Welcome to Part 1 of our 10 part series! Today we’d like to introduce our series and have a quick chat about the all important suit!
Did you know that dressing against your body shape or current trends has been determined to add 10 to 12 years to your perceived age?
Studies show that looking outdated and older than your years can affect everything from your salary to your social status. It’s no surprise that men are looking to improve their image now more than ever. In fact, leading market research firm Global Information Inc. has found that a staggering 89% of men in Europe and the US believe that good grooming and presentation is essential to their personal and professional success. First impressions count.
What type of first impression are you creating?
Want To Look And Feel Better?
If you are simply trying to impress others then don’t read this! Good grooming and presentation is about feeling your best, inside and out. Even the best-dressed man will not put forth a positive image if he lacks the self confidence to pull it off. There is plenty of material available on self-improvement, but for this series we have focused on maintaining your outward appearance to build confidence. Before we get into what you’re wearing, we believe a few other things are worth a mention.
These simple lifestyle changes (if you don’t already practice them) will give you the boost you need to get started on the road to self-improvement:
1. Eat well. Easier said than done, but sticking to a healthy diet will keep you closer to your optimum weight and do wonders for your mindset.
2. Exercise. You’ve already heard it a million times, but everyone needs an exercise regime to keep fit, mentally and physically. Even if it’s a brisk walk every morning, do yourself a favour and get moving.
3. Learn something new. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut and stick to what we’re comfortable with. This goes for our careers, our social lives and our personal appearance. Try new things—learn how to cook, practice a second language, change your haircut—anything that adds some variety to your life. You’ll feel renewed and energized—a great confidence builder.
And last but not least—treat yourself with respect and always aim to look your best.
Lets talk about the suit!
Suits are best when they are custom made and perfectly tailored to your body, however most men prefer to buy a suit off the rack whether it is for convenience, price or personal taste. If you do choose to buy from a store, make sure that a knowledgeable sales associate is on hand to help you select the best cut, colour, patterns, fabric and size for your body. If you have any doubt or need extra help, employ the services of an Image Consultant (they are employed by more people than you think!). If you have the extra funds, by all means have it altered to fit you perfectly and enhance your look. At least once in your life, make sure you have a suit tailored for you. Trust me, you’ll never look back!
If you are buying a suit, it is going to be an investment. Always go for classic styles over trendy ones to get the most value from your purchase. Each man will have his own likes and dislikes, but for a classic, sophisticated choice we recommend…
- Colour: black, grey or navy
- Quality fabric – wool or wool blend or cashmere (if you prefer)
- One or two button closure
- Flat front trouser (no pleats)
Finish it off with a pair of matching oxford or brogue shoes and you are ready to work The Suit!
For what it’s worth…
“Updating your style can be daunting! If you would like to improve your appearance, which will boost your self esteem, we want to help you. Our goal is to ensure you feel great every time you walk out the door. The changes you can experience from a positive image are immense. I am confident that the malebox Essential Style Guide for Men can help you on your journey to becoming a more stylish, confident you.
I think that both women and men appreciate a well dressed guy. He’s the one that stands out in a crowd. He’s not necessarily dressed lavishly or unconventionally, he’s a guy who puts together a great package. If a man cares about the way he looks, it is obvious to other people that he’s got something going on for himself and has more to offer. With that in mind, I have created this series as a simple, easy-to-use guide for men to enjoy more success in their lives—personally and professionally.
First impressions count so remember to always dress for the occasion and dress for success!
We care about our customers and aim to provide a reliable and trustworthy resource for men to get their fashion and grooming questions answered, without the awkwardness of discussing personal care with friends or loved ones. Men don’t have to turn metro just to look good. You can still have that guy next door look with the right items in your wardrobe.”
Dimitri Kontopos, MD at malebox
We’d like to hear your thoughts on suits and would love if you posted yourself looking stylish in a suit to our facebook or google+ pages!