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March 3rd, 2009 No Comments

“A TREND FOR MEN” — Tuesday’s Men’s Style Post By Adrien Field


This week’s “A TREND FOR MEN” comes from last week’s Academy Awards’ red carpet.  Even if your event doesn’t have a red carpet, you can still learn a thing or two from the above celebrities about dressing for success, whether that means an Oscar or just the bridesmaid at your friend’s wedding.

Our celebrity fashion hero comes in the form of Twilight star Robert Pattinson.  The suit fits him perfectly: just enough of cuff is visible from under his jacket sleeves while the peak lapels are a nod to current trend.  Meanwhile, George Takei and his husband Brad Altman put all style conscious gay men (yes, I mean me) to shame.  Their two-for-one Men’s Warehouse special is all wrong: both men’s jackets give them Tinman barrel chests while their sleeves are too long.
When either renting or taking the plunge and actually buying a tux, fit is paramount.  When between two sizes, you’re almost always better off going with the smaller.  With George and Brad in the above photo, the boxiness of the jacket makes them look wider than they are whereas with Robert, the darted waist gives his body definition.  Across the two photos: we see just about every tuxedo combination possible the three lapel options (left to right):

  • Peak (Robert)
  • Shawl (George)
  • Notch (Brad) 

as well as button number variation.  Shawl and peak lapels are currently both trendy, but the problem with George’s shawl is the awkward width and prominence.  Lastly, a two-button approach (Robert) is the best and most modern option while three looks fusty and one should only be worn by very trim men.  

I hope this goes without saying, but don’t forget to shower.