A New Year, a new you! Does this sentence sound familiar to you? Many of us take on new challenges to begin the year on a good foot. We join our local gym, start eating healthily, sign up to hobbies we forgot we even had, and so the list goes on. But what about fashion? Believe it or not, the way we dress says a lot about ourselves and, even if subconsciously, it sends a clear message about our character and personality. So, are you ready to start creating outstanding first impressions by dressing for success this 2018?
COLOUR DOES MATTER
The power of colour is universal and knowing the meaning each colour has can help you decide which impression you want to create when dressing for success. For instance, red means energy and power, blue represents stability and creates the feeling of trust and loyalty, whereas purple reflects creativity and imagination. The question is, how do we apply this colour knowledge to our clothing?
Let’s begin by looking at our businessman, Alex. A colour analysis was carried out in order to identify which colours suit him best. By placing warm and cool fabrics near his complexion, we learn that Alex is a conclusive ‘winter’. In other words, cool shades like blue, white, grey and black are his optimal colour palette. These colours will certainly influence our colour choices when searching for his perfect look. Furthermore, take a closer look at this table to discover the meaning of Alex’s garment colours.
Men grooming is not about spending a fortune on tons of different products, it’s about ensuring you don’t let yourself down with unsightly hair or untidy nails. It is simpler than you think if you apply our six men grooming tips, which all men should know about:
1- Visit your barber every four weeks to keep your hair tidy. Don’t wait until you feel you need a haircut.
2- Find your scent that suits your personality, which should be subtle and not too obvious.
3- Keep that smile on track by investing in an electric toothbrush, which is proven to reduce plaque by 11%. Don’t forget to also use a mouthwash after you brush.
4- Scrub your face once a week to eliminate dead skin from your face.
5- Shave or trim your facial hair, including sideburns, moustaches and beards.
6- Don’t forget those nails by cutting them once a week before you realise they are too long.
SUIT UP IN STYLE
‘The devil is in the detail’. Have you ever heard of this? In other words, what gives your look that extra bit of polish and style are the small details, which many people may quickly disregard as not important. I’m sure you can’t wait to discover what they are, so let’s dive in!
•POCKET SQUARE: It adds that extra level of polish but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.
•TIE: Firstly, your tie should coordinate with your attire and should just reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter. Secondly, your tie should always be darker than your shirt. And last but not least is the knot. In our opinion the most refined and elegant is the Windsor knot. If you are unsure about how it’s done, check it online. There are so many videos that teach you exactly how to do it. Let’s not forget the tie dimple, which is the hollow beneath the tie knot, it gives a sophisticated appearance to your finished look.
•VEST: If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned. That said, plenty of men break this rule but are still able to pull off the three-piece beautifully.
•BELT: Make sure it’s thin and the same colour as your shoes.
•WATCH: A wristband watch gives an elegant, all-time classic touch to your business suit attire.
•SHOES: Should be polished, shined and matching your attire.
•SOCKS: Choose a colour that coordinates with your suit (usually black, grey, brown or dark blue) and make sure they are long enough not to expose your skin when you sit down.
IMPRESS WITH YOUR SUIT KNOWLEDGE
It is well known that a suit is the most easy-to-wear item that can fit many occasions; a formal dinner, every day office wear or even a wedding. It seems like a simple task to just buy a suit from a department store. The truth is there is a difference between a regular suit purchased without much thought and a perfectly fitted suit purchased and styled thinking of all possible details. The latter will certainly set you apart from the crowd! If we’ve left you intrigued, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about how to dress for success when wearing a suit:
SUIT JACKET: The most important feature of a suit is that it should fit perfectly, especially the suit jacket. Let’s analyse each component:
•Fit: In a well fitted jacket there shouldn’t be any gap between the jacket’s lapels and the shirt. The shoulders should lie flat from the collar right where your shoulder bone ends. Your jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.
•Buttons: For formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket. For a more casual trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket. Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it. The top button of a two-button should fall at or above the navel.
•Sleeve Cuffs: These should be exposed about half an inch. For a harmonious look, try to match the visible cuff length to the amount of collar that is visible at the back of the neck.
•Lapels: A detail not many men know is that the width of the jacket lapels should match the width of the tie. In addition, thin lapels are more modern whereas wide lapels are more traditional.
•Vents: Double vents, as opposed to a single vent, in the back of the jacket are more modern and fashionable. This choice also gives you enough room to do that effortlessly casual ‘hand in pocket’ thing.
FIT & BREAK OF SUIT PANTS:
•When it comes to your suit pant, the ‘fit and length’ come first. It is a personal style choice based on preference, aesthetics and body type. The choices are simple: skinny, slim or regular fit. Why don’t you try them all and see which suit you best?
•The Break: Let’s clarify that the ‘break’ of the suit pant is the fold or creasing of the fabric above the bottom of the front of the leg, where the pant meets your shoe. There are two types of pant break: ‘No Break ‘ hem, where the pant leg just kisses the top of the shoe, sends the message that you are modern, care deeply about precise tailoring and aspire to be a fashionable gentleman. The second option is the ‘Slight Break’ which features a slight fold at the bottom of your trousers. This choice states that you understand that fit is everything and you desire to be contemporary but not too trendy.
THE SHIRT: As a rule, the simpler the better. You can’t go wrong with a cotton shirt in white, off-white or pale blue. Whether you go with or without cufflinks is entirely your choice. Just make sure you avoid bright colours and logos on your shirt to keep that timeless elegant overall look.
Do you now feel ready to ‘Dress for Success’?< Back