Sleeves or no sleeves: Wear it right!

I have spotted several Kenyans around in these suits. They have short sleeves you see and I have gotten taken a back by the them quite a number of times! I wondered why at first given that I am quite the dedicated advocate for unique style. Then I saw this mannequin and realized it!

  1. Toned arms: Do wear this suit if you have toned arms that can be shown off!
  2. Shoulder fit: Do insist on one that has perfect shoulder and chest fit for a polished look
  3. Colour: I love dark shades but do wear colors that compliment your skin tone and agree with your shoe and belt color. Read my brief thoughts on this here
  4. The tie: I would insist that a tie be worn with this look as the image suggests but should you choose to dress it down, remove the tie completely! Do not leave it on loosely!

I salute all those gentlemen who pull off this suit! Clap! Clap!

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The Corporate Fashionist – The Tie on a Corporate Male

The tie has been a symbol of business individuals for years now. A simple piece of clothing dangling from the neck, yet holds much weight in the outlook it portrays. From the Stock exchange, to the Courts, from Financial advisors to modern Managers, ties are a must in their attire. No wonder, ties are a compulsory dressing for the likes of PwC and Deloitte.

Many of my fellow males are now near the finish line, and are now busy tarmacking for jobs and internships. In all such steps, one requires the perfect outlook, in short, the perfect dressing for the perfect impression. I can’t give you much advice on careers and other stuff, but considering collecting ties is my personal hobby, I feel competent enough to share my knowledge on the ideal tie for yourself.

Restraint is very important in ties. Do not let your tie overshadow yourself. Let the tie be noticed, but just as a mere accessory. Let’s first start with the size of the tie. For those who have put on weight and have a pot cum beer belly showing, opt for a wide tie. Wide ties conceal the stomach from view. It is a common saying in Corporate dressing, “Let your tie get wider as you grow Older”. I know the slim ties are in fashion, but do not let them slim down too much. If you have the body to show, get ties which don’t have a broad end. DO NOT however wear pencil ties to work, leave those for the party goers.

As to colour and pattern, the less conspicuous and flashy, the better. Subdued stripes, checks, polka dots and paisley patterns are fine. But no tie should look like you are wearing a neon sign on your chest. Colour is okay, but in moderation, and design is fine but should be quiet. No sprawling geometric shapes or sun-bursts. Lately there has been a influx of graphic ties with cartoon characters, football club logos and such animations. Such ties are okay once in a while depending on the mood and atmosphere of the place you are wearing the tie to. Sometimes, such animations may help, if the person you are meeting has the same liking for that animation e.g a common love for a football club.

I rather doubt if anybody needs a tie clip considering that majority of ties today are wide and of rich fabric, but if you do feel necessary, get a tie clip which is absolutely plain and inconspicuous. The tie clip should be worn well down on the tie, close to the belt. I shall call it a sin if the clip shows when your jacket is buttoned!

With that, invest in the right ties and make a worthy man out of you. Wishing you much luck in your career endeavours.

Written by:

Aziz Z. Rajbhai – 0738780137
CPS, CPA, LL.B