Suits Aren’t for Standing in Front of Mirrors
The past few days a several images of soccer star David Beckham showing off his moves while wearing a suit came across my dashboard (likely from this Glamour article) and it reminded me of some advice I’d once read.
Most often, when guys go to purchase a new suit they immediately go in front of a mirror and turn into a robot. Their back stiffens, the chest heaves outward and knees lock. But this is only one way to determine if a suit fits you well. Instead, try walking around a bit and not focusing on a mirror. Sit down in a chair and cross your legs or put your feet up. And perhaps consider kicking around a soccer ball.
The point is to get a feel of how the suit moves with your body. Perhaps the slimness you like in the mirror isn’t the best for when you need to squat down and pick up something off the floor. Or maybe the shoulders don’t quite have the range of movement you’d prefer, although they may look perfect when you’re standing still like a statue.
Your suit shouldn’t only fit you when you’re standing upright, as Mr. Beckham proves. It should make you feel like you can do anything and look great, too.
New Watch Alert: Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036
After a few years of considering the idea, I pulled the trigger and bought myself an Omega Flightmaster. It was an early chronograph, in the late 60s and early 70s, and features the aforementioned stopwatch functions, along with a nice time zone hand for travel and a rotating interior bezel. I saved a bit by buying one with a cracked crystal, and having it replaced with an OEM crystal by my watch guy, Mr. Yoon when it was serviced. It’s hefty – definitely a casual or sporting watch. But I have a lovely little gold Longines manual from the 50s that my grandfather gave me for special occasions, and a Junghans Max Bill automatic for in between.
Oh my god Alex.
Mr. Alex Maier
A few things to note with Alex’s looks here:
- Proportions. The suit fits him to a T and the trousers break right at the top of his shoe—visually lengthening his leg without making it look like he hemmed the pants too high.
- Details. He strikes all of the right notes with his black belt, pocket square, and bolder tie. Still, he one ups the usual outfit by adding a deep red cuff knot to the lapel hole for good measure. Watch and learn.
- Confidence. A peak lapel windowpane suit is not the most subtle option in your closet. Yet, Alex knows how good the suit can look when you wear it proud and come equipped with a good tailor and a clean haircut. Wear your suit, don’t let it wear you.
Windowpane Suit, $ 469
windowpane for my real friends.
real pain for my sham friends.