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Tip #29: The Suit and How to Wear It – Part 3

Contributor: Dan Vena

 

Continued from The Suit and How To Wear It – Part 2. This is Part 3 of 3 of “The Suit and How to Wear It” by TfTM Contributor Dan Vena

 

Vests

With the shirt selected it’s time to look at the vest. When pulling off a three-piecer I tend to go with vests with a straight neckline. More curved lines, like the ones Will from Glee sports, tend to look better without a jacket on top. The same can be said for those with a folded collar. The vest should fit pretty snugly against you, without causing blackouts (because you know, you already have a binder for that!). Ensure your vest stays secure by tying it up tight at the back. I find the easiest way to get this done is with a buddy. If you don’t have a fashion friend, take the vest off, tighten, try on and repeat until you get it just right.

Now here’s when we get into details.

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Tip #28: The Suit and How to Wear It – Part 2

Contributor: Dan Vena

 

Continued from The Suit and How To Wear It – Part 1. This is Part 2 of 3 of “The Suit and How to Wear It” by TfTM Contributor Dan Vena

 

Pants

Let’s start with the pants. Because some of us guys may be competing with figures most male suits aren’t built for (we may have a little extra curve around the hips or thighs) the most important thing is to not get frustrated. Shopping, whether you love it or loathe it, sometimes takes time. Just remember at the end of all this, you’re going look so chic you’ll be fighting them off with a stick.

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Tip #27: The Suit and How to Wear It – Part 1

Contributor: Dan Vena

 

This is Part 1 of 3 of “The Suit and How to Wear It” by TfTM Contributor Dan Vena

 

I’ve found that while transitioning there were a few momentous “man” moments that completely left me in the lurch. Shaving proved one of them. Fortunately, when it came to reworking my wardrobe, I had a handy dandy (and by now quite accepting) father to help me out. Incase you need a little guidance when it comes to the quintessential manly vestment – the suit – I’ve put together a somewhat lengthy step by step to help you on your way.

The suit. Let’s talk about it for a second. Yes, it’s definitely had various incantations (from the excessive aesthetics of Louis XIV to the flamboyant elegance of Beau Brummel’s Dandy to the contemporary, nostalgic resurfacings of the 1960’s Mad Men). And yes, it’s still a major marker of dominant, power-seeking masculinity (but let’s not forget the seismic shock waves Diane Keaton sent after pulling it off in Annie Hall or those set off by Marlene Dietrich forty years before). But gosh darn it if it doesn’t feel good to put one on and strut your stuff.

Louis XIV
Beau Brummel
Mad Men’s Don Draper

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