Your suit should be what you do


Tafadzwa Zimoyo Fashion  Talk 263
Happy weekend. After announcing the rebirth of this column last week, I must say I am overwhelmed with the responses, maybe courtesy of the brand – TheBoss because some said it was long overdue for me to handle the fashion business.

From my other staunch readers and fans from my other column, I was applauded for the move hence they said that this is what 2016 celebrities wanted, the guideline to the fashion world.

Some even went on to say, I should be more lenient with them, but show the light.

I hope this will change for the better, but be guided this column won’t be focusing on how celebrities dress only but also fashion in general.

It will also focus on the most trends like my predecessors handles it but I will continue checking on the international platform too because that is where we learn.

Remember fashion is the way we also live and let us embrace it.

On the international scene, now that the big awards have been given out at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards last Sunday night, it’s time to focus on their fashion!

Award season usually means a parade of famous women and men in some of the most beautiful clothing ever made — and a bunch of guys wearing standard-issue, albeit expensive, tuxedos.

But luckily that’s starting to change.

Some lived up to billing while others had a wardrobe disaster.

In the ladies category, Lady Gaga this year surprised many as she chose the vintage Marylin Monroe look as she wore a black dress.

She went further covering up her ink by enlisting a professional makeup artist Mike Mekash, who works on American Horror Story as well as on movies like Mad Max: Fury Road.

Mekash revealed that he used PAX (an acrylic adhesive based makeup) and skin illustrators to complete the job, and he said on Facebook: “The covers I did looked great on the red carpet and on stage when she won! And for 99 percent of the press photos.” As for the why? You’d have to ask Gaga.

Well done Gaga whether it is meat, metal, feathers or normal dress, Gaga always steals the show.

You deserve another Golden award for best dress.

Always on point award winner Jennifer Lopez turned up the heat on the red carpet when she stepped out in a gorgeous yellow gown and 200 carats worth of Harry Winston diamonds.

She is a major style roll although some critics said the dress was like a yolk melting.

On guys, a handful of them upped the ante on traditional formal-wear, injecting the tried-and-true trope with colour, pattern, texture, and, in one notable case, a pair of very cool sneakers.

My best dressed male was Tom Ford who wore Tom Ford.

One thing I like about this guy, he wore his label and the suit was sleek no much detail but straight to the point.

Indeed a well-tied tie is the first serious step in life while style is the perfection of a point of view.

This then leads me into this week’s serious issue on men’s dressing.

I am going to focus on suits, how best one can wear his formal to work.

This came after some feedback from one reader who said it was necessary to guide men since it is the beginning of the year.

It is a fact that most men are lazy always to buy new formal suit or attire.

With suits, as with so much of life for the modern man, the world was once a simpler place.

You went to work in an office, you wore a suit.

There wasn’t really a choice to be had.

Grey, black or navy, I suppose.

Brown if you were in the 1970s or had bad taste.

But the suit’s days are numbered, at least according to a recent survey that found 34 percent of professionals would only wear one for a big meeting, conference or other special occasion.

For the rest of the time, more and more of us are happy to busk along in something vaguely presentable that may have at least been near an iron recently and that doesn’t have any noticeable rips, stains or references to cannabis enthusiasm on the front.

One asked, should you care if the bank manager is wearing a suit or jeans?

What difference does it make?

Are you the sort of maniac who gets upset when a newsreader doesn’t wear a tie?

The world of work should be about what you can do, not what you look like or your dress sense.

Unless you are actually going to get fired for not showing up in one, there are five types of people who wear suits:

Young men on work experience;

Men of flamboyant nature who enjoy the opportunity to peacock;


Old-skool older guys;

Not fashion conscious.

There’s nothing wrong with over-dressing when you’re on work experience, because you can always correct it on day two and nobody begrudges a nervous youngster showing up in his charcoal suit.

And if you are the sort of guy who really loves dress-up for its own sake and takes delight in fashion and tailoring, then good luck to you.

Bosses, well, they have to do their bossy things, carrying out the other major function of a boss, which is to lay people off, usually old-skool older dudes.

This is part of the reason that corporate men favour the suit, in that it acts as a shield, or a kind of armour: if everyone dresses the same, it’s easier to dehumanise them and move them around like numbers on a spreadsheet.

Once upon a time, you went to work somewhere with the expectation that, although expected to tug your forelock and die with your boots on, you would be some-what looked after with a measure of job security.

So if you’re wearing a suit and you’re not a workie, a show-off, a boss or an old dude, then you have a problem because you think a suit makes you smarter, more confident, more business-like.

It doesn’t.

It makes you a cog in a machine.

Here are 10 unspoken rules every man should know when suiting

1. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.

2. In general, thin lapels are more modern. Wide lapels are more old-school, mad men style.

3. A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.

4. When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.

5. A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket.

6. Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral.

7. Your belt should be fairly thin and the same colour as your shoes.

10. For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.

Next week, I will look at how women dress at work, what is the correct attire.

Till next week remember fashion is YOU!!!

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