Before a gentleman can experiment and dip his toes into the vast sea that is fashion today he must first execute the basic dressing etiquette.
Dressing in accordance with the occasion is one of the most vital rules to remember when you're picking out what to wear - for example, don't wear cargo shorts and a printed tee to a business dinner, nor should you wear a suit to a neighbourhood barbecue. The second vital rule is to wear clean and wrinkle free clothes, there is nothing more unpleasant than showing up with food stains on your trousers.
And finally, your clothing must be well fitted - you don't want to look like you forgot your clothes in the dryer for one too many cycles or like you're still waiting to grow into them.
When you are required to unleash your finest attire, there are some key points every man should keep in mind:
- Tuck your shirt in
- Your shoes should match your belt
- The tie should just be touching your belt buckle
- Polish your shoes regularly
- Unbutton the last button on your jacket unless you're wearing a double breasted style
- Wear socks that are the same colour or darker than your pants, people will notice them when you sit down
For more low-key occasions, the etiquette is pretty simple and commonsensical:
- Try not to wear clashing patterns and colours, do your best to make sure your combinations work with each other, not against
- Steer clear of over accessorising, you don't need to wear your entire jewellery collection at one given time
- If you choose to wear a hat and sunglasses, please do take them off when you are indoors
- Keep all your pants, yes, even the casual ones hemmed, there is nothing more unappealing than tattered pants around the heels of your feet
Our final piece of advice has nothing to do with clothes but we thought it was worth a mention - keep your facial hair well groomed - it doesn't necessarily have to be a close shave in order for it to look neat.
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