Today I am wearing a linen suit, a cotton purple/white gingham shirt, a silk striped tie in black/green/yellow stripe, a purple silk pocket square, and spectator (AKA correspondent) shoes. Today I am also wearing another vintage watch named “Camy.” When we were growing up in the 60’s, Camy was a popular watch brand. Though I don’t exactly remember which was my very first watch, yet I am certain that it was either a Camy or a “West End” brand. Today’s watch is from 1968. Today, however, there is no watch brand called Camy as the company went extinct after the quartz onslaught.
In the above photograph you can clearly see the texture of the linen suit in detail. Speaking of texture, this is something you can use to your advantage in configuring an ensemble. For example, while using a monochromatic theme, you can use different textures to add depth to your ensemble.
The above photo shows the watch in detail. I don’t find this watch particularly attractive as I don’t find the retro look pleasing to the eye. Maybe my liking for minimalist designs makes me dislike this large multifunctional timekeeper.
Details of the spectator shoes.
Today’s suit is light blue. The shirt is blue/lemon/white stripes. The tie is a red with patterns in it. Today I am also wearing light brown cap-toed oxford shoes along with my second “Anglo-Swiss Watch Co.” watch. I also decided to wear a white pocket square today.
The color of the suit and shirt is clearly visible below.
Below is the wrist watch I am wearing today. It’s a watch from 1940.
Details of the tie.
Slowly the pleasant days of winter is melting into the hot and humid summer. I thought it was time to dust and steam my linen suits and get ready for summer. Today I was wearing this linen suit with a gingham linen shirt. As it’s always wise to pair a solid tie with a gingham shirt, I chose this dark blue silk knit tie and a blue pocket square. The suit looks white but it’s actually a black pinstripe over tan/white background. Today I am wearing a simple black Skagen dress watch.
Details of suit, shirt, and wrist watch clearly visible below:
today’s shoe is a black double monk, as shown below:
Notice the black socks. Today I did not match the color of the socks with the color of the trousers. Why? Be3cause one never wears a white socks–white socks are only for sports. Don’t ever wear white socks with suits, even if the suit is white. If you wear a white suit, the socks color should match the color of your shoe.
After posting yesterday’s post on “Male body types,” I was curious about the body types of male models. So I checked the current issue of GQ (March 2012). Indeed, all the male models are ectomorphs.
Today I am wearing a light gray suit with pink pinstripes, a pink shirt, a red tie, and a pink silk pocket square. Today I am also wearing one of the few derby shoes I have (I think I have another one). Today’s watch is Skagen—a simple wrist watch with minimalist design.
Basically, there are three body types: Endomorph, Mesomorph, and Ectomorph, as shown below:
What type of clothing suits you depend on your body type.
||An ectomorph is typically skinny with small joints and lean muscle.What to wear for Ectomorphs:
If you are an ectomorph, you are thin and tall, and your problem is that you look thin and therefore whatever you wear should make you look a little bit more bulky than what you really are. You should also avoid any clothing that makes you look even thinner.
- Don’t wear jackets with thin lapels. Your Jackets should have a fuller lapel. The side pockets of the jacket should have flaps and may also add a ticket pocket. The shoulders should be padded that makes the shoulder look substantial. It will give the illusion of broader shoulders and a fuller chest and back.
- Avoid too narrow dress pants. Go with regular width dress pants. Pants should be pleated and cuffed to add volume to your body. Wear belts.
- Wear horizontal stripes. Avoid vertical stripes that make you look taller and thinner.
- Wear French cuffs shirts to add interest and bulk.
- Avoid heavy shoes. They’ll make your legs look even thinner.
- Wear medium width neckties.
- Wear a pocket square
- Pants do not have to break over the shoe instep for a tall man, or be tapered or as
high in the rise as with the shorter man, but rather should be cut fuller in the leg.
||A mesomorph is a person with a large bone structure, large muscles and looks athletic.Mesomorphs may be tall or of medium height. Mesomorphs have shoulders wider than their hips and/or they may have a small waist.
What to Wear for Mesomorphs:
- Wear straight cut or wider leg pants (or boot cut jeans)
- Wear shirts and jackets that are wider at the shoulders but hug your waist
- Wear pinstriped suits and trousers
- Dark colors and tones are advisable.
- Hip or mid-thigh length jackets are good.
- Patterns should be small and muted.
- Avoid baggy clothing
||An endomorph has a solid and generally soft body. Gaining weight is easy and losing weight is hard. Most weight gained is fat.Endomorphs have hips and shoulders and there is very little or no indentation at the waist.
What to wear for Endomorphs:
- Do not wear skin tight clothing
- De-emphasize the top-heavy figure by wearing simple, uncluttered styling for shirts and jackets.
- Wear items that are tailored to your body shape, but not tight or overly loose.
- Wear jackets with shoulder pads to create long lean lines.
- Wear vertical lines, and avoid horizontal patterns
- Single color or tones of a single-color family are good.
- Wear medium solid prints rather than large, splashy prints
- Don’t wear contrasting bold colors
- Avoid front-pleated trousers.
- Pants should be trim, but not binding. The legs should taper slightly. If the fabric
around the thigh measures 30″, the knee would be about 26″ and the bottom, 20″.
There should be no pocket flaps, heavy belts or ornate buckles.
- A double-breasted jacket, surprisingly enough, can be fitted on a heavier man,
with style. This type of jacket has an asymmetrical line that distracts the eye away from the center of the torso.
What type of style you adopt or can adopt depends to a large extent on your height. An ensemble suitable for a tall person may not be suitable for a short person. Therefore, it’s important to come to a common definition for what we mean by tall, medium, and short for Bangladeshi men.
Since, the average height of Bangladeshi male is 5 feet 6 inches; we may define short, medium, and tall as follows:
Short: below 5 feet 4 inches
Medium: between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 9 inches
Tall: Above 5 feet 9 inches
The next question is, are you overweight?
Decide for yourself from the Body Mass Index (BMI) chart below:
The x-axis shows weight; on the botton is weight in kilograms and on the top is weight in pounds. The y-axis shows height; on the left in meters and on the right as feet and inches.
For example, if your weight is 150 pounds (or 70 kilograms) and your height is 5 feet 7 inches (or 1.7 meters), the above chart shows you fall in the yellow area or the normal range of BMI. In other words you are not overweight.
Similarly, if your weight is 100 kilograms and your height is 5 feet 7 inches, you fall in the red zone of the chart, which means you are overweight.