Style commandments


Pant length.

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


Napoleon’s hint.

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


Shrug it off.

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


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

Unless you’re on Gilligan’s Island.


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.


Do as the Duke of Kent did.

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


Cuff enough?

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


Cuff it.

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


Know your knits.

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



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


Round? Go straight.

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


Suit seasonally.

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


Opposites attract.

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


3-piece statement.

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


Eye the line.

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


End the trend.

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


Pick up the 3-piece, part 2.

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


Style immortality.

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


Tips for the larger man Part I.

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


Tie check.

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


Tips for the larger man Part III.

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


Neck notice.

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


Speaking of bespoke.

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


Tips for the larger man Part IV.

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


Another trick up your sleeve.

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


Tips for the larger man Part V.

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


Collar-tie confusion?

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


Blousing at the waist?

Wear a slimmer fitting shirt.


The stay doesn’t always stay in.

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


Ties for the tall.

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


Tips for the tall, skinny man Part I.

Avoid wearing blazers and jackets with large shoulder pads.


First glance: tie.

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


Large? Go slim.

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


Just a dimple?

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


Tips for the short man Part I.

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


Skinny tie tip.

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



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


Tips for the short man Part II.

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


Reducing the wide tie effect.

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


The play-it-safe move.

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


Tweed tip.

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


Dark denim.

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


A corduroy clue.

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


Wale Tale.

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


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.


The blue and the gray.

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


The short one.

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


The true measure of a man—his measurements.

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


The white dress shirt.

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


A suit has many sides – Part I.

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


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.


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.


A notch above.

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


Tie tip.

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


A suit has many sides.

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


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.


Gray day style.

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


Get your fit.

Have your clothes tailored to accentuate your profile.


Wear and care.

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


The knit tie.

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


Plaid sport coat?

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


A bit on belts and shoes.

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


The heather T.

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


Tuxedo Tips.

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