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Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Father's Day Treat: Style Guide for Men

Before anything else, I'd like to greet all daddies, papas, tatays and pops out there a Happy, Happy Father's Day!

This occasion calls for a special post on styling and fashion for men. Here are a few tips that can help you in building or reinventing your wardrobe.

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1. On Wearing a Suit. Take the cue from the stars of Ocean's Thirteen. Never wear an oversized suit. It must fit you just right. Bulky shoulders are a no-no; so are sleeves that go past your wrist or are too wide. You can easily ask your tailor to alter these. Also, get a clean, polished look with pants that aren't too long for you. If you want to dress to impress, or simply want to look good, a baggy suit won't do the trick.

2. A Perfect Match. Here is something I learned from GQ: "Match your socks with your suit." According to their website, "when choosing socks, the basic rule is to consider the suit instead of the shoe—in other words, if you’re wearing a navy suit with black shoes, reach for navy socks. And when wearing a light suit, make sure the socks are darker than the suit but a shade or so lighter than the shoes."

3. Slimming Down. Your tie, that is. Slim neckties will give you a younger and more sophisticated look. Plus, they can be worn whether you're dressed up in a suit or dressed down in a button-down shirt and jeans. Every guy should have the classic black tie in his closet. You can also opt for printed ones such as the striped ties above for a funkier look. Keep in mind, however, that ties that are too slim (narrower than three inches, for instance) will give you a look that's more quirky and trendy, rather than sleek.

4. Shades. There are sunglasses that suit every face shape, but one thing that men should avoid is wearing athletic wraparound shades all the time. A pair of aviators, for example, would be a classier choice.

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5. Bag Man. It's wise to buy a bag that looks nice and has good quality. Whether you prefer a messenger bag or a briefcase, your best bet would be a black one with a classic, simple design. A trendy bag can ruin your whole outfit, no matter how snazzy it is.

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6. Sneaker Style. This is something that crossed my mind before but haven't really thought about until I read it in GQ. I've noticed that a lot of men (of all ages) love their trainers and hightops. There's no problem with that, but it's good to change your options for sneakers once in a while. Cool alternatives are "Stan Smiths, Jack Purcells and Sambas," according to GQ, which can "work with everything, including suits." Talk about versatility!

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7. Which Watch? Just like athletic shades, athletic watches are best worn when you're in the gym or playing sports. When going to the office or going out on a date, a stainless steel watch is perfect. It doesn't have to be very expensive as long as it looks nice and has good quality (so that you also wouldn't be wasting your money.)

8. The Sando: A Thing of the Past. I have never been a fan of the visible sando underneath a shirt. In my opinion, guys should definitely ditch the undershirt for a cleaner look. Then again, I also know that there are guys who are more comfortable wearing one. How about replacing the usual tank top with a white cotton tee with thinner fabric? If you really can't let go of your trusty sando, you can wear shirts with thicker fabric or prints (stripes and checks are always better than floral ones) to camouflage your undershirt. Avoid visible sando lines!

I hope this list has been helpful to those looking for style advice (but have been too shy to ask!) It's always nice to see the men dressing to impress, as well. Of course, you don't have to follow everything in this guide -- you can make your own fashion statement and make it work, too. As I've said many times before, it still comes down to your own personal style.

This entry is dedicated to my Daddy, whom Mommy and I have had quite some fashion influence on, if I may say so myself. But then again, he has always had great style. ;-)

Happy Father's Day, Daddy!

The CityLifeStylist

5 comments: said...

wow nice one ;) happy father's to all the pinoy tatay's out there ;)

Angel said...

I have absolutely NO clue when it comes to men's fashion. Glad I was able to read up on this here. :)

THE ANiTOKiD said...

I also do not like sandos kabayan! And I love wearing Barong Tagalog from time to time, e.g., seminars and all. Very nice post!

kuanhoong said...

green stripe tie? hmm

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