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.

Basic Tips About Blings On The Day

First, recognise that everyone has different opinions about jewellery. However, as with everything, there are some basic rules you should be aware of.

1. Take note of proportion. If you are wearing gloves, don’t put on bracelets as well. Fine jewellery designs should not be worn with a gown that has detailed work done on it. Choose one to highlight, not both. In short, match simplicity with detail and vice versa.

2. Show off the gracefulness of your neck. An unadorned neck looks great; just remember to go for neck treatment beforehand. Otherwise, remember that necklaces draw attention to your neck. Chokers go better with long slender necks and oval faces.

3. Chunky necklaces are in and look great, especially if they are in white gold or silver. Faux jewel earrings also set off the gown well.

4. Don’t ever ever wear a watch! It’s not a day to rush!

5. If you intend to wear coloured gems, do a quick check as to which colours suit you best. And remember to match the colours with your day gown, your night gown and shoes.

All that Glitters…The Low Down On Gold

How do you choose which type of gold to use for your wedding ring? With so many choices, we, as consumers are often faced with this dilemma, resulting in stress and in some cases, post-purchase dissonance over the decision we made. In order to avoid this, we have compiled some useful information that will help you make an informed decision. As gold is the most popular choice for wedding and engagement rings and other jewellery, it is important to know more about this precious metal. We take you through the two most important points to consider when choosing gold — the carat and the colour.

Which carat

The carat is quite simply, the gold content of the metal and this determines how much of pure gold is mixed with another metal alloy to make up the final piece. The gold carats normally used in wedding rings are 9kt, 14kt and 18kt. The higher the concentration of gold used in the final mix, the more valuable and expensive the piece will be. To illustrate this point further,

  • 9kt gold contains 37.5% pure gold
  • 14kt gold contains 58.5% pure gold.
  • 18kt gold contains 75% pure gold.

The remainder of the metals is usually made up by a combination of different metals that can help to give the finished product its unique appearance and colour.

Which Colour

The next step is to ask yourself the colour of gold you prefer, especially since gold is available in several colours. The most popular choice is yellow, followed by white and rose. Other less popular colours include bronze, red and lime gold.

Jewellery can also be made using a combination of different gold colours. These jewellery items are sometimes called two-tone, three-tone or multi-coloured gold. A good example is Cartier’s triple gold band. The difference in colour between yellow, white and rose is determined by the metals used in the mix. As the colour difference is due to the metals used in the alloy mix, the colour of yellow gold and rose gold will not chip, fade or wear off with age.

Yellow gold is made by mixing pure gold with metals like copper and zinc, while rose gold is made by mixing pure gold with alloys like copper. In fact, it is the copper that provides the rose hue. On the other hand, white gold is an alloy of gold and some white metals such as silver and palladium. When white gold rings are new they can be coated with another white metal called rhodium, which is very similar to platinum and shares many of its properties.

Rhodium is used to make the white gold look even whiter, especially since the natural colour of white gold is actually a light grey hue. In addition, rhodium is also very hard and therefore, durable. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be plated with rhodium approximately once every 12 to 18 months.

On the practical side, 18kt usually wears better than 9kt and also tends to look better as it ages. This is one of the reasons why 18kt is normally preferred for engagement rings. On the other hand 9kt, 14kt and 18kt are suitable for use in earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces due to their lower price.

Armed with all this information, you will now be better equipped when choosing your wedding rings and jewellery pieces!

You don’t need glass shoes to transform into a princess

Ever had the situation when you saw the most irresistible pair of shoes but they just look odd on you? Tips from Issac Wong of Leapin’ Lizard will help you out.

If You Have Broad and Fleshy Feet…

Don’t go for strappy shoes. They draw attention to broad and fleshy feet. A well-covered square or round toe cap provides good cover-up and even better comfort. Straps will tend to create bulges that are unsightly.

If You Have Long and Boney Feet…

Check out shoes with tapped or pointed toe caps. They give long and boney feet an elegant look.

If You Are Getting Tailored Shoes…

Make sure your heels are not too tall for your groom. Allocate more time for the process as shoes may take more than a month to complete.

If It’s Your First Time in Heels…

If you are not used to wearing heels, but still want to look taller and more elegant on your big day, consider platform heels as they ease out elevation and offers better support and balance. If not, do plenty of walking around beforehand to get accustomed.

If You Have A Really Long Gown…

If your gown covers your feet entirely, don’t spend too much on your shoes unless you intend to wear them again.

Comfort Wins Hands Down…

Never ever sacrifice comfort for the sake of beauty. Wearing comfortable shoes will allow you to enjoy yourself during the day and you could even go dancing after the dinner! Make it a point to wear shoes you can walk and stand the whole day in

Face Shapes & Earrings

Earrings may look pretty and appealing, but as with all things, you need to check if they are suitable for you before you spend a bomb on them. The first rule of thumb? You need to match the shape of the earrings with the shape of your face. Find out what are the best earrings for you now!

Oval

Description of face: Slightly longer than it is wide, with curved soft edges.

Lucky gals! Any earrings will be suitable for this face shape and you just have to keep the size of the earrings balanced with the size of your face and body. The best choices? Soft shapes such as pearl teardrops, circles and ovals. In short, choose curvy accessories to complement the curves on your face.

Round

Description of face: With the nose as the centre, if your face has equal distance from around the nose, your face shape is round.

Get earrings with length to elongate your face. These designs add a touch of elegance at the same time. Drop earrings work well, but remember to choose shapes that are soft.

Oblong

Description of face: Elongated oval shape, but less sharp at the chin.

Simple studs work best, as they draw the eyes horizontally.

Square

Description of face: Strong and square jaw, and the chin may stick out a little. If the distance from the top of the face matches the width, the shape is square.

You need to create a look of length. We think drop earrings fit best.

Rectangle

Description of face: Close to a square, but the face is longer than wide.

You can go for simple studs or button style earrings, with lines that are parallel to your face.

Diamond

Description of face: Cheeks are the widest while the chin and forehead are narrower. A diamond shape is characterised by sharper features.

Lucky you, most earrings are suitable for your face shape! You can opt for more dramatic lines and choose earrings with corner points and harder edges. Cut crystals are an excellent choice.

Heart

Description of face: Heart shapes are wider at the eye, temple and cheek area, with a narrow chin. The edges are soft and curved. Think along the lines of Japanese anime characters.

To balance the narrow chin, choose drop earrings that are broader or wider at the end. Also remember to choose earrings with soft curves to match your face’s curves.

Triangle

Description of face: This is similar to a heart shape but the lines and edges are sharper and more angular.

You need to balance the narrow chin, so go for drop earrings with designs that are broader or wider at the end. You can opt for more angular designs.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

“Our aim was to recreate, in a cinematic manner, the glamour of travel and the romance of going somewhere, of meeting someone, of looking out a window…” says Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Marc Jacobs.

With this in mind, the Louis Vuitton Express, a moving locomotive travelling on the runway itself, brought to Paris Fashion Week a never before seen magnificent show. When the train pulled in, the beautiful passengers alighted one by one in their elegant dresses with porters carrying iconic Louis Vuitton luggage and the season’s standout bags, including the Monogram-sequined Sunshine Express, the black and white Leopard, and the spectacular Transsibérien, with its jewel buckle and dip-dyed goat hair.

In the fashion spread replica of the runway show, the interior of the train is reconstructed to reproduce the same mood and look. Check out the graceful elongated A-line silhouette, embellished with jewel buttons and opulent brocades. The iconic Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas luggage, stored in an overhead rack or carried by a porter, shines alongside the gorgeous models and the coveted bags of the season.