5 Reasons to Suit Up!
You think suits are too stuffy? Or too formal? They make you feel aloof? Or something?
Well here’s an idea – think again!
Suits can be a (wo)man’s best friend. Yes, Barney Stinson thought so, and his LURVE for suits has sure become a contagious phenomenon. They EVEN keep an International Suit Up day every October 13th; could it get any cooler?
If you STILL need to be convinced, well, here goes…
1) Chicks love men in suits. Men love chicks in suits. Or at least most of them do. They look dashing, bringing out your best features, and you inadvertently mind yourself (A suit can do that to a man) Except those amusing instance when you wear suit after months, if not years, and end up looking like you are attending a walima. Not good. If you have to do it, you HAVE to kill it, pull it off, do the thing. I mean it’s a suit, man! Don’t take it lightly! And just to reiterate: a suit catches the eye.
2) Suits help you get jobs. No, really. Here’s an example from Forbes itself!
“Despite a recent Yahoo! Hot Jobs survey that reported 25% of HR managers think wearing a suit to a job interview is too formal, the bosses and experts we talked to strongly disagreed.”
THEY think wearing suits shows that you ‘made an effort.’ They don’t care what you look like when casual, they want to see you in your best. So unless you want to scare/disgust/displease a potential employer, suit up! And an extra advice – ditch the gum =P
3) Suits hide the defects of your physique. Here’s an interesting fact: dark colors, especially black, are considered to make you look slimmer than you are. Explanation: black absorbs all light and colors, effectively hiding your ‘curves.’ In truth, dark things look heavier. Explanation: Color adds seriousness and weight, especially black. Okay, so the interesting fact is not so interesting after all, but all I’m trying to say is, it can work both ways, mostly in your favor. If you are skinny boy with stick-like shoulders and arms, a suit can do the trick for you by adding some weight and if you are flabby and overweight (and appreciate food more religiously than you really should), a tucked-in shirt (I don’t need to explain this one =P) topped off with a conservative tie and a 3-buttoned coat should be the right choice for you… so go for it.
4) Suits add ‘the feel’, whatever that may be. If it’s a class presentation, you’d want to look like you can take anything in the world, and suits might help get that feel, though of course I didn’t find out first hand. If it’s a high-profile event, you’d want to look more important than your usual pitiful self. Tuck your hands in your pockets to give that haughty-bored look, or drape that coat over one arm and chat away with friends… (the coat-draped-over-one-arm looks REALLY ‘kewl,’ but if you can’t carry it off and there’s a probability of it looking like someone ELSE gave you his coat to carry, don’t even try! You’ll end up looking dumb, or worse, funny)
5) It is much better to be overdressed than underdressed. There are million occasions when you are afraid of standing out due to formal attire, yes, I understand. But think of this, if you are overdressed, you can get rid of the coat and tie, and roll up the shirt sleeves, but if you are underdressed, you’ll hardly resort to an invisible jacket present in the trunk of your car. And trust me; you don’t want to feel like a stupid, small mouse among people, read: irritating, conceited people looking for excuses to trample upon your self-respect, in their corporate best…