6 Important Men’s Fashion Rules to Live By

Always match your belt with your shoes. This is a good rule to follow and it keeps things simple. It’s best to stay with traditional colors such a black, dark brown or a rich tan. Other colors will be difficult to match, and generally speaking, should be avoided. If you wear sneakers every day that probably means you are wearing jeans in which case I suggest trying a belt made of fabric or something equally as casual, but please avoid dress belts with jeans and sneakers.

Matching Ties and Shirts. For while the solid-colored shirt with a tie of the same (or slightly-off) color was seen everywhere. This is now a somewhat dated look. Try mixing things up a little and experiment with colors. Ties are great way to express yourself, but keeping it tasteful is your best bet. You can’t go wrong with diagonal stripes, modern polka-dots, plaids and subtle patterns. Just make sure your tie compliments your shirt, suit, sweater or what ever you will be wearing it with. Novelty ties are best avoided since the novelty is short lived.
Note: Ties should be tied in whatever style most strikes your fancy. You should know that there are many different ways to knot your tie, and different knots say different things. I prefer the Windsor or the four-in-hand, but I do suggest that you explore a little just for kicks. As for clip on ties–just say no.

Pleats vs. Flat-Front. Why so many men have avoided flat-front trousers has always been a mystery to me. Flat-front trousers look better than pleated pants, at least most of the time. Plus pleats make you look less slim. I have heard guys wear pleats because it’s more comfortable or because flat-fronts are more for athletic bodies. Truth is most men can wear a flat-front trouser. If you want more room then buy them a little big and have them brought in at the waist. This can be done at the store where you buy your clothes or by an independent tailor. And lastly, flat-font trousers are much more fashionable. How do you feel about pants with pleats? Take this poll.

Socks. The more official rule on socks is that they should match the color of your pants, though preferably not the exact same shade unless, of course, you are wearing black in which case it’s okay. However, I personally like to wear socks with patterns, such as stripes in various colors. But I do try to match my socks with my pants and shoes. To quote Glenn O’Brien from GQ magazine, “. . .you will ultimately realize that beyond the valley of rules rises the mountain of aesthetics, the peak of which (if there is one) is always shrouded in beautiful clouds of various hues, many of them resembling certain of my more unusually hued socks.”
Note: Although it should be obvious, white socks should be reserved for the gym.

Watches are the single most important accessory a man can own. I really suggest investing in one good watch that suits your lifestyle and taste. However, if you are someone who likes to own more than one watch, wear the appropriate timepiece for your outfit: black band with black shoes and belt; brown band with brown shoes and belt; and silver band for either.

Eyeglasses are one of the few ways you can really express yourself. I have worn glasses for many years and I love having a few pair in different styles. They don’t have to just serve a function, but can enhance your overall look. Do your best to find a pair of glasses that not only compliments the shape of your face, but also expresses your personality. Ask people who wear glasses for a place where you can get good advice about what shape and style looks best for your face shape and features.


How To Match Clothes For Men

You grew out of all your Garanimals clothing at least twenty years ago, but you still haven’t figured out how to match clothes for men. Don’t despair. There are some simple tips to help you get past blinding print and color clashes and into some respectable fashion. Matching clothes may not be easy for some men, but pay attention to a few tips, you can learn how.
Match your shoes and belt. Wear black shoes and a black belt or brown shoes and a brown belt. But never wear black shoes with a brown belt, or you’ll commit one of the biggest fashion mismatching faux pas known to man.
Wear a solid shirt with a print tie or a print shirt and solid tie. Sometimes you can mix and match prints, but if you’re reading this article because you’re a man who has trouble figuring out how to match clothes, you don’t need to go there. Play it safe with only one print.
Your socks should match your pants. This prevents calling attention to your ankles when you sit, and your sock peeks out from between the hem of your pants and your shoe. And gone are the days when a man’s freaky loud, hot pink shirt calls for blindingly matching socks.
Match clothes styles with shoes. When you wear khakis, you may wear casual shoes, boat shoes, sneakers, penny loafers or dress shoes. Dress pants and suits do not speak adult man when you wear them with sneakers. However, a dressier look can show your sense of style with dress shoes or loafers. When you’re decked out in a tux, opt to match clothes with evening shoes, plain-toe dress shoes or monotone, sleek boots.
Neutrals match almost everything in a man’s wardrobe. Certain colors are considered neutral, including black, brown, navy, gray and khaki. You may mix neutrals with any color you want, including other neutrals. this is an easy way to match clothes.
Follow these tips and wear your clothes with confidence. However, if your lady hints that you’re a man who doesn’t know how to match clothes, ask what doesn’t work, and don’t do it again.



Choosing the Right Suit for Your Job Interview

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and the first step is to choose the right suit for job interview success. This may sound intimidating, but there are very simple guidelines that help you impress any potential employer. These handy tips give you the confidence you need to know you are looking your best.

Go with the classics
While most businesses appreciate a well-calculated risk, this does not apply to your fashion choices. Your appearance for your interview conveys a message about your seriousness and ability to follow social conventions. Stick to a classic cut in black or navy.
Pick a serious tie
Unless you are applying for a position in a laid-back industry like surfing or brewing, you should wear a tie. There are very few exceptions to this rule, and it is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. Now is not the time to display your fondness for cartoon characters or your loyalty to your alma mater. Go for a conservative style in classic colors like red, blue or green.
Show too much skin
Although it can be difficult to find advice on appropriate interview attire for women, that does not mean anything goes. Look for a suit in a flattering cut. If you choose a suit with a skirt, make sure the hemline is not too high and any slits are not too dramatic. You should be covered from your collarbone to your knees, with a possible exception for three-quarter length sleeves on your jacket and shirt.
Ignore the details
What you wear can give your interviewer insight into what sort of person you are. Iron your shirt, make sure your buttons are all well-attached and shine your shoes. If you give the impression that you don’t care about how you appear for what is potentially a life-changing meeting, your interviewer may conclude that you don’t make an effort for the day-to-day meetings you may be expected to attend.

Dressing well for a job interview comes down to a few simple rules. Pick the right suit for job interview purposes; save the riskier fashion choices for your personal life. Put together an overall picture of being someone who cares and knows how to fall in line. You may not like the idea of conforming, or you may find suits uncomfortable ? but how you present yourself makes a difference. Don’t give your interviewer a superficial reason to reject you. Put your best face forward, and let your interviewer concentrate on what you have to say rather than what you are wearing.

How to Match a Shirt and Tie

It is quite usual to see men treading the safe path while matching their shirt and tie. A solid-colored shirt coordinated with a striped tie is spotted the most on men, at least, in official settings. While it used to be simpler earlier when just the same colors were required on both the shirt and tie to match them, now coordinating is done in various styles by following some simple matching rules. These rules apply to the color, texture, patterns and checks and stripes of your shirt and tie. In case you are wondering what these rules are and how will they help to match a shirt and tie, follow the article and help yourself.

Tips For Matching Your Shirt & Tie

Matching Colors
The first thing to do while matching a shirt and a tie is to coordinate the colors. Choose a shirt, which has at least two colors. The dominant color in the shirt should be the accent color of the tie. Similarly, the dominant color of the tie should be the accent color of the shirt. For instance, if you have a brown shirt with subtle pink stripes, you can match it with a pink tie with brown accents. If your shirt is too colorful, make sure that you do not overpower the effects by matching it with an equally colorful tie. Also, take care not to match similar colors, such as a bright red with a pink.

Checks & Stripes
Coordinating checks and stripes is rather easy and works very well to make a confident statement. The only rule you need to follow is ‘smaller on the shirt and larger on the tie’. Make sure that you keep the color coordination in mind while going for this combination. A white shirt with a blue/grey checked pattern will look amazing against a similar larger pattern on the tie. You can take the liberty of introducing another color in your tie, though you need to guard against going off-balance. In most of the combinations, you can mix stripes and checks together by sticking with the color rules.

This is the trickiest part when it comes to matching your shirt and tie. There are some set rules to observe in the case of patterns. Just as with the checks and stripes, you need to keep the larger patterns on the tie and away from the shirt. In case the patterns are too close to one another in size, it can make the combination look awkward. There is a slight exception to the set rules though, i.e. patterns of the same size are pretty okay as long as they are in different shapes. For instance, a Gingham shirt with a polka dot tie can look sharp. However, limiting the number of colors to two can work safely for you.

As opposed to a solid colored shirt, texture has to be treated as a subtle pattern. Therefore, the rules for patterns are to be followed here as well. Usually, the patterns become much stronger, when ignored and matched with an inappropriate shirt. Textured shirts can prove to be easy to start with when you are learning to coordinate your shirts with ties. This is because you can take risks with a solid-colored textured shirt.