Tips on getting a tailor-made suit

While off-the-rack suits are great and will do most of the time, let’s face it: everyone has different body characteristics. For your one big day, a custom-made suit may bring out the man in you better than your usual mass-produced suits.

Tip 1: Shop Around for A Good Tailor

Ask your friends, family and colleagues for recommendations and check out established tailors. You might have to make a little more effort since this is an increasingly rare trade.

Tip 2: The Right Cloth

The right fabric and the right colour determines the quality of your suit. First, choose a colour that suits you. While black is always a safe choice, you may wish to consider colours such as brown, navy blue or ivory white. Make sure that your colours complement your bride’s gown. The quality of fabric used is also critical in having a quality suit. If you can afford the price and the level of maintenance, go for natural fibres such as wool or silk. The downside is that you may need to invest more care in the suit subsequently.

Tip 3: The Right Size

Remember to talk to your tailor and provide constant feedback on how you would like the suit to fit you. The thing about customisation is that the suit can have visual correction, such as making chubby men appear slimmer and more attractive.

Tip 4: Your Preferred Style

Browse through plenty of fashion magazines, sites and boutiques to find out which kind of cut suits you. Discuss with your tailor, who should be experienced enough to know most styles in the market. Best of all, you can specify the number of pockets to keep the snakes and frogs.

Tip 5: Final Fit

Be sure to ask for final adjustments if necessary when you try the suit on. Check your fit from every angle in the mirror.

Wake your face up!

Cleanse

Clarify your skin by washing your face daily. Use cleansing products that are au natural and chemical free. Don’t use deodorant soap on your face (guys tend to do that!) as it may irritate your skin and will clog your pores because the soap contain harsh ingredients.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation is essential for flawless, glowing skin. A good scrub will remove dead cells and smooth the surface of your skin. A jojoba based scrub won’t tear the skin and also produces immediate results. Exfoliate to reveal gorgeous skin!

Tone Up

When you spend a lot of time outside, environmental debris and pollutants are contributing factors to your skin’s health. Toning helps to keep your face clear and firm. As skin ages, it needs to work harder to maintain its elasticity. Astringents and toners with glycolic or alpha hydroxyl acids work best. These acids usually reduce the pore size and help to avoid ingrown hairs.

Nourish

Apply a light moisturiser on your face after cleansing and shaving. It is important to hydrate all areas of your skin, especially the sensitive under eye area as it is one of the first areas that shows the signs of aging.

Avoid Skin Cancer

Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater 30 minutes before sun exposure. Select contact lenses which provide 100% automatic UV protection. Think of your lenses as sunscreen for the eyes. These should be included in your overall skin cancer protection regimen. The peak hour for UV radiation is between 10am and 3pm, so avoid direct sun exposure between those times.

The right kind of tux

There is no alternative for a suit or tuxedo that fits you well, so forget about borrowing one from your brother-in-law or your father’s old tux. Wearing a suit that fits you well will make you feel comfortable, cut down on perspiration and leave you looking drop dead handsome. Having your correct measurements is a good start, but there is more to consider than simply jacket size and inseam. Choose a style that suits your body type.

For Slender and Tall or Medium Height and Build (We Reckon about 170cm)

You’ll look best in a double-breasted jacket. The shoulders can be padded and the waist taken in to a comfortable extent to achieve a Mr. Apple figure. Definitely creates a great line and makes you look more muscular. Higher rise trousers look best when the legs are slightly fuller than normal. With this body type it is almost impossible to go wrong with your tuxedo choice.

For the Hunk from Baywatch

Go for the shawl collar tux. This is the smooth, thinner collar without the notched lapels. The jacket is usually single-breasted with one button. Relax your arms at your side and your fingertips should reach the bottom of the jacket. As with any good suits, your shirt cuffs should extend about an inch beyond the jacket sleeve. Be sure to choose a tie that is the right size for your face. If you have a wide face or thick neck, a small tie can make you look like you are being choked. Choose the spread collar rather than the wing tip and avoid thin bow ties. The jacket should feel a little loose so you can move easily and let some air circulate. If you have large or muscular thighs, ask that the trouser legs be slightly widened for the sake of comfort and looks.

For Stocky Build

The shawl collar would be suitable for you as well. The jacket should be single-breasted and the button should be around the belt line to make your torso appear longer and leaner. The jacket should not have a lot of shoulder padding. Your own shoulder length will help you look less broad in your photos. Some people think pleated trousers have a slimming look. The legs of the trousers should be cut as low as possible without looking unfinished.

For Typically Asian Build (Short and Slim)

A single-breasted jacket with a single low button will look best on you. This will lengthen the lines of your look. A double-breasted jacket or a notched or “peak” lapel will make you look broader. Smaller bow ties worn with vests with an elegant, understated pattern are your best choice.

Shape up that paunch!

Your fiance might like you “the way you are”, but on your big day, you might want to surprise her with hard washboard abs. (Okay, maybe that’s quite ridiculous, but hey, no harm trying!) At least you can try to lose the paunch and look good on your honeymoon on that Maldives beach. Here are a few tips to shape up.

Put Your Fat to the Fire

Always using time as an excuse for not exercising? Well you can’t whine about that anymore. With just 10 minutes you can take some simple steps to get the heart pumping.

  • Instead of looking for a close parking spot for 20 minutes, choose one that is further so you can walk briskly to your office.
  • Skip the elevator and take the stairs, unless you are on the 80th floor.
  • Above all, have more sex. 20 minutes of sex for a 200-pound man can burn about 150 calories. And it’s a lot more fun than Pilates.

Cut Back on the Weights

If you are trying to lose the kilos, cut back on the weights.

  • One set of high-intensity training is just as effective as three sets, says the study out of the University of Florida’s Center for Exercise Science.
  • Spend that extra time on the treadmill, exercise bike or abs machine.
  • The minimum strength workout can be done in just two 20-minute sessions per week.

Film Psychology 101

Watch the movie Supersize Me, which is out on DVD. There’s nothing better for a diet than being scared stiff. With a sarcastic edge, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock interviews experts throughout the U.S, chronicling the legal, financial and physical costs of America’s ever-expanding waistline.

Get Some Zzzs

Those who sleep fewer than 6 hours don’t live as long and The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimates that sleep deprivation costs $150 billion a year on workplace productivity and higher stress. Stress is something you definitely have to contend with on your wedding day so get those much-needed sleep now!

How much is too much bling

 

The thing one needs to bear in mind about jewellery is that less is more. Many people tend to go overboard with jewellery, not realising that there is something called ‘overkill’. Weddings are often filled with fashion disasters. I am sure you would have spotted someone decked from head-to-toe in garish baubles that make them look more like a walking Christmas tree that a human being. We teach you how to avoid this by learning just about how much, is too much.

Do

1. Wear a necklace to accessorise a plunging neckline.

2. Combine matching studs or tiny hoop earrings with a simple necklace to accessorise your outfit (think simple pearl or diamond studs or tiny hoops).

3. Wear bangles or a bracelet to give a sleeveless gown some oomph and accentuate your hands and arms.

4. Wear a choker with a low cut top only if you have a long neck, or it may make your neck look even shorter than it is.

5. Wear long strands of beads or pearls, they are flattering and add a touch of class.

6. Wear rings to add a sense of drama to an otherwise simple outfit. Try not to combine large dramatic rings if you are already wearing a ton of jewellery. Do avoid thick rings if you have short stubby fingers as they would make your fingers look even shorter. Instead, opt for thin delicate designs that are both feminine and flattering.

Jewellery is important as its helps to give some character. It is also a brilliant way to draw attention to yourself (the idea is to make this positive attention and not stares of horror).

Don’t (Ever Under Any Circumstance)

1. Wear the matching bracelet, ring, necklace and earrings all at the same time. I know you spent loads on the set, I’m sure it’s really cute, but wearing an entire set at one go is definite overkill.

2. Wear a chunky necklace with a high neck top. This will only make you look messy and cluttered.

3. Mix yellow gold and silver/white gold jewellery. Although Cartier is synonymous for their triple gold ring, yellow gold jewellery mixed together with white gold or silver just looks tasteless.

The objective here is not to blind people with your bling. No one cares if you spent $40,000 on that diamond encrusted necklace, they just know you’re trying to blind them with its brilliance. Lay off piling on the bling and your look will be more pulled together and classy without looking trashy.

There is a thin line between being fashionably accessorised and looking like you hit a thrift store, so go easy on the baubles and avoid the shiny, plastic monstrosities that are currently masquerading as jewellery. Instead choose classic pieces to create a more elegant and pulled together look.