Suit up, and get down to business

When one thinks of a powerful male figure, that man is usually decked out in a suit, because that piece of clothing speaks volumes.

Canadian actor Patrick J. Adams found this out when he took on the role of a rising New York lawyer in the American TV show, Suits.

"I didn't (like suits) at the beginning of the show... And then, over the course of two seasons, I've seen the difference that a suit can make to a man - the way it changes his posture, it changes the way that he looks and behaves and comports himself," Adams, 31, told My Paper.

"I think a good way to put it is 'the power of a suit'. I think that it just changes the air in a room a little bit when people are in suits and it makes everybody realise that they're sitting down to business," said Adams, who was in town to promote the show, which airs on Mondays on the Diva Universal channel.

Indeed, pop-culture figures from Daniel Craig to David Beckham and Jon Hamm have either contributed to, or gained from, the impact of a suit.

Beckham, for instance, was known for his unconventional fashion choices but, when he began donning suits, he contributed to the rise of the metrosexual - a term used to describe a straight man who is meticulous when it comes to his appearance.

As for Craig, much was made about the reinvented Tom Ford suits he donned as James Bond in last year's Skyfall. The suits - slim, fitted and with skinny lapels - helped him top a Daily Mail poll as the most stylish James Bond.

Then, there's the award-winning Mad Men, in which Hamm cuts a fine figure with sharp suits in his role as advertising exec Don Draper.

The enigmatic character's style has helped spark interest in corporate clothing, with labels from Banana Republic to Brooks Brothers putting out Mad Men-inspired lines.

The sheer fact of the matter is that a man in a suit looks good because he conveys strength and competence.

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