Get the right formal look for success

Whether you're an office guy who needs to look sharp for that promotion you are after, a business tycoon chasing that million dollar deal, a creative type who dresses up because he likes to, or you're just trying to get that career girl of your dreams, donning on some dapper formal wear can help boost your appearance and gain people's respect and attention...and remember women always love men in suits!

Getting the right look with men's formal wear is not difficult, only if you follow the necessary rules. Here are the rules on how to dress for success in simple and easy steps.

Let's Start With The Suit:

The suit is the foundation of all formal wear and the basic building block of looking dapper. It's a timeless, functional, ever adaptable, sometimes looked down on, but still the best go-to for any formal event.

▪️ Style

In men's formal wear, a stylish suit conjures up a number of images that can all help you succeed in business, lifestyle and your private life. A suit gives an image of authority, competence, maturity, trust, style and sexiness, so it's best to invest in a good pair. Although, men's fashion changes, but you can't go wrong with the versatile pieces like your single-breasted, solid color suit in black, grey or dark blue. A single-breasted suit has the advantage of making you look slimmer in appearance as well.

▪️ Fabrics and Patterns

Serge is a durable military grade fabric that is often used for classic suits. It is a high quality woolen material, often rich in colour, and finished off so that the fibres are prominent giving it a clear and polished finish. By starting your collection off with a serge fabric in a dark navy or other solid colour you will have a classic yet versatile base to your wardrobe. For durability, Wool is always a good choice; it looks great and wears well.

Patterns for interview and business meetings should be limited to solids, stripes (pinstripe, chalk stripe, beaded-stripe), Glen plaids, and checks (hounds-tooth, windowpane, and herringbone). Stripes can sometime be an imposing look so make sure you mix up the look with a shirt, for example, a small gingham print that will break the wall of stripes.  Lighter hues of grey and blue with a stripe are a good option as they steer away from looking too much like a retro Wall Street banker.

The Shirt and Tie

Shirt and tie combinations are the final and hardest hurdle in perfecting the look of your suit. Suits come in basic styles and colors, but the choice of shirt and tie can allow you to stamp your individuality. The wrong combination of colours, textures or patterns will undo all the hard work you have put into making sure your suit is the perfect one for you. Although this days, many men don't wear ties and yes it's a matter of choice! but if you want to add a personal touch and show that you mean business, then wear a stylish tie with your shirt.

* For shirts, Men with slim faces can wear collars that are wider to help broaden their faces; on the other hand, men with wider faces can wear collars that are narrower to help lengthen their faces.
* Look for texture within a tie – whether it is knitted, woven or matte, it will add an extra element to your look and break up the monotony of your shirt and suit. They are also easier to wear.
* Remember that the color scheme of your shirt and tie must be the same and that the patterns have to go in the same direction, to look coordinated. Don't forget the Length: It should hit the top of your belt and the Ideal width of ties is between no more that four inches at its widest.
* Shirts come in all different patterns and colours, the possibilities of putting together shirt and tie combination are endless! Stick with something you know will work well e.g. a striped shirt with a polka dot, geometric or paisley tie will always work.  Or, small gingham checks are more versatile than larger ones—work it with a tie that is a shade darker in a solid colour to make the pattern stand out.
* Accessories – to pull together your outfit add final touches like a pocket square, flower lapel pin or tie pin.
* Shoes – as a general rule of thumb, black shoes work well with black, black grey, light grey or navy suits. Brown shoes match a brown suit, light grey or navy. Always make sure your belt matches your shoes!

Combining Tie Shirts and Suits

When choosing a jacket-shirt-and-tie trio, match its level of color contrast to your coloring - that is your complexion and hair color. If your coloring is high-contrast say, dark hair and light skin, or vice versa--your jacket, tie, and shirt combo should be high contrast, too to match. If your hair-skin contrast is softer and lighter i.e. you're blond or gray-haired with pale skin, or dark-skinned with dark hair then you should choose lower-contrast clothes.

Two different scales for balance

When you're combining two like patterns in the jacket-shirt-tie triangle, they should be of different sizes and measure. If your suit has pinstripes 3/4 inch apart, your tie should have broader or thinner bands. If your suit is a striped one (with lines more than an inch apart), your shirt's stripes should be narrower. Also, if your shirt has a narrow stripe, your tie needs a wider stripe i.e. pair large with small. Always look for balance.
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