We love a man who knows how to rock a suit. But remember our previous post about keeping it simple? When it’s your moment in the spotlight, PLEASE don’t choose a suit made of flammable fabric. LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu (aka The Honey Badger) made a platinum statement at tonight’s Heisman Trophy presentation in New York, and while somehow he makes it work, we don’t want to see anyone downtown in a bronze or copper suit. (And for those of you who think I’m biased, who can forget this? See slide #21.)
Gentlemen, listen to us: when you want to show up and show out, there are ways to wear a suit that allow you to make a statement without saying a word (but in a good way).
1. Make the CUT. Choose a silhuoette that flatters your body, whether you have an athletic or slim build. Be particular about the pants’ break. I can’t over-emphasize the need to have your suit tailored to your body. You should not be swimming in fabric, nor should you look like you’re suffocating. Tailoring costs less than you probably think, and can work wonders. It customizes the fit, even if you cannot afford to have a suit handmade.
2. Be careful about COLOR. Easter comes but once a year, and even then most of us don’t want to see you casket sharp in pastel from head to toe. Or red. Or purple. Or plaid. Or….you get the idea. Subtlety is chic!
3. The devil is in the DETAILS. Suspenders or belt? Flashy socks (sure, if your shirt and tie are toned down)? Bow or neck tie? To monogram or not to monogram your cuffs? There are so many options to choose from, but don’t wear them all at once. And please don’t match your tie to your pocket square.
Need further tips? Check out Valet Mag and Put This On. You’re welcome.
(And congratulations to this year’s Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, as well as all the other nominees!)
Image from Best of New Orleans
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