If you have made it this far into adulthood, you most likely know how to do your taxes, change a flat tire, and open a beer bottle ten different ways. Chances are, you also know how to dress yourself (you are reading GQ, after all). Only, knowing what to put on doesn't always guarantee you’re getting things right, particularly when it comes to new clothes. And nowhere is that more apparent than with worn-for-the-first-time tailoring. See, there's a surprisingly large percentage of men who fail to remove labels and threads from their fancy new suits before walking out the door. Which ones? Well, that's not what we're here to tell you. But know this: Failing to take the three minutes to remove said tags and threads will make you look like a menswear amateur, no matter how nice the suit on your back actually is. Here are the four most common offenders:
Straight From the Shoulder
The dotted line of stitching you'll find across your new suit's shoulders is a throwback to a time when tailors would fit a suit on the spot, and then remove the threads when making other alterations. Nowadays, the baste stitching doesn't serve any real purpose. The wide stitches are most commonly white but can come in a number of different colors—so be on the lookout just in case. Remove them slowly by cutting through the middle of a stitch and pulling the remaining thread away with your fingers. Rip them out and you risk damaging the surrounding fabric.