Facebook It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Not everybody follows fashion trends or knows what’s going on in that world. And, frankly, you shouldn’t have to. You’ve got your own stuff going on in your life, but you recognize that impressions matter. Before we get started, recognize that once you’re comfortable with these “rules” that it’s okay to break them. All rules are meant to be broken, after all. So, for the guy who gives a damn about how he looks, but doesn’t want to pay attention to a bunch of useless rules, we’ve put together a list of 7 basic style rules.
1) Don’t mix black and brown together.
This takes skill, and if you’re reading this, it takes skill to be able to do this properly. We’re talking everything from shoes, to pants, to shirts. If you have black or brown hair, consider usually wearing that color too.
2) Gold metals goes best with brown, and silver metals goes best with black
Now that you’ve got black and brown down, what about your metals? Follow the above rule and you’ll be set. The major exception to this rule that we wrote about before is a wedding ring. No need to lock down your whole wardrobe around a ring that already has you locked down with your ol’ ball and chain.
3) Earthy colors go with brown, and black goes well with most everything else
If you have brown shoes, you’ll do better by matching it with earthy colors. And what do we mean by earthy? Look at the ground, and what do you see? Various shades of dirt, maybe some plant-life colored shades, and probably whites and yellows from the sun. White can go with black, but anything else that isn’t “earthy” goes with your black stuff.
4) Don’t mix patterns
Don’t wear pinstripe with argyle, or polka dot with stripes. Be careful with your ties here, gentlemen. The one exception? Crazy socks. They call them crazy for a reason, and are meant to stand out.
5) Limit patterns to 2 items
Pants and Jacket are both pinstriped? Keep your shirt and tie a solid color. Have a tie and pocket square that match? Great, nothing else should match. Keep it to two, or you look like poo. It rhymes, so it must be true.
6) Don’t wear all 1 color clothing
You’re not a waiter (probably). If your main clothing is a shirt and pants, make sure they’re different. If you have a shirt, pants, and a jacket; make sure that no more than 2 of them are the same.
7) TAILOR YOUR CLOTHES!
This will do more than anything else, and it’s what we rag on the most. Just do it. It’s like 10 bucks or less for any piece of clothing that’s reasonably close to your size. Go to Yelp.com right now and search for the nearest tailor with a decent rating and good reviews, and get it done.
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