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How To Dress Part 1

Updated on March 25, 2013

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As someone who has worked in men's fashion for quite sometime, I have noticed that some guys just don't get it. To be fair though, there are a lot of women who don't get men's fashion either. Here's my take on it: 

In this hub, we are going to look at traditional business wear.

A man with a "white collar" job is usually going to have a simple wardrobe of at least five solid suits, one black, one navy blue, one charcoal, one grey, and probably an earth-tone color such as olive or chocolate brown. Having these five suits is a great base, because you will be able to rotate your colors, giving you a fresh look every day. As you expand your wardrobe, depending on your job and personal style, I would start to bring in some basic pin-stripes and maybe a faint window pane or plaid pattern.

Tie by Deng Ying
Tie by Deng Ying


Let's start with your solid charcoal suit. This is going to be your most versitile suit, and the one that I would always recomend not only as a first interview suit, but also the first suit for you to get or to replace when updating your wardrobe. 

A charcoal suit is perfect for any occassion, from interviews to weddings to funerals. The color charcoal is woven with black, grey, and white thread, giving it a dark base with a light texture. Just by changing your shirt and tie colors, you will be able to fit in or stand out wherever you want to.

As far as what shirts and ties are acceptable, that depends more on your personal style or the occasion you are wearing it for. The general rule of thumb (because all rules were made to be broken) is that the color of your shirt should be somwhere in your tie. 



For a navy suit, just as with a charcoal suit, almost anything goes. Your best look for an interview or important meeting is going to be a white shirt with with a gold tie. You have the option of wearing either black or brown shoes with a navy suit, just remember that "leather matches leather, and metal matches metal" in other words, your belt should be the same color (and texture if possible) as your shoes, and if you wear any jewelry, it should match, so if it is gold, then you want your belt buckle to be gold as well. The same goes for silver as well.

This is just a taste of the basic rules of fashion for men, please leave any questions or comments below. Once I publish the next part, I will put a link to it on this page.

Thank You for taking the time to read my hub.


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      Lgali 8 years ago

      yes nice article