When Jack Black makes a trip to the tailor, his demands are simple: make a damn fine suit that won't self-destruct at the seams after performing a Seagal-like roundhouse kick. (Well, at least that's what we think.) You see, the actor-musician and plus-size version of Tom Cruise throws around slick moves on red carpets and photocalls like he is participating in a lifetime audition for the role as the fifth Ninja Turtle or until Stallone casts him in the next installment of The Expendables. And credit to his tailoring team, his suit has never given up on his tireless pursuit for partial leg splits and the severity of his expanding waistline as evidenced by his recent appearance at the Australian premiere of Kung Fu Panda 3 in Sydney. Just because Black has been spared from embarrassment (if that is even possible) doesn't mean the rest of us should put our style game on the line espcially if you know your day's duty is to bust some moves and/or partake in heavy lifting (we don't want to ask why). Trust us, showing off undies in a non-Calvin Klein-made moment thanks to your seams giving way might take years to undo in this camera phone-toting generation. Just google "man splits pants exposing junk on Vine" and you'd know what we mean. However, your solution to avoid being an internet meme is as simple as picking out the right fabric and cuts. If you're unsure, ask the experts for travel-friendly tailoring. What this means is fabric that don't wrinkle as easily and are made to withstand the abuse of a day's wear. Seek cotton stretch and crinkle cotton fabrics (the names say it all); trousers in a relaxed fit (to facilitate those roundhouse kicks); and a pair of squeaky clean sneakers (obvs). And even if you're under a from-airport-to-office scenario, you won't for a moment look out of place.
Shanghai Tang spring-summer 2016 (left: cotton-elastane new travel jacket; right: cotton-poly stretch jacket)
Emporio Armani spring-summer 2016 (loose fit trousers)
Hogan spring-summer 2016 (leather sneakers)