Good life: Dressed for continued success

Sharp-dressed man Miles Anderson makes it his business to make people look good. - Andrew Leong
Sharp-dressed man Miles Anderson makes it his business to make people look good.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Miles Anderson walked out of his bedroom on a Monday morning, dressed in his tailored European-style black suit, white dress shirt, red tie and matching pocket square.

He was feeling like a million bucks, and his wife took notice.

"My wife said, 'Wow, I haven't seen you in that suit for a while. You look superb.' That kind of feedback just gives you a boost."

Anderson, who works as a fashion consultant at Outlooks for Men in downtown Duncan, said dressing well gives a man purpose to his walk.

"It can feel vain but it's not about vanity. A well-dressed and put-together fella is going to feel that much more confident in himself."

Anderson recommends every man build a wardrobe of ten basic pieces, including a black suit, white dress shirt, a pair of good jeans, black shoes, a button-up vest, a casual shirt, a black belt, a tie, t-shirt, and a coat.

He said these ten items can be mixed and matched to make a variety of outfits.

"The beauty of a classic black suit is you can take the jacket and pair it with dark dress jeans, a coloured button-up shirt, a vest and a transitional shoe — one you can wear with a suit as well as jeans. You're getting a lot of different looks with a few basic pieces."

Anderson said you can add colour once you've established your basic wardrobe.

"Once you've got your basics, you can introduce more colour and fun pieces down the road."

He advises men to be careful of how they add colour. Ties are a great way to add some splash to a monotone outfit, though Anderson said a tie is personal choice so be wary when choosing one for someone else. He also said to steer clear of coloured socks.

"I think coloured socks are for younger guys. However, an older gentleman can wear patterned and dark-coloured socks, which are more subtle."

Anderson offers a tip many people many not know: you can wear brown shoes with grey trousers.

"I have a grey suit I wear brown shoes with all the time. And the belt and your shoes should always complement each other. "

Anderson admits the initial outlay isn't cheap. He estimates to feel like a million bucks when dressed you need to spend $2,000 for a versatile wardrobe of ten basic pieces, assuming you're starting from scratch. But, he said, it's a long-term investment.

"You can get a lot of mileage out of these 10 basic items. You're investing in timeless pieces that are high quality; these aren't throwaway clothes. You can add clothes that are less costly down the road."

Anderson said men aren't always comfortable shopping for clothes, something he helps them overcome.

"A guy might think his is too big to wear a suit. I say to him, 'No you are not, sir.' I'll get him measured up; most guys don't know what size they are. I would put him into a cut that drapes him the way it's supposed to. All of that helps get him into the groove to build his confidence so he can shop on his own."

Miles Anderson. Empowering men, one suit at a time.


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