Aside from being heavy drinkers and womanizers, what do Barney Stinson, James Bond and Don Draper have in common? They all look suave, thanks to their ability to wear a suit, which is the trademark of the professional man.
Now you may be thinking to yourself that you’ve never looked anywhere near as dashing as these men when wearing your suit and you’re probably right but not for the reason you’re thinking. If you want to look sharp, smart and put-together then you need to pay attention to the finer details of suit wearing.
Too many men wear a suit improperly and therefore don’t look nearly as good as they can. Common mistakes like wearing pants that are too long, jacket sleeves that are too short, improperly matching your tie to your shirt, using the wrong tie knot are just among a few of the many mistakes you’re possibly making.
But fear not! Read our ultimate suit wearing cheat sheet below so that you can dress to impress and walk into a room allowing your presence to be felt.
Now that you have a good idea of how to wear a suit as well as how to accessorize, it’s time to go out and make some heads turn. Leave a comment if you have any additional tips or send a photo with you rocking your new look!
I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.
My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.
Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.
Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”
How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:
Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
Smile and get cracking.
The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.