Bryan, A black top hat will go with any formal dress — black tie, white tie, morning dress.
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Navy broken check tailored trousers. Deep blue birdseye regular fit jacket. Deep blue textured big and tall suit jacket. Deep blue birdseye regular suit trousers. Deep blue textured big and tall suit trousers. I think this rule is open for breaking depending on these factors but in casual terms only! There is no disputing that fact. Can you wear a brown waistcoat with a black overcoat, or is that too bizarre? If you can, what colour must the tie be?
But I would not wear a brown waistcoat with a black jacket blazer, sport jacket or other. I applaud the effort put forth to transcribe these rules from the original stone tablets and look forward to future post industrial revolution rules.
I wonder, does the current over utilization of pocket squares, make you reconsider rules 32, and 33? I would say that the way some men wear them is over done, however. Which, as you note, can give the whole thing a bad name. If wearing a top hat to an event, does the color of the top hat need to match the trousers?
Or does a black top hat go with any formal dress? Bryan, A black top hat will go with any formal dress — black tie, white tie, morning dress. I am getting married this December and I will be wearing a navy blue suit with a black lapel, navy blue matching pants n waist coat and a white shirt…. I will be wearing burgundy shoes or brown shoes, I also intend wearing brown belt or burgundy belt…my question is this… What color of socks, and bow tie would complement my dressing?
I was thinking of wearing a 2 piece blue sharkskin suit with a light charcoal vest for my high school prom. Does this sound like a good combination? I am in the process of choosing a suit for my high school prom, and would like to wear a 2 piece blue sharkskin suit with a light charcoal vest. Is this a good combination? Mr South, I think that combo will be fine, if you can, have the vest be of a different texture than sharkskin to give a little textural contrast.
Is anything other than black acceptable? I was originally going for a dark blue dress pant with a light bright cardigan type look or light grey dress pants with brown belt and shoes with a simple paisley designed bow tie. But I now I think it will just look tacky.
Should I scratch the idea and go for black? A little help would be appreciated! Jason, Yes, many other things are acceptable. They also used a lot of heavy fabrics like tweed, I think. Adnan, Black pants and grey jacket are fine, but dont wear a black shirt.
Wear a white one instead. Dear God, I sincerely hope the commenters extolling the virtues of a black suit, black shirt and colored tie are joking. That combination is indicative of three things: They are not mutually exclusive.
As for the square toed shoes — if you were to examine the offerings of a high quality shoe maker you will not find a square toed shoe in their collection. Dress appropriately for your context. If you are doing business in Japan, a black suit is not horrific, it is mandatory. A gentleman even of the American persuasion would be loathe to use it. I think there needs to be an addition to the rules regarding — collar stays.
Most respectable dress shirts now have the slots for it and some even provide you with a set. They keep the collars crisp and straight and give the dress shirt a sharper and more professional look.
If you forget to insert them in the morning and notice it in the office, use a paper clip. Horsebits with a suit? I have a pair of light grey suede shoes, would it be acceptable to wear with a tie, vest and dress pants vest and pants black?
Traditionally, one wore a tie only with a full-sleeved shirt. For some years now, and mainly due to weather conditions, ties with half-sleeved shirts are acceptable, so long as one does not wear a jacket.
While striped suits, or striped trousers with a plain shirt look good, avoid checked trousers. They do not look as elegant. The tip of the larger, outer blade of the long tie should sit on the middle of the belt buckle, not middle of the stomach!
A nice guide that at the showed me some things I have been doing wrong, but even better it showed me what I have been doing correct. That said there is still some things I am somewhat unsure about and that is when it comes to shoes. Other than hearing that many make mistakes when wearing brown shoes I never actually know what those misstakes are, so I always find myself second guessing my choices in wearing brown shoes. Never really know what to treat them as but they look great either way.
Could these be worn with black dockers and a black belt, or do the brown soles scuttle the deal? Or does it depend on the shirt? We at Computer Guys wish you a great year ahead with lots of personal growth. Firstly, I find even the thought of white bucks as midly insulting. Whoever wrote this article needs to take a long hard look in the mirror before handing out advice so easily.
It is absolutely preposterous that one thinks black shoes and brown is not acceptable — who are you? And horizontal ties…are you kidding me. I started reading this expecting to disagree with most of the rules. I agreed with them all. Thank you for the very informative post. Believe me on this, I follow all of your 51 rules already and it does make a difference.
The largest ambiguity is, however, cleared up in the conversation above. I do NOT think that Rule 29 should be interpreted to mean that one shall not wear a white shirt with anything but a suit and tie another ambiguity that emerges from how poorly it is written.
The all-white shirt with no tie and a sweater or jacket is very IN right now. That look is quite common today among well-dressed gentlemen. That shirt Lamonis wears is available on-line. Forgot who makes it. Here is a rule for the gentleman who writes well: Doing this actually advertises your insecurity. Rule 13 should be seen as one for America only. Go to Japan or Europe or Singapore or Hong Kong and you will see guys in business casual dress with cuffed shirts and cufflinks with no jacket.
He looked — and is — totally sharp, and definitely not a hipster. I predict we will see more of this in America over the next few years. Rule 13 is weak and may fade away altogether. Perhaps this man does have a sense of style. Yeah, but that rule is only applicable in america. True, but that doesnt matter.
Shthay something im giving up on you. Honestly, I disagree with more than half this list. Largely it lacks imagination that usually comes with the snobbery lists like this almost invariably have. You place far too much importance on jackets. You can wear ties and braces just find without them. Braces, too, are for utility as much as style. On that note, braces with with clips are preferable to ones with buttons.
Anyone who places too focus on shoes is a fool and shallow one on that. Yes, they should be appropriate for the outfit and they should match, but beyond that they should be an after thought. Anyone who cares too much about shoes needs a hobby to occupy their excess time. Again, utility and comfort are as if not more important than fashion. If square toe shoes are more comfortable for the wearer, they are preferable. Also, a person who thinks white bucks are anything but hideous loses the right to dictate fashion.
In regards to buttoning the bottom button, be it waistcoats or suit jackets, is matter of the image you want to project. You lost all credibility the moment you said that loafers with tassels are bad-ass.
I think you should re-consider your position on square-toed shoes. Just because they are a newer development does not mean they are wrong. Perhaps they do not work for most men, but I think a blanket statement saying that they are always terrible, is simply unjustified.
Perhaps not specific to the enumerated Rules of Dress, but I will comment on the common combination of khaki pants and the solid light blue shirt; typically a button-down oxford shirt. I have no idea why these two came to match.
The look is frumpy, boring, and unimaginative. To me the color combination just does not look good. Least of all, is not a style, as in: This blog is very interesting.
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I never heard of your tie should coordinate with your trousers. I never heard a tie should coordinate with your trousers. A tie should coordinate with your socks. They should not match, but pick up a color or coordinate with a color. Your trousers should match your suit coat unless you are wearing odd trousers and a blazer or sport jacket.
Regarding the question from Alex: I would not be surprised if much of the negative feedback to this rule comes from a misunderstanding of your intent, rather than the spirit of the rule itself. You do explain the rule in at least one of the comments, but there are several and they can be difficult to wade through.
Thou shall always wear a jacket when wearing shirts with both a white collar and white cuffs. Thou shall always wear a jacket with shirts of both a white collar and white cuffs. The above rules such as: I, for one, have attended the finest boarding school in England, whereby most of these rules become second nature, and never once been told to curb my usage of such term.
Rule 34, however, I must disagree with. A bagpack backpack , is entirely suitable with a suit. Although, I must add, it is a designer bag and one designed to look at home next to my Gucci two piece. I have bought two options for the under-shirt, either a light blue or white both with a subtle pattern. Now, here is my dilemma.. I wanted to wear my brown shoes, brown belt and brown leather strapped watch with the suit.
All the brown items are matched in colour. Please let me know what to do here? I recently attended a piano recital for a young man in my neighborhood who studies music at a local university. A gentleman always uses proper grammar when writing for the public, and pays for proofreading if he cannot stand to do it properly himself.
Suprised watch position was not addressed. You need to add the males watch should ONLY be worn on the left wrist. Period , no exceptions. What color suspenders and tie go with a somewhat brighter navy blue suit paired with a white and light pink checked dress shirt?
Id say match the jacket. Granted im not a professional, I was just in Mens Wearhouse and most of the time they seemed to match both the jacket AND the pants, but for me personally I would rather have the vest match the jacket than the pants.
I think it makes you look a little more neater and sharper. I guess it would also depend on the color as well. I have Allen Edmonds, but consider them office shoes. A guy wearing a black suit with a black dress shirt, especially with the top two buttons unbuttoned, is classically sexy.
I enjoy wearing suspenders braces with my suits. The issue is maintaining the proper placement of the waistband of the pant on my hips. But, not having tailor made clothes, my pants come automatically with belt loops. I never use them, but have my tailor add buttons for the braces.
Should I have him remove the belt loops, per your rules which say that belt loops should always have a belt? Because for now, I just wear them empty. Certainly, I am not going to put a belt in them with suspenders. That is one of the biggest fashion faux pas I see. It always makes me laugh. I am going to an event this weekend and my date is wearing a black dress. Can I wear a blue jacket, white shirt, kahki pants, brown shoes and brown belt?
I am constantly hitting stumbling blocks when dressing for consultations, gigs, and presentations. Im still trying to figure out the vest thing and should shoes be if similar color to the suit if the suit is anything other than black or white.
Havent found the poor mans guide to looking professional yet. I am attending an outdoor beach wedding in 3 weeks — would grey pants be acceptable to wear? If so, what color s jacket would work? A gentlemans tie should coordinate with his hosiery. It does not have anything to do with the color of ones trousers or anything else for that matter unless you are wearing a dark blue dinner jacket and black tie.
How do you think menswear designer? Ralph Lauren made his billions. If your lucky, your Dad can be a big help. These are the zombies walking around middle class malls wearing t shirts untucked with writing on them. Shorts with cargo pockets and either white leather running shoes or sandals without socks.
Those are some stereotypes about hippies. Actually some hippies were actually very dandy, depending on their philosophy and their clothing was quite researched although unconventional and of course far from formal: Is there a rule to this?
I overall agree with dennes. So I only follow a few rules, the main ones. But never say never there might be some exceptions. Sure, with brown shoes or loafers I always match socks with pants or tie, with black or very dark shoes I prefer matching my socks with shirts, most of the time.
Any way, yes, I alternate with penny loafers, the same ones I wear with shorts: I go for white shirts most of the time, but I like the other colors and some patterns too. Btw shirt patterns, can generally be reproduced with socks, but just the general tone and carefully. If you take this seriously, or post an actual comment — your salary is bigger than your dick you bunch of wankers.
You should all join a club where you can match your socks and belts and wank each other off. Jason, it might seem you are counterconformist and I agree, substance counts more than clothes which still I consider a form of art, but anyway , but I think you are just a troll and unoriginally uneducated.
I just broke a basic rule, got me a dark navy marine formal shoes with a matching belt, now i have no idea how to wear it. With navy suit it doesnt give enough contrast, with brown it looked weird, oddly it looked best with a grey suit or a lighter colored blue suit. What do u gents think? What can he wear?
My son needs to attend a fashion extravaganza. What can he wear. Navy and white striped shirt I know is a must. When can men wear white pants? I dunno, maybe greenish pants and blazer, http: Inappropriate comment about Bono, he must wear a special type of sunglasses.
He has an eye defect. Otherwise, I like your information and have sent it to my three boys. I am attending an all white event. I am wearing an all white suit with a dark orange like shirt and brown shoes. What color belt should I wear,Brown or black? For that reason, I am trying to improve my wardrobe to fit the events and other networking opportunities that I go to.
Talk about a hat for a casual ocassion, like going to a bar. How to match the hat: I cant really afford the coat, so as far as button down shorts go, i am thinking the shirt, matching belt and shoes and black pants, my jacket is black leather… Would this be appropriate?
Should or can my shirt have Christmas colors? I am a summer outfit guy with a closet full of Tommy Bahama shirts, so this formal dress confuses me a bit!!! This approach is not meant for you too look matchy matchy, rather it will compliment your whole look. Call me a hipster but I think suspenders without a jacket is a good way to casual but still sophisticated. Think about the groom too and the groomsmen. Could they all have matching cufflinks or socks that are personalised with their name?
A cute idea for your bridesmaids is to write something to […]. This approach is not meant for you too look matchy-matchy, rather it will complement your whole look. The problem is something that too few folks are speaking intelligently about. Thank you for some other fantastic post. The place else may anybody get that type of information in such a perfect approach of writing?
An intriguing discussion is worth comment. White bucks are badass. Thou shall wear a belt when wearing pants with belt loops. Thou shall not wear a French cuff double cuff shirt without a jacket.
Thou can wear loafers with a suit, however, this is mostly practiced in America. Loafers are badass, especially those with bits or tassels. Thou can wear brown suede shoes for business dress. They are elegant and gentlemanly. Brown suede shoes are badass. Thou shall not wear suspenders braces without a jacket.
Thou can wear brown suits for business dress. Pocket squares are underrated, underutilized and most importantly they are badass. Life is more fun in a tuxedo dinner jacket. Style is a state of mind. It is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Thou shall take off his sunglasses when inside. Even if thou art Bono. Thank you, KK Dean. This dude shall abide. The mods did it, and they looked great. No true mod ever buttoned all 3. Gentlemen, I would add: Of course, by this logic, all fashion is completely pointless.
Ben, Thanks for your feedback, I appreciate you taking the time to voice your opinion. Gary, It is sometimes the socio-economic standing that hinders that- not necessarily poor breeding. There is simply no other term that expresses the badassedness of the term badass. Thought my comment was going somewhere else. I agree with you. So what kind of belt do you wear with badass white bucks? A common yacht club dress code was white bucks and white web belt with brass buckle.
Navy blue blazer, white button-down, white khakis. I think you could wear any color belt as long as it blends in with your slacks and shirt. White bucks are gay! And nothing says smarmy lounge-lizard like bits. This is great, very intelligent article. Can I use a shirt with a packet in the left side when using suspenders? Can I use a shirt with a pocket in the left side when using suspenders? So, brown suede shoes are elegant and gentlemanly, but badass?
Just started wearing a pair of Rockport Evander. Wonderful, what a blog it is! This weblog provides useful data to us, keep it up. Sonja, Thanks for the story, you dad sounds like a good man. Is it okay to wear a brown jacket with black pants? A well groomed young man should be able to correctly conjugate verbs in early modern English. But is it acceptable to wear suspenders with a vest?
Excellent set of rules. Your individual stamps will follow. JLJ, Would be curious what you would have to say about a ventless, double breasted, bespoke, suit jacket.
Would appreciate you input. It has its high points, but it also has plenty of points with which I disagree, with varying intensity: I wear braces without a jacket all the time.
Why do they need to be hidden? Can I wear a black shirt with blue and grey stripe blazer and red pocket square? Lest thou art a pastor. If so, never wear anything else. Does the suit is strictly needed when wearing a tie and cufflinks? Thou should take all this with a grain of salt, break rules and create your own look and style. Thou shalt never wear a short sleeved shirt with a tie.
Are black suede dress shoes okay in a business casual setting? Greg, I would say so. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end? Faggy and queer used as insults, quite a gentleman….
I need serious help lads, Just purchased a navy suit with the perfect fit however I want a matching waistcoat. Can I get away with houndstooth brown jacket and black pants? Aaron, Thank you for the kind words. Can I wear a reddish orange bowtie with a white short sleeved shirt? I saw a lot of ways I can improve. I think its great! Ditch the tie and roll up your sleeves for a look that won't make you sweat. This water and wrinkle resistant suit comes in Isaia's signature aquaspider wool and is perfect for a hot summer day.
Springtime affairs are beautiful with all of the fresh blooms and green grass, but dressing for a spring wedding can be a challenge. Be wary of outdoor weddings when spring rain showers can cause wet grass and mud that your heels will undoubtedly sink into. We suggest shopping for outfits you know can survive an indoor or outdoor wedding, and plan ahead. Think of any problems that could arise. For instance, avoid long dresses that could drag in potential mud, always keep a pair of closed-toed flats on hands for unexpected outdoor cocktail hours and bring an umbrella for impromptu rain showers.
And don't forget that along with the rising temperatures comes a rising humidity that can wreak havoc on your perfectly coiffed tresses. Keeping a mini bottle of hair spray and bobby pins in your bag will not only make you the most popular girl in the bathroom line but will keep your hair looking on point. For men, spring is the perfect time to subtly experiment with color—not too hot for dark hues and not too cold for pastels and neons.
Layer brightly colored shirts under lightweight suit jackets and accessories with slim ties or bold patterned socks. There are so many subtle ways for men to add color to their looks, so there's no excuse for a straight black-and-white ensemble. The intricate flower pattern on this dress is to die for, and its length and shoulder coverage are ideal for early spring. This chiffon maxi dress is easy, breezy, and totally customizable with a removable waist sash and adjustable straps.
If there was ever a time for you to wear a fancy neon mini, it's a spring wedding. Splurge on this fun yellow dress that is sure to turn heads. This blue jumpsuit is definitely not your average wedding guest dress. Not only is it totally unique; it's slouchy crossover style and short sash flatter your waistline. Adorned with delicate lace applique, this cornflower blue dress is perfect for a spring affair.
Its open back and thin halterneck straps allow you to appropriately show some skin. While we love color, you can never go wrong with a sophisticated monochromatic look. Match a charcoal tie with your charcoal suit for a casual and cool style. This streamlined slim-fit grey ensemble from J Crew pairs nicely brightly colored tie. We go mad for plaid, and this sophisticated trim fit plaid suit is fit for any spring wedding. Pair a classic navy suit with a checkered shirt and purple tie for a sophisticated mix of colors and patterns.
Chances are, your suit jacket is going to come off—as soon as you sit down to eat—and spend the rest of the night on the back of the chair. So pick a classic freshly cleaned and pressed button-down, so you'll still look put together. Hopefully the wedding invitation will specify whether the dress is "beach casual" or "beach formal," but a good rule of thumb for beach wedding attire is to wear something that you would wear to a nice restaurant on a sunny day.
Be mindful of the elements—sun, sand, wind and water—when you're shopping for something to wear to a beach wedding. It tends to be windy on the beach, so avoid short skirts and dresses that can blow up revealing ahem more than you wanted.
A slightly more dressy midi sundress is the perfect option; pair it with flat sandals and a wide-brim sun hat. Rubber flip-flops are not okay unless provided to you by the bride and groom, so stick to leather sandals or T-strap flats. Most beach ceremonies actually encourage guests to take off their shoes, so make sure you'll be okay with showing off your toes.
The sun and sand can be uncomfortable for a man in a full three-piece suit, so linen and lightweight cotton are your best options for keeping cool. For some midday beach weddings, it may even be appropriate for men to wear shorts and a jacket. As long as it's not the week before the wedding, feel free to ask the bride and groom about any specific dress codes or look on their website for more information.
This dress' combo of a classy cutout, and sweetheart neckline is uber-feminine. Dig your toes in the sand with this flowing floral midi. This playful patterned romper is made for fun in the sun at a more casual beach soiree. We love the flirty watercolor florals that make up this totally tropical mini. Missoni is consistently making crochet cool, and here they do it again with this beachy modern maxi.
The whimsical patterns on this dress are totally beach wedding ready. Plus, this neckline is practically designed to show off sun-kissed shoulders. When guys think of a beach wedding, most immediately think of a tan suit. That's because it's classic and stylish! If your invite says "semiformal," a lightweight vest under your suit jacket will keep your look on point even after the jacket comes off.
This jacket's subtle blue hue is perfect for any season, beach season included. Seersucker is really the go-to warm weather suit style. This one features a lining that balances your body temperature to keep you cool. When an invitation says "casual dress," it usually means anything goes.
That being said, jeans, shorts, tank tops and flip-flops are probably not appropriate unless they're specifically noted as acceptable on the invitation or wedding website. It's hard to wrap your head around casual wedding attire, but take cues from the location on the invite.
For example, if it's on a farm somewhere in the middle of a field, it's a good idea to wear flats and bring bug spray. But if the location sounds like it could be indoors or outdoors, it's always better to dress a little bit more on the fancy side. When looking in your closet for something to wear, think business casual—otherwise known as "something you wouldn't be embarrassed to wear at work.
This modern striped frock can be dressed up with fun accessories and heels for a laid-back wedding look. The versatile black jumpsuit is perfect for a casual wedding and this one features a curve enhancing draped silhouette. The ruched off the shoulder neckline on this dress evokes a casual feel, while the stylish floral prints and delicate fabric make it wedding appropriate.
This fun and flirty patterned Tory Burch mini is perfect for a casual wedding. For a chic and easy casual option, go with a simple shirtdress. The cinched waist on this one is super flattering. In simple terms, a casual wedding dress code means no tie for all you lucky guys! Wear a shirt with a simple pattern for a little added style. Prints are a great way to keep your look simple but still stylish. A Tattersall pattern is perfect for a casual summer wedding! Do something different and breakout this fashion-forward olive suit at your next casual wedding.
This casual tweed blazer pairs well with a cashmere sweater or a crisp white button-down. For a casual summer wedding, this lightweight short sleeve shirt is sure to keep you cool. The word "formal" on an invitation can be stressful, but don't sweat it! The wording suggests something slightly less fancy than black tie.
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