“Having a few core rules will help keep you on the right sartorial path — here are ours.”
1- Honour Thy Tailor
Style Note: From now on, add 10% onto every purchase you make. (Consider it style tax.) Just like you wouldn’t wear suit pants two inches long in the inseam, don’t settle for billowing dress shirts, schlumpy chinos or blazers with unflattering sleeves. Your tailor is your most crucial sartorial tool: show him how you like each element of your wardrobe to fit — and visit regularly.
2 – On Shirts & Ties
Style Note: Core elements of every man’s wardrobe. A few rules to never break: – If you’ve got a tie on, your shirt is tucked in, always. – Continuing on from this, if a shirt goes longer than the bottom of your belt buckle, it’s designed to be tucked, always. – Match your collar to your tie width, always (i.e. No spread collars with anything slimmer than two inches)
3 – Nail Your Basics
Style Note: Why splash out on a killer dinner jacket, then punish yourself with sloppy basics? The first layer of fabric that hits your skin should be the best. Find your winners — the perfect underwear, the tee with the immaculate cut, the punchiest socks — and invest in bulk. Never leave yourself scraping the wardrobe for dingy spares. Life’s too short.
4- Address Your Details
Style Note: With style becoming increasingly accessible, every man is at risk of appearing…non-specific. A clean, sharp aesthetic is always commendable but never be afraid of throwing in some punch. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious, just a little astute. A winning watch. A well-placed tie bar. A next-level haircut. Easy first step? Complement your shoe colour with socks in a bold hue (tan brogues, for instance, agree with varying shades of red).
5- Style, Not Fashion
Style Note: Style and character are intrinsically linked. In the end, your wardrobe should be an organic extension of the man you are (and the man you aspire to be). So, keep things authentic: know what you are comfortable in — and what you want to put forward — then wear it with unrestrained panache.