Friday, February 20, 2009

Men's Suits In An Economic Slump

By James V. Santerino

The new styles are rolling out at New York's 2009 Fashion Week! It's a time when the world of fashion sets aside its petty fears of recession and dwindling sales to garb itself in the latest designer trends and movements.

In the male-dominated society, men have easy ride when compared to the other sex and this holds good in the designer world too. Though they are also victims of newer styles, however, when the question of stability to their collection arises, men take the cake.

It must be noted here that a customary look at the men on the ramp reveals that the fundamental principle while making a suit is not paid attention to. Designers play havoc with all parts of the suit like lapel, buttons, cuffs and sleeves which makes the ramp walkers appear out of place. This aspect is to be looked at kindly as the designers have to fall in line with the demands of changing cults and satiate men who prefer changes.

However, a man who has a refined liking, will not even look at them. barring a small change here or there, sauve one's apparels have not changed at all. There are variety of men's suits, but all fall within a certain ambit of operations and do not vary tangentially. Elegant men's suits may differ only in the area of number of buttons, side, vents, lapels, notch etc. and the texture and shade of the material and intricacies of the contours.

Unappealing suits may be the result of bad stitching and lack of attention to details. But all hell breaks lose when a suit tries to be different. A neatly made suit is any day preferable to an extraordinarily designed one.

Bad suits may arise from poor workmanship and fit; but the great, wrong-headed, sartorial calamities arise when a suit attempts to be unique. One should always hope that one's suit is exceptionally well-made, but it is a calamity if it is exceptionally designed.

He brought a sea change in the men's fashion industry, using the average English man's name 'John Bull'. He was known for his excellent sense of dressing.

As he said, using the then-current nick-name for the average, British, middle-class man, "John Bull," "If John Bull turns around to look at you, you are not well-dressed." Brummel is famous for the care with which he dressed and is thought of as an archetypal dandy, so such a desire to avoid notice might seem puzzling.

He said, "If John Bull (the average man) turns around to look at you, you are not well-dressed." Which means if it was flashy, it was out. We can learn from Brummel that showy and tacky are of ill effect.

What then should a man do to win the favours and admiration of one and all? He should stick to the best in the market. A well-cut suit earns immediate approval and appreciation and makes a notch above the rest. Every minute detail counts.

It is important to be immaculate and respect one's body. A neatly stitched suit adds to one's personality and thus puts him many rungs above the rest on the ladder of social finesse. - 16651

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