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Attention fellas! It’s time to get dapper. Prom means looking your best for you and your date. While formalwear might seem like a foreign language, there is nothing to fear about looking your best on prom night.

Read on for some simple ways to impress your date and steal the show.

The style

Unless your prom has a strict dress code, you have several options at your disposal:

• Tuxedo: This is your most formal option.

• Suit: You have a two-piece (pants and jacket) and a three-piece (pants, vest and jacket) option at your disposal.

• Blazer: A blazer is a dinner jacket. This is a great way to dress up a pair of jeans.

The cut

The cut refers to how the suit will fit your body. Think: Skinny, slim or athletic. Whether you are rent-ing, buying or borrowing, it is important to know what looks best on your frame.

But what does a good a fit actually look like?

• The shoulder. A well-fitted shoulder lies flat. The upper seam should be the length of your shoulder, and the sleeve should begin at the top of your arm. The shoulder of a suit jacket should follow the lines of your body exactly.

• The seat. The “rear” of your pants should smoothly drape over your backside.

• The break. This refers to the small wrinkle that’s caused when your trouser leg hits the top of your shoe. A small wrinkle is fine. If your trouser leg can fall completely without hitting your shoe, your pants are too short. But you don’t want them bunching up either.

The color

The color of your suit is a great way to show off your personality.

• Black. Very James Bond. Black will never go out of style, and will always make you look your best.

• Gray or navy. Classic choices, but slightly different. These choices are very suave when accesso-rized well.

• Something unique. Choose a pattern, or go vintage with white or baby blue. This is for the bold and untraditional.

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