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Head designer and tailor Roberto Revilla of the luxury, bespoke tailoring brand Roberto Revilla London gives his top ten tips for dressing smarter. Now there’s no excuse not to look your best in the boardroom.

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Head designer and tailor Roberto Revilla of the luxury, bespoke tailoring brand Roberto Revilla London gives his top ten tips for dressing smarter. Now there’s no excuse not to look your best in the boardroom.

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Need To Dress Smarter? Top 10 Tips Right Here

Head designer and tailor Roberto Revilla of the luxury, bespoke tailoring brand Roberto Revilla London gives his top ten tips for dressing smarter. Now there’s no excuse not to look your best in the boardroom.

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With summer just around the corner everyone seems to be doing their best to look a bit leaner and toned (or is that just me?). Maybe you’re just naturally built on the more, um, "powerful" side? Either way, do you want to appear taller, more confident and project an air of success when you walk into the boardroom?

Here are my hard and fast tips for better dressing that just about any man can benefit from paying a little attention to:

1. Make sure you wear your clothes, never let your clothes wear you

By this I mean wear clothes that actually FIT. Loose fitting shirts, trousers and jackets make you look sloppy and down-trodden. ‘Down’ being the operative word. Experiment with different designers to find a trimmer fit that works for you, or find a good tailor to work with.

2. Keep it simple

We always want to have your viewers’ eyes sweeping up your body – the more they have to do this the more their brains register that you are taller than you actually are. So stay away from big chunky accessories like large-faced watches, thick belts and flowery pocket hanks. For your suit jackets stick to one or two buttons and just two outer pockets (consider ditching the flap if you have the choice).

3. Keep colours simple and avoid clashing

Keeping clothing colours within a fairly consistent colour theme will help create an illusion of height. Wear darker colours toward the bottom of the body, so if wearing a suit make sure your shirt (and tie) are lighter. If wearing a casual jacket and trousers, again make sure trousers are darker than the top half. Dark bottom, light top = taller. Dark top, light bottom = shorter.

4. When wearing patterns, vertical is better than horizontal

Vertical patterns such as stripes draw the eye line inwards and upwards. Horizontal patterns such as check draw the eye line down and out to the sides.

5. Stick to smaller proportions

Wear shirt collars with a narrow spread and shorter points, slimmer jacket lapels and plain hem trousers as opposed to turn ups. This all might sounds quite picky but when you combine all these small elements together it creates a significantly improved look.

6. Get the length right. Jacket should be slighter shorter than “cutting you in half level”. This creates a longer leg line. Don’t then ruin the effect by wearing your trousers on your hips – make sure they fit at your waist to create that extra length in the legs.

7. Dress trimmer - yep really

When we put on a few pounds our natural instinct is to try and go looser fit but remember my rule about wearing your clothes, not letting your clothes wear you? A two button jacket will create a slimmer line than a double-breasted or three-button. Avoid pleats and stick to plain front trousers. Go for slim-cut shirts. If you are spending a lot of time trying to shop ready-made and can’t find things that work, save yourself the hassle and find a good tailor to work with.

8. Mind your shoes

Shoes should be high quality leather, thin soled and round toed. Avoid chucky soles and square toes, they just add more weight to your outfit.

9. Dress in proportion

If you are broad and big don’t wear skinny lapels – they’ll just make you look even wider! Stick to jacket lapel widths that are just short of half way to the shoulder end. Make sure your trousers are a trim cut again without being skinny to avoid looking “top-heavy”. For shirts make sure the collar spread is no wider than your ears else you will look, well…wider.

10. Pay attention to sizing

When buying ready-made don’t be lazy. Try things on. Take your time. Most men buy in a rush or because they can’t be bothered and end up getting their sizing wrong (often a size too big) when often a little more care and attention would have had a significant impact on their look. Seek out a personal shopper or take someone whose opinion you trust with you. Or my recommendation is obviously to find a good tailor to work with.

For further information on the Roberto Revilla London brand, including further style advice from Roberto’s online Magazine, or to book your luxury tailoring experience visit www.robertorevillalondon.com.

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