Tuesday, 1 May 2012

PROM 101

We can't help you with your dancing, and unfortunately - although we'd really love to - we also can't help you find a date. You see, the art of wooing is not just something we can blog about, willy-nilly. That's privilaged information! However, once you've got your moves down and your date sorted out, we can definitately help you make sure you look your best.

Images via awkwardpromnight.com

After getting your haircut, brushing your teeth, and making sure you aren't wearing the same socks you had on in gym class, looking your best starts with your suit. Any suit, (Well, almost any. See the above photographs) off-the-rack, bespoke, or designer will look exponentially better once you've got the right fit. And just the same, any suit: off-the-rack, bespoke, or designer can look terrible when ill-fitting. Here are some things to look for when trying on suits to make sure you've got the perfect fit.

1. Shoulder pads end with your shoulders.*

2. The top button of a two-button suit — or the middle button of a three-button suit — should not fall below your navel.

3. With your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be even with the bottom of your jacket.

4. Jacket sleeves should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist. Between a quarter and a half inch of shirt cuff should be visible.

5. One inch of break. A "break" is where your pants fall on your shoes, creating a horizontal crease in the fabric across the front of your pant leg. 

Pretty simple, right?

And with that, may your prom date be in awe of your good looks, your dancing impressive, and your luck favourable - if you catch our drift. 

*If your suit's got shoulder pads that look like THIS, do not - I repeat - do not wear them, even if they do happen to fit properly.

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