Dress for Success - Men Get the Right Formal Look to Succeed Part 1

If you want to get the promotion you are after, the deal you want to close or the girl of your dreams, then formal wear can help in business people respect you and remember women always love men in suits!

Getting the right look with men's formal wear is not hard let's find out how to dress for success in simple steps.

Let's Start With the Suit

1. Style

Men's fashion changes, but you can't go wrong with a single-breasted, solid color suit in black, grey or dark blue.

A single-breasted suit has the advantage of making you look slimmer in appearance as well.

In men's formal wear a stylish suit conjures up a number of images that can all help you succeed in
business or your private life.

A suit can give an image of any or all of the following:

Power, maturity, conservative, style or sexy.

2. Fabrics and Patterns

Wool is always a good choice; it looks great and wears well.

Worsted wools are lightweight for the hotter months.

Gabardine wools are heavier and great for the colder weather.

Patterns for interview and business meetings should be limited to solids, stripes (pinstripe, chalk stripe, beaded-stripe), Glen plaids, and checks (hounds-tooth, windowpane, and herringbone).

The Shirt

Men with slim faces can wear collars that are wider, to help broaden their faces; on the other hand, men with wider faces can wear collars that are narrower, to help lengthen the faces.


Suits come in basic styles and colors, but ties can allow you to stamp your individuality.

Today, many men don't wear ties and it's a matter of choice but if you do you will add a personal touch and show that you mean business.

To make a statement wear a patterned tie with a patterned shirt.

All you need to remember is that the color schemes are the same and that the patterns have to go in the same direction, to look coordinated.

Don't forget the Length: It should hit the top of your belt and the Ideal width of ties is between no more that four inches at its widest.

Combining Tie's Shirts & Suits

When choosing a jacket-shirt-and-tie trio, match its level of color contrast to your coloring, that's your complexion and hair color.

If you're coloring is high-contrast say, dark hair and light skin, or vice versa--your jacket, tie, and shirt combo should be high contrast, too to match.

If your hair-hide contrast is softer and lighter i.e. you're blond or gray-haired with pale skin, or dark-skinned with dark hair then you should choose lower-contrast clothes.

Two different scales For Balance

When you're combining two like patterns in the jacket-shirt-tie triangle, they should be of different gauges.

If your suit has pinstripes 3/4 inch apart, your tie should have broader or thinner bands.

If your suit is a striped one (with lines more than an inch apart), your shirt's stripes should be narrower.

Also, if your shirt has a narrow stripe, your tie needs a wider stripe i.e. pair large with small.
Always look for balance.

De Emphasize

Choose clothes that de-emphasize your extremes.

If you're short, look for strong vertical elements: pinstriped suits, two-button jackets.

If you're thin, choose a jacket with wider shoulders to make you look broader.

If you have a heavier build then wear darker colors and go monotone.


Choose a large face, as these designs are generally accepted by everyone as looking stylish and business like.


A good quality belt doesn't have to be expensive and is a great investment.
Your belt color should be matched with your shoes.


Black is the traditional safe color for work but Brown or ox blood colors can also look good.

Use a variety of styles including loafers, wingtips, round-toe, or pointy-tipped shoe.

Shoes are no place to economize, so get a quality pair and keep them clean!

In part 2 we will look at some of the best deals and the best fashion combinations that are both sexy and stylish.

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