Canadian Suit Drive helps men suit up for success

Moores' Canadian Suit Drive is on until July 28, 2014. (Supplied)

Moores' Canadian Suit Drive is on until July 28, 2014. (Supplied)

Joanne Richard, Special to QMI Agency
 

, Last Updated: 4:12 PM ET

 

Suit up for success. Canadian celebrity Rick Campanelli undergoes a complete transformation when he puts on a suit – “it’s like layering on a confidence booster.

“I feel invincible, like when a superhero puts on his cape. I feel I can take on the world,” says Campanelli, co-host of ET Canada.

The dapper-dresser, who loves to mix it up with different prints and patterns and then throw on some zany socks, wants others to feel the power that a suit provides so he has joined forces with Moores for the great Canadian Suit Drive, running to July 31. Campanelli is passionate about helping Canadian men who are transitioning into the workforce make a strong first impression. To date, the initiative at Moores’ stores across Canada has collected 12,000 gently-used suits, along with shirts, ties and dress shoes. The goal is 50,000 much needed articles of clothing. Collected items are donated to more than 60 recipient organizations across the country that provide job readiness programs for men.

Meanwhile, looking good on the outside boosts feeling good on the inside, and wearing a suit is a sure way to do so, but be sure to find the right cut, colour and fit, says fashion expert Lucia Connor, of Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

Find the perfect suit with tips from Connor:

Invest in a classic piece: A good suit can last forever. It’s important to invest in a quality suit that is comfortable, flattering and specially tailored, says Connor. The main suit in any man’s closet should be monochromatic and classic. “This gives men the freedom to diversify their look by simply changing their shirt or tie to accommodate any occasion.”

Sport your best jacket: If a suit isn’t necessary to the wardrobe, a sport jacket is ideal for many events and occasions and can easily transition from business to casual, says Connor. One jacket can go a long way since it can be paired with jeans, khakis or dress pants. Look for jackets that have unique embellishments such as leather trim or interesting buttons. “Mix and match jackets and pants. Don’t be afraid to pair bright pants with a dark jacket for a bold look.”

Modernize your look: An older suit can easily be transformed by bringing brightly-coloured and patterned accessories or dress shirts into the mix. Don’t be afraid to play around with funky prints and patterns. “Pocket squares, embellished shirts or funky socks are not off limits.” Swap a tie for a bow tie for more formal events, or ditch it altogether for casual settings.

Get it tailored: Whether the pants are too baggy or the sleeves are too long, an ill-fitted suit will make any man look sloppy. “Be sure to wear a dress shirt and dress shoes for the alteration appointment to ensure the best fit possible,” adds Connors.

Go slim: Gone are the days of the wide-leg pant. “Check out tapered pants that meet the ankle for a more modern, tailored fit,” adds Connor.

Walking tall: Having an assortment of shoes can help change up the look of a suit. Brown or black; pointed or round; suede or leather - the options are endless, adds Connor.

You can help

Help spread the word by posting about the Canadian Suit Drive on social media. Moores will donate $1 (up to $10,000) each time consumers do one or more of the following:

• Follow @MooresClothing on Twitter

• Tweet #SuitDrive

• Share any of the CSD videos found on canadiansuitdrive.com


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