The modern cut of clothing trends much thinner than past styles. This current look reduces the bagginess and drapey look of past suits. However, in order to maximize the style of your clothing, it's still important to fit the suit to your frame-don't fit yourself to the suit, whatever the current trend. Here's how:
- Tailor the cut. A baggy coat and voluminous trousers add pounds to your appearance, while a suit that's cut too short or too narrow can give a shrunken look to your clothing. Instead, find the ideal cut and length for your frame.
- Play to your strengths. Make sure the clothing maximizes your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses. Few of us are born with the same build so if your arms are longer or shorter than average, shirts will fit your differently than they fit another man. Your custom clothing is individually designed to make your look your best.
- Tie it right. Find the width that works best for you-there's a range to choose from. Match the widest part of your tie to the width of the widest part of your lapel as a guideline for finding an appropriate tie width for your suit.
Q & A - ASK KINGFORD
What clothing should I pack for travel so I don't end up over- or under-dressed?
Answer: On a brief trip, you want to maximize the ability of a few items of clothing to cover any occasion. So, leave your stand-out clothing home in favor of more versatile pieces. Every trip is different, but here's a good all-occasion list:
- One suit
- One or two work-appropriate dress shirts
- One casual dress shirt
- One casual shirt (polo or tee shirt)
- One sweater
- One pair of jeans or dark slacks
- One pair of tan slacks
- One sport coat or blazer
Each of these pieces offers mix-and-match options during a business trip. If you expect to be away from home for more than a few days, you may need to add additional adaptable pieces to this list.