Ever wonder how to make your look less ‘put together’ and more elegant? Here are a few simple tips which you can make use of to do exactly this.
- On almost all single breasted jackets, leave the bottom button unbuttoned, unless you have a paddock jacket. On double-breasted jackets, you should generally button the bottom one, unless you want to express some sprezzatura and wear your coat like Lino Ieluzzi from Al Bazar.
- Unbutton the bottom button of your vest, unless it is double-breasted or an evening waistcoat.
- Avoid wearing visible logos, especially when formally attired; you are a vehicle for your own style identity, and your choices should further your expression rather than the brand’s.
- Clip visible loose threads or labels, and open tacked pockets and vents with a seam ripper. A double edge razor blade is useful for trimming very close to the fabric surface.
- Don’t leave the house without a quick once-over with a fabric brush. Trash the tape lint roller, and invest in a good brush – you won’t regret it.
- While two or three buttons on a single breasted jacket are today’s standard, a tuxedo should have just one button and even a sports coat can look great with just one button. Four buttons are great on a safari jacket or anything else that you want to button all the way up.
- On single breasted three-button jackets, button just the center button or additionally the top button – take a look at the mirror and wear what feels more comfortable. See Tip #1.
- If you wear a black belt, it’s standard to black shoes. Brown shoes are much more flexible; brown is always an option, but don’t shy away from more irreverent choices, such as a necktie or a multicolored belt in warmer seasons, as Fred Astaire has shown us.
- Choose to wear either a belt or suspenders, but not both. Neither may be worn if your trousers are tailored with a half belt in the back or side adjusters. Vests may be worn with the latter two choices, but never with a belt.
- Most men look best if they display between half an inch and an inch of shirt cuff underneath their jacket sleeves. For a harmonious look, try to match the visible cuff length to the amount of collar that is visible at the back of the neck.
You stay classy.