What you need to know about men's fashion
GQ Magazine offers several style tips that will help you earn the "best dressed" status symbol. There are some of the "commandments" they list for men's fashion to achieve this look:
1. Honor thy tailor. According to GQ, even the best suits need altering. In men's fashion this is probably the most important detail that is not always adhered to. Pants need to be shortened, jackets need to be brought in, sleeves need to be narrowed (yes, you can ask your tailor to slim down your sleeves), and buttons need to be realigned with buttonholes (most guys' shoulders aren't entirely even, meaning your jacket often sits a bit askew).
If you're going to buy off the rack, you should always buy your correct size, then have a tailor customize it to your body. GQ says that the chances are you're wearing your suit a size too large. Its shoulders should hug your shoulders (not jut out past them). Also, have your tailor size the sleeves so they stop at the hinge of your wrist (not halfway down your thumb) and to size the pants so they break once (not gather in a baggy mess at your heels). Having your tailor properly fit your suit is the difference between being appropriately dressed and being stylishly dressed.
Custom tailored suits and even dress shirts are another option. Custom tailoring means that everything will fit right - and if you need to have a lot of alterations done on ready-made clothes, it may be an economical alternative.
2. Thou shalt learn when to cuff 'em. If you're wearing a trim, modern suit with flat-front pants?the kind often shown in men's fashion magazines?you should not cuff your pants. However, if you're a guy who likes a classic suit with a single pleat, go for a cuff?but not more than one and a half inches deep.
3. Thou shalt match your socks with your suit. Another must in men's fashion. When choosing socks, the basic rule is to consider the suit instead of the shoe?in other words, if you're wearing a navy suit with black shoes, reach for navy socks. And when wearing a light suit, make sure the socks are darker than the suit but a shade or so lighter than the shoes.
4. Thou shalt not wear a tie that is too slim. Unless you're a hard-core men's fashion guy who favors a superskinny tie, stick with one that measures about three inches at its widest point. It will be narrower than traditional ties, but not by too much. Tie one on and you'll look modern and sophisticated. We assume that's the look you want to achieve!
5. Remember thy undershirt. This one's an interesting and tricky men's fashion tip. If you're wearing a conventional white broadcloth dress shirt (which means it's fairly see-through), you have two options: Skip the undershirt and you'll look clean and stylish. Or, if you're a hairy guy who perspires a lot and you feel safer in an undershirt, wear a crewneck. The lines of a V-neck or tank top will be visible beneath your shirt and tie and you'll look cheesy. GQ suggest that if you prefer a V-neck or tank top, you might consider other dress shirts. Go for ones with checks or stripes, which make an undershirt less visible. Or opt for hardier fabrics, like an oxford cloth, which make undershirts all but invisible.
6. Thou shalt put your wallet on a diet. Your wallet should not be as fat as a burrito. In fact, GQ says that you should get rid of your wallet and you should trash all the receipts, video cards, that's stuffed into it. Buy an elegant, slim leather credit card holder and stock it with your essential cards. Then, fold your cash in a money clip. All that other nonsense can go in your desk drawer. You don't need it.
7. Thou shalt wear brown shoes?with nearly everything. Black dress shoes are easy?they're understated and tasteful. In men's fashion, the GQ experts say that brown dress shoes up the style factor. People notice them. They go best with gray, khaki, or navy. Dark brown shoes are easier to pull off than light brown ones.
Other men's fashion tips worth noting are:
Buy a two-button suit. It will give you a slimmer, more streamlined look, and it will better show off your shirt and tie. According to the fashion experts, the days of three-button dominance are over.
Put toe taps on your leather-soled dress shoes. They will significantly increase the shoes' life span.
If you're going to own one sweater, make it a charcoal gray v-neck. It goes perfectly with a dark suit in fall or winter and with jeans or cords in spring.
A black J.M. Weston belt works with khakis, jeans, suits, everything. It is the one belt every man should own.
A dark, slim tie will instantly give any ensemble a younger, cooler feel. And unlike wider ties, it looks as good with a jean jacket as with a suit jacket.
And, the last men's fashion tip is: Invest in a classic one- or two-button tuxedo with peak or notch lapels. It makes no sense (stylistically or fiscally) to rent a tuxedo each time you attend a black-tie event.
Squash tips: We compete for sex to propogate our own genetics. We have an inbuilt system which mimics successors and imagination to improve our chances. Why not use this to improve our squash. Developing a System for Squash You may ask the question: Why a system?
The answer is simply this: Without a system (program) to follow, the progress of development would be extremely haphazard with great difficulty in finding and fixing weaknesses. With a system to follow, the participant or student can take each individual section or routine of the system, develop it separately and then slot it back into the complete system for an overall improvement. Coaches can organize programs to do the same and also break a student's performance down into the separate bits of the system to isolate problem areas and then devise a training program to fix the bit that is not working correctly. The concept of a system is a powerful development tool and is not as inflexible as many people may think. In this article I hope to give an outline of a simple squash system that you can develop further. This system may initially cause your game to suffer for a short time as you grasp the concepts, but I assure you that the long term benefits will far outweigh any short term lapse in performance. The system may require a shift in your present game, especially if you are a club player. Those who are trained at the highest level and in the world rankings may already have developed a system. If not, they should have!
How The System Works: The various parts of a rally (both players exchanging shots) are broken up into important pieces that if not done well will cause that whole part to suffer. These parts are organized in a way that the second part relies on the first part being successful and same for the third part relying on the second. I broke the rally up into six major parts as taught separately in most coaching texts but not organized into any order or system.
These important sections are: > READY: Waiting for your opponent's return or service. You must be totally alert, in a good position, have your racket ready, watching for the ball to leave the opponent and have your feet ready to move very quickly in an instant. NOTE: During a rally, good position depends on where the opponent is hitting the ball from (dynamic positioning), but, if you don't already know them, have a coach point these out to you or if just beginning then use a position as close to a step in front of the 'T' (center) as you can without interfering with your opponent's swing or shot at the front wall. If waiting for a service, then a good position is between the inside rear corner of the service box in your quarter and the center line. > PROJECTION: This is my term for guessing a likely path for the ball to follow from the opponent's racket. It must allow for changes due to odd bounces from joints and ball spin. Since if you are close to the correct place and the bounce alters, then you have the chance to quickly adjust your movement and still position yourself to make a great shot. > SPEED: This is an often misunderstood concept, but it is basically the ability to take long strides, dive and lunge into position quickly so you have plenty of time to place your shot. Too many players run straight forward to the ball and find that they not only waste energy but are too upright on reaching the ball to hit it well. This also lessens their ability to recover from their shot. > AWARENESS: A not very well taught aspect of squash but extremely important, as you must watch both the ball and your opponent (loose or 50% focus) to check on your opponent's movements. This makes the game safer as you are less likely to hit them and means you will also know the best place to aim your shot. > STROKE: With the above parts done well, you should be in prime position to play a great shot and know exactly where to put it. Now your racket skill comes into the game. Here is where a lot of matches are won or lost. Racket up high, take your time, watch the ball onto your racket (tight or 100% focus) and place it where you want it to go with the correct power for the chosen shot. Needs tons of practice. I gain better focus on the ball by pointing at it with my non-racket hand just before striking it. > RECOVERY: Now you must charge back to a 'Good Position' to cover any returns from the shot you just made. Here you must start moving as soon as the ball leaves your racket and be watching both the ball and your opponent's movements (loose or 50% focus) so as to avoid collisions and interference. From here you start at READY again if your opponent reaches the ball.
Applying The System:
The above parts are broken up into their important component(s). All components (sub-actions) must be performed correctly before the main action is completed properly. Thus I've set it up as a checklist.
You must check all the bracketed actions below a main action before you can consider the main action as completed.
The best approach is to watch great players' execution of the sub-actions, then visualize yourself doing them in your mind. As a great thinker once stated, "You are what you think you are." Another very good saying is. "If the vision is big and strong enough, the brain will find a way to make it real." Such is the history of progress for the human race.
After you have done a lot of visualization and can remember all the sub-actions of a main action. Practice the main action on court with a coach or friend. Physically step yourself through the sub-actions (tick the boxes in your mind just as you visualized above until you can do them fluently. Keep doing these for all the main actions. Once you can remember them all and they become reasonably automatic, you can try applying the entire system to a game situation.
The Cycle: Repeat the above until you get to where you want to be and beyond. Observe great players performing each sub-action, mimic them (visualize yourself performing the sub-action & making similar muscle movements) and then put the action together on the court.
THE CHECKLIST: 1 - Ready: [ ] I am in a good position? [ ] My racket is up high? [ ] I am watching the ball meet my opponent's racket? [ ] My feet are ready to move quickly (moving and on toes)?
2 - Projecting: [ ] I am watching the ball leaving my opponent's racket or body (if behind)? [ ] I am starting to move towards the best place to hit a return for that shot?
3 - Speed: [ ] I am taking large strides, sidesteps, diving and lunging into position?
4 - Awareness: [ ] I know where my opponent is or where they are going?
5 - Shot: [ ] I am in a good position and balanced? [ ] My racket is up high? [ ] I am watching the ball onto my racket? [ ] I am hitting the ball accurately and with correct power for my chosen shot?
6 - Recovery: [ ] I am moving back towards the center of court as soon as I strike the ball. [ ] I am watching the ball (loosely) and moving towards a better position to cover any shot my opponent can make.
Finally: With plenty of practice all sub-actions and main actions will become automatic and you will be able to execute them all in sequence without even thinking of them. Then you will know you are going to be a great squash player!
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