Posture.

Gentlemen,

This topic is absolutely critical to how you are perceived when you walk into a room, your office.. wherever really.. Also, it is a treatable affliction if you happen to have poor posture and there are simple ways to amend it!

When you were in high school, you all knew those jocks and athletes (I was the latter) that walked around with their chests held high and people thought it was because they were not nice guys.. however it was because they were conditioned to hold their bodies in a straight position. You have to think of your spine as a hose, if there is a kink in the hose, the hose does not flow properly.

This is a relatable subject to almost all my other posts and here is why: proper posture exudes confidence and power. We all know it. Someone who is nervous or not confident in a situation tends to hunch into themselves even at the slightest level or even if we are getting comfortable in a situation (sitting in an office with colleagues as an example)

This is why we as gentlemen have to keep this top of mind at all times.

There are certain tricks I have practiced over the years to ensure that my posture in correct that take only a few minutes – in the morning stare at yourself in the mirror with severely exaggerated good posture and hold it for several seconds to train your mind to be in a non-exaggerated similar position. That is it. It has worked very well for me.

Not to mention how posture can relate to how clothes fit you.. there are certain adjustments a tailor can make to your garments depending on how your posture is. Being in the ‘green zone’ as I like to think of it in an almost perfect (no one is perfect) will help the way your clothes fit allowing your jacket and pant to fall properly. This ‘green zone’ of posture affects men in different shapes and sizes.. taller men tend to hunch and shorter men tend to try and lengthen themselves and have this type of exaggerated posture I mentioned. Trying to settle yourself into this green zone will really affect how you present yourself in daily life!

There are obviously some postural afflictions that cannot be fixed easily on your own so please find yourself a great chiropractor as I have done… they may find issues you did not even know you had… mine saved my life!

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Event Dressing.

Gentlemen,

We just had our first snowfall recently here in Toronto and it reminds me that ’tis the season for event dressing. Whether it is a black tie NYE event, Christmas parties or work gatherings, now is the time to start thinking about what to wear!

Often times clients or new customers come to me last minute looking for some type of obscure smoking jacket or something as simple as a shawl collar tuxedo.

Gentlemen, this goes back to the post of ‘what it is all about’ – a gentlemen is not fickle and he plans ahead.

That being said – the holidays are a time for fun, for colour, and for texture!

Why not think of something in velvet.. here I am going back to the latest The Kingsmen – that burnt orange velvet tuxedo jacket is a true statement piece! Possibly think of something without the satin lapels to allow you to wear it dressed up or down. These types of jackets are great for the said events above!

Onto the tuxedo.

I believe every man (especially in a big city like Toronto) should have a classic black tuxedo as there are plenty of events during this time of year (and TIFF that just passed) that one could wear it to and really stand out of the crowd.

Tuxedo ideals:

1. Peak lapel or shawl collar would be my lapel choice
2. The fabric should either be wool/silk or wool/mohair for a slight glisten in the fabric
3. Some customers opt out of the satin stripe on the pant, do not opt out.. it enhances the tuxedo look
4. Patent oxfords or velvet loafers
5. Have Fun