Thursday, May 15, 2008
Gretta's Got It: Men's Wear
OK, guys, it's your turn. Seven's style expert Gretta Monahan is going to have you looking your best at the office, details in tonight's Gretta's Got It.
WSVN -- Gretta Monahan: "From Wall Street to Hollywood, guys, when it comes to going to work, it's the suit that makes the man."
To help us get the look, I'm getting help from Frank Kelly who was voted Esquire Magazine's best-dressed everyday man.
Frank Kelley: "You want to stand out. You want to make a presence."
Guys, it doesn't have to be a gray suit and red tie every day. You can shake it up a bit, but let's start with the basics.
Frank Kelley: "Fit is probably the most important component of making sure you look good in a suit. Ninety-five percent of Americans wear a suit one size too large."
Frank Kelley: "At first glance, most people wouldn't realize, wouldn't notice a difference, but, the reality is, this jacket I'm wearing now, is actually one size too large.
Wow, that is a huge difference. See how a perfect fit is most important, so, guys, when picking out a jacket, first look at how it fits through the shoulders. This is critical because the shoulders can't be altered.
Frank Kelley: "As you can see here, there's too much cloth here."
Another key area that can't be altered is the length so make sure the jacket is not too long or too short.
Gretta Monahan: "That's because it throws off your proportions. To test it, make a fist and your knuckles should end right at the end of the bottom of the jacket. That way you know it's not too long or too short."
To get that polished look, sorry, guys, but you need the accessories.
Frank Kelley: "A man from the waste up is going to show four visible items in his attire. One, is the jacket, two is the shirt, three is the tie and four is the pocket square."
And there's a simple rule for picking these items out.
Frank Kelley: "The 50/50 rule states take half of those items and make sure that they're solid colors."
So if you have a striped shirt and tie jacket and pocket square should be solid. As for putting colors together.
Frank Kelley: "To bring out some life in the whole suit, the whole look, I suggest find the least prominent color on your tie or on your shirt and have the pocket square bring it out. In this case, the least prominent color on the tie is navy blue. The pocket square brings that out."
Gretta Monahan: "And if you follow Franks tips, you're sure to be noticed as one of the best dressed men in your office. I'm Gretta for Gretta's Got It."
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