Man School: dress to kill

Suave, sophisticated and dressed to kill. Whether you're playing the part in a Bond-esque tuxedo or effortlessly emanating man-cool in a James Dean leather jacket and jeans, most men wouldn't mind being that guy at the party.

But, navigating the increasingly blurred lines between work and play and deciphering cryptic dress-codes can be time-consuming, confusing and costly – not exactly the stuff '60s spy novels are made of.

It’s tempting to throw in the towel and stick to the old formula of jeans and any old clean t-shirt.

But, dressing well isn’t just a vanity thing. You only get one chance to make a first impression and a well-thought out wardrobe marks a gentleman and makes him appear confident and happy, says Melbourne-based fashion stylist and writer, Philip Boon.

Unfortunately, many men get it wrong when dressing for an occasion, caring for their clothes and complimenting their body type, he adds.

So, where do you start? We asked stylists, tailors, designers and men’s fashion experts for their top tips on how to look dapper at any occasion, without a Forbes’-list budget.


Find your personal style

The Fonz

Before you start worrying about what to wear, you need to work out what you like and what suits you so you can start to develop that all-elusive personal style.


Suit yourself

Alice Cooper.

Learn how to minimise your flaws and maximise your assets. Your clothes should make you feel comfortable, protected and make you look your best – no matter what shape you’re in.


Become a black-belt in black-tie

Alice Cooper.

Dressing appropriately for an event shows respect for yourself and your host. But how do you know which occasion warrants which suit? We guide you through the intricacies of formal attire, from the races to white tie.


How to rock relaxed

The Fonz

Sartorial super-styling during your downtime is easier than it looks. Experts walk you through what to wear to a first date, a barbecue, a night out and more.


 Why clothes are like cars

The Fonz

Clothes are like cars; if you don't care for them properly, they won't go the distance. Learn how to make sure your clothes and accessories go the extra mile.


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