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Nick Viall isn’t impressing us out of the gate.

America’s favorite bad distraction from reality, The Bachelor, kicked off last night on ABC. The biannual (tri-annual? Just how many Bachelor franchise shows are there these days?) competition of 20- and thirtysomething (ages: debatable) singles trying to win over one attractive person’s heart is as American as apple pie at this point. And this season, the lucky man hoping to find true love (and some weekly tabloid inches for the next year) is a man named Nick Viall.

Viall is a handsome bearded man who more or less seems…fine. Point is, we get why all of this has become such a successful show for ABC. And when it comes to his suits, Nick has a few things down. On last night’s premiere, he wore a dark three-piece number that fit incredibly well, down to the tailoring of his pants (which stopped right above his shoes—nice). His shirt collar played well off his suit, being both angular enough for his roped shoulder and small enough for the slim lapels on his jacket. But where he goes wrong is very wrong—and it’s a duo of tailoring issues we are hell-bent on fixing in the new year.

Offense number one: Buttoning the bottom button on his vest. Three-piece suits aren’t easy to pull off (much easier when you’re tall and in great shape like Viall, hence the reason he’s the star of the show), but their elegance can turn into stuffiness when the bottom button is fastened. Obviously, this is a simple, quick fix but something far too many men still need to learn.

Offense number two: The oversized tie knot. As you may know, here at GQ, we endorse only the four-in-hand knot. Every other knot out there is just frivolous and in service of some faux-fancy code where “complex” equates with “elegant.” In fact, the opposite holds true most of the time. The cooler you can look with less effort, the better off you’ll be in the long run. In that way, the four-in-hand knot doesn’t just look better with modern tailoring—it’s just easier to execute, too.

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