MASTERING BASICS: MEN'S FASHION ADVICEMonday, November 30, 2015
Wearing hats can be tricky to pull off properly. Many a man has mistakenly worn some sort of celeb-inspired monstrosity. Wearing a hat can become a signature of a gentleman’s attire; ensure you sign your style with something that works and reflects who you are.
The coat is the chief concern for a complete winter garb; it will protect you from both the wind and rain, but more importantly it adds a dashing weathered elegance not found in summer attire. When picking an overcoat ensure that it covers your sleeves and is big enough to wear a jumper or suit underneath. The length of the coat should be kept between the bottoms your jacket and your knees, any lower and it look misshapen and untidy.
So much can be said on this topic, so I will just give you the headline. The fit is crucial. A well-fitted, moderately priced suit is orders of the magnitude better than a poorly fitting expensive suit. If you can’t afford to have one made, get a reasonably priced version and have it tailored. It will cost you a lot less and will look fantastic.
In the last few decades, denim has not only become the key component of a man’s wardrobe, but it has become the only bottoms option men seem to own. This is unacceptable. To stand apart from the herds of unfashionable men strolling down the road, opt for the fitted chino. The smart-casual pant plays with the line between chilled and semi-formal; ensuring that they fit properly allows you to take it from the former to the latter with the addition of a nice shirt and blazer.
Footwear warrants similar rules to headwear; the purpose for this item is pivotal. Wearing trainers to a restaurant, not okay! Wearing trainers to the gym? Perfectly reasonable. If in doubt, ask yourself this question, do the shoes fit the tone of either the outfit or the event. If not, they’re not the right shoes. Final tip: your shoes should match your belt i.e. brown leather shoes, brown leather belt.