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Men's Health (Malaysia) - - Style -


No. 1 Fo­cus on Fit

Dress­ing well tends to make men feel more pow­er­ful, ac­cord­ing to find­ings from a Cal State Northridge Univer­sity study. But fit is the ticket – noth­ing un­der­mines your self-im­age faster than an ill-fit­ting suit. Be­ware of stress ar­eas, warns im­age con­sul­tant Mack Mozé. If the chest is tight, the jacket will pull open at the lapels in­stead of sit­ting flat. Mozé rec­om­mends a min­i­mal break on trousers, un­less they’re a wider, more tra­di­tional cut – then you want the back of the trouser to hit the top of your shoe heel. “Ask your tai­lor to hem the trouser bot­toms on a slant,” he says.

2 No. Be Com­fort­able

You no longer need a grey suit to ap­pear au­thor­i­ta­tive. A suit can be as com­fort­able as jeans and a T-shirt but still com­mand re­spect. The op­tions are end­less, from stretch wool or cot­ton to un­lined, un­struc­tured jack­ets that still hold their shape. We like the form-fit­ting op­tions from Tommy Hilfiger, L.B.M. 1911, and Bono­bos. “Stretch blends are es­sen­tial for wear­ing your suit with com­fort and con­fi­dence,” says Michael Mac­cari, cre­ative di­rec­tor for Perry El­lis. He also sug­gests a knit suit as an al­ter­na­tive to con­ven­tional fab­rics: “Put it on and feel amaz­ing.”

3 No. Be Time­less

Done right, a clas­sic power suit can serve you for more than 10 years. Two things to keep in mind: first, choose a neu­tral colour. Blue, for ex­am­ple, looks good on ev­ery­one and works in al­most ev­ery sit­u­a­tion, Mozé says. “You can wear that suit five days a week and no one would no­tice.” Shades of grey are equally time­less. Sec­ond, opt for a notch lapel, which pro­vides more flex­i­bil­ity to dress up or down. Mac­cari ad­vises against lapels that are too wide or too nar­row; if you stick to about 2½ inches (or about 6cm), you’ll be able to wear the suit for years.

4 No. Go Bold

The whole idea of a suit is to wear the uni­form of a grown-up. If you want to make a state­ment but aren’t up for red pin­stripes, don’t worry – you still have op­tions, Mac­cari says. Tex­ture is one. “We play a lot with cross weaves – two dif­fer­ent colours wo­ven to­gether,” he says. “At a dis­tance, it reads as neu­tral. But up close, peo­ple see all the colours weav­ing through the fab­ric.” There are also less tra­di­tional colour op­tions, such as bur­gundy and shades of brown. Just avoid over­do­ing it: “Wear­ing too many con­flict­ing de­tails is when it goes wrong,” Mac­cari says.

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