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Some fashion tips…
April 22, 2007, 3:32 am
Filed under: fashion and grooming

365 Style and Fashion Tips for Men


Claudia Piras and Bernhard Roetzel


Suit, Shirt and Tie

  • Pinstrips and chalkstripes are regarded as the accepted uniform of the business world
  • Black is not a suitable colour for a business suit except as a background colour to white pinstripes.
  • Always keep your jacket on during a business meeting with a client.
  • Light-gray suits are not suitable for evening occasions while darker shades are.
  • The shirt collar must stick out at least a quarter inch above the jacket.
  • White is a classic colour for business suits.
  • Avoid short-sleeved shirts for the office.
  • Anyone with a good eye for quality would look first at a shirt’s side seams. The narrower it is, the higher the quality.
  • When choosing a tailor, go by personal recommendations.
  • The best shirt buttons are made of mother-of-pearl.
  • The best way to test the quality of a tie is to hold it at its narrow end and let it hand down. If it is twisted, it is not cut properly.
  • Neckties made from silk, cashmere or wool should never be washed.
  • Never try to smooth out crumpled neckties by ironing them. All you need to do is roll up your tie and the creases will come out by themselves.
  • Wool ties are too casual for business. Wear silk ties to office.


  • Shoes must be a perfect fit.
  • The most conservative type of shoe is the stout, black
  • Loafers should be quite a tight fit across the instep when you first try them.
  • If you are wearing shoes with a metal buckle, the buckle must match that of your belt.
  • You should wear dark knee-length socks with your business suit and light-coloured ones with casual wear.
  • Always put a shoe tree inside your shoes after each wearing.
  • For best results when cleaning your shoes, rub on some shoe polish in the evening and leave overnight before polishing the next day.
  • Lace-up shoes should not be too tight across the instep. The lacing should still leave a little gap when the shoe is fastened.

Smart Casual

  • Never press a crease into your jeans
  • The most popular type of leisure wear pants are chinos. They cannot be too creased or baggy.

Mixing and Matching

  • Every colour can be repeated, but only once.
  • Avoid wearing navy-blue socks with black shoes
  • Feel of individual garments must harmonise. E.g. shiny black shoes do not match with a tweed jacket.
  • Avoid wearing a shirt, suit and necktie with the same patterns.

Personal accessories

  • Visible jewelry should be restricted to two rings, a watch, and a pair of cuff links.
  • A man’s chief accessory is his watch.
  • Make sure that any metal elements in your jewelry and accessories match each other.
  • The colour of the belt should match the shoes.
  • If you want to be really precise, your wristwatch should also match your belt and shoes.

Hair, beard and body

  • The most important thing about a hairdo is that it should look natural.

Shopping with style

  • If your jacket is taut across the stomach when buttoned up, it is too small around the waist.
  • Trousers are the right size around the waits if they just stay up comfortably without the aid of a belt.
  • You can judge the quality of a suit from the interior finish of the pants. The more detailed the finish, the more expensive the suit.
  • Never buy a suit made from synthetic materials.
  • Never try on trousers after a lavish meal.
  • The quality of a suit can be seen if the creases on it disappear overnight.
  • Never buy a shirt without trying it on first.

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