A concise guide to men’s dressing

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When it comes to men’s dressing, effortless sophistication actually takes significant effort. It’s very easy to cross the line from dapper gentleman to sloppy Joe; so the next time you dress to impress, follow these six simple rules.


1. Never oversize it: A perfectly tailored suit is one that appears to be made exactly to your measurements. This translates into no shoulder divots, and jacket sleeves that should ideally end near the large wrist bone when your arms are relaxed. The jacket collar should sit around your shirt collar, not away from the nape of your neck.

2. Give your trousers a break: While the type of trouser break you choose can define your fashion sense, the classic and safest option is known as the ‘medium break’. Suitable for an average-height gentleman, the medium break is achieved when the bottom of your trousers hits the space between the top of your dress shoes and the top of the soles.

3. Don’t button down: To accommodate King Edward VII’s increasing waistline, the last button on his waistcoat was left open. Legend has it that, in order to avoid any humiliation, members of his court followed suit, laying the rule for centuries to come. For that perfect suited look, always leave the last button undone.

4. The tie length: A tie that’s too long or too short can really undermine an otherwise impeccable look. The very simple rule for ties is that they should hit your belt buckle or the waistband of your trousers.

5. The belt and shoes rule: In the world of men’s fashion, the cardinal rule is: ‘shoes and belts should always match’. There is no room for interpretation and adventure here; black shoes and brown belt is the ultimate faux pas.

6. Keep the wallet lean: A bulging wallet only means a bulging back or side pocket. It’s time to go paperless in your receipts and plastic in your assets!

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