Building Professionalism and Confidence Through Attire
Young men are the future leaders of society, and dressing sharp is the first step towards becoming a professional. Clothing does not make the man, however the right clothing can give a young man precious seconds to make his case and influence others.
Learning How to tie a Tie
The center piece of a good suit is the tie. Thats why it's imprerative that it is presented properly. Their are several different ties, and several different knots. Choosing the right tie is a matter of preference. Just always be mindful of the type of function of event your attending.
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Suits Tips & Measurements
A suit looks good on any professional, and the key to that presentation is making sure the suit fits well. Knowing your measurements is essential when considering purchase of a suit and its pieces.
NECK MEASUREMENT : Put the tape measure around the largest part of your neck, where you would normally wear the collar when your shirt is buttoned. This is your neck size. The neck sizes in dress shirts increment by ½ inch measurements. If you find you are not quite at the half or whole size go to the next half or whole size measurement. You can also adjust this measurement based on comfort level. For instance if you prefer to have a little more room, add ½ inch to this measurement. If you like a more generous fit, add 1 inch to your measurement. For some men keeping one or two fingers between you and the tape measure is alternate way to add the desired inches when determining neck size. Shirts should button all the way. Do not leave open the top button on the shirt. If it feels too tight on you when you button the shirt, it is too small.
CHEST MEASUREMENT : This is determined by measuring around the widest part of your torso, which is just under your arms and across the chest. Don't hold your breath while measuring, or you could end up with a tighter suit jacket than you intended. However, make sure the tape measure is snug (not tight) against the body.
SLEEVE MEASUREMENT : Start from the shoulder seam and measure to about two inches below the wrist. Most suit jackets are fitted using the standard formula of chest width and height, but in case you have different proportions, this measurement could be useful.
WAIST MEASUREMENT : : first bend to the side to find your natural crease. Measure around your waist at this point, making sure to keep the tape comfortably loose by keeping two fingers between the measuring tape and your body. This is called ease, and it will allow room to move when you purchase a new suit. When you sit down, you'll need that breathing room.
INSEAM MEASUREMENT : Wear a fitted pair of pants when you're doing this to get a better measurement and stand with your legs about a foot apart. Take the measuring tape and measure from the crotch to the bottom of the shoe so the pants won't be too short or drag on the floor. You won't be able to take the measurement properly if you try to do it yourself, so get someone to help you find the measurement at the shoe level.
PANTS LENGTH MEASUREMENT : This is the measurement of the outer-most leg of your pants, trailing down from your hip to your ankle. To take the measurement, stand with your back as straight as possible and measure from your belt-line to the side of your foot in shoes.
How A Suit Jacket Should Fit
The first thing to look at when trying on a suit jacket is how it fits on the shoulders. You want the suit to fit snug around the shoulders and not protrude. Similarly, you don’t want the jacket to strain on the shoulders.
The second most important thing to bear in mind is how the jacket fits across your chest. While you shouldn’t need to breathe in to button it up, you also shouldn’t have any more than a fists’ gap between your chest and the buttons. Get this right and the jacket will nip in at the waist creating the sort of clean silhouette you’re ultimately aiming for.
Thirdly, when you hang your arms down by your side you should be able to cup the underneath of your suit. If you can’t then the jacket is too long. It’s also worth noting that this may not apply to more contemporary styles that tend to have a shorter jacket.
Lastly, ensure you have the right sleeve length. Ideally, the jacket sleeve should meet the base of your thumb allowing for quarter an inch to half an inch of shirt cuff to show. Anymore or any less and your overall appearance will look sloppy. After all, t’s all about nailing these nuances when wearing a suit. And remember a dry cleaner or a tailor can always alter this very easily once you’ve bought your suit.