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Nowadays, it’s quite easy to marry style with professionalism in a business suit. You only need to look for expensive-looking fabrics and unusual details, like oversized buttons or bright colors. It also helps to know your own style. For example, if you tend to wear skinny jeans in your casual life, then pick a slim-cut pair of suit pants. And if you prefer a skirt suit, keep the length work-appropriate, but also take the opportunity to show off a bitchin’ pair of heels or boots. Simply think of your suit as a canvas to display your personality and your professionalism. Wearing a suit isn’t required at The Frisky, but we’d happily wear one of these 10 power suits.
It’s our belief that men never look sexier than when they’re wearing a well-cut suit. And that’s why we wanted to give a shout out to some of the best suit-wearers out there. Men who truly excel at throwing on a blazer and a tie. After the jump, our picks for the best-suited men. Tell us who we missed in the comments!
Though she’s the queen of fitted dresses and slim silhouettes, Victoria Beckham is expanding her design portfolio into a new realm. Instead of sticking to sophisticated dresses and curve-hugging designs, Posh will enter the world of menswear, where the emphasis will be on tailoring. “I always design things that I love and I’ve been obsessed with tailoring—I love a great jacket,” she said of her latest design move. With all the celebrity designers forcing their opinions onto the fashion world, it’s hard to be taken seriously, but Victoria is doing her best to show her interest and involvement. While she could simply hire a designer, Victoria actually spent time studying under the tailors at Savile Row, learning their craft to prep for her newest collection and earning major respect, at least from us. [InStyle] Keep reading »
I bought this gray pinstriped suit jacket the other day, and I really like it, but it was being sold in the separates section so I couldn’t find the pants that were supposed to go with it in my size. So … what CAN I wear it with? Are black pants acceptable? Navy? Should I cut my losses and return it?
Alternately, have you ever considered doing a post about suit rules? Two of my suitemates are about to graduate and last week we were all sitting in the kitchen trying to help one of them decide what to wear to an interview. I’m sure a lot of first time suit-buyers could use a guideline on what’s acceptable and what’s not. – Karen
Suits can suck pretty hard if done wrong. Take the jump for some tips on doing it right. Keep reading »
Women’s fashion may be more complicated than men’s style, but we do have the LBD going for us. The little black dress, which magically gets you through work, black-tie events, and pretty much any party. And it’s this time of year that the LBD becomes most used and handy. Poor guys, they have far fewer options than us. The Vancouver Sun has just suggested that the answer to the all-around men’s piece for the holiday season has to be … the sweater. [Vancouver Sun]
Really? We beg to differ, and here’s what we think every man should consider to be their go-to wardrobe staple (and you may want to consider it as a Christmas gift for your guy). Keep reading »
Last week we wrote about Wal-Mart employee Debbie Shank, who was struck by a truck and suffered severe brain damage and whose medical expenses were covered by her Wal-Mart insurance. The chain sued for reimbursement of $400,000+ after Shank won a settlement against the truck company which was responsible for her accident. Today the mega-chain finally dropped their suit. Wal-Mart, you (finally) did the right thing. But we’re still going to shop at Target! [St. Louis Today] Keep reading »
Last week, fashion writer Hadley Freeman critiqued Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe. This week, she takes on the male presidential candidates’ sartorial choices. There aren’t as many options for men, but the cut of a suit can suggest a lot.
“Look at McCain, striding around in his boxy blue suits, single button always done up to cover the paunch, ties always just that little bit too wide,” Hadley writes. “This man could not look more establishment if he went around doing secret handshakes and butt-slapping Karl Rove.” In contrast, “Obama does not feel the need for such sartorial alpha-male armor and instead shows off his slimness. This is not a man who would engage in phallus-waving drinking matches with the boys down the ranch on a Saturday night, one suspects.”
A suit doesn’t necessarily make a guy look hot. We see A TON of middle-aged men wearing them on our way to work, and we’re not the least bit attracted to a single one of them. But, when we see a guy we already find handsome all cleaned up, especially if it isn’t his everyday attire, we kind of want to rip the thing off him. This could be because when they’re wearing a suit, men come the closest they can to transforming their bodies into the Greek ideal, according to Anne Hollander’s book Sex and Suits. Suits create clean lines, widen the shoulders, narrow the hips, add an air of power, and make us curious to find out what’s underneath. [Financial Times] Keep reading »
Former book publishing exec Judith Regan found a way to get back on top of both her former lover and employer in one move. Nope, it’s not some kinky position from the Kama Sutra, it’s just good old-fashioned extortion. After being fired from News Corp in December 2006, the woman responsible for giving porn star Jenna Jameson a book deal ended her wrongful termination lawsuit for about four times her initial $6 million settlement offer from Rupert Murdoch. How did she do it?! By threatening to expose a confidential phone convo she had with Giuliani’s goon and her ex-main squeeze Bernie Kerik that could damage the Republican’s Presidential bid. After bad break-ups with both Kerik and her boss man (who publicly accused her of being anti-Semitic), she’s managed to clear her name and break their bank account. You go girl! Blackmail may be bad, but karma’s a real bitch named Judith Regan. [Alley Insider]
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