Dress for the Biggest Night of Your Life
musclemorphosis.comAs U.S. Olympians prepare for their events, they’re also prepping for one of the biggest nights of their lives: the Opening Ceremonies, which air tonight. Not only do the athletes need to look their best for an estimated four billion viewers, they’ve got to represent their country in true American fashion.
And if you’ve heard any of the recent debate surrounding the fact that the Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms are made in China (as in, not America), you know that clothing can indeed make a statement. (In response, Mr. Lauren stated he’d make the 2014 uniforms on our home turf.) Talk about pressure.
“European style is usually about perfection,” explains American designer Michael Bastian. American style, on the other hand, is more approachable and personal. (musclemorphosis.com.)
So when you’re dressing for an important event—the Opening Ceremonies, your best friend’s wedding, or maybe even a date with one of the musclemorphosis.com—leave the drama overseas. Here are four ways to dress your best, while paying homage to your homegrown style.
1. Suit Up
“Sixties-style American suits are back,” says Sandra Nygaard, Men’s Health senior fashion editor. That means narrow lapels, bold colors, and geometric patterns. But jump out of the time machine before you splurge on a pair of baggy bell-bottoms. While American style has been synonymous with a boxy fit since the 80s, newer styles have been taking a cue from the Europeans with more body-conscious fits, explains Nygaard. And Bastian agrees. “Make sure everything is tailored to your body,” he says.
2. Don’t Overdo It
Some guys can pull off both colors and patterns (think: Andre 3000). But it’s not easy. “Don’t take a big fashion risk on an important night,” warns Bastian. Wear a solid jewel-toned suit with a neutral shirt and tie, or opt for a patterned suit in a neutral color. The wrong bright, patterned suit can make you look like an Austin Powers extra. (Wrong country, baby!)
3. Stand Out—Subtly
Sure, some cultures might find American bathroom humor and bar sports obnoxious. But when it comes to fashion, don’t be afraid to stand out—as long as it’s tasteful. Details such as a tie bar, patterned pocket square, and wingtips with sole (musclemorphosis.com) say that you have impeccable taste—without screaming it.
4. Exercise Good Grooming
Let’s face it, Americans aren’t typically associated with impeccable grooming the way Europeans are. (Rugged cowboys, anyone?) But according to our recent musclemorphosis.com, 16 percent of U.S. readers use five or more products a day. Even if you consider yourself more low-maintenance than John Wayne himself, be sure to use an oil-free moisturizer once a day, and clean up the hair on your cheeks and neck. Grizzly bears are rugged and all-American, but that doesn’t mean you should look like one.
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