Why Style Mat­ters?

DA MAN - Style - - Contents - Ron­ald Liem, Pub­lisher/ed­i­tor-in-chief

You are what you wear, some peo­ple say. Per­son­ally, I would whole­heart­edly agree. In this day and age, no one can es­cape the in­evitable scru­tiny of col­leagues, friends, fam­ily and even strangers, who will form their first im­pres­sions based on your ap­pear­ance. Cloth­ing has, in fact, been closely linked to so­ci­etal ac­cep­tance since the olden days. For in­stance, if you were to live in In­done­sia 100 years ago, wear­ing batik was deemed a way to gain re­spect. But the mil­lion-dol­lar ques­tion still re­mains: do I re­ally need to style up be­fore I leave the house?

The an­swer is a re­sound­ing yes. Style is ac­tu­ally a ba­sic form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. For in­stance it would likely be eas­ier for you to strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with a stranger who is dressed in a sim­i­lar fash­ion to your­self, than one who isn’t. Fur­ther­more, if you nail the right dress code at a party, you will quickly blend in and feel more com­fort­able among the company you’re in. While if you’re ever asked to en­ter­tain an au­di­ence on stage, look­ing that tad bit more stylish than those in the crowd will boost your con­fi­dence, help­ing you bet­ter com­mand their at­ten­tion.

How­ever, for most of us, it takes a con­sid­er­able amount of prac­tice to per­fect one’s per­sonal style— ar­guably, it’s a never-end­ing pur­suit. That’s why I de­cided to take a bold step in pro­duc­ing this bian­nual DA MAN Style edi­tion that pro­vides so­lu­tions to help you on your re­spec­tive style jour­neys. The 360 sec­tions cover Es­sen­tials to A-List celebri­ties, which might give you some ideas on what to wear to the of­fice, the club or the sea­son’s big­gest so­cial event. I would also en­cour­age you to read the FAQ sec­tion, where our ded­i­cated ed­i­to­rial team have an­swered 25 fre­quently asked ques­tions that will sim­plify and, at the same time, help up­grade your style.

As for the Fea­tures sec­tion, we’ve sourced pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers from around the world to come up with bold and fash­ion-for­ward pre­sen­ta­tions. They are there to please the eye, pro­voke dis­cus­sion about cre­ative fash­ion pieces, and push the bound­aries of mod­ern men’s styling. In the end, there’s no “cor­rect” or “right” style; it’s sim­ply about how you choose to com­mu­ni­cate your­self to the world out­side, be­fore any words have been ex­changed. With this in mind, why not give your­self a head­start?

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