Twice a year GQ release a Style Edition magazine which I consider to be a form of style-bible. In the mag, the fellas at GQ deal with everything from suits to watches to etiquette to casual wear and it’s everything I want as a conscious gentleman. In their current Style Edition (Autumn/Winter 2014) Quasim Gamiet offers up twenty commandments which will help you to “upgrade your life”, which is exactly what I’m about here at The Noblest Rogue. Here are ten of those commandments.
1. BECOME THE ULTIMATE LOUNGE LIZARD
Don a PJDJ (pajama dinner jacket) for the ultimate in elegant eveningwear looks. Go for dark or winter florals, claret tones, gold brocading and paisley options with a contrasting black collar, cuff and lapel for a look that is rich and sensual.
2. THINK INSIDE THE BOX
Oversized check, square motifs and boxy silhouettes will add brawn to your wardrobe.
3. GET A SLAP ON YOUR WRISTS FOR IGNORING COMMON WATCH ETIQUETTE
Yes, that’s right. There’s no single watch for all occasions. Go slim, slender and understated for formal affairs; bold blingy for nights out or dress-up and classic or sporty at work on in the club.
4. TAKE THE POWER HAT!
From runway to street, men are finally sporting headgear again, be it classic or unconventional. Hats can add class or cool, so think outside the beanie.
5. FINE WINE FOR A FINE MAN
Drink rich Bordeaux blends in winter. Always decant it and learn how to serve it properly.
6. GET INVOLVED
Head to Cape Town and watch as the city transforms under the 2014 World Design Capital designation. Support local craftsmanship and help connect communities by supporting performers and artisans in developing areas. Visit wdccapetown2014.com to download the programme.
7. SPICE UP YOUR LIFE FOR A WARM WINTER FILLED WITH HOT ROMANCE
Learn how to make authentic curries and cook your way into the sheets.
8. SIGN THE DEAL LIKE A PRO
No back-to-school supplies! Luxury stationary leaves lasting impressions. Keep your pen properly sheathed and avoid pockets and high altitudes.
9. BUST A LOOK IN THIS SEASON’S MOST VERSATILE MUST-HAVE
The baseball jacket.
10. NECK IT!
Embellish your winter wardrobe with a luxurious cape, manket (man blanket) or oversized scarf.
Pretty decent advice from ol’ Quasiem, if you ask me. There are more commandments but I’ll leave those for anther day.
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