Tuesday, 16 July 2013

11 Tips for Big Guys to do it with Style

Big and tall guys have it made. A broad, tall frame is immediately impressive, attention-grabbing, and attractive. However, this impressiveness can backfire if you're not dressing your body right. Perhaps the only disadvantage of being a big and tall man is the struggle of finding the perfect fit. Few clothes are made to highlight the proportions of a big man's body. When shopping for clothing, it is important to consider the elements of proportion and balance while emphasising the traits that make big men attractive.

When shopping for a shirt, follow a few rules. Dress shirts must be long enough to be comfortably tucked into pants. Even if you don't usually tuck in your shirt, buying a shirt at this length will ensure a proper fit. With this fit, you will be able to raise your arms and move much more comfortably. Nothing is less attractive than a man in a straight jacket.

Every wardrobe needs a few great jackets. Jackets or blazers that end immediately below the hip result in a balanced frame that looks neither taller or wider than usual. Cropped jackets, on the other hand, are a bad idea for most tall men. A shorter jacket can visually lengthen legs, which can throw you out of proportion. Another often-ignored aspect of jacket fit is the number of buttons. Two button jackets are a big and tall man's best friends, while three button jackets can elongate a tall body. Still, big and tall men have the ultimate advantage in jacket shopping as the only body type that allows for a longer coat. Coats that hit slightly below the knee look impressive on a larger frame.

Pants are among the most frustrating articles of clothing for big and tall men to buy. Often, tall men don't know what size inseam to buy. The rule: an inseam should be long enough to cover the top part of a shoe. As far as style goes, mid-rise jeans work the best on a larger frame. High-waisted jeans can make the legs look awkwardly long.

Wide accessories look great on tall men. Thicker belts and ties are flattering to a wider, taller frame. While accessories like hats add a bit of height to a taller man, they can bring a hint of personality to an outfit. When it comes to shoes, most big and tall men opt for thin soles with a square or round toe in order to minimise foot size and height.

Colours and Patterns
Try not to wear one colour from head to toe. This creates the illusion of additional height. Instead of matching, pair coordinating colours for jackets and pants. This will break up your visual appearance and add interest. Additionally, big prints look much better on bigger men than smaller prints.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Dandy - Women like guys who dress Up.

“It is, above all, a burning need to acquire originality, within the apparent bounds of convention. It is a cult of oneself, which can dispense even with what are commonly called illusions. It is the delight in causing astonishment and the proud satisfaction of never oneself being astonished.”
Charles Baudelaire, The Dandy.

The Dandy is one of the more colourful personas played by many successful men throughout history. Twenty-first century Dandies include Johnny Depp, Russell Brand, Austin Powers and Marc Hunter; artistes such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Oscar Wilde and Rudolph Valentino were much loved proponents, whilst the originals, Lord Byron, Casanova and Count Dracula, had their roots in English aristocracy and the courts of renaissance Europe.

Dandies are known for creating their own image, often mixing styles comprised of both masculine and feminine fashions. They appear as fluid and ambiguous, appealing to both men and women through a style that is attractive but elusive, often stirring up repressed desires. They are non-conformist but graceful, domineering and flirtatious. Think pirates, musicians, courtesans, performers and magicians. Dandies are players.

The independence and creative detachment of the Dandy will often give him the upper hand in the pursuit of love and seduction. The Dandy is synonymous with sexual freedom, drawing out the playful and rebellious side of a conservative mate.

The wardrobe of a Dandy will usually include brightly coloured small pieces selectively worn to contrast an otherwise nonchalant outfit – a red vest, a green tie, a paisley shirt. Well chosen luxurious materials such as velvet, lace and silk convey an appearance best described as, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”   

In more audacious getups, Oscar Wilde was known for his green velvet suit, Andy Warhol his silver wig while Austin Powers was adored by slinky women for his groovy garb.

Deep rich colours and creative patterns in jackets and suits, plain long flowing shirts, layered with natural materials and rustic bling. Dandies layer and accessorise but not to the point of overdoing it – less is more. Carry one piece with an air of indifference: a belt, a ring, a necktie, a hat or glasses. Create a spectacle through your own approach to the world, not through over-exertion in front of the mirror. 

At the end of the 19th century, American dandies were called dudes (Wikipedia.org). In the 21st century, every man is a dude but the modern dandy is a man is who mixes mystery with style and passion with fashion. He cooks rare and drinks rich. 

Create your own style. Then find it. On Sizemikk.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Power Dressing

Given the appalling state of politics in Australia, in both style and substance, our public representatives could take a few lessons from our closest allies. US President Barack Obama is well noted for his sharp suits and clean cut, leader-of-men demeanour, but even the dearly defeated Mitt Romney presented a style that evoked power, trust and confidence. Whereas the man who so desperately wants to lead Australia, and some might say PM-elect, Tony Abbott, stylistically is best known for his man-of-action in red togs appearances.

So what makes for solid power dressing? For men, the essential item is a well-cut, dark coloured suit. Depending on your working environment and your natural colours, you might do well with a mid-grey but generally speaking, a light shirt contrasted with a dark suit will convey a sense of confidence, strength and good old-fashioned masculinity. A white shirt against a dark blue suit is a classic but other powerful combinations are sky blue on navy, light pink on dark grey or for a casual, understated power, use a dark shirt under a light grey suit.

Shirts should be flat (no stripes or checks), leaving any texture or patterns to the suit and tie.

As for ties, red has always been symbolic with power but only when it doesn’t clash with the other pieces. When you’re wearing a light blue shirt under a dark blue or grey suit, go for a tie that has shades of blue or grey in it. The texture or patterns in the tie is your chance to show some character and exude a bit of charm, just don’t go wacky. No cartoons, no motifs.

Rath and Co has a great blog for guys looking for style tips that work well in business, whether you are in a creative, conservative or leadership role. The article on style for CEOs is insightful.

To bring it back to the men of power, I’d love to know your thoughts on which Australian politicians are leading the style stakes?

Malcolm Turnbull dresses to his strengths.

Paul Keating raised the bar as the world’s best dressed treasurer.
Paul Keating: world's most sartorial treasurer? 

Who is leading the style stakes in the Australian halls of power?

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Colours and Seasons Explained

Colour analysis is an important part of getting your style right. Men don’t do cosmetics and accessorise (Dandies and Queens aside), so getting your colours right is crucial to making the right impression with your wardrobe. A black suit looks the goods on a Winter but guys with a lighter complexion won’t do it justice. The Summer male does best with light colours, light fabrics and colours with a lower contrast.  The Autumn guy can wear colours that are fiery, earthy and natural, whereas Spring should be bright and sunny, typically colours that match your eyes.

Women love feminine colours on men. Get it right and your world will change, regardless of which gender or rank you are trying to impress. Your colour style can be as bold as a brightly coloured jacket, or as subtle as the stripe in a tie. People will see something in you that they just can’t put their finger on. 

Sizemikk provides a handy feature that matches search results with your season. Much has been written about what determines your season but generally it is dependent upon the colours of your eyes, hair and skin tone and how they blend or contrast.

In its simplest form, there are four seasons. Some experts work to sixteen, while the 12 season colour palette, used by most Colour Analysts, provides Cool/Light, Deep/Soft and Warm/Clear variations within each season.

But for now, we’ll keep it simple. Use the table below to work out your colour season.


Light Hair: blonde, light brown, light red
Light eyes: blue, green, hazelSkin: Fair & light

Low/soft contrast between eyes, skin and hair.

Dark Hair: black, dark brown, deep red.
Dark eyes: black, dark brown, red-brown, dark hazel or blue.
Skin may be light, medium or dark.
High contrast between eyes, skin, and/or hair
You look better in cool colours

Light Summer

Viggo Mortenson, John Slattery, Daniel Craig

Deep Winter

Johnny Depp, Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell, John Hamm
You look better in warm colours

Light Spring

Owen Wilson, David Caruso

Deep Autumn

Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliff, Russell Crowe

If you haven’t already done so, go and create a profile on Sizemikk, then start searching for clothes that match your shape, style and season.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Why Sizemikk?

When you are shopping for clothes, size matters.
If you need to look sharp, then shape matters too.
And if you dress to impress, your style speaks volumes about who you are.

Finding clothes that fit is a challenge

Sizemikk helps you find clothes that fit perfectly; clothes that match your size, shape and style.

There is no consistent standard in clothing measurement. A medium in one brand fits nicely but in another brand, a medium feels like a tent. A slim fit from one designer can feel the same as a tailored fit from another. Lengths vary. Shoulder and back combinations can be square, tapered or triangular. Arms can be long or leave your wrists exposed.  The lines from chest to waist make a difference to the way a shirt fits your individual body shape. UK, US and European sizes make it even more of a gamble.

Finding the perfect fit is a challenge. Some retailers are providing free returns as an act of faith, but wouldn’t you rather get the right fit the first time?

Size is not enough

A manufacturer’s size and cut labels are good for the average man. Most of us are unique, in all sorts of ways, but especially in our size, shape and style.

You may be a medium but are you tall and skinny or a stockier build? Wide shoulders with a narrow waist or carrying a few extra pounds around the middle? One size does not fit all.

There's a better way

Your clothes need to be the correct size AND shape for your body.

We use both.

We have an enormous, up-to-date database of clothes and their measurements. Neck diameter, chest, shoulders, lengths... all the dimensions that matter for knowing both the size and shape of each item.

So when you search we find you clothes that are sure to fit.

Style matters too!

We also store a range of style attributes for each item. Combining this with the matches based on size and shape means we find you clothes that fit, look good, feel good and suit you. A tailored fit - right off the rack.

So, where to begin? First, you need to measure up.

Monday, 11 February 2013

A Checkered History – the sports coat

A standout scene from Mad Men Season 5 saw Donald Draper and Ken Cosgrove gathered for a Saturday night soiree in the lounge room of Pete Campbell. The three men were wearing sports coats with the classic check style synonymous with the 1960’s. The three jackets could be described as same-same but different, an ensemble of bright colours, bold patterns and understated elegance, a dress code that conveyed the cocky attitude of a rising star alongside the alpha confidence of a man who has nothing to prove.

For so long the Check Sports coat has been the realm of fancy dress, themed parties or the guy with a wayward fashion streak. But thanks in part to the rise of hipster movement and the renaissance of sixties style, the check sports coat has been given a new lease on life and found its way back into the wardrobe as an evening jacket that is great for dressing down when you need to style up.

Some designers have taken the move one step further, using wild and vibrant patterns normally seen on Aunt Mary’s wallpaper. Itsallstyletome.com described the fashion as the uber statement bringing a man one step closer to becoming a peacock. Combine with a neutral coloured pair of trousers to create a vivid but relaxed look that will get feathers flying.

If your sense of style takes a lead from the creative men of the 1960’s, include it in your personal profile on Sizemikk and we’ll show you where you can buy the fashions that suit your style.

Sizemikk size, shape and style.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

“The cut of the suit.” Review of the Bond suit.

Skyfall has landed and while some critics are claiming best Bond ever, the standout element was Daniel Craig and the cut of the suit. Through many action scenes that saw Bond fighting, running, kicking, riding and jumping, the suit stayed true, always holding form as the hero’s suit of armour.

London’s Daily Mail reported that sales of suits increased by 68% in the weeks following the launch of Skyfall with the slim fit grey suit running out at record rates. Tailor and Bond fan Peter Frew of ArchangeloSartorial, says that the key to Craig’s suits holding form throughout is a higher set for the arm holes and the back of the jacket, allowing greater freedom of movement in a tightly fitted piece. Similarly, for skinny, slim fitting trousers, a higher crotch is the key for more aggressive movement.

While Tom Ford has taken the Bond suit to a new level of suave, were the tailors of earlier Bonds - Cavali, Brioni or Versace – the ultimate designers of a hero with sophistication? Sean Connery in tweed and the original classic tux. Did Roger Moore own something special with the white jacket tux? And Pierce Brosnan is often overlooked as a worthy Bond but he gets the nod from many women as the most savoir-faire.

If $4000 for a tailored suit is out of your reach, then get yourself a tailored look with a shirt, jacket and suit with a cut that was meant for you. At Sizemikk, you can create a profile with your own size, shape and style, then shop the stuff that fits like it was made to measure.

Sizemikk – get the tailored look.