Knowing The Difference Between Fashion And Style!
When men want to dress better it can get confusing for them, where do they turn ? They look to current fashion trends in magazines for the answers. The problem with trying to copy what you see in GQ is that it may not be the style for you. I have always felt uncomfortable with the way I look in a suit. Looking like James Bond or a highly polished model is an unrealistic expectation for me. I leave that to my big brother Mike (he looks amazing in a black tie).
For my wedding I wanted to do something more me, so I took the personalized approach to my wedding day wardrobe. “What would family and friends say?” I wanted them to say that is totally Al! Some of the questions I had besides what colour were all about fit.
This is what I leaned while shopping for the big day. A jacket lapels should be half of the distance from the base of the neck to the outside of the shoulder. Coat length should cover the seat. Wearing well fitted pants, sized as close to your natural waist makes a man look taller and slimmer. ( I need that help).
I am 5.8″ but I have a longer torso then legs so a slightly shorter coat gives me the illusion of longer legs. A very tall and thin man would want to balance the length by breaking it up with horizontal lines. Wearing clothes you purchased five years ago will look dated against current fashions if too trendy so stay classic. Well-made and cared for garments will service well for decades. I wanted to wear something new that made me feel comfortable, special and that made me look good. My age and hair colour sometime makes it hard to find the right look. I wanted to look younger, but, not like I am in my 20’s.
I read about tips to consider when it comes to leveraging your contrast, just like a great painting should be framed to compliment it.
You know the saying “A women makes the dress not the other way around (same thing for men and the suit). If a man has light brown hair he should look to wearing a medium grey suit or a midnight tuxedo. In general don’t wear colours that clash too much with your skin tones. A man with light skin and dark hair may wish to wear charcoal grey or a black tuxedo adding more extreme colours from the light and dark ends of the spectrum. Men with warm or red in their hair look great in rust, olive or navy.
The difference between fashion and style boils down to this, Brad Pitt can wear a pink tuxedo in one of the Oceans 12 movies because he is Brad Pit. It may not yield compliments for you. It’s your day do it your way and do it right!