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DATE: 00/00/00
name surname
 
ADDRESS:
67 Karma Avenue
CITY:
Malvern East
COUNTRY:
Australia
PHONE:
0408379543
STATE:
VIC
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Sample
 
Height
Medium Tall
Weight
Moderately Overweight
Age
51-60
Posture
Head Forward
Horizontal Body Shape
Rectangle
Vertical Body Type
Balanced Body
Neck Length
Medium Neck
Neck Thickness
Regular
Shoulders Type
Broad Tapered Shoulders
Bone Structure
Large Bone Structure
Face Shape
Square
 
Muscular Arms
FALSE
Heavy Upper Arms
FALSE
Thin Upper Arms
FALSE
Prominent Chest
FALSE
Enlarged Breasts
FALSE
Large Stomach
FALSE
Large Bottom
FALSE
Flat Bottom
FALSE
Sway Back
FALSE
Thin Legs
FALSE
Heavy Lower Legs
FALSE
Muscular Thighs
FALSE
Thick Thighs
FALSE

Suits - Silhouette for name - Page 5 in style guide.

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Semi fitted

Also known as a British silhouette, Updated American or Saville Row silohuette. This style flows effortlessly over the body, accentuating a defined waist, strong chest, high armholes, slight padding in the shoulders, slender sleeves and tapered pants. Of the three silhouettes it is the most universally flattering. The jacket has some of the same softness and fullness through the chest and shoulder areas of the Sack, to which it adds some of the European notion of shape, that is, more padding in the shoulders and a semi-fitted waist-line. British suits, more often than not, come with pleated trousers. If chosen in a dark colour, this style will be appropriate for all but the most formal occasions. It is people-friendly, comfortable and professional. If you only need one suit, this is the style to choose. Classification: Business

ACCEPTABLE
Fitted

Also known as a European or Italian silhouette. This suit is for the man who wants a strong silhouette and is willing to sacrifice comfort for style. This style sits snug to the body, has high, padded shoulders, narrow sleeves, no vent and narrow pants which sit higher on the ankle. Made famous in the eighties by Pierre Cardin, it exhibits sex appeal and strength. Single-breasted suits portray elegance, while double-breasted suits exhibit power. Classification: Business

Straight

Also known as an American silhouette, Sack, Brooks Brothers or Ivy League silhouette. This suit has low armholes, a natural shoulder and little to no shape in the body. First popularised near the turn of the century, it was a silhouette characterised by a shapeless, non-darted jacket, soft, unpadded narrow shoulders, flap pockets, a single rear vent, a three or four-button front and flat front pants. Designed large in order to fit many sizes, it was the first mass-produced suit in the USA. The Sack suit’s biggest strength is also its greatest weakness: it hides the shape of its wearer and takes away any sense of individuality. The reason it has managed to exist successfully for such a long period of time is that it is so anonymous; it offends no one, enabling the wearer to walk into any environment and be acceptably attired. If your aim is to have ‘presence’, you are best to select a British or European style suit. Classification: Business

Suits - Length for name - Page 5 in style guide.

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Knuckles

This is the classic length for a man’s suit jacket. If your arms are normal length you will find that knuckle length is just below your behind. Your jacket should always be long enough to cover your behind. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Finger Tip

A jacket of this length is likely to be either a fashion jacket or a double-breasted jacket. Double-breasted jackets are often longer than single-breasted jackets. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Jackets - Dress: Single breasted for name - Page 6 in style guide.

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Two Buttons - Low closure

Two button jackets were originally developed for sports jackets, as they allowed for extra wearing ease and greater unrestricted movement. Later, this button configuration was adopted for the Sack suit and from there has become one of the most preferred button fronts found on single-breasted jackets. Low buttoning styles have a tendency to make the wearer appear slightly shorter in stature and his body slightly longer. Button the highest button only. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Three Buttons - Low closure

The second most common button configuration. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Two Buttons - High closure

The most common of all button configurations. Button both buttons. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

AVOID
Four Buttons

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

One Button

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Three Buttons - High closure

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Jackets - Dress: Double breasted for name - Page 7 in style guide.

ACCEPTABLE
Six on Two

This is the shape of the classic Blazer. When there are six or more buttons on a jacket you can trace its origin back to a military uniform. The more buttons on the jacket the higher the rank of the wearer. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

AVOID
Six on Three

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Two on One

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Four on Two

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Eight on Four

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Jackets - Basics: Lapels for name - Page 8 in style guide.

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Peaked

Peaked lapels are traditionally found on double-breasted suits. Peaked lapels point upward and outward, making the shoulders appear broader, and the overall look more powerful. Classification: Business, Formal.

Peaked lapels attract the eye upward and outward making you appear taller and broader in the shoulders.

Notched

A notched lapel (aka step lapel/collar) is the standard on single breasted suits, and is seen on almost all suit and sports jackets. It's simple design allows it to seamlessly transfer from business to social occasions. The size of the notch can vary depending on the fashion of the day. A small notch is often called a 'fishmouth'. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

The most classic and versatile of all the suit lapels.

Lapel-less

A fashion lapel most popular in the 60s and made famous by the Beatles. Gives the wearer a retro, relaxed and creative image. There are three variations of lapel-less jackets: Low cut front (as pictured), the "cadet" (Beatles variation) with a high cut front, and the Mao or Nehru jacket with a Mandarin collar (no lapel). Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Shawl

Long rounded lapels found only on tuxedos. Classification: Formal.

Jackets - Basics: Vents for name - Page 8 in style guide.

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Center vent

The original vent designed to allow the jacket to sit well when men went horse riding. If you place your hands into your pockets the vent will gap unattractively exposing your buttocks. Side vents are a better alternative if you frequently stand with your hands in your pockets. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Side vents

Side vents are a great example of form and function uniting. They allow the wearer to place their hands in their pockets without losing an attractive line. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

AVOID
No vents

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Jackets - Basics: Pockets for name - Page 9 in style guide.

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Besom/Jet

Also known as jet pockets. The edges of the pocket are slit and bound to resemble a tailored button hole. As pockets they are less visible and allow the eye to flow uninterrupted from the hem to the neckline. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Breast

If a suit jacket has a breast pocket it is designed to be finished by a handkerchief or pocket square. Without one, the breast pocket can appear to be an unnecessary detail and your suit can look unfinished. A simple white handkerchief is all that is necessary to complete the suit. It is also the least expensive way a man can quickly elevate his level of style. Classification: Business, Formal

A pocket square or handkerchief is a great way to attract attention to your face. Keep your folds simple to ensure an uncluttered appearance.

ACCEPTABLE
Flap

This pocket has a matching flap of fabric that covers the access to the pocket so that you have to lift the flap to access the pocket opening. Flaps cause the eye to momentarily focus on them and visually enlarge the torso. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Tailored Flap

This pocket has a sewn edge on the flap against the jacket body and a similar sewn edge on the rim of the pocket opening. This allows the flap to be placed inside the pocket creating a pocket identical to the Besom /Jet pocket. By placing the flap inside the pocket a cleaner line is established leaving an uninterrupted visual line from the jacket hem to the shoulders. Classification: Business, Formal.

Tuck the flaps into the pockets for the best appearance. Remember to remove the flap from the pocket before the jacket is dry cleaned to prevent press marks of the flap showing on the outside of the pocket.

Double

Jackets with double pockets are fashionable and date quickly. They have their origins from equestrian and sporting jackets. Classification: Business Casual, Casual, Trendy.

AVOID
Patch

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Jackets - Casual: Styles for name - Page 11 in style guide.

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Windbreaker

A windbreaker or windcheater is a thin outer coat designed to resist wind chill and light rain. It is usually of light construction, characteristically made of some type of glossy synthetic material and often incorporating an elastic waistband and zip. It rarely includes a hood. Classification: Casual.

Car coat

A casual overcoat with a length extending to about the middle of the thighs, inspired by the parka, popular in the 1960s. Today it can be seen made in various fabrics from wool to leather. In wool and flap pockets, this coat is casual yet sophisticated. In leather, care needs to be taken with the style and how it is worn. It can portray an image of drama, contemporary stylishness, a U-boat captain or a member of the Mod Squad. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Blazer

The earliest documented usage of the term "blazer" was to describe the red summer jackets of the oarsmen of the Lady Margaret Boat Club in Cambridge. They were said to look ablaze and began a tradition which today is seen in single-breasted blazers at Henley Regatta. The most common colour for a double-breasted blazer is navy blue. Single-breasted styles come in a variety of colours, textures and fabrics including leather. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

A single-breasted blazer is a better choice for you than a double-breasted style; it is more flattering and much more versatile.

ACCEPTABLE
Hoodie

A hoodie is a sweatshirt with a hood. Some hoodies also have a large pocket across the front, and many feature a logo. Many hoodies have strings that can be pulled to tighten or loosen the hood. Typical materials are cotton, polyester or a blend of the two. Classification: Casual.

Track

A track jacket is a zipped front sweatshirt. Some have large pockets and many feature a logo. Typically made from cotton, polyester or a blend of the two. Classification: Casual.

Denim

Also called a Jeans or Levi jacket. It is a jacket made of denim that falls slightly below the waist, metal stud buttons, buttoned band cuffs and a waistband that can be adjusted by means of buttons. The most versatile styles are in blue stone wash. Classification: Casual.

Safari

Originally designed for African safaris in the late 19th century and worn as a uniform in the Boer War. The jacket has had many fashion comebacks and is suitable both in style and fabric as a summer jacket. Characterised by large patch pockets with button flaps and a waist belt. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Pea

A double-breasted, worsted wool overcoat originally navy blue in colour and designed in the early 20th century for use by US Navy personnel. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

The closer set the buttons and the more there are of them the longer and leaner you will appear.

Duffel

The original term, Duffel, refers to a town of that name in Belgium, just south of Antwerp, where a heavy woollen over coating woven in a twill weave with a thick, spongy nap has been made since the seventeenth century. Since it is both heavy and warm, and need not be made with expensive wool, it came to be used for soldiers' garments, as well as for the bags named for them. As war surplus, this garment (along with khaki trousers and other leftover accoutrements) became popular in the United Kingdom, and abroad on college campuses, during the 1950s and 1960s and was known (and spelled) as the duffle coat. Now simply called a duffle, this comfy and utilitarian single-breasted coat is made in its original cloth as well as some finer fabric versions, and even leathers. Characterised by a straight-cut body and an attached hood, patch pockets and toggle closures of wood, horn, or even leather. The authentic model is unlined wool, with attached hood, patch pockets, shoulder yoke and toggle closures of wood or horn. Originally only seen in tan and navy blue. Classification: Casual.

Biker

The original biker jacket was designed in 1927 by Schott Brothers to protect a biker’s body in the event of an accident. They were originally distributed only through Harley Davidson. Made of leather, a biker jacket is usually brown, dark grey or black in colour. Leather jackets are associated with bikers, military aviators, punks, and police, all of whom have worn versions designed for protective purposes and often for their potentially intimidating appearance. In the 20th century the leather jacket achieved iconic status, in major part through film and actors, such as Marlon Brando’s Johnny Strabler character in ‘The Wild One’ (1953) and James Dean. It is worth noting that in most cases the biker jacket has been worn to cultivate an intimidating or rebellious image. They may be heavily adorned with belts, buckles, etc. There is a substantial difference between leather jackets made for fashionable purposes (as illustrated) and for protective purposes (for activities like motorcycle riding). Leather jackets designed for protective use are safety equipment designed to protect the wearer from serious injury and are heavier, thicker, and often equipped with armour, thus becoming a very practical item of clothing regardless of the symbolism invested in them by popular culture. A leather jacket primarily designed for fashion purposes is not likely to be much use in a motorcycle accident.

Bomber

Bomber jackets were originally made of leather, brown in colour and worn by aviators and members of the military. Similar styled jackets have remained popular to this day and are often made with sheepskin collars. Classification: Casual.

Parka

A parka is traditionally a hooded fur coat made and used by northern Eskimos. These days it is usually insulated with modern manmade materials like "thinsulate", and may have no fur at all. May have a hood attached to pull over the head. Classification: Casual.

Leave your jacket loose at the waist if it has a tie.

AVOID
Shearling

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Asymmetric

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Shoulders

Norfolk

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Nehru

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Aviator

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Jackets - Jacket Length for name - Page 13 in style guide.

ACCEPTABLE
Crotch

There is no comment for this style

Finger tip

A jacket of this length is likely to be either a fashion jacket or a double-breasted jacket. Double-breasted jackets are often longer than single-breasted jackets. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Knuckles

Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Good only if the coat is the same depth of colour as your pants; for example, a dark brown coat and black pants or a beige coat and beige pants.

Hipline

For the slimmest appearance either keep the colour contrast low between the jacket and your pants. Alternatively wear pants and a top in the same colour and the jacket in a different colour but left open. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Good only you keep the colour contrast low between the jacket and your pants. Alternatively wear pants and a top in the same colour and the jacket in a different colour but left open. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Low Hip

Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Good only if you keep the colour contrast low between the jacket and your pants. Alternatively wear pants and a top in the same colour and the jacket in a different colour but left open.

AVOID
Waist

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Coats - Dress: Styles for name - Page 14 in style guide.

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Reefer

Reefer jackets have a nautical history. Originally they were a short double-breasted coat or jacket made of thick cloth that were worn by midshipmen while aloft and engaged in sail reefing. Today elegant reefer jackets may be seen with velvet collar and can be either single or double-breasted. Best colours include navy, tan, camel and charcoal. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Select only single-breasted styles.

Polo

The polo coat is one of many items in the masculine wardrobe that can be traced back to a sporting origin. The Polo coat is a double-breasted, set-in sleeve, patch-pocketed, half-belted, camel-hair polo coat. Its appeal derives from its ability to adapt to any mood, to dress up or down, and be equally at home with a chalk-striped flannel suit or a Shetland sweater and chinos. The polo coat originally started out as a simple camel hair, blanket-like wrap coat, something players threw over their shoulders like a bathrobe while waiting to resume play. As such, it was initially called a wait coat. In the 1920s, English polo players were invited to play polo matches on Long Island. While there, these coats were noticed and were soon seen on Eastern-establishment campuses. By 1930, polo coats outnumbered raccoon at the Yale-Princeton football game, a decided stamp of approval. Also known as a Camel coat. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Chesterfield

The chesterfield is the most formal and classic town coat a man can own. It was named for the sixth Earl of Chesterfield, a leader of fashion among the Regency who strolled Bond Street in the early years of the nineteenth century. He probably didn't invent the the coat's trademark velvet collar, but he certainly popularised the style. As the dressiest of town coats, it is traditionally tailored in dark blue, dark grey or black patternless wool or cashmere. The colour of the velvet collar cover is intended to quietly complement rather than contrast with the coat's colour is not only a bit of discreet adornment, but, in an age when men wore their hair longer, a practical way of dealing with soiled collars; it was easier and cheaper to replace the velvet cover than to dispense with the entire collar. For an evening coat, buy black with a black velvet collar. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Trench

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Balmacaan

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Coats - Waistcoats for name - Page 15 in style guide.

ACCEPTABLE
Classic

Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Collared

A fashionable waistcoat which also has a lapel. Classification: Business Casual.

Perfect fit is essential to a look appearance. Take the time to find a style that fits you well or have one custom made.

Knitted Open front

A knitted open front waistcoat with buttons for fastening the front. Classification: Business Casual (fine fabrics), Casual.

Knitted

A pullover style, knitted sleeveless vest. Classification: Business Casual (fine fabrics), Casual.

Best in medium-textured knits. Patterned vests are great for adding visual bulk.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Boxy

The most informal waistcoat. It has a straight in shape and a straight hemline. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Good only in solid colours, medium to smooth fabrics and subtle patterns WITH a ‘V’ neckline.

AVOID
Double Breasted

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Shirts/Tops - Dress: Cuffs for name - Page 18 in style guide.

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Barrel

The classic length for a barrel cuff is 7.5 cm (3"). Barrel cuffs are appropriate for all occasions. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

French

A French cuff or double cuff is twice the length of a barrel cuff and is folded back and closed with cuff links or silk knots (monkey fists), instead of buttons. French cuffs are more formal than barrel cuffs and should be worn slightly looser than barrel cuffs. Classification: Business, Dressy.

Shirts/Tops - Dress: Fit for name - Page 18 in style guide.

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Full-cut

The traditional cut for a shirt, full and comfortable this shirt tends to last longer because its extra fabric and roomines allows shirts to wear better. The approimatley 15% of extra fabric also means they can often be more extensive. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Semi-fitted

A modern shirt fitting that provides shape without being too close to the body. It's look is youthful and professional if well fitted.

AVOID
Fitted

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Shirts/Tops - Dress: Collars for name - Page 19 in style guide.

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Button Down

A soft, comfortable, sporty collar with an equestrian origin. Button-down collars sit higher up the neck than standard collars. Best worn with single-breasted American and British suit styles. Not appropriate for double-breasted suits or worn after 5 pm. Wear with a four-in-hand tie knot. The buttons on the collar, are always fastened; to appear with undone collar buttons would be a faux pas. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Best worn open as a casual collar.

Long Point

This is the same as the Classic collar, but it features two sharp points that are quite long (usually more than 7.5 cm). This style of collar is dressy and fashionable. Appropriate for all suit styles. Wear with a four-in-hand or Half Windsor Tie Knot. Classification: Business, Formal

Straight (classic)

Also called the Straight-Point Collar. This is a most common collar style worn by men. The width between the collar points should be about 6 to 7.5 cm (2 1/2" to 3") . This sized gap is small enough to also allow the shirt to be worn successfully without a tie. Suits all occasions, suit and jacket styles. Wear with a four-in-hand knot. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Round

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Wide Spread

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Pinned/Tab

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Shirts/Tops - Casual: Collars for name - Page 20 in style guide.

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Zip Front

A knit collar similar to the polo with a zip running up either side of the collar enabling it to be closed to keep the neck warm. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Select in fine to medium knits only.

Leave at least one button open.

Polo

A polo collar is a T-shaped knitted collar that is typically attached to a two- or three-button placket. Most commonly seen on polo, tennis and golf shirts. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Convertible

A collar with a button at the neck and designed purposely for the top button to be fastened of left unbuttoned and the edge rolled/ironed back. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Shawl

A shawl collar is a collar combined with a lapel. It is usually a rounded collar paired with a V-neckline that extends over the chest and tapers near the waist and is commonly seen on cardigans and sweaters. It originates from the Victorian smoking jacket, whose collar style also inspired a style of lapel for dinner jackets. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Narrow to medium shawl collars suit you best.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Banded

A style that originated from Western interpretation of dresses worn by Mandarins in Imperial China. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Good only if you leave the top button open.

Cowl

A loose-fitting rolled-overed collar used mainly for sweaters. Classification: Casual.

Good only in non bulky garments which have a collar that can be pulled down in the front to create a 'V' shape.

Hoodie

A hoodie (or hoody), is an upper-body jacket with a hood. The style consists of large frontal pockets, a hood, and commonly a drawstring to adjust the hood opening. Classification: Casual.

Good only in styles that have a zipped front. Unzip down to just below the neck.

AVOID
Mock Turtleneck

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Rolled

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Turtleneck

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Snood

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Funnel

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Shirts/Tops - Casual: Necklines for name - Page 21 in style guide.

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Regular V

A 'V' neckline that sits no lower than your armpits. Classification: Casual.

Scoop

This neckline ranges from an exaggerated circle to almost a ‘V’. The depth starts at approx 5cms (2 ½” below the cleft at the base of the neck. Classification: Casual.

Button Front

A round neckline with palcket front, usually buttoned. Associated with older men and underwear. Classification: Casual.

Split

A high, shallow round neckline with a short 'V' cut into the front. Classification: Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
High V

A high, shallow 'V' neckline that sits at the base of the neck. Classification: Casual.

AVOID
Crewneck

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Boatneck

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Deep V

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Age

Shirts/Tops - Basics: Sleeves for name - Page 22 in style guide.

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Set-in

A sleeve sewn into an armhole where the seam line sits on the edge of the shoulder. Classification: Formal, Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Short and Straight

Shirt sleeves that end at approximately the fullest part of the chest and have a straight hemline. This sleeve visually increases the width of your upper torso. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Long and Tailored

The classic long sleeve, finished with a cuff. Classification: Formal, Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Long and Tapered

A long sleeve that has a gradually tapering width from the elbow to the wrist. The sleeve may or may not have a cuff. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Over Shoulder

Sleeves that attached to the body of the top, on the top of the arm rather than at the shoulder edge. The drop is no more than 5cms (1 ½”). Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Dropped

A sleeve where the seam attaches to the body of the top, shirt or sweater between 5 cm to 15 cm down the upper arm. This drop makes the shoulders appear more rounded and slopping and adds extra apparent weight to the upper arm and torso. Classification: Casual.

Best if the sleeve drops no more than 5 cm (1 ½”) over your shoulder, any more and the strong horizontal line across your chest will make you appear heavier.

Raglan

A sleeve set in by a seam that extends from the armhole to the neckline. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Avoid styles where the body of the garment is in a brighter or darker colour than the sleeves as these have the potential to visually increase your apparent weight.

Saddle

A sleeve set in as an ‘L’ shape extending from the armhole up toward the shoulder and then turning 90 degrees to run parallel to the ground and attaching at the neck. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Rolled up

Sleeves than are designed to be rolled up and secured by a tab of fabric to the upperarm. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Epaulettes

Epaulettes on civilian garments originate from military uniforms such as the trench coat, safari jacket and other garments. In the military they are mainly used to attached the wearers insignia of rank. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Shoulder Features

Any item or decoration that sits on the shoulders. If eye catching they visually increase the width of the shoulders. Their hint of a military origin (Epaulettes) also gives the garment a more authoritarian image. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Scandinavian

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Short and Cuffed

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Horizontal type

Short and Angled

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Horizontal type

Half

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Horizontal type

Shirts/Tops - Basics: Pockets for name - Page 24 in style guide.

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Breast Patch

A pocket placed on a shirt or jacket on the chest. Unembellished Patch pockets are more formal than embellished styles i.e., a plain breast patch verses a patch with a button or flap. Classification: Formal and Business (no button), Business Casual, Casual.

Select shirts with only one breast patch pocket.

Breast Patch with Flap

A patch pocket with a flap placed on a shirt or jacket on the chest. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Select shirts with only one pocket.

Jet

Pockets where the edges are slit and bound to resemble a tailored button hole. They are less visible and allow the eye to flow uninterrupted from the hem to the neckline. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Inseam

Pockets that constructed with a within seams and as such are often almost invisible. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Split

A sweater pocket where only the edge is visible. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Breast Flap

Pocket flaps only - no pocket or pocket concealed. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Round

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Vertical type

Pouch

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Vertical type

Shirts/Tops - Casual: Styles for name - Page 25 in style guide.

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Sweater

A sweater also known as a jumper, pullover, jersey or guernsey is a knitted garment that is put on by being pulled over the head and covers the torso and arms. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Best in non bulky, fine to medium knitted fabrics.

Denim

A shirt made of denim fabric. Classification: Casual.

Select only in medium to soft denim or chambray fabric. Avoid thick or stiff denim fabrics.

Polo

There is no comment for this style

ACCEPTABLE
Cardigan

A cardigan is a knitted jumper with buttons down the front. It was named after James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan. Cardigans are traditionally associated with older men and thus best not worn by a mature male unless he is either wishing to be perceived as mature or the cardigan has a distinctly fashionable edge to it. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Cardigans are often associated with old men. Ensure you coordinate your caridgan with current styling (dress and and personal grooming).

Sweatshirt

A sweatshirt is a variant of the T-shirt; it has long sleeves and is made of thicker knitted fabric. It usually has a round or V neckline, is buttonless, collarless, pocketless and is pulled on over the head. Classification: Casual.

Select only styles with a 'V' neckline.

T shirt

A traditonal T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a buttonless, collarless and pocketless garment that has a round neck and short sleeves and is pulled on over the head. T-shirts were originally worn as undershirts to protect the skin from the coarse fabrics of shirts and jackets. They are typically made of cotton or a blend of polyester and cotton, knitted together in a jersey stitch that gives a T-shirt its distinctive soft texture. Classification: Casual.

Ensure you select styles that have a reccommended neckline.

Western

This shirt has its origin as cowboy work wear. It characterized by a stylized yoke in the front and in back. It was originally made in denim fabric with long sleeves. Modern styles are seen often made of cotton fabric. Classification: Casual.

Select styles that are a in a solid colour - avoid checked/plaid styles.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Muscle/Basketball

Also known as basketball top. A derivative of the T-shirt, this style of shirt is usually sleeveless with straight armholes and emblazoned with logos and/or slogans. Classification: Casual.

Good only worn for sporting activities.

Grandad/Grandpa

A style of shirt with a collar in the form of a narrow upright band fastened with buttons. Classification: Casual.

Good only if you leave the top button open.

Tank/Singlet

Also known as a vest and the slang name, wife-beater. The name derives from its resemblance to a tank suit; an obsolete term for what are now called "swimming pools." This style of top has been popular as warm-weather casual wear since the 1980s. Classification: Casual.

Good only if worn as underwear.

AVOID
Rugby

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Military

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Hawaiian

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Pants/Shorts - Basics: Fronts for name - Page 29 in style guide.

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Reverse pleats

Reverse pleats point toward the sides of the garment and are generally more flattering than forward pleats. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Avoid triple pleats - they will make you look heavier.

Double pleats are your best choice.

Flat front

Pants without pleats. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Ensure you pants fit will and the pockets do not gape. Flat front pants are less bulky and more flattering than pleated trousers.

ACCEPTABLE
Forward pleats

Forward pleats, also called Rnglish pleats point toward the centre of the garment. They tend to make the stomach more noticeable. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Pants/Shorts - Basics: Cuffs for name - Page 29 in style guide.

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No Cuffs

There is no comment for this style

ACCEPTABLE
Cuffs

Classification: All Occasions.

Pants/Shorts - Basics: Width for name - Page 29 in style guide.

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Straight

Pants or trousers that fall in a straight line to the floor - also known as Classic cut. They are as wide in the hem as they are in the thigh. The best width at the hem for straight pants or trousers is ¾ the length of your shoe; this will balance the width perfectly with your height. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Tapered

Also known as Slim cut, Narrow leg and Pegged. This pant leg tapers down in width from the thigh to the hem. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Good only if only slightly tapered.

AVOID
Skinny

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Wide

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Pants/Shorts - Basics: Crotch Depth for name - Page 30 in style guide.

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Regular

This crotch depth comfortanly accommodates the genitals, allows for a normal range of movement and hides the genitalia. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Ultra Low

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Low

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Pants/Shorts - Basics: Rise for name - Page 30 in style guide.

ACCEPTABLE
On or Above Navel

There is no comment for this style

Below Navel

There is no comment for this style

High Hip

There is no comment for this style

AVOID
Low Hip

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Pants/Shorts - Pant: Styles for name - Page 30 in style guide.

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Dress

There is no comment for this style

Jeans

Jeans are pants made from denim. Originally work clothes; they became popular among teenagers in the 1950s. Historic brands include Levi's and Wrangler. Today, jeans are the most popular casual garment worn around the world and come in many styles and colours. As a matter of style, jeans should be worn on the hip and not accompanied by anything but casual shoes. Jeans can look good on everyone so long as the right style, width and fit is selected. Classification: Casual.

Chino/Khaki

Khakis (also known as chinos) are a classics for men. The name khaki is a Hindi word that literally means "dust-coloured." The term first referred to the colour of dye used for the cloth. The neutrality of the khaki colour makes them easy to dress up or dress down. Khakis originated in India during the 1840s when British Army officers soaked their white uniforms in tea, mud and curry powder in attempts to blend in with the landscape. The pants were a success and by 1914, certain branches and ranks of American servicemen had adopted khakis as approved uniforms. The acceptance of khaki uniforms continued to spread, and today khakis are a regular part of the U.S. military attire. Khakis crossed over to the general public in the 1950s. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Track

Track pants are loose fitting casual pants made of a knit fabric, with an elastic waist band and commonly the pant hem is gathered in by elastic. Originally created as a pant to run in – hence the name ‘track’. Classification: Casual.

AVOID
Cargo

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Bootleg

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Flares

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Age

Pants/Shorts - Shorts: Width for name - Page 31 in style guide.

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Regular Shorts

The classic and most widely flattering width of short. Wear with casual footwear i.e., tennis shoes, sandals, flip flops (thongs), driving moccasin, loafer or deck (Boat) shoe. Classification: Casual.

AVOID
Wide Shorts

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Slim Shorts

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Pants/Shorts - Shorts: Length for name - Page 32 in style guide.

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Above Knee

A hemline between just above the knee and mid thigh. The most universally flattering length for shorts. Classification: Business Casual (some tropical regions), Casual.

Knee

A hemline just below the knee and just above it. The most universally flattering length for shorts. Classification: Business Casual (some tropical regions), Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Below Knee

A hemline below the knee. Classification: Casual.

AVOID
High Thigh

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Mid Thigh

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Pants/Shorts - Short: Styles for name - Page 32 in style guide.

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Jamaica

Untailored shorts that sit approximately 5 cm above the knee. Classification: Business Casual (some tropical regions), Casual.

Tailored

Shorts that look like cut off versions of dress pants/trousers. Classification: Business Casual (some tropical regions), Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Bermuda/City

Shorts that sit on or just below the knee. Also known as city and walking shorts. Classification: Business Casual (some tropical regions), Casual.

AVOID
Bike

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Cargo

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Sport

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Speciality Wear - Swimwear: Styles for name - Page 33 in style guide.

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Board Shorts

Board shorts have long been associated with surfing. Also known as "boardies", especially in Australia. They are longer than trunks, shorts, or the form-fitting Speedo styles of swimwear. They extend to around knee length. Classification: Casual.

Trunk

Trunks are shorts that are loose and mid thigh in length. Classification: Casual.

AVOID
Brief/Speedo

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Square Cut

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Speciality Wear - Underwear: Styles for name - Page 33 in style guide.

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Boxer

Boxers were originally worn by prize fighters as underwear. They have square cut bottoms, and a high elasticised waistband. The length can vary from 20 to 40 cm at the side. Boxers have an advantage in that they won’t ride up. They are looser with less support, but you may forget you’re wearing them. Boxer shorts are probably the most relaxed type of undergarment to wear while sleeping. They offer poor support and are therefore not recommended for sports, or for those who remain seated entire days. When sitting down, loose boxer shorts will wrinkle along the thighs, and most of the time will result in a bumpy feeling under your pants. Wearing loose boxer shorts often gives you a wedgie sensation, because the loose fabric ends up where it is not supposed to. Boxers are best when wearing loose fitting pants like khakis.

Boxer Brief

Boxer briefs are made from knit cotton and are tight fitting like a brief, but in the style of a boxer. Briefs offer great support to the genital area. They are a practical choice when your job requires long periods of sitting-down. Sitting in front of a computer all day, briefs will be more comfortable, as they mould the buttocks and thighs, and remain in place throughout the entire day. The same goes for someone who practices sports. Boxer briefs are best when wearing tighter fitting pants like jeans.

Brief

Y-fronts are the most functional item of underwear a man can wear; whether you want to open the fly or pull the underwear down when nature calls, the choice is yours. Tends to have an ‘old man’ image.

Speciality Wear - Formal Wear for name - Page 36 in style guide.

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Shawl

Tuxedo jacket with shawl collar. Classification: Formal.

Black tie

Black Tie is another name for 'The Dinner Jacket' which was originally designed to wear to dinner (not to formal evenings at home or at the club). It is believed to have been derived from the “Smoking Jacket” which was a shawl-collared, double-breasted jacket slipped on when the men left the ladies for their after-dinner port, cigars and a game of billiards. King Edward VII, when he was Prince of Wales (the English Royal title for those in-waiting to be King), had his tailor make a dinner jacket minus the tails of the tailcoat around 1865. Edward’s dinner jacket retained the peaked lapels of the tailcoat and was single-breasted. Classification: Formal.

AVOID
White jacket

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Morning coat

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Tails

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Accessories - Basics: Scale for name - Page 44 in style guide.

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Medium

A pattern that is between the size of your palm and your fingertips in the repeat or where the repeat is between 3 x 3 cms (1 ¼ ” x 1 ¼ ”) and 10 x 10 cms (4 ” x 4 ”). CLASSIFICATION: Smart and Relaxed Casual depending on the fabric.

AVOID
Small

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Large

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Accessories - Eyewear: Styles for name - Page 44 in style guide.

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Diamond

There is no comment for this style

Square Round

There is no comment for this style

Rim-less

There is no comment for this style

Bevel

There is no comment for this style

ACCEPTABLE
Oval

There is no comment for this style

Wing

There is no comment for this style

Boston

There is no comment for this style

AVOID
Round

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Oval Thin

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Aviator

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Square

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Rectangular

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Rectangular Thin

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Accessories - Eyewear: Basics for name - Page 44 in style guide.

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Arm at Top of Frame

There is no comment for this style

Light Coloured/Light Frame

There is no comment for this style

ACCEPTABLE
Arm at Middle of Frame

There is no comment for this style

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Curved Top

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Good only if your eyebrows are curved, not straight.

Flat Top

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Good only if your eyebrows are straight, not curved.

AVOID
Arm at Base of Frame

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Dark Coloured/Heavy Frame

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Age

Accessories - Ties for name - Page 45 in style guide.

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Spot

The most versatile spot tie is the pin (fine) dot. Avoid coordinating spot ties with pin stripe, herringbone, plaid or heavily textured suits or shirts and do not team with casual shirts. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Fashion Stripe

Fashion stripe ties are those that have a stripe less wide than the Repp.Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Repp Stripe

Repp ties are very traditional and have athe potential to look dated quickly. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Houndstooth

The houndstooth pattern originates from Scotland, its angular shape gives it a serious image. Classification: Business.

Solid

Solid coloured ties are easy to coordinate but can be seen as boring. Sheen on a tie instantly adds a dressy, non-boring appearance. Classification: Business

Squares

A pattern made from repeating square. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Conversation

Ties with a theme such as dogs, kites, symbols etc. Classification: Casual.

Also known as Theme ties have a pattern of repeated sports, holiday, animal or artistic motifs. They are rarely appropriate for serious professional environments. Classification: Casual. Club ties are similar to theme ties and have a small figure or emblem repeated throughout the pattern. Originally they were worn by members of an exclusive club; today they are generally company ties. Compatible with patterned and plain shirts and solid coloured jackets. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Cartoon

Ties with cartoon charcters or logos. Classification: Casual.

Good only if worn on an appropriate occasion. Cartoon ties can reduce your credibility if worn at the wrong time.

AVOID
Floral

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Paisley

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Accessories - Shoe Basics: Surface for name - Page 46 in style guide.

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Ultra Shiny: Patent Leather

Classification: Formal

Polished Leather

Well-polished and cared for shoes show an attention to detail and care that others will assume will carry through to others areas of your life and work. Classification: Dressy, Business, Business Casual

Unpolished Leather

A matte finish can be the original surface of a shoe which will make it a more casual shoe or it can be the result of the shoe not having had the appropriate level of care. A man in a great outfit who is wearing shoes that obviously need a good polishing or repair shows that he lacks the skill or care to be aware of fine details. Classification: Business Casual, Casual

Accessories - Shoe Basics: Sole for name - Page 46 in style guide.

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Medium

There is no comment for this style

Medium-thick

A solid sole that gives the shoe a professional yet sturdy appearance. Classification: Business

Thick

A slightly thick sole that gives the shoe a casual, youthful and often trendy appearance. Classification: Business Casual, Casual

ACCEPTABLE
Thin

The thinner the sole of a shoe the more formal the shoe and dressier the shoe will appear. Classification: Business

Medium-thin

A slightly thicker sole that gives the shoe a professional image. Classification: Business

Accessories - Shoe Basics: Toe Shape for name - Page 46 in style guide.

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Round

Round toed shoes are seen as dressy and professional, neither demanding attention through its length or shape. Classification: Business, Business Casual

Long

There is no comment for this style

Square

The squarer the toe, the more casual the image; add length and the image is made a little more formal. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual

The most casual of the shoe toe shapes, though, when combined with a polished leather upper and an obviously well cared for shoe; the look is more than adequate for business wear. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual

ACCEPTABLE
Long Pointed

Classification: Dressy, Business

Accessories - Shoe Basics: Apparent Weight for name

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Medium

Shoes that have an appearance of being medium weight work well with most garments. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual

ACCEPTABLE
Light

Shoes that have a light appearance are dressy and work well with smooth fine fabrics (including socks). Classification: Dressy, Business, Business Casual

AVOID
Heavy

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Accessories - Shoe Basics: Detail for name - Page 46 in style guide.

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Plain

The plainer the shoe, the easier it is to coordinate with a multiple of garments. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual

ACCEPTABLE
Ornate

An ornate shoe is one that commands attention and is best coordinated with textured or patterned trousers. Classification: Business

Accessories - Dress Shoe Styles: Lace-ups for name - Page 47 in style guide.

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Brogue: Classic

The term Brogue is used to describe any dress shoe that has “brogueing”; the tiny holes punched in the leather to form a pattern. In about 1790 the Irish and Scots, after continually walking through a marshy field and having their shoes fill with water started punching holes into the toe and around the sides of their shoes to let bog water escape. At the end of the 19th century shoemakers began copying the elaborate decorative perforations. “Medallion” or “semi-brogue” describes a perforated design only on the toe, like the cap toe. “Full brogues” refer to a design carried onto the sides, like wing tips. The more design, the less dressy the shoe. Classification: Business

Brogue: Wing Tip

The Wingtip is the most recognised style of the brogue. Its name is derived from the perforated toe decoration that resembles a bird with spread wings. It is a faux pas to wear Wingtips with formal wear. Classification: Business

Brogue: Wing Tip Spectators

Spectator Brogues (also known as Co-respondents) are two colour tone shoes. They are correctly worn only in summer and considered a non-business shoe. Classification: Dressy.

Cap Toe Blucher

Cap Toe shoes have a separate piece of plain leather that is attached straight across the shoe’s toe. It may be plain or decorated with brogueing. A cap toe visibly decreases the length of your foot. Classification: Business, Business Casual

Smooth Toe Blucher

The clean lines of this shoe make it extremely versatile. Classification: Business, Business Casual

Cap Toe Balmoral

Cap Toe shoes have a separate piece of plain leather that is attached straight across the shoe’s toe. It may be plain or decorated with brogueing. A cap toe decreases the apparent length of your foot. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Chukka

Chukkas are an ankle boots that have laces and a plain toe. Normally they have no more than a total of six eyelets. Also know as Jodhpur Boots. Classification: Business Casual

Patent Leather Derby

Derbys are Oxfords that have less than six eyelets per side. Patent leather shoes are for formal wear only and are made from fine specially chosen leather that has been varnished and polished into a high shine finish. Classification: Formal

Split Toe Derby

Classification: Business, Formal

Derby

Classification: Business, Formal

Accessories - Dress Shoe Styles: Slip-ons for name - Page 47 in style guide.

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Loafer: Tasseled

A Loafer is a low heeled step-in shoe into which a person's foot slides, without any fastening. Loafers have no shoelaces or buckles. A Tassel Loafer – has dangling leather florets, or tassels that adorn the top of the shoe that makes it dressier than other less adorned styles; for example, the penny. Classification: Business, Business Casual

Loafer: Penny

A Penny Loafer was originally styled after a moccasin and was re-invented by G. H. Bass & Co in 1936. It was termed “Weejun” from Norwegian fisherman’s shoe and “Injun” moccasin. Penny loafers are made of leather and are often worn in formal situations. Classification: Business Casual.

Dress Moccasin

The first Moccasin was developed from the methods used by North American Indians. A moccasin construction produces a very light, flexible and comfortable shoe with a distinctive appearance. A 'bag' of leather is formed by hand stitching an apron to a vamp. This bag is dampened and then forced on to the last to form the shape of the shoe. The sole is then stitched or glued to the formed upper part. Because the soft leather goes round the foot, forming a flexible and adaptable 'bag', a moccasin is an exceptionally comfortable shoe. Classification: Business Casual

Monk Strap

A Monk Strap shoe is closed by a strap with a buckle over the tongue at the instep (rather than lacings) to tie the quarters together. The style was designed by an Alpine monk and widely worn by the clergy. It was the style of boot and shoe worn by the Pilgrims. Buckles on shoes were popular in France, Italy, and in England from 1660 to 1685. Classification: Business Casual

Dress Boot

A dress boot is any that has a polished leather finish. Classification: Business Casual

Accessories - Casual Shoe Styles for name - Page 48 in style guide.

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Moccasin

The first Moccasin was developed from the methods used by North American Indians. A moccasin construction produces a very light, flexible and comfortable shoe with a distinctive appearance. A 'bag' of leather is formed by hand stitching an apron to a vamp. Because the soft leather goes round the foot, forming a flexible and adaptable 'bag', a moccasin is an exceptionally comfortable shoe. Classification: Business Casual.

Boat/Deck

A Boat/Deck shoe is a shoe that was originally designed to be worn aboard a boat; it usually has a non-slip sole, side lacing details, and is correctly worn without socks. Classification: Casual

NuBuck

Any casual shoe that is made out of leather that has been “bucked” or sanded for a smooth texture with a slight nap. Classification: Casual

Plimsoll

A plimsoll is a shoe with a canvas upper vulcanised to a rubber sole. They were first invented for wear on board ship and later gained popularity as school sports shoes. Classification: Casual

Trainer

Classification: Casual

Walking

Classification: Casual

Track

Classification: Casual

ACCEPTABLE
Clog

Classification: Casual

AVOID
Gym

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Age

Accessories - Casual Boot Styles for name - Page 49 in style guide.

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Chukka

Chukkas are ankle high boots that have two eyelets, are usually suede and are unlined with a cushy crepe-rubber sole. Originally worn by polo players and derived from chukka, a period in polo games. First worn in the U.S. in 1924 by the Duke of Windsor who had visited India, played a little polo and picked up a few pairs of these boots. Classification: Casual

Desert

Desert boots are similar to Chukka boots but they are usually lined and made with stitch-down construction, where the upper is not wrapped under your toes, but turned outward, like a flange and sewn directly to the outsole. Classification: Casual

Chelsea/Riding

Made for horseback riding, these boots may be above the ankle to just below the knee. They may have bootstraps at the top for ease of pulling on the boots. Classification: Casual

Pull-on

Casual adaptation of the pull-on dress boot. Classification: Smart Casual, Casual

ACCEPTABLE
Hiking

Hiking boots are designed to provide support above the ankle with suede leather upper, padded collar and soft leather lining. Lace up front usually with a cushioned insole and padded quarter and tongue. They often have Vibram lug-type outsoles and heel. Classification: Casual

Biker

Biker boots are 30 cm high, straight sided, with low heel and leather strap (monk strap) buckled across the instep. Motorcyclists favoured the boot in the fifties to protect their legs from the heat of the engine. Classification: Casual

Ugg Boot

Ugg boots is a generic term for a type of sheepskin boot which has been made in Australia and New Zealand for nearly 200 years. They were originally called ug boots or ugh boots, which is short for "ugly"; however, the American importer Kookaburra introduced the idea that the name comes from the way it "hugs" the foot and leg. Due to trademark issues (see below), uggs are often known in the retail world by the more generic term sheepskin boots. Classification: Casual

Western

Western boots have round to pointed toes for slipping into a stirrup and high heels for keeping you there. The origins of the Cowboy Boot were as riding boots for the marauding Mongol tribesmen. It is not advised to wear western boots with suits unless you live in Texas.. Classification: Casual

AVOID
Doc Martin

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Age

Patriot/Army

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Age

Accessories - Sandals for name - Page 48 in style guide.

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Surf

Invented by Mark Thatcher who put himself through Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff in the late 1970s as a guide on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. As he led tourists through the Canyon, often hiking through water, Thatcher watched his guests remove their running shoes, swim across a pool, then stop to lace their shoes back on before continuing. That and other experiences convinced him that the best way to traverse that terrain was in amphibious sandals. Thatcher developed the Teva (which means Nature in Hebrew) sports sandal in 1982. The ‘first’ sport sandal combined a sandal with the sole of an athletic shoe. Thatcher started his company in 1984 to produce amphibious footwear that would not get soggy, clammy, water-logged or pebble infested on river raft trips. Classification: Casual

Birkenstock

The Birkenstock family has been making shoes in Germany since 1774. In 1897, Konrad Birkenstock introduced the revolutionary contoured insole that conforms to the natural shape of the foot. Margot Fraser, a German immigrant to America, discovered these sandals on a trip to a Bavarian spa in 1966. She returned to her home in Northern California and began importing the sandals. Fraser later became the chairman of the board of Birkenstock USA. The classic two-strap suede “Arizona” (illustrated) was introduced in 1973. Classification: Casual

Toe Slide

Also called flip-flops or zori. They originate from a Japanese sandal with sponge rubber sole held on the foot by two straps which come up between the first and second toes and fasten to the side of the sole. Classification: Casual

Slide

Sandals originating from clogs. Designed to slip the foot into. Classification: Casual

T-Bar

Flat sandals with several wide cross straps to hold the sole to the foot and one wide strap around the ankle. Copied from sandals worn in Roman arenas by gladiators. Classification: Casual

Accessories - Hats and Caps for name - Page 50 in style guide.

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Homburg

Homburgs are made of stiff felt with a narrow brim (not a snap brim), which is curled up along the edges, and a lengthwise crease in the crown. Classification: Business

Akubra

Akubra is the Aboriginal word for head covering. Australians in World Wars I and II wore Akubras, which were produced by the Akubra company. Classification: Casual

Stetson

Also known as a 10 gallon hat, a Stetson is a large 18 cm wide brimmed felt hat with the 15cm high crown worn creased or standing up in cone shape and with the brim rolled up on both sides and dipping in front. Classification: Casual

Gaucho

A Gaucho is a black felt hat with a wide flat brim and a shallow flat-topped crown worn originally by South American cattle workers. Classification: Casual

Gambler

A Gambler hat originates from the American wild west and Mississippi region. Classification: Casual

Beanie

A Beanie is a skullcap (no brim) cut in gores to fit the head. Classification: Casual

ACCEPTABLE
Fedora

A Fedora is any soft felt hat with a “snap brim” (a brim that can be flipped downward in front) and high crown with length-wise crease from front to back. Often it has two front dents or pinches. Classification: Business Casual, Casual

Outback

Also known as a Bushman it is a hat similar to a western hat, it has a high crown with a flat top and a wide brim frequently trimmed with a leather thong. Classification: Casual

Bucket

A Bucket hat is similar in style to an Irish Fisherman’s hat, and can be crushed, placed in your pocket and retrieved without harm to the hat. Classification: Business Casual, Casual

Boonie

A Boonie is an urban bush hat. They are made of strong, light-weight, breathable, 100% cotton camouflage printed fabric, lined with a twill sweatband. The hat usually has fabric-covered ventilation grommets in the crown. Classification: Casual

AVOID
Pork Pie/Trilby

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Derby

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Boater

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Panama

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Golf

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Cossack

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Bell

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Baseball

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Ranger

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Cuffley

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Face shape

Line and Design - Design Influence for name - Page 53 in style guide.

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Vertical

Any design feature or line that runs vertical on the body. These make the area to which they have been applied appear slimmer and longer.

Diagonal

Any design feature or line that runs diagonally on the body. When at a strong angle they act like verticals lines making the area to which they have been applied appear slimmer and longer. When more towards the horizontal they will make the area to which they have been applied appear broader.

Your best diagonal lines for the upper body are more horizontal than vertical.

Your best garments will have Good only in garments that have diagonal lines on the upper body and are more vertical than horizontal.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Horizontal

Any design feature or line that runs horizontally on the body. These make the area to which they have been applied appear broader and can shorten overall height if used in multiples.

Good only for garments that have horizontal design features and lines above your mid chest. Avoid placing more than two bands of horizontal colour on your body e.g.., white shoes, black jeans and a blue T shirt.

AVOID
Circular

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Line and Design - Focal Points for name

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Neck

Any eye catching design feature, colour or accessory placed at or above the neck.

Upper Chest/Shoulders

Any eye catching design feature, colour or accessory placed between the upper chest and shoulders.

AVOID
Mid Chest

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Horizontal type

Stomach

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Hips

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Line and Design - Silhouette: Above the Waist for name - Page 57 in style guide.

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Semi Fitted

Garments that sit close to the body. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Very Fitted

Garments that hug the body. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Straight

Garments that sit away from the body. Classification: Casual.

Line and Design - Pattern: Size for name - Page 58 in style guide.

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Medium

A pattern that is between the size of your palm and your fingertips in the repeat or where the repeat is between 3 x 3 cms (1 ¼ ” x 1 ¼ ”) and 10 x 10 cms (4 ” x 4 ”). CLASSIFICATION: Smart and Relaxed Casual depending on the fabric.

AVOID
Small

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Large

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Line and Design - Pattern: Type for name - Page 58 in style guide.

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Business Plaid

A pattern consisting of fine crossed horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colours on a conservative background. Classification: Business, Business Casual.

Complex

A pattern where the repeat of the pattern is difficult to see and the pattern is detailed. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Subtle

A pattern where the apparent visual effect on the body is dimished due to the low contrast between the colours. This type of pattern confuses the eye and is great at camoflaging weight. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

GOOD ONLY IF... MATCH
Casual Check

A pattern consisting of medium to wide crossed horizontal and vertical bands in two or more bright colours on a dull or bright backround. Classification: Casual.

Good only in subtle colours.

AVOID
Floral

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Obvious Repeat

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Line and Design - Pattern: Vertical Stripes for name - Page 59 in style guide.

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Thin and Wide Set

Fine, vertical stripes separated by a medium width of space. Classification: Business to Business Casual depending on colours.

ACCEPTABLE
Thick and Wide Set

Thick vertical stripes set at an equal or wider spacing. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Thin and Close Set

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Line and Design - Pattern: Horizontal Stripes for name - Page 60 in style guide.

ACCEPTABLE
Thin and Close Set

Fine, close set horizontal stripes. The thicker the stripes and the farther that are apart the wider and shorter you will appear to be. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Thin and Wide Set

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Thick and Wide Set

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Line and Design - Pattern: Placement for name - Page 60 in style guide.

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Above the Waist

Patterned garments worn above the waist. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Below the Waist

Patterned garments worn below the waist. Classification:Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Above and below the waist

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Line and Design - Face Shape for name - Page 51 in style guide.

SUPERIOR
Face Shape

SQUARE

There are many styles that will suit your face shape. The following information contains the most important aspects of a good style for your face shape.

A square face is broad at the jaw line and the hairline and has little length from the eye brows to the hair line and from the mouth to the chin.

With weight gain, a square face becomes a round face.

Your Goal:

To look for styles that visually lengthen your face and soften your jaw line (if desired).

Characteristics of a Good Style.

Natural looking styles.

Styles that add height to the top of the head and temples.

An off-centre part with a swept to the side fringe.

Hair close at the ears to emphasise cheekbones.

Hair a bit longer in the back to lengthen the face.

Avoid:

Too much fullness at the ears.

Straight fringes, especially those that are heavy.

Centre parts (makes jaw look squarer).

While there are many great stylists, if you have any trouble finding one, I recommend you ring Schwarzkopf and ask for your closest PH Salon (Progressive Hairdressing). PH Salons are those that have been recognised for their high level of expertise and constant ongoing training.

Coordination - Fabric Surface: Above Waist for name - Page 61 in style guide.

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Matt

A surface that reflects no light e.g., cotton, linen, wool etc. Matt surfaces absorb the light and as a result gives the most slimming appearance when in a medium light to dark colour. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Sheen

A surface that has a slight sheen e.g., silk. Surfaces with sheen elevate the garment to a dressy appearance. Surfaces with sheen only slightly enlarge the area it has been appied to. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Shine

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Coordination - Fabric Surface: Below Waist for name - Page 61 in style guide.

SUPERIOR
Matt

A surface that reflects no light e.g., cotton, linen, wool etc. Matt surfaces absorb the light and as a result gives the most slimming appearance when in a medium light to dark colour. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Sheen

A surface that has a slight sheen e.g., silk. Surfaces with sheen elevate the garment to a dressy appearance. Surfaces with sheen only slightly enlarge the area it has been appied to. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Shine

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Coordination - Texture and Bulk: Above Waist for name - Page 62 in style guide.

SUPERIOR
Fine

Fine fibers knitted or woven togther ro create a garment of minimal bulk with a smooth surface. Fine fabrics have a sophisticated and dressy appearance. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Medium

Medium fibers that when knitted or woven together create a garment with in some bulk, and a textured surface. The surface may feel soft or rough. The more bulk a garment has the more it will make the body appear heavier and the more casual the image. Rough texture is also Casual. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Thick

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Coordination - Texture and Bulk: Below Waist for name - Page 62 in style guide.

SUPERIOR
Fine

Fine fibers knitted or woven togther ro create a garment of minimal bulk with a smooth surface. Fine fabrics have a sophisticated and dressy appearance. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Medium

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Thick

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Coordination - Colour: Above and Below Waist for name - Page 63 in style guide.

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Light Top/Dark Pant

This colour coordination has a definite eyes-up attraction. It decreases the apparent size of the lower body and increases apparent height. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Medium Top/Medium Pant

This colour coordination slightly decreases apparent overall weight. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Medium Top/Dark Pant

This colour coordination has a slight eyes-up attraction. It decreases the apparent size of the lower body and increases apparent height. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Dark Top/Dark Pant

This colour coordination decreases apparent overall weight. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Light Top/Medium Pant

This colour coordination has a slight eyes-up attraction. It decreases the apparent size of the lower body and increases apparent height. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Medium Top/Light Pant

This colour coordination increases the apparent weight of the lower half of your body and slight decreases apparent height. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

Dark Top/Medium Pant

This colour coordination decreases apparent overall weight. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

AVOID
Light Top/Light Pant

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Dark Top/Light Pant

This style doesn`t suit you due to your: Weight

Coordination - Single Colour: Flow for name - Page 64 in style guide.

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Monochromatic

The same or variations of one colour worn on the upper and lower body. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.

Up Outside

A single colour worn to the outside of your body. Classification: Business Casual, Casual.

ACCEPTABLE
Up Inside

A single colour worn up the inside of your body accompanied by an open cardigan, vest or jacket. Classification: Business, Business Casual, Casual.