Style commandments

#6

Pant length.

Although styles can differ, your pants should just graze the top of your shoe.

#11

Napoleon’s hint.

If you’re shorter, dress slimmer. Avoid wide ties and wear slim fit shirts.

#12

Shrug it off.

A suit should always hug the shoulders. If it’s drooping, don’t buy it. Go down a size.

#15

Summertime is not the time for Hawaiian shirts, jean shorts and bare feet.

Unless you’re on Gilligan’s Island.

#18

A look at lapels.

When buying a suit, pay attention to the lapels. They define a suit. Notch or peak? It’s up to you.

#20

Do as the Duke of Kent did.

When wearing a double-breasted suit, always make sure the center-left button is fastened.

#21

Cuff enough?

Let a 1/2" strip of shirt cuff show below your jacket. Don’t cover it up—it provides visual balance.

#24

Cuff it.

Consider cuffs on slim, corduroy, or tweed pants. And make them at least an inch and a quarter deep.

#30

Know your knits.

You can wear knit ties year-round. Tie one on and add texture to your look.

#36

Break.

If you’re a shorter guy, a pant leg with little break will make you appear taller.

#42

Round? Go straight.

If you have a round face, a straight point collar is the way to go. It offsets a fuller face.

#48

Suit seasonally.

Summer: khaki, seersucker, whipcord, and linen. Winter: Flannel, corduroy, and tweed.

#49

Opposites attract.

When it comes to patterns, pairing opposite pattern sizes creates a stylish contrast.

#54

3-piece statement.

Choose a quieter shirt-tie combo when wearing a 3-piece suit. 3-pieces are rather loud.

#55

Eye the line.

A suit fits best when you can see a trim line following the contours of your body.

#56

End the trend.

Avoid extreme fashions that will sit in your closet. The tried and true will suit you for years.

#60

Pick up the 3-piece, part 2.

The vest shouldn’t go past your belt buckle. It should be close-fitting.

#63

Style immortality.

Some things never go out of style. Identify these things. Buy the best you can afford. And treat them well.

#65

Tips for the larger man Part I.

Avoid horizontal stripes. They’ll draw attention to your width.

#70

Tie check.

When wearing a jacket and a tie, make sure your tie’s width is similar to the width of your lapel.

#75

Tips for the larger man Part III.

Make sure your jacket fits around the waist and falls just below your rear end.

#77

Neck notice.

A shirt’s collar is too loose if you can fit 2 to 3 fingers between the collar and your neck.

#78

Speaking of bespoke.

A bespoke suit is well worth the cost. It’ll fit best. Guaranteed.

#80

Tips for the larger man Part IV.

Choosing tops and bottoms with similar colors will create a clean, slim look.

#84

Another trick up your sleeve.

One indicator a shirt fits is when the sleeve hits the heel of your hand.

#85

Tips for the larger man Part V.

Don’t wear turtlenecks. Wear V-necks. You’ll appear to have a sleeker silhouette.

#90

Collar-tie confusion?

Stick with our Forward Point collar. It looks good on any tie knot.

#91

Blousing at the waist?

Wear a slimmer fitting shirt.

#96

The stay doesn’t always stay in.

Make sure to remove your collar stays before you launder your shirts.

#98

Ties for the tall.

If you’re taller, you will find good balance with a slim—not skinny—extra-long tie.

#100

Tips for the tall, skinny man Part I.

Avoid wearing blazers and jackets with large shoulder pads.

#102

First glance: tie.

Choose your tie wisely. It’s usually one of the first things people notice.

#105

Large? Go slim.

If you’re larger, wear slim-fitting clothes. Balance often comes with contrast.

#108

Just a dimple?

Every tie—and person for that matter—benefits from a noticeable dimple.

#110

Tips for the short man Part I.

Trimmer trousers and shirts will flatter your body. Loose ones won’t.

#112

Skinny tie tip.

To achieve a balanced look with a skinny tie, wear it with a smaller-sized collar.

#114

Four-in-hand.

The semispread collar of tie knots. Goes with just about every suit and shirt.

#115

Tips for the short man Part II.

Vertical stripes will elongate your figure. Wear them and you’ll appear taller.

#119

Reducing the wide tie effect.

To achieve a balanced look with a wider tie or thicker knot, wear a substantial collar.

#120

The play-it-safe move.

Having trouble matching a tie to a patterned shirt? Wear a dark, solid tie.

#126

Tweed tip.

When searching for shoes to go with tweed, look for a more outdoorsy style, as tweed reflects this spirit.

#132

Dark denim.

A suit jacket goes best with darker denim. (If you choose to wear jeans and a suit jacket.)

#133

A corduroy clue.

If you have a thicker build, look for corduroys with thinner wales.

#140

Wale Tale.

Thicker wales on corduroys make the color richer and come across as more casual.

#147

Navy number one.

If you can own only one suit, make it navy. It’s the most versatile color and can be dressed up or down.

#154

The blue and the gray.

The most versatile suits you can own are navy and gray. Start your wardrobe with these two.

#161

The short one.

If you’re smaller in stature, consider wearing a one-button jacket. The deep “V” will give you some length.

#168

The true measure of a man—his measurements.

Know the basics: neck, jacket and waist sizes, sleeve length and inseam.

#175

The white dress shirt.

The absolute must-own for every man. You can never have too many.

#182

A suit has many sides – Part I.

Ditch the tie, wear a dark shirt under the jacket. Perfect for a night on the town.

#183

A suit has many sides – Part II.

Dinner date? Wear a V-neck sweater over your dress shirt, throw on the jacket, and you’re all set.

#184

A suit has many sides – Part III.

For a more casual outing, pair it with a polo shirt and sneakers and wear it with a bit of attitude.

#189

A notch above.

When buying a belt, order one size up from your waist size.

#210

Tie tip.

To add balance to your look, make sure the stripes or patterns in your tie are bolder than those on your shirt.

#217

A suit has many sides.

Out of the office, don’t be afraid to wear it with a solid turtleneck or plaid shirt.

#224

Travel in style.

Take a raincoat when traveling to cooler or damper climates. It’s easy to pack and can be used as a topcoat.

#231

Gray day style.

Wear a car coat (overcoat that extends to the thigh) that’s been treated to repel water.

#245

Get your fit.

Have your clothes tailored to accentuate your profile.

#252

Wear and care.

Washing/ironing shirts yourself prolongs their life. Don’t just throw them in a machine—read the labels.

#259

The knit tie.

Perfect for adding texture to an otherwise flat look, knit ties can be worn year-round.

#273

Plaid sport coat?

A great look provided you pair it with something simple, like a white or solid colored shirt or trousers.

#280

A bit on belts and shoes.

When dressing formally, they should match. If dressing casually, they don’t have to.

#287

The heather T.

A light gray T-shirt is a better choice than a white T. Why? Gray absorbs light, white reflects it.

#294

Tuxedo Tips.

Semi-spread collar. French cuffs. Plain-front shirt. Get it tailored. No vest. Reveal shirt cuff. It’s all in the lapels.