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2010 suits trends

2010 suits trends

Men’s suits, a trend? Admittedly they’ve never really been out of style, but there have been times where they haven’t been cool. But as young gents take to the streets wearing the suit stylings of their grandfathers, including everything from three piece suits to bow ties, it’s time to brush up on the styles and cuts of suits that are in for Fall 2010. Click to read more on men’s suits for 2010.

While suiting and formal-wear trends for men aren’t seasonal (unless, of course, you’re talking about the weight of the cloth) and play out over several years, 2010 and 2011 continue the change in men’s suiting that rose to the fore in recent years. For the foreseeable future the trend in men’s suiting revolves around the classics, but more specifically modern takes on the classics. A good suit for this decade will take the best elements from the peak eras of men’s suiting (think the formality of the Victorian era, the savoir faire of the 1930s and the skinny detailing of the 1960s) and apply them to a modern silhouette.

So what elements should you look for?

The Cut of the Suit

In men’s suiting there’s a move away from the ‘skinny boy’ suit, but that’s not to say slim is out altogether nor that a boxy cut has replaced it. Instead, think of a cut that takes would appeal to a military officer, one that accents a sense of the masculine through three key silhouette elements:

  1. broad shoulders
  2. a slim waist
  3. slim trousers

As for the individual cuts?

Double Breasted Suits and Sportscoats

tom ford suit
Double breasted Tom Ford suits from Tom Ford Spring / Summer 2010 collection

If there’s one cut that I’m glad I’ve been able to return to my wardrobe for this decade it’s the modern, double-breasted suit. Those of you old enough to remember the last time the double breasted suit or sports coat was in (the 1980s through to the mid 1990s) may remember the boxy cut it inevitably came with. Fear not, that cut is gone (and if you’re still sitting on double breasted suiting from that era, take it off to the tailors to refresh its life). In its place is a cut that pairs broad shouldered with a slim waist, a cut that defies what double breasted suits were originally designed to do: hide a plump figure. Instead their now designed to accent and to heighten the perfect masculine shape: the V-shaped, well worked body.

One additional styling tip: when selecting a double-breasted suit look for the “Kent” cut. Named after a style popularised by the The Prince George, Duke of Kent, it’s a cut of double breasted suits where a longer lapel line extends into the waist. That is to say: the part of the double breasted suit that sits on the front buttons on the waist line (as picture on the Duke of Windsor, right). This small detail will convey height and, if cut correctly, a slimmer waist. You’ll find the Kent suit cut amongst a number of collections, including D&G Fall 2010 (pictured below).

d&g suit
Double breasted Kent cut D&G suits D&G men’s Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010 / 2011

Neo-Double Breasted Suit

marc jacobs suit

Neo double breasted suit from Marc Jacobs men’s Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010 / 2011

Three-Piece Suits

Let’s face it: the waistcoat has long been a dead item for most men, but thanks to a resurgence in its popularity in men’s street wear the suits’ waistcoat is back with vengeance. Well, not quite vengeance but it’s back, it’s subtle and it’s classic. And that means that in 2009 we’ll witness the return of the three-piece suit, and I couldn’t be more happy. That’s because the three-piece suit has been one of the most under-utilised parts of a man’s wardrobe over the last forty years.

The three-piece in 2009 is all about cohesion; forget the mismatching style prevalent in the early parts of the 20th Century and in the 1980s. The return of the three-piece means that the waistcoat has to be conservative and, thus, in the same fabric as the suit’s other two pieces. If you do want to venture outside the realm of three matching pieces, stick to a similar colour palette and avoid any pattern except for stripes; you may want to pair a pinstripe black suit with a pinstripe charcoal waistcoat.

On selecting the perfect three-piece suit I’d recommend looking for a waistcoat whose V shape breaks somewhere between the sternum and the base of the rib cage. I’ve seen three pieces from the likes of Giorgio Armani which don’t sport the V shape and finish just under the collar, these are going to be a lot harder to wear and ignore the conservative subtlety this revival depends upon. Moreover, such a large waistcoat won’t convey a slim waist as effectively as one with a deeper neck.

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While suiting and formal-wear trends for men aren’t seasonal (unless, of course, you’re talking about the weight of the cloth) and play out over several years, 2010 and 2011 continue the change in men’s suiting that rose to the fore in recent years. For the foreseeable future the trend in men’s suiting revolves around the classics, but more specifically modern takes on the classics. A good suit for this decade will take the best elements from the peak eras of men’s suiting (think the formality of the Victorian era, the savoir faire of the 1930s and the skinny detailing of the 1960s) and apply them to a modern silhouette.

So what elements should you look for?

The Cut of the Suit

In men’s suiting there’s a move away from the ‘skinny boy’ suit, but that’s not to say slim is out altogether nor that a boxy cut has replaced it. Instead, think of a cut that takes would appeal to a military officer, one that accents a sense of the masculine through three key silhouette elements:

  1. broad shoulders
  2. a slim waist
  3. slim trousers

As for the individual cuts?

Double Breasted Suits and Sportscoats

tom ford suit
Double breasted Tom Ford suits from Tom Ford Spring / Summer 2010 collection

If there’s one cut that I’m glad I’ve been able to return to my wardrobe for this decade it’s the modern, double-breasted suit. Those of you old enough to remember the last time the double breasted suit or sports coat was in (the 1980s through to the mid 1990s) may remember the boxy cut it inevitably came with. Fear not, that cut is gone (and if you’re still sitting on double breasted suiting from that era, take it off to the tailors to refresh its life). In its place is a cut that pairs broad shouldered with a slim waist, a cut that defies what double breasted suits were originally designed to do: hide a plump figure. Instead their now designed to accent and to heighten the perfect masculine shape: the V-shaped, well worked body.

One additional styling tip: when selecting a double-breasted suit look for the “Kent” cut. Named after a style popularised by the The Prince George, Duke of Kent, it’s a cut of double breasted suits where a longer lapel line extends into the waist. That is to say: the part of the double breasted suit that sits on the front buttons on the waist line (as picture on the Duke of Windsor, right). This small detail will convey height and, if cut correctly, a slimmer waist. You’ll find the Kent suit cut amongst a number of collections, including D&G Fall 2010 (pictured below).

d&g suit
Double breasted Kent cut D&G suits D&G men’s Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010 / 2011

Neo-Double Breasted Suit

marc jacobs suit
Neo double breasted suit from Marc Jacobs men’s Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010 / 2011

Three-Piece Suits

Let’s face it: the waistcoat has long been a dead item for most men, but thanks to a resurgence in its popularity in men’s street wear the suits’ waistcoat is back with vengeance. Well, not quite vengeance but it’s back, it’s subtle and it’s classic. And that means that in 2009 we’ll witness the return of the three-piece suit, and I couldn’t be more happy. That’s because the three-piece suit has been one of the most under-utilised parts of a man’s wardrobe over the last forty years.

The three-piece in 2009 is all about cohesion; forget the mismatching style prevalent in the early parts of the 20th Century and in the 1980s. The return of the three-piece means that the waistcoat has to be conservative and, thus, in the same fabric as the suit’s other two pieces. If you do want to venture outside the realm of three matching pieces, stick to a similar colour palette and avoid any pattern except for stripes; you may want to pair a pinstripe black suit with a pinstripe charcoal waistcoat.

On selecting the perfect three-piece suit I’d recommend looking for a waistcoat whose V shape breaks somewhere between the sternum and the base of the rib cage. I’ve seen three pieces from the likes of Giorgio Armani which don’t sport the V shape and finish just under the collar, these are going to be a lot harder to wear and ignore the conservative subtlety this revival depends upon. Moreover, such a large waistcoat won’t convey a slim waist as effectively as one with a deeper neck.

Hot man teach you shave your chest

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Hot man teach you shave your chest

Chest hair should be maintained because it can become too long and too dense. When chest hair grows too long it can be troublesome and get tangled in clothing or even in zippers. Also, the thicker chest hair grows, the more heat it produces and the faster body odor starts to develop.

Shaving Do’s and Don’ts

* Reduce the length of the chest hair with a beard trimmer or hair clippers or scissors, but keep those blades off the skin itself.
* Wash the skin first with warm water so that the skin is very clean.
* Stand in the bathtub so you don’t make a mess.
* Use a new blade or new disposable razor. The sharper it is the less it will nick.
* Apply shaving gel before beginning the shave.
* Do a small section at a time.
* Use a light touch when shaving.
* Be careful when shaving the area around the nipples.
* Use witch-hazel instead of after-shave. Witch-hazel is much more inexpensive and will reduce razor-burn and help prevent the open pores from becoming infected or producing acne.
* After shaving, exfoliate your chest daily so you won’t get ingrown hairs.
* Don’t wash your skin with hot or cold water
* Don’t press against the skin with the razor

Benefits of Removing Chest Hair

* Chest muscles definition is more apparent.
* Less body odor

** If you decide to remove chest hair by waxing, avoid showering and making the hair wet prior to waxing. Hair absorbs the water which causes it to become soft and less likely to adhere well to the wax.

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Wear It Now – Lighten Up!

Wear It Now
Lighten Up!

10 Simple Steps to a More Stylish Summer

Get the Perfect Summer Cut
Cropped short and low on the sides (with electric clippers) and jagged on top (with scissors). And if you’ve been thinking about buzzing it all off, now’s the time to do it. Just be sure to taper the edges around the back and around the ears, “otherwise the look is too prison-y,” says Jordan Blackmore of Three Squares Studio.

Clay Pomade

In the summer, you want something non-greasy with a matte finish, like this stuff from Kevin Murphy. Here’s how to apply it:

1. Scoop some product with three fingers and warm it up between your palms.

2. Starting from the back of your head, work it through your hair without getting at the roots (it’s unnecessary).

3. Once it’s distributed, muss things up with your fingers until it’s as choppy as you want it

available at www.amazon.com

Get That Beach Look

Ever notice how your hair somehow looks and feels better after a day at the beach? The combination of sun, sand, and salt water gives it a coarse, pliable quality that this styling product approximates surprisingly well. Work it through hair that’s dry or close to it—you’ll swear you can still hear the ocean.

available at bumbleandbumble.com

Smooth Things Over: Scrub Your Face…

The summer heat ratchets up your metabolism, which means your skin cells die at a much faster rate. To steer clear of the kind of buildup that’ll clog your pores, you need to start exfoliating a couple of times a week. Try this stuff, from a new line of products based on Japanese ingredients, which smooths and brightens your complexion on the spot—and also acts as the perfect preshave treatment.

kyokuformen.com

…And Your Body Too
Don’t neglect the skin on the rest of your body. You’re going to be exposing more of it—so make sure it looks vibrant. Exfoliate about once a week with an exfoliating (not abrasive) scrub like this one from Molton Brown.

moltonbrown.com

Protect Yourself
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: The most important thing a guy can do to stave off wrinkles is wear some form of sunscreen. For protection without the gloppiness of a lot of drugstore stuff, opt for an oil-free moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15. And use it every day. Follow these pointers and you’ll stay shielded while still getting some color.

1. You’re probably using too little. Apply about a shotglass worth over your entire body.

2. Don’t forget your cheekbones and your lips. They get some of the most exposure—and burns there won’t be pretty

3. Choose one that’s water- and sweat-resistant, like this one by Kiehl’s.

4. No matter the SPF or water-resistance, you have to reapply. If you’re going in the water or toweling off, do it every hour. If not, every two hours is safe.

kiehls.com

Slap on Some Relief
A day in the sun will dehydrate your skin even if you’ve spent it in the water. This gel—cooling, restorative, and downright luxurious—quenches sun-parched skin with aloe vera and melon extract.

us.clarins.com

Take a Tip from Alford and Hoff
Barry Alford and Jefferson Hoffman—football teammates at Arizona State who went on to launch the men’s line Alford and Hoff—know a thing or two about staying cool. Here, they share their secrets to beating the heat.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Keep a water bottle around and drink as often as you can—it noticeably brightens up your skin and eyes

2. Train differently: When possible, we switch our workouts to the mornings or evenings when it gets cooler.  We also love to jog, but in the summer swimming’s an incredible workout that also keeps you cool

3. Eat smarter: In the summer, instead of eating three large meals, we like to eat five smaller ones. You don’t get that feeling of heavy fullness, which can be brutal when it’s also hot out.

Kick the Habit
Ever get those pale-yellow sweat stains around the underarm area of your dress shirts? The ones your dry cleaner can’t seem to get out? They’re what happens when aluminum—a key ingredient of the “antiperspirant” you’ve been rolling on—reacts with sweat. This all-natural, aluminum- and alcohol-free deodorant by Malin + Goetz will not only keep your shirt wardrobe clean, it’ll keep you smelling fresh for a full twenty-four hours.

malinandgoetz.com

Summerize Your Scent: 5 to Try
Don’t smell like last season

1. Prada Eau de Toilette Pour Homme
Smells like green desert grasses. Impeccable, professional; clean and pressed.prada.com

Diesel
vailable at Diesel stores nationwide. Visit www.diesel.com for a complete list of store location

Michael Bastian
available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, check www.saks.com for locations

Victorinox (watch) and Smart Turnout (strap)
Watch, $325, similar styles available at www.swissarmy.com
and band, $29, available at www.smartturnout.com

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