisfaction with the job.BOSS my foot….angry tayor customer

  • tSILI April 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    You forgot about the length of the trouser and width of the lapel. otherwise nice article!

  • Ola April 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Good job bellanaija, I have always enjoy your site. Please can you do us a favor by posting the website of Nigerian designers, where we can buy some of the suit and shoes on display here. i would love to see more of this

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