Id agree if so, however on a casual jacket..
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You still have the contrast of the expensive tie against the suit. The only difference is that you are now extending the Color of the Black suit by wearing the Black Dress Shirt. Then you wear a bright colored tie in contrast to it. You can also wear a Charcoal Dress Shirt that matches your Charcoal suit and wear a different color tie in contrast. Works best with dark or dark medium colored suits. Wow that was odd. Regardless, just wanted to say fantastic blog! I do not agree with this statement — Ralph Lauren makes some awesome pinpoint oxford shirts that make suit.
A nicely colored shirt with the polo logo looks great when the jackets come off especially in extended meetings. I have always received compliments. So please lighten up. Lorenzo, Ralph Lauren and even some other brands that feature their logo on the shirt does make some great off the rack dress shirts. But I cannot disagree with you more on your insistence that wearing a logoed dress shirt is at all appropriate for a business setting, especially with a suit. A logo is the last thing someone should see on a man when he is wearing a suit.
A suit and the man wearing it are supposed to speak for themselves, not have the logo of a brand speak for them. The watch chain, watch and fob should be of the same color metal gold r silver. The chain should appropriate in length as so not to be too long to liberally dangle about the frontage of the body.
Additionally, for a business suit with a lapel hole, a pocket watch with chain and fob may be used. A pocket watch and wristwatch should never be used in conjunction with one another although the Prince of Wales was once photographed doing so.
Hats may be worn with either tux or business suit to complete the wardrobe ensemble. When wearing hats, accompanying gloves are to be worn. Top coats and outer wear are optional, given the preference of the man, the occasion and naturally the weather.
Top coats of a Navy blue or black material, preferably wool, are most acceptable. Trench Coats with a brim hat are also acceptable especially in temperate, rainy weather, however, trench coats are not to be worn with formal wear. Writing instruments and other ancillary business apparatus are not to be openly seen, carried or worn in such a manner as to present themselves with an obvious attraction to others. Always use a handkerchief whenever possible out of the sight of others; otherwise, excuse yourself and quickly turn around and use the handkerchief, then immediately take the opportunity to excuse oneself to the mens room or bathroom.
Avoid overly bulging wallets, noisy keys and other personal items that may cause irritable noises or wardrobe anomalies. Before an event, empty your wallet of all frivolous items, this will maker both your wallet and appearance slimmer, in addition being being more comfortable to carry. Pair your keys down to only those that you will need to access your vehicle or office, your other keys you can keep locked up in your desk drawer or automobile. When at last I rationalized the number of keys, lost their chunky fob, and slimmed down to a two-fold Belroy wallet, my lines became much smoother.
I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better? Try navy or light grey trousers.
Awesome and awesome — all points in taste and great humor. I shall be looking into some white bucks shortly. Set trends and be brave in your dress sense and! As the webpage say… fine young gentleman. I saw a man with light blue straight laced up shoes. I think was patent cuz shine as sun, but could be just nice leather.
With… light blue shirt and tie, shine also, maybe silk or polyester mix. And a light grey suit. Pants and nice jacket with pointy lapels.
Also handkerchief light blue like the tie and shirt, in the jackets upper pocket. So far looks like a school boy. And the man got like 50 or 55 years old! His face… hairstyle… shittt… forget the color, that guy was a fine badass for sure. Summer badass, we can tell. I get married in 5 days. I have a grey morning suit but I only ever wear brown shoes and I want to buy a new pair of brown shoes for my wedding.
However, oldies and traditionalists are saying that I should wear black. Darren, Congrats on getting married. With a morning suit I would also recommend going with black shoes. This is all good stuff, especially for a commoner like myself. However, I find it hard to take seriously, even if I came into money, because the language and grammar are ridiculous.
Rule 6 saves the day! According to this rule, I can wear white socks with a dark suit as long as I also wear a white shirt! Exceptional post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic? I am attending a wedding reception this week only the evening, party type event. I am considering dark blue, very smart jeans, brown brogues, brown belt, blue formal shirt and a blazer with a patterned pocket square.
Do you think this will pass, or is it necessary to put on a suit. After five days a week in suit, shirt and tie, its good to get a change!! However do not wish to look out of place. Cful, It all depends on what the requested dress is. Nor would I ever advise anyone to wear them to a wedding reception, no matter what the dress. I would say just suck it up and wear a suit or at least some dress trousers.
Another reason the loafers would have […]. Are we just talking typical business suit jackets here? Id agree if so, however on a casual jacket.. I think this rule is open for breaking depending on these factors but in casual terms only! There is no disputing that fact. Can you wear a brown waistcoat with a black overcoat, or is that too bizarre? If you can, what colour must the tie be?
But I would not wear a brown waistcoat with a black jacket blazer, sport jacket or other. I applaud the effort put forth to transcribe these rules from the original stone tablets and look forward to future post industrial revolution rules.
I wonder, does the current over utilization of pocket squares, make you reconsider rules 32, and 33? I would say that the way some men wear them is over done, however. Which, as you note, can give the whole thing a bad name. If wearing a top hat to an event, does the color of the top hat need to match the trousers?
Or does a black top hat go with any formal dress? Bryan, A black top hat will go with any formal dress — black tie, white tie, morning dress. I am getting married this December and I will be wearing a navy blue suit with a black lapel, navy blue matching pants n waist coat and a white shirt…. I will be wearing burgundy shoes or brown shoes, I also intend wearing brown belt or burgundy belt…my question is this… What color of socks, and bow tie would complement my dressing?
I was thinking of wearing a 2 piece blue sharkskin suit with a light charcoal vest for my high school prom. Does this sound like a good combination? I am in the process of choosing a suit for my high school prom, and would like to wear a 2 piece blue sharkskin suit with a light charcoal vest. Is this a good combination? Mr South, I think that combo will be fine, if you can, have the vest be of a different texture than sharkskin to give a little textural contrast.
Is anything other than black acceptable? I was originally going for a dark blue dress pant with a light bright cardigan type look or light grey dress pants with brown belt and shoes with a simple paisley designed bow tie. But I now I think it will just look tacky. Should I scratch the idea and go for black? A little help would be appreciated!
Jason, Yes, many other things are acceptable. They also used a lot of heavy fabrics like tweed, I think. Adnan, Black pants and grey jacket are fine, but dont wear a black shirt.
Wear a white one instead. Dear God, I sincerely hope the commenters extolling the virtues of a black suit, black shirt and colored tie are joking. That combination is indicative of three things: They are not mutually exclusive. As for the square toed shoes — if you were to examine the offerings of a high quality shoe maker you will not find a square toed shoe in their collection. Dress appropriately for your context. If you are doing business in Japan, a black suit is not horrific, it is mandatory.
A gentleman even of the American persuasion would be loathe to use it. I think there needs to be an addition to the rules regarding — collar stays. Most respectable dress shirts now have the slots for it and some even provide you with a set. They keep the collars crisp and straight and give the dress shirt a sharper and more professional look. If you forget to insert them in the morning and notice it in the office, use a paper clip.
Horsebits with a suit? I have a pair of light grey suede shoes, would it be acceptable to wear with a tie, vest and dress pants vest and pants black? Traditionally, one wore a tie only with a full-sleeved shirt. For some years now, and mainly due to weather conditions, ties with half-sleeved shirts are acceptable, so long as one does not wear a jacket.
While striped suits, or striped trousers with a plain shirt look good, avoid checked trousers. They do not look as elegant. The tip of the larger, outer blade of the long tie should sit on the middle of the belt buckle, not middle of the stomach! A nice guide that at the showed me some things I have been doing wrong, but even better it showed me what I have been doing correct.
That said there is still some things I am somewhat unsure about and that is when it comes to shoes. Other than hearing that many make mistakes when wearing brown shoes I never actually know what those misstakes are, so I always find myself second guessing my choices in wearing brown shoes. Never really know what to treat them as but they look great either way. Could these be worn with black dockers and a black belt, or do the brown soles scuttle the deal?
Or does it depend on the shirt? We at Computer Guys wish you a great year ahead with lots of personal growth. Firstly, I find even the thought of white bucks as midly insulting. Whoever wrote this article needs to take a long hard look in the mirror before handing out advice so easily. It is absolutely preposterous that one thinks black shoes and brown is not acceptable — who are you?
And horizontal ties…are you kidding me. I started reading this expecting to disagree with most of the rules. I agreed with them all. Thank you for the very informative post. Believe me on this, I follow all of your 51 rules already and it does make a difference. The largest ambiguity is, however, cleared up in the conversation above. I do NOT think that Rule 29 should be interpreted to mean that one shall not wear a white shirt with anything but a suit and tie another ambiguity that emerges from how poorly it is written.
The all-white shirt with no tie and a sweater or jacket is very IN right now. That look is quite common today among well-dressed gentlemen. That shirt Lamonis wears is available on-line. Forgot who makes it. Here is a rule for the gentleman who writes well: Doing this actually advertises your insecurity.
Rule 13 should be seen as one for America only. Go to Japan or Europe or Singapore or Hong Kong and you will see guys in business casual dress with cuffed shirts and cufflinks with no jacket. He looked — and is — totally sharp, and definitely not a hipster. I predict we will see more of this in America over the next few years.
Rule 13 is weak and may fade away altogether. Perhaps this man does have a sense of style. Yeah, but that rule is only applicable in america. True, but that doesnt matter. Shthay something im giving up on you. Honestly, I disagree with more than half this list. Largely it lacks imagination that usually comes with the snobbery lists like this almost invariably have.
You place far too much importance on jackets. You can wear ties and braces just find without them. Braces, too, are for utility as much as style. On that note, braces with with clips are preferable to ones with buttons.
Anyone who places too focus on shoes is a fool and shallow one on that. Yes, they should be appropriate for the outfit and they should match, but beyond that they should be an after thought. Anyone who cares too much about shoes needs a hobby to occupy their excess time. Again, utility and comfort are as if not more important than fashion. If square toe shoes are more comfortable for the wearer, they are preferable.
Also, a person who thinks white bucks are anything but hideous loses the right to dictate fashion. In regards to buttoning the bottom button, be it waistcoats or suit jackets, is matter of the image you want to project. You lost all credibility the moment you said that loafers with tassels are bad-ass.
I think you should re-consider your position on square-toed shoes. Just because they are a newer development does not mean they are wrong. Perhaps they do not work for most men, but I think a blanket statement saying that they are always terrible, is simply unjustified.
Perhaps not specific to the enumerated Rules of Dress, but I will comment on the common combination of khaki pants and the solid light blue shirt; typically a button-down oxford shirt. I have no idea why these two came to match. The look is frumpy, boring, and unimaginative. To me the color combination just does not look good.
Least of all, is not a style, as in: This blog is very interesting. I noted a lot of ideas which I can share to my brothers and friends. For more ideas visit our site http: I came to this page trying to find tips written in a serious and mature manor. I wanted to know if a navy blue shirt on a camel colour pants with light tan shoes and dark green suspenders would match…. I never heard of your tie should coordinate with your trousers. I never heard a tie should coordinate with your trousers.
A tie should coordinate with your socks. They should not match, but pick up a color or coordinate with a color. Your trousers should match your suit coat unless you are wearing odd trousers and a blazer or sport jacket. Regarding the question from Alex: I would not be surprised if much of the negative feedback to this rule comes from a misunderstanding of your intent, rather than the spirit of the rule itself.
You do explain the rule in at least one of the comments, but there are several and they can be difficult to wade through. Thou shall always wear a jacket when wearing shirts with both a white collar and white cuffs. Thou shall always wear a jacket with shirts of both a white collar and white cuffs. The above rules such as: I, for one, have attended the finest boarding school in England, whereby most of these rules become second nature, and never once been told to curb my usage of such term.
Rule 34, however, I must disagree with. A bagpack backpack , is entirely suitable with a suit. Although, I must add, it is a designer bag and one designed to look at home next to my Gucci two piece.
I have bought two options for the under-shirt, either a light blue or white both with a subtle pattern. Now, here is my dilemma.. I wanted to wear my brown shoes, brown belt and brown leather strapped watch with the suit. All the brown items are matched in colour. Please let me know what to do here? I recently attended a piano recital for a young man in my neighborhood who studies music at a local university.
A gentleman always uses proper grammar when writing for the public, and pays for proofreading if he cannot stand to do it properly himself. Suprised watch position was not addressed. You need to add the males watch should ONLY be worn on the left wrist. Period , no exceptions. What color suspenders and tie go with a somewhat brighter navy blue suit paired with a white and light pink checked dress shirt? Id say match the jacket. Granted im not a professional, I was just in Mens Wearhouse and most of the time they seemed to match both the jacket AND the pants, but for me personally I would rather have the vest match the jacket than the pants.
I think it makes you look a little more neater and sharper. I guess it would also depend on the color as well. I have Allen Edmonds, but consider them office shoes. A guy wearing a black suit with a black dress shirt, especially with the top two buttons unbuttoned, is classically sexy.
I enjoy wearing suspenders braces with my suits. The issue is maintaining the proper placement of the waistband of the pant on my hips. But, not having tailor made clothes, my pants come automatically with belt loops. I never use them, but have my tailor add buttons for the braces. Should I have him remove the belt loops, per your rules which say that belt loops should always have a belt?
Because for now, I just wear them empty. Certainly, I am not going to put a belt in them with suspenders. That is one of the biggest fashion faux pas I see. It always makes me laugh. I am going to an event this weekend and my date is wearing a black dress. Can I wear a blue jacket, white shirt, kahki pants, brown shoes and brown belt? I am constantly hitting stumbling blocks when dressing for consultations, gigs, and presentations.
Im still trying to figure out the vest thing and should shoes be if similar color to the suit if the suit is anything other than black or white. Havent found the poor mans guide to looking professional yet. I am attending an outdoor beach wedding in 3 weeks — would grey pants be acceptable to wear? If so, what color s jacket would work?
A gentlemans tie should coordinate with his hosiery. It does not have anything to do with the color of ones trousers or anything else for that matter unless you are wearing a dark blue dinner jacket and black tie. How do you think menswear designer? Ralph Lauren made his billions. If your lucky, your Dad can be a big help. These are the zombies walking around middle class malls wearing t shirts untucked with writing on them.
Shorts with cargo pockets and either white leather running shoes or sandals without socks. Those are some stereotypes about hippies. Actually some hippies were actually very dandy, depending on their philosophy and their clothing was quite researched although unconventional and of course far from formal: Is there a rule to this?
I overall agree with dennes. So I only follow a few rules, the main ones. But never say never there might be some exceptions. Sure, with brown shoes or loafers I always match socks with pants or tie, with black or very dark shoes I prefer matching my socks with shirts, most of the time. Any way, yes, I alternate with penny loafers, the same ones I wear with shorts: I go for white shirts most of the time, but I like the other colors and some patterns too. Btw shirt patterns, can generally be reproduced with socks, but just the general tone and carefully.
If you take this seriously, or post an actual comment — your salary is bigger than your dick you bunch of wankers. You should all join a club where you can match your socks and belts and wank each other off. Jason, it might seem you are counterconformist and I agree, substance counts more than clothes which still I consider a form of art, but anyway , but I think you are just a troll and unoriginally uneducated.
I just broke a basic rule, got me a dark navy marine formal shoes with a matching belt, now i have no idea how to wear it. With navy suit it doesnt give enough contrast, with brown it looked weird, oddly it looked best with a grey suit or a lighter colored blue suit.
What do u gents think? What can he wear? My son needs to attend a fashion extravaganza. What can he wear. Navy and white striped shirt I know is a must. When can men wear white pants?
I dunno, maybe greenish pants and blazer, http: Inappropriate comment about Bono, he must wear a special type of sunglasses. He has an eye defect. Otherwise, I like your information and have sent it to my three boys. I am attending an all white event. I am wearing an all white suit with a dark orange like shirt and brown shoes.
What color belt should I wear,Brown or black? For that reason, I am trying to improve my wardrobe to fit the events and other networking opportunities that I go to. Talk about a hat for a casual ocassion, like going to a bar. How to match the hat: I cant really afford the coat, so as far as button down shorts go, i am thinking the shirt, matching belt and shoes and black pants, my jacket is black leather… Would this be appropriate? Should or can my shirt have Christmas colors? I am a summer outfit guy with a closet full of Tommy Bahama shirts, so this formal dress confuses me a bit!!!
This approach is not meant for you too look matchy matchy, rather it will compliment your whole look. Call me a hipster but I think suspenders without a jacket is a good way to casual but still sophisticated. Think about the groom too and the groomsmen. Could they all have matching cufflinks or socks that are personalised with their name? A cute idea for your bridesmaids is to write something to […]. These pants feature a solid color design, a faux zip front with a nonfunctional button front, two back pockets, and a double knit stretch fit.
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