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08/15/2013 01:14 pm ET

'The Godfather' Can Teach Men A Thing Or Two About Style

Although the cinematic excellence of "The Godfather" wasn't lost on us style writers, we always finish the film with a lingering desire to talk fashion. Seriously -- Michael Corleone is the man.

Director Francis Ford Coppola ensured that his lead character, played by a very dapper Al Pacino, would be outfitted in the most luxurious yet muted suiting and accoutrements for a post-World War II mob scene using the same restraint with which he formulated his 1972 and 1974 masterpieces.

Naturally, we think the men in our lives could learn a thing or two from Mr. Corleone. Below, see the style lessons one can glean from a 6-hour "Godfather" marathon. (Only the first two films, because duh.)

A "power suit" isn't a "power suit" unless you own it.

michael

Oh, and if you make it a three-piece suit, you can bet you'll command extra respect.

three piece

Don't underestimate the power of strategically applied hair product.

hair

You never know where the day will take you, so wear clothes you can, um, move in.

gun

Major events call for boutonnières.

wedding

But don't be afraid to go for a more buttoned-down look when you're off-duty.

italy

Seriously, it can be pretty dreamy.

al pacino

There's nothing wrong with suspenders...

suspenders

...or tasseled loafers.

loafers

Know when it's time to let the ladies out-dress you.

diane

But no matter how stylish you are, compassion is the most attractive trait.

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