IN TOUCH : Best dressed

Slim-fitting suits are the new season’s essential for every successful businessman’s wardrobe, says stylist Michiko Hylands.
Although men often choose looser suits for comfort, that’s mistake, says Hylands, who is the senior stylist for Television New Zealand. Loose suits can make you look bigger and slim fits are sharper and very current right now.
“It’s really important to keep very tailored, fitting look for men’s suits,” she says. “Slim-fitting pants are more flattering for guy.” She says many of the smart suits worn by business and news presenters are tailored for them by Auckland stores Crane Brothers or Working Style.
For businesswomen, the message is not to be too revealing, she says. “The key words are sophisticated, neat and polished.”
Skirts should be fitted, and not slit too far up the back. But it’s okay to wear pretty blouse with business-like skirts or pants.
Murray Crane of Crane Brothers says Kiwi businessmen are getting the message about tailored suits, especially those who travel abroad. All their suits are altered to fit each customer’s arm length and buttons are sewn on when they are fitted.

Hylands’ weekly fashion blog can be found on

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