65 Style Tips for Guys

So, someone sent this to me with no attribution.  I agree with most of these and will offer commentary otherwise (or just for fun).  So, here goes — 65 style tips for guys.

  1.  If you can slip two fingers between your neck and the buttoned collar of a  new  dress shirt, the shirt will fit comfortably after laundering.
  2.     The shirt placket, the belt buckle, and the trouser fly should all line up. SG says: YES!
  3.     Speaking of belt buckles, the point of your tie should never fall below it. Again, YES!
  4.     Rent no clothing. Indeed… a man should buy a tux and have it tailored appropriately
  5.     Ninety-dollar shoes last half as long as $180 shoes, but $360 shoes will last you your whole life. This is absolutely true.  I bought a very expensive (to me) pair of shoes after getting my first paycheck at my first “real” job.  11 years later, I was still wearing them.  They finally “died” but it was well worth what I thought was a lot of money back in 1999. 
  6.     Three-hundred-sixty-dollar shoes will not last your whole life if you break  their backs by refusing to use a shoehorn.
  7.     Three-hundred-sixty-dollar shoes without a shine can look like $90 shoes. YES!
  8. Women notice shoes. True…very true.
  9.       They also notice nose hair; so should you. This is a challenge easily addressed. 
  10.     Good shoes and a good haircut matter more than a great suit. True — and worth noting for the man just starting out.
  11.     Neckties decorated with cartoon characters, golf tees, or the paintings of    dead rock musicians coordinate with nothing.
  12.     It is never acceptable to loosen your tie, except during the process of its    removal. I am delighted that someone finally said this!
  13.     You are in your car an hour each day; you are in your clothes from morning    to night. Spend accordingly. Again, wise words for the aspiring gentleman.  I drove the same car for 14 years.  It was solid and reliable and no one noticed it when I walked into the office in my well-tailored suit, cuff links, and polished shoes.
  14.     The seat-belt shoulder strap goes under your necktie.
  15.     You can’t wear a bow tie with anything other than a tuxedo if you’re under    forty-five or not a famous novelist or not a total geek, professor.
  16.     Very few people want to see you in compression shorts, and those who do    might not be your target audience.
  17.     Likewise tight, black leather pants, Mr. Bon Jovi.
  18.     A $250 shirt will look like a $25 shirt if it is professionally laundered    instead of hand washed.  Yes — number one mistake many young men make (and take into proper adulthood) is having EVERYTHING laundered … learn to do it yourself and do it right.
  19.     Still, you will be happiest if you regard dress shirts as disposable.
  20.     By the way, this blue-shirt craze is getting really tiresome.
  21.     Buy the lightest-weight tuxedo you can find, because dancing and drinking    and scantily clad women cause formal affairs to become overheated.
  22.     One ring, maximum. On a finger. Not from college. Not from high school.    Silver or platinum, not gold.
  23.     On airplane trips, briefs are more comfortable than boxers, as contents may    shift during takeoff and landing.
  24.     There are no bargains.
  25.     A man in a good suit and tie looks chic; a man in a good suit without a tie    looks more chic.
  26.     A man who uses the word chic had better be kidding around.
  27.     A man in a suit without a tie can wear loafers; a man in a suit with a tie    cannot.
  28.     Ed Bradley doesn’t look as good with that earring as he thinks he does.
  29.     Jack Nicholson can wear two-tone spectator shoes only because he is Jack    Nicholson.
  30.     It is far better to arrive at an event overdressed than underdressed: People    will think you’ve got somewhere more important to go afterward.
  31.     Cheap cashmere is less soft and more fragile than expensive wool. And not even worth it.
  32.     A T-shirt that shows through a dress shirt is the male equivalent of visible    panty lines.
  33.     Do not wear button-down collars with double-breasted suits. Better yet, don’t wear button-down collars with any suit — a sportcoat and khakis, sure. But not a suit.
  34.     Do not unbutton double-breasted suits, Letterman notwithstanding.
  35.     The only thing worse than wearing socks that don’t cover one’s calves is    wearing patterned socks that don’t cover one’s calves.
  36.     If you lose one cuff link, remove the remaining orphan; this will make it  look as if you have insouciant personal style and omitted them on purpose. This assumes you are wearing cuff links with your suits, which you absolutely should be doing
  37.       Keep a lint roller in your office. And in your car.
  38.     A good suit treated well shouldn’t be dry-cleaned more than twice a season;    a good tuxedo treated well should never be dry-cleaned.     Unless you’re a quarterback, never wear anything with your name and/or    number on it.
  39.     Jeans should never meet an iron. Again, someone had to say it. 
  40.     What you find at an outlet store is what other people refused to buy or what   a company thinks you will buy because you’re the kind of person who shops at an outlet store. Let me add that you may, however, find good basics (white dress shirts, etc.) at a reasonable price at an outlet store — and having a decent collection of solid white dress shirts is always a good idea.
  41.     Khakis religiously worn on Fridays are no less a uniform than a business suit worn the prior four days.
  42.     Nonetheless, you can never have too many khakis. Or white heavyweight-cotton    T-shirts or canvas tennis shoes. For Saturday.     Numbers to remember: one half inch of shirt cuff; one and a half inches of  trouser cuff; two inches more belt than inches on your waist.
  43.     Your belt and shoes should match in color, if not in material. Absolutely — and this is especially important for those of you wearing brown shoes with blue suits – which, while trendy, I don’t particularly enjoy.  But it is a crime to wear nice brown dress shoes with a blue suit and black belt.  Just stay home if you can’t figure out why.
  44.     Speaking of color, there is little use for pink, peach, or teal.
  45.     It’s not the name on the label or the numbers on the credit-card statement  but how good you look in it.
  46.     Even Al Gore shouldn’t wear a watch with a built-in calculator.
  47.     Like cars and stereo equipment, clothes are not really ‘invest-ments,’    because they cannot appreciate. They’re clothes.
  48.     It’s more important in a man’s daily life to have a good tailor than a good    doctor.
  49.     Clothing salesmen can change your life in a good way, but not many of them.
  50.     Two elements of style that will last longer than any man who is smart enough    to own them: a sterling belt buckle from Tiffany and simple cuff links.
  51.     A restaurant meal tastes better when you’re wearing a suit coat.
  52.     Band-collar shirts make you look either stupid or like a priest or like a  stupid priest.
  53.     Whether a tie is too fat or too skinny should be decided by you, on a tie-by-tie basis.
  54.     When in doubt, ask a woman.
  55.     Know that she will often be wrong, too, and that ultimately a man is alone  in a vast sea of indecision that he must ply.
  56.     Never trust a fashion magazine. CelebrityTrendZ is not a fashion magazine.    CelebrityTrendZ likes you very much and is only trying to help.
  57.     Cigars are never stylish in mixed company.
  58.     If you hang your jacket on a chair and then sit on the chair and lean back,    your jacket will look as if you had hung it on a chair and then sat on the chair and leaned back.
  59.     Drape your scarf on that chair and you’re going to lose it, and we are not  your mother.
  60.     A black knit tie coordinates with jeans and a blazer as well as it does with    a French-cuffed shirt and a custom-made suit.    
  61.     Deep in the heart of the Middle West, some people are actually wearing those    baggy, printed workout pants again, and you owe God your deepest thanks that    you have the presence of mind to not be among them.
  62.     The most important thing about selecting a hotel is the ability of the staff    to press a shirt instantly, anytime, day or night.     First suit: navy solid. Second suit: gray solid. Third suit: navy pinstripe.    Fourth suit: gray chalk stripe. Fifth suit: black. Sixth suit: You need no    sixth suit.  All true … I might add that for men in the South, the fifth suit may be a khaki cotton number appropriate for garden parties and Sunday services.
  63.     To have absolute style is to break absolute rules – sometimes even these.
  64.     There is no foot pain so severe, no dress shoe so fragile, no commute so    arduous, as to justify the sartorial holocaust that is wearing sneakers with  a suit.
  65.     Unless you have a harelip or happen to be Wilford Brimley, you look exactly    half as attractive with a mustache.

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How to match your shirt and tie

This is an age old question that confuses many a fine gentleman.  What tie goes with which shirt? How do I know? How can I get it right and not mess it up?  It sometimes seems simple, but can be tricky if you are not careful.

That’s why we were delighted by this piece from our friends at Ledbury.

The advice is straightforward and simple.  It highlights the importance of having basics — like the blue twill shirt.

When pairing a shirt and tie, color family is important — and this piece showcases that perfectly — with a bold gingham, simple blue, and red striped shirt.  All with the same tie, three different but excellent looks.

No, you can’t just put any tie in your closet with any shirt.  And you shouldn’t take the easy route and wear only white shirts with your ties.  You SHOULD pay attention to the simple advice offered at Ledbury.  Buy nice looking, high quality shirts and ties that suit your style.  Then, learn to pair them up the right way and you’ll always be dressed like a gentleman.