Most men look at a suit as a work uniform that has to be worn: It’s not a choice, it’s a necessity. It’s also one of the areas in which Italy differs from the rest of the world – Italian men wear suits for pleasure, just because they know how to. They also recognise the undisputable fact that a man never looks better than when he’s wearing a well-fitting suit. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve seen a young guy out at night wearing a suit in New Zealand. It doesn’t happen. Compare that to the amount of times you’d see a girl in a bar wearing a dress, but unlike men, women understand how to highlight their assets. I guarantee if guys wore suits, they’d be ultimately more successful with the ladies.
The key is not looking like you’ve just stepped out of the office. Gilt Manual‘s latest video takes a look at editor Andy Comer’s style. He always wears a suit, but he dresses it down with a button down oxford shirt, matte tie and beaten up wingtips. Like he says, the most important element is fit: if you get the shoulder spot on, the rest can be tailored. And now that TopMan, Little Brother and Barkers are offering entry-level suits at chain store prices, it really can’t hurt all that much to try.
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