It’s important to break a fashion rule here or there, tastefully. However, more than 2 broken rules at a time will more than likely result in failure, silliness, and overall “snazziness.”
“Snazzy” is the man-equivalent of ‘tacky.’ That’s right, snazzy should leave a bad taste in your mouth, and is, in fact, not a compliment after all.
Basics. Brown shoes, brown belt. Black shoes, black belt. This should be a no-brainer, when things get questionable, ask a woman.
Oh yea, when things get questionable, ask the nearest sensible woman.
Bow-tie usage outside of black tie affairs, will always be a hard sell. Fact of life.
Ripped and/or “dirty” dyed jeans have no place in the world of the business-casual-with-jeans look. They can’t be respectably dressed up for non-creative business.
Skinny ties, skinny knots. No double-windsor knots with medium/skinny ties. (Note: 4-in-hand works well in all cases.)
There are a lot of rules on here that will be broken if you’re in a moderately-to-highly popular band, and that’s okay… it’s just when you’re not on stage, or when you’re not in such a group that this becomes a problem.
Man-cup is not allowed… and by Man-cup I mean men’s make-up. Unless you’re an actor, I suppose… but, well, you’re probably not and the camera’s not always rolling.
Shorts, cool. Denim shorts, not so much. Cropped, abruptly ending pants this summer, cool. Regular pants, cool. Manpris (capris for men), never cool.
Fur coats were never intended for the modern man. Sorry. Feel free to say I’m wrong in 20 years or so when this *might* become acceptable.
A man’s naval should never show when he’s wearing a shirt. That’s completely intolerable behavior.
Shirts, shorts, pants, ties, pretty much anything with a monogram pattern (ie. little whales) should never be paired with any other clothing containing the same or different monogram pattern. They’re borderline terrible alone anyway, so doubling up is exponentially ruining your look.
Brand-matching is a silly concept. Don’t be a walking mannequin.
Mandles (sandles) are to be worn, as the English say, “on holiday” and not in town on Thursday night with jeans on your way to the bar.
No white socks with black shoes… actually, no white socks with anything other than athletic shoes.
Socks should match the suit (or shirt… or tie…) but not the shoe. Unless of course you’re going black on black with a black suit, in which case, the event you are preparing for will probably leave socks as the farthest thing from your mind.
Approach non-wool suits with a cautious, discerning eye. Buy carefully.
Cut down on the amount of time you spend wearing headphones while dressed up. We should all probably listen more anyway.
Buy topcoats the same size as your jacket size, if there are any problems THEN go a size up and tailor as needed. Overcoats were made with clearance room in mind.
The perfectly tailored dress pant needs no belt and has a clean break at the bottom.
Nothing worse than a stained tie.
Suspenders? Strain your face and inhale audibly. That should answer the question.
If you have to wear socks, you shouldn’t be wearing boat shoes.
Buffalo plaid, work boots, handlebar mustache. Pick two of three and go quietly, yuppie.
Cornbread… ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.
The rest of your outfit should calm down the observer’s sense of “Crap, are those white pants?”
More than 3-buttons and that suit better be double-breasted, champ.