Some of the style rules of men have stood the test of time. If you’re looking for a failsafe and practical guide on how to dress well, scroll down.
1. A Real Gentleman’s Suit
The main thing every man need to know is that it’s not enough just to buy a suit. You have to be able to wear it properly. So let’s pay attention to several important details. Jackets can be pretty tricky and there are actually specific rules regarding buttons. It’s fine to button. The top button but the bottom one must always be left undone. As for the middle button it should be fastened at all times.
If you’re getting a single breasted suit which is the most common type. It can be any color but with double-breasted suits. Try to avoid bright colors and always keep the jacket buttoned up even when you’re sitting down. Don’t forget about your handkerchief. Here’s the correct way to fold it.
• Presidential Fold
This is the most formal of the pocket square folds. It’s the perfect choice for a job interview, black-tie event or any occasion that requires a suit. A solid white pocket square is an excellent option for this fold, though you can bring in other colors and patterns for a more casual look.
• Scallop Fold
This is a flashy looking fold that will get you tons of compliments. It’s a more casual style though, so it’s the perfect opportunity to bring in brighter colors and patterned pocket squares.
• Puff Fold
This is the fastest and easiest pocket square fold out there. As you can guess, the puff fold is a more casual style, so have fun with a wide range of different patterned and colored pocket squares.
2. How To Make Sure A Suit Fits You Properly
The main thing is to avoid getting the wrong size. Make sure the suit isn’t too small or too big. The jacket sleeves shouldn’t reveal too much of your shirt cuffs or cover up too of your hand. You definitely don’t want the suit pants to be high waters but they shouldn’t be so long as they bunch up over your shoe.
3. Shirt And Tie
When choosing your outfit always start with a shirt not the tie. Start by picking a main color for your shirt. There’s an important rule here. The main color of the tie should contrast with the shirt and the secondary color should complete it. It’s also a good idea to combine different kinds of fabrics and patterns. As for tying the perfect knot here’s how you do it.
How To Tie A Tie
Once you have mastered the technique, you won’t need a mirror to dapper in your favorite tie.
• Step 1. Lift up the collar of your shirt and wrap the tie along the back of your neck. The wide end of the tie should hang down about twice as low as the thin end. It can hang closer to your right hand or left hand depending on what’s more comfortable for you.
• Step 2. Wrap the wide end around the thin end twice, a few inches below your neck. The wide end should go over the thin end first.
• Step 3. After wrapping the wide end around the second time. Push it through the back of the v-shape made by the partially formed knot.
• Step 4. Tuck the wide end through the front loop of the knot.
• Step 5. Gently pull down on both the thin and wide ends below the knot until the knot is tight.
• Step 6: Pull the thin end and slide the knot up to your neck. If the thin end hangs below the wide end untie the tie and begin again with the wide end hanging lower than it did the first time. If the wide end hangs too low untie the tie and begin again with wide end hanging higher than it did the first time.
• Step 7: Flip your collar back down. Once you and your tie look dapper and do any further adjustments necessary.
4. Some Practical Advice
Some practical advice never push your sleeves up so it looks like you’re wearing an accordion. On each arm roll your cuffs up correctly and elegantly like this.
How To Turn Up Your Cuffs Elegantly
To start, first unbutton your cuffs and be sure to unbutton the gauntlet as well.
• AIFA Roll: This method is also known as the forearm roll. Ver quick, very easy. Roll the shirt once using the cuff as your guide, then simply roll again. This is a very casual looking roll and, it’s only problem is it is easy to come undone throughout the day.
• Basic Roll: Next is the basic shirt sleeves roll. It starts up the same as the Aifa roll, rolling the cuff twice. The only difference is you’re going to roll it a third time. This roll sits a little bit higher up the arm and it won’t come undone as easily as the Aifa roll.
• High Roller: The next step is the high roll. It starts the same as both the aifa and the basic roll, but instead of stopping at two or three rolls, you’re going to roll it a fourth time to well above the elbow. This roll goods look if you got muscular arms and it’s very useful for work situations when you want to keep your sleeves nice and clean.
Now pants can make or break your look. So you need to especially careful when choosing them. They come in different lengths – full break, half break, quarter break and no break. How about spring break? It’s upto you to choose one to your liking.
Your shoes should be chosen according to the color and style of your suit. A black suit can only be worn with black shoes. If your suit is navy blue, choose black, brown or burgundy dress shoes. A dark grey suit is perfectly complemented with black or burgundy. As for light grey shoes go for black, light brown or burgundy.
Chucks and sneakers are good choice for everyday use. Go for special athletic type if you are working out or playing some sports.
Boots come in a variety of styles. Some of them are made for hiking, others are better for work and some types are just meant to look cool.
Every stylish man knows the importance of choosing the right color socks. For example: white socks can only go with athletic shoes. Thin monotone socks are for dress shoes and a true gentleman knows that the color of your dress socks should match your suit pants. If you’re wearing shorts you can only put socks on. If you’re going to the gym try to avoid any wacky prints or at least if you’re leaving the house and finally keep an extra pair of new socks at home.
8. Clothes You Can Never Go Wrong With:
If you’re not sure what to put on you can’t go wrong with a dress shirt and a v-neck sweater. They look good on anybody. You can also spice it up and change the color combinations. Every day speaking of color combos.
9. Acceptable Color Combinations:
That are certain colors that complement each other nicely. Others will clash and look tacky. Now you can never go wrong with white as the main color of your outfit. Both light and dark tones will go with it. As for other colors, combine them as follows:-
• beige with black, brown, red or green
• sky blue with brown, dark green, dark purple, red and beige
• pink with purple, beige, sky-blue and navy blue
• yellow with black, brown, sky-blue and navy blue and orange really
• orange with white, yellow, black and dark green
• black with white, beige and other light tones but not pastel brown with white, beige, black, red and dark green
• navy blue with white, black, yellow, red and green
• dark green with white, beige, sky-blue, yellow, navy blue and black
• red with white, beige, sky-blue, navy blue, black and brown
• purple with white, beige, sky-blue, pink, blue and brown
10. Garments That Are Best Avoided
Tight jeans can make your legs look too skinny. Baggy t-shirts always look sloppy. Shirts with a deep v-neck will give you a giraffe neck. If you’re a size 10 or bigger steer clear of chucks, you might look clownish.
11. Ways To Tie A Scarf
Who knew there were so many stylish ways to tie a scarf?
• The Drape
The drape leans more towards style rather than function as it’s a great way to add a dash of color to your drab overcoat and draw attention to your face. The drape is best for when the weather is cool, but not necessarily cold. As the name implies, just drape the scarf over your neck. Equal lengths on each side and you’re good to go. The drape works best with short to regular length scarves.
• Once Around
The second way to wear a scarf is the Once Around. It provides more warmth around the neck than the Drape, and so can be worn in colder weather. Start by draping the scarf over your neck making one end longer than the other. Take the long end and bring it around your neck and you’re all done. The ends of the scarf can either be equal length or a bit uneven, it’s really up to wearer’s hand.
• Over Hand
The third way to wear a scarf is the Over Hand. The Over Hand scarf knot is very simple to tie. It looks clean and functional and provides good protection to the neck in cool weather. To get started, drape the scarf over your neck making one end longer than the other. Take the long end, cross it over the short end and then bring it under and through the opening near your neck. Pull on both sides to tie in the knot until you’re satisfied with the look.
• Parisian Knot
It provides great warmth to the neck and is an awesome choice in colder weather. Fold your scarf in half widthwise, then fold it in half again lengthwise. Drape it over your neck and then bring the loose end through the hole formed by the folded end. Tighten the scarf around your neck and you’re ready to go. This scarf knot works best with longer scarves.
• Reverse Drape Tuck
The next scarf tying method is the Reverse Drape Tuck. Not too commonly seen, this scarf knot works best with longer scarves. Drape the scarf first over your neck making one end longer than the other, then take the long end and loop it once around your neck. Now take the same end and tuck it through the loop you just formed. Grab the other side and tuck it through the loop as well and adjust if necessary.
A proper gentleman chooses his hairstyle according to his face shape. If you have a round face, keep most of the volume on top. Those with a square face choose classic need haircut with short layers and a side part. A rectangular face shape looks good with well-proportioned hairstyle. There shouldn’t be too much hair on top and not too short on the sides. Diamond-shaped faces will look best when surrounded by mid-length hair swept to the side. Men with triangular faces should opt for longer styles with messy bangs. An oval face will look best if the hair is kept off the forehead and with more volume on top.
As for popular hairstyles nowadays you can try and undercut the sides and nape of the neck are completely shaved, and the hair on top is longer and combed back. This cut suits any hair type.
The style that shattered gender stereotypes about who can and can’t wear a ponytail! All the hair is tied up on the back of the head.
It’s a little hard to pull this one off, but if you manage to, it always looks stylish!
You can probably guess by the name, the hair here is longer on top and slowly fades and get shorter the closer you get to the neck.
* Side Part
This style is timeless. The hair is combed smoothly to the side.
The hair is brushed back from the forehead and stands up slightly. The temples and the back of the head should be shaved short.
* Crew Cut
This is a gradual transition from longer hair on top to shorter hair on the nape and temples.