Science tells us that we produce sex pheromones that can drive a man or woman wild. As a man, what else can you do to visually attract someone of interest? Everyone knows that any man looks sharp in a nice suit. As long as the suit fits well, and the subject wearing the suit is comfortable, this can be accomplished without much effort. Now, I know that some men dread putting on the “monkey suit” and find ways out of doing it, so, as a stylish man, I want to offer some assistance to you as you make your selection.
The selection process starts with figuring out what your body type is. I will break it down per body type. For the average guy, who is usually 5’4” to 5’7”, you would want to go for a fitted suit, and aim for darker colors, such as dark blue or black. I would pair it with red or grey shirt and a dark tie. You can find interesting ties for a low price at Urban Outfitters on the Drag (Guadalupe) to jazz up the dark combination.
Now, if you are the tall, lanky type, I recommend vertical stripes. You can get away with a fitted cut (think 1960’s mod squad look). I love the 60’s era because the tailored looks are classic. I would work on pairing your suit with bright shirts and dark ties in grey, beige, and even lighter tones, such as blue, yellow, and brown. The classic cut of the suit will allow you to pull this look off.
Our big and tall brothers are lucky because they are able to play with different styles; with broad shoulders and height, a suit will wear on them like a million dollar prize. For big/tall men, using darker colors is an option, but not a requirement. These men can play with color and make it work. I would recommend a grey double-breasted suit, with a dark tie and white shirt. Double-breasted suits are making a comeback as we move into this decade still in a down-turned economy. These, if you can remember, were popular back in the 80’s (just picture a scene from the 1980’s classic movie Wall Street).
Now that you know what to look for, let me suggest where to go to find these pieces. Suits do not need to be bought from expensive retailers. My ace up my sleeve is shopping at resale shops and, luckily, Austin is full of them. I usually venture into one on a Saturday afternoon to begin looking. Most of my favorite and noticeable suits have cost me less then a hundred dollars and I have had them for years. It doesn’t matter how much you spend, as long as it makes you feel like a million bucks.By Josh Garza