Wed. Nov 13th, 2019

Essential Style Rules for Men

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Fashion trends may change with each season, like suit cuts, lapel widths or tie designs. A sense of style is individual, but certain rules for appearing stylish remain timeless. A man’s garment choices should express his personality and taste, while considering proportion and camouflaging any flaws. Since you’re probably the designated stylist in the family, you may have guide him through the maze of clothes and accessories. Slip him these tips and his wardrobe will match his good looks:

1. Don’t shop alone

  • Whether it’s you, his mother or sister, a second set of eyes provides a critical review and makes any shopping experience more enjoyable

2. Buy a well-made suit

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  • Basic business suits are made of worsted lightweight wool of varied grades
  • To avoid cheap, wrinkle-prone material give the fabric a squeeze
  • If it bounces back with little to no wrinkling you’ll know it is well made

3. Get fitted

  • To look one’s best, clothes should fit closely and comfortably
  • Creases in a jacket’s shoulders signal a poor fit. When buttoned, a hand should fit snugly under the jacket’s lapel
  • Sleeves should hit where the base of the thumb meets the wrist
  • Knuckles should be even with the bottom hem. Pant hems should rest on shoe tops without dragging at the heel

4. Own a dress shirt

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  • The mark of a dress shirt is collar stays — those pointed plastic or metal strips hidden under the collar that keep it from curling
  • Choose the correct neck size by slipping the index and middle fingers side-by-side snugly between the collar and neck

5. Tie the knot

  • A tie should touch just above the trouser waistband
  • The knot should sit high and snugly under the collar
  • Tie clips should hit at the middle of the sternum

6. Blaze a trail

  • Blazers are a slimming silhouette for men and may hide belly fat and love handles
  • A classic blazer works with T-shirts, jeans and dress-down days at work

7. Made in the shade

For outdoor activities, doctors suggest wraparound sunglasses that block harmful rays. For daily wear, find a style that compliments the shape of the face.

8. Suiting-up for summer

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  • Lined, boxerlength trunks are the rule of thumb
  • Styles should have a snug elastic or drawstring waist that prevents sagging
  • Pockets are a plus for holding vacation items like hotel room keys

    9. Tank tops

    • Tank tops should be worn as undershirts or during weightlifting only

    10. Sole survival

    • Men only need a handful of shoes to take them from workday to weekend
    • Think thin soles for the office and thicker, spongy soles for play
    • Depending on the work environment, a pair of loafers or black Oxfords with a slightly rounded toe are perfect and also work for semi-formal events when polished shiny
    • On weekends, a less structured shoe is acceptable

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