Style Showdown: AFL Grand Final

We are a fickle lot here at The Significant Man. We have decided to go against the grain and try to pick the winner of this weekends AFL grand final in our own unique way. It has nothing to do with team consistency, ball handling skills or even individual player stats. Our system of picking the winner is based on off-field menswear fashion style.

So let’s take a look at two big name players from each team. For Hawthorn we have chosen captain Luke Hodge, and for the Sydney Swans it just has to be co-captain Adam Goodes.

                             

Luke Hodge has a certain effortless charm that allows him to look sharp in virtually any outfit. As a born leader, Hodge can wear something as simple as a plain tank top and still exude confidence and style.

Of course, having that confidence can so easily lead to some fashion mishaps. We are not sure what to make of this shiny grey suit with black trims. On the one hand we admire Hodge’s boldness. The suit is certainly a head turner and the matching black tie and crisp white shirt gives it a bit of retro charm.

What are your thoughts on this glossy grey suit?

For an evening at the Brownlows, I think we would probably go with this more refined look. Luke Hodge brings out his inner James Bond here with his wife Lauren, wearing a classic black tuxedo with bow tie.

Dual Brownlow medalist Adam Goodes is well known as one the nice guys of AFL football. A superstar on the field, in person he has a relaxed, laid back vibe. We like his casual “just from the gym” look with printed T-Shirt and sweat jacket.

When he steps it up a notch, Goodes shows he has definite style. Check out this three quarter length jacket with open shirt look. This shows some serious fashion chops and suits his size and shape extremely well.

In a more formal setting, Goodes continues to show style. This black suit and tie with crisp white shirt ensemble is hard not to like and Adam wears it well. A well fitted suit can always set you apart from the crowd.
Once again, it’s almost too close to call! Both Adam Goodes and Luke Hodge have their own distinct style and both men seem to enjoy taking some risks with their menswear.

A quick show of hands around The Significant Man office and the AFL grand final style showdown goes to…Adam Goodes!

There really is nothing in it. We suspect there may be some suspicious voting from a couple of diehard Swans fans here in the office. Nevertheless, the vote stands. We are tipping a Sydney Swans win on the weekend!

Who do you guys think has the style edge? Adam Goodes or Luke Hodge?

Advertisements

Style Showdown – NRL Grand Final

With the NRL grand final coming up this weekend we have been scratching our heads trying to pick the winner. Both Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm have had such strong seasons that we simply can’t separate them. We have been left with no other choice than to ignore the on-field attributes of both teams and instead base our decision on their off-field menswear style.

Let’s look at two of the biggest star players from the Bulldogs and the Storm. Hotshot players Ben Barba and Billy Slater.

                                     

Both are Dally M award recipients and both are key players for their respective teams, but how do these two powerhouse players match up in off field mens fashion style?

Ben Barba showed up to the recent Dally M awards in a slick looking black tuxedo with glossy tie, trims and lapels. This well fitted suit really made him stand out from the crowd and matched the tone of the evening perfectly.

At last years International Rugby League Player of the Year awards held in London, Billy Slater went with a no tie, open shirt look. This casual ensemble matches his personality well and creates a fresh looking, laid-back and approachable style.

It’s a tough one to pick. Do we go with the slick, formal look of Ben Barba or the more Laid-back casual charm of Billy Slater?

Both men look great but after taking a quick vote in the Significant Man offices, the result goes to Ben Barba by a small margin. His classic black dinner suit is hard to beat, and while Billy Slater nails the casual suit, Barba’s sleekness wins through on the day.

Whether Ben Barba’s off-field menswear style translates to on-field prowess this weekend remains to be seen but we here at The Significant Man are basing our tip on style. So it’s a Bulldogs win in a thriller!

Good luck to both teams!

How To Dress For Winter

Many men find dressing for the cooler months a bit of a challenge. Gone are the hot summer days where throwing on a cool t shirt and a pair of shorts will suffice, winter dressing takes considerably more thought.

Here’s what we think are some keys to Men’s winter fashion in 2012.

LAYER UP:

Layering isn’t about reaching blindly into your wardrobe and putting on shirt after shirt, jumper after jumper. There is an art to layering. Simplicity, colour tone and fabric are keys. For the professional, a plain white undershirt, followed up with a long sleeve dress shirt is a good start. A nice tie or scarf would be next, then a tasteful wool knit topped off with a wind shielding overcoat or jacket.

JUMPERS, JERSEY’S AND KNITS:

Winter is a great opportunity to find your own personal style when it comes to jumpers, jersey’s and knitwear. You simply cannot beat wool for that soft winter warmth. A V-neck knit works great over a business shirt, while it is hard to go past the distinguished look of a 100% Woolen Vest.

For the casual weekender, a wool Jersey will keep you safe from the harsh winds, while a Sloppy Joe is just the ticket for watching the Sunday afternoon footy game from the stands.

JACKETS AND COATS

There is no better way to keep you warm and toasty this winter than a reliable jacket and coat. A well made, versatile jacket is an essential item for any cold weather wardrobe, while a stylish overcoat worn over a suit provides the ultimate in mens winter fashion. The below knee length is not only a refined look, but will assist in keeping your legs warm.

SCARVES

When it comes to accessories, a scarf is not only a perfect windbreaker for your neck, but can add a dash of colour and style to an outfit. A good winter scarf should coordinate with your shirt and tie and often looks best when tucked under an overcoat.