Posted by: LYF | April 21, 2011

Some tips on dressing better

Over the past year I’ve been trying to dress more like a “grown up.”  Here are some rules I’ve been successfully applying…

The width of your tie should be as wide as the lapels on your jacket

Your socks should be darker than your pants – this is why you don’t wear white socks with dress pants.

Stick to basics.  Get them right first before you start buying striped shirts, messing with french cuffs or wearing pin stripes.

Your shoes should be darker than your pants – this is why you won’t wear brown shoes with black pants.

Match your shoes to your belt.  The colours don’t have to match exactly.  In fact it usually looks better if they’re slightly different.

If you’re going to match your tie to your pocket square use a different colour from the same family – i.e. white square with baby blue border with a dark blue shirt.

Baggy pants will make you look like a shlub.  Take them to a tailor and ask for either no break or a single break.

Just because it’s your size, doesn’t mean it fits.  Find a good tailor.

Don’t match your tie exactly to your shirt.  It looks try hard.  It’s better to be subtle.

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Responses

  1. Your shoes should be darker than your pants – this is why you won’t wear brown shoes with black pants.

    Not sure i agree with this one. So basically your shoe and pant have to match? What if one wore a dark drown shoe with a black pant? I see this happen tons of times with people who know how to dress.

    let me know,

    thanks

  2. It’s best done by people who know what they’re doing/everything else about their outfit works. These people are rare and I still wouldn’t recommend dark brown shoes with black pants. It’s kind of distracting to look at.

    “So basically your shoe and pant have to match?” – No. You can wear shoes in the brown family with grey/navy pants.


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