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6 Men’s Fashion Rules to Live By

If you’re a man looking for no-fail tips to perfect style (or you’re someone who loves one), then look no further. Follow these simple tips to ensure you get your outfit right every time.

Match Your Belt to Your Shoes

This is a good rule to follow and it keeps things simple. It’s best to stay with traditional colors such a black, dark brown, or a rich tan. Other colors will be difficult to match, and generally speaking, should be avoided.

If you wear sneakers every day that probably means you are wearing jeans, in which case try a belt made of fabric or something equally as casual, but avoid dress belts with jeans and sneakers.

Matching Ties and Shirts

For a while, the solid-colored shirt with a tie of the same (or slightly-off) color was seen everywhere. This is now a somewhat dated look. Try mixing things up a little and experiment with colors. Ties are great ways to express yourself, but keeping it tasteful is your best bet. You can’t go wrong with diagonal stripes, modern polka-dots, plaids, and subtle patterns. Just make sure your tie compliments your shirt, suit, sweater, or whatever you will be wearing it with. Novelty ties are best avoided since the novelty is short-lived.

Ties should be tied in whatever style strikes your fancy. You should know that there are many different ways to knot your tie, and different knots say different things.

I prefer the Windsor or the four-in-hand, but explore a little just for kicks. As for clip-on ties? Just say no.

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Pleats vs. Flat-Front

Why so many men have avoided flat-front trousers has always been a mystery to me. Flat-front trousers look better than pleated pants, at least most of the time. Plus pleats make you look less slim.

I have heard guys wear pleats because it’s more comfortable or because flat-fronts are more for athletic bodies. Truth is, most men can wear a flat-front trouser. If you want more room then buy them a little big and have them brought in at the waist. This can be done at the store where you buy your clothes or by an independent tailor. And lastly, flat-front trousers are much more fashionable.


The more official rule on socks is that they should match the color of your pants, though preferably not the exact same shade unless, of course, you are wearing black in which case it’s okay. However, I personally like to wear socks with patterns, such as stripes in various colors. But I do try to match my socks with my pants and shoes. To quote Glenn O’Brien from GQ magazine, “you will ultimately realize that beyond the valley of rules rises the mountain of aesthetics, the peak of which (if there is one) is always shrouded in beautiful clouds of various hues, many of them resembling certain of my more unusually hued socks.”

White socks should be reserved for the gym.


Watches are the single most important accessory a man can own. Invest in one good watch that suits your lifestyle and taste.

However, if you are someone who likes to own more than one watch, wear the appropriate timepiece for your outfit: black band with black shoes and belt; brown band with brown shoes and belt; and silver band for either.

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Eyeglasses are one of the few ways you can really express yourself. They don’t have to just serve a function but can enhance your overall look. Do your best to find a pair of glasses that not only compliments the shape of your face but also expresses your personality. Ask people who wear glasses for a place where you can get good advice about what shape and style looks best for your face shape and features.


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