Style Details You Might Be Getting Wrong

Don’t Ignore Your Shirt Collar

shirt collar

It’s great to make do and mend, but only to a point. Your work shirt from summer 2008 may look white from the outside, but be sure to inspect the inside of your collar for yellowing and the edges for fraying. Even the slightest hint of wear will make you look unkempt. The same goes for a floppy collar and creases. Iron them out.

Wear The Right Underwear

visible boxer line

The VBL (visible boxer line) pandemic is gathering momentum. If you are into looser, traditional boxer shorts, ensure that your trousers are free-flowing to avoid the hem of your shorts and the fabric from becoming visible externally. A good option, particularly if you are wearing tighter jeans or a slim suit is to opt for a slim-cut pair of boxer briefs or trunks in a dark shade.

Don’t Overuse Your Pockets

suit pockets

There’s a reason why your tailor sews up suit pockets. If you stuff your suit with keys, wallets, phones and packs of chewing gum, you will ruin the line. This applies as much to your jacket as it does to your trousers. Carry your essentials in your hands or in a bag.

Buy the Right Belt

beltThat flappy bit of leather where you have punched a few extra holes may not be bothering you, but it is upsetting everyone else. Buying a belt that fits your waist size will ensure that there’s no excess material swinging about and that the bulk beneath your jacket or sweater is minimized. This will create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette and make you look like you care.

The Trouser Length

Avoid trousers that puddle over your shoes or flap around your ankles. Take them to your tailor and get the hems turned up.

It Doesn’t Fit Off The Rack

blazer for men

Whether you buy your suit, blazer, or jeans from a high-end boutique or a fast-fashion chain, the likelihood that it will fit you straight away is low. Find a good alterations tailor and take it to him. You will then always look your best.

Don’t Go Overboard With Accessories

briefcase for men

Never have more than two wearable accessories and one carry-able accessory at a time. A knitted tie with a pocket square and a briefcase, for instance. Or a light scarf and cuff links with a portfolio. Less is definitely more.

Pull Your Trousers Up When You Sit Down

wool trousers men

Some fabrics like wool and flannel are very quick to sag once you have sat down a couple of times. One way to avoid this is to pull your trousers up a bit every time you sit down. This will avoid the fabric stretching and the unsightly shape that ensues. Just make sure your socks are good enough to show off.

Spray Sparingly

When wearing a fragrance, spray once on the wrist, dab against the other wrist, and then dab behind each ear. If you are wearing an eau de parfum or eau de toilette, this should more than suffice. If you are wearing lighter cologne, splash on a little more since the fragrance won’t last as long.