LOOK­ING TRIM

EV­ERY MAN’S EN­TOURAGE NEEDS A GOOD TAI­LOR AND A TRUSTED BAR­BER. FROM DIS­GUIS­ING DAD BODS TO TAM­ING THE FUZZ, HERE ARE SOME HELP­FUL HACKS FROM THE PROS TO NOTE BE­FORE YOU DO YOUR FA­THER’S DAY SHOP­PING

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FEATURE -

You may have heard of the dad bod as the latest trend for men. It’s that cud­dly, un­pre­ten­tious physique sported by the likes of Hol­ly­wood heart-throbs Jason Segel and Leonardo DiCaprio, favour­ing a gen­tle paunch and cud­dly torso.

Modi Song, co-founder of online tai­lor Joe But­ton, says hid­ing be­hind baggy T-shirts and loose hood­ies doesn’t do the dad bod credit, whereas a cor­rectly fit­ted shirt or suit can make a bloke feel like a mil­lion bucks. She says men with a bit of meat on their bones tend to dress in clothes that are far too big for them in the hopes it will hide their larger frame, not re­al­is­ing that it ac­tu­ally makes them look big­ger.

“The trick is to find gar­ments that rest lightly on their bod­ies with­out too much tug­ging and pulling,” Modi says.

“As a gen­eral rule of thumb, you should be able to fit a fist in be­tween their torso and the shirt or jacket lapel.”

Clothes that frame the body, such as suits, blaz­ers and sports clothes, are prefer­able for dad bods over fig­ure-hug­ging tees.

If you want to splurge on a suit for Fa­ther’s Day, fit is crit­i­cal. Choose a sin­gle-breasted style – dou­ble-breasted suits hug the en­tire mid­sec­tion, and if there’s a bit of beer belly ac­tion hap­pen­ing, the jacket will gape open at the front rather un­flat­ter­ingly.

Avoid su­per skinny or wide lapels. While these might be trendy at the mo­ment, you’re best off get­ting the lapel width cus­tom-made to suit your chest size. Look for darker solid colours or tex­tured solids. Navy and char­coal have a slim­ming ef­fect, but avoid prom­i­nent check pat­terns that make you look larger.

Celebrity stylist and Tar­get am­bas­sador Donny Galella re­minds men to but­ton their blazer cor­rectly.

“Never do all of the but­tons up. A sim­ple rule of thumb: with a two-but­ton suit, fas­ten the top but­ton and with a three-but­ton suit, fas­ten the top two or mid­dle one only,” he says.

Once you’ve nailed the threads, it’s time to turn to groom­ing. An amaz­ing beard doesn’t just hap­pen overnight – it re­quires pa­tience, com­mit­ment, time and per­se­ver­ance.

For well-groomed whiskers, you’ll need to clean up your act. Just like sham­poo­ing your hair, it’s im­por­tant that you also give your beard two to three washes and a thor­ough rinse weekly. A beard oil, like the Jo­joba Com­pany’s 100 per cent Nat­u­ral Aus­tralian Jo­joba, will soften the hair, make it eas­ier to tame and help soothe the dreaded itch.

Make sure hair is combed, well brushed and dry be­fore you at­tempt to trim or shape.

“CLOTHES THAT FRAME THE BODY, SUCH AS SUITS, BLAZ­ERS AND SPORTS CLOTHES, ARE PREFER­ABLE FOR DAD BODS . . .”

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