Weather.

Gentlemen,

Winter throws us a lot of curve balls and it is important that we are prepared for them. What does that mean?

Outerwear.

Men should have at least 5 mainstay jackets in their closet. The first of which is: the overcoat

The overcoat should go past your hips, woolen, some type of inner lining for warmth. The colour should be something that is easily transferable to all suits or in these days, your sportswear. From browns to blues, these colours are neutral and can go across the board

The car coat. This jacket is a little shorter and usually made of something a bit more technically for the chilly, wet days. Not for fashion but for practicality.. keep it dark in colour (navy) and very water resistant!

The parka. In Canada .. men need a proper parka and we are home of the highly sought after Canada Goose. Get one.. don’t worry that you see it everywhere.. there’s an obvious reason to that – ITS WARM. You’ll have it for a long, long time.

The rain coat. Again.. a technical fabric but meant for late spring and early fall for those wet days! Something with a good in case you get caught without your umbrella! This shouldn’t have a liner but just be a shell to protect you from the elements.

Lastly, and something you can have a few of, a bomber or a shorter, sportier jacket.. I say a few of them are good because the varieties in this category are huge! From Moncler to Goose to the luxury of Zegna – this is for weekends and jeans. Something cool, with sneakers.

Remember, a proper jacket (except for the last case) is an investment in protecting your suits. It can be stylish, but worry about staying warm and dry first!!!

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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!