Here we have listed six important men’s fashion rules to live by which should at least clear up some confusion about a few things.
1. Always match your belt with your shoes
This is a good rule to follow and it keeps things simple. It’s best to stay with traditional colours such a black, dark brown or a rich tan. Other colours will be difficult to match, and generally speaking, should be avoided. If you wear sneakers every day that probably means you are wearing jeans in which case I suggest trying a belt made of fabric or something equally as casual, but please avoid dress belts with jeans and sneakers. If you wear suspenders, I am compelled to ask you why, but I digress. Just don’t wear a belt and suspenders together, it’s one or the other.
2. Don’t always match ties and shirts
For a while, the solid-colored shirt with a tie of the same (or slightly-off) colour was seen everywhere. This is now a somewhat dated look. Try mixing things up a little and experiment with colours. Ties are great way to express yourself, but keeping it tasteful is your best bet. You can’t go wrong with diagonal stripes, modern polka-dots, plaids and subtle patterns. Just make sure your tie compliments your shirt, suit, sweater or whatever you will be wearing it with. Novelty ties are best avoided since the novelty is short lived.
The more official rule on socks is that they should match the colour of your pants, though preferably not the exact same shade unless, of course, you are wearing black in which case it’s okay. However, I personally like to wear socks with patterns, such as stripes in various colours. But I do try to match my socks with my pants and shoes. Note: Although it should be obvious, white socks should be reserved for the gym.
Watches are the single most important accessory a man can own. I really suggest investing in one good watch that suits your lifestyle and taste. However, if you are someone who likes to own more than one watch, wear the appropriate timepiece for your outfit: black band with black shoes and belt; brown band with brown shoes and belt; and silver band for either.
Eyeglasses are one of the few ways you can really express yourself. I have worn glasses for many years and I love having a few pair in different styles. They don’t have to just serve a function but can enhance your overall look. Do your best to find a pair of glasses that not only compliments the shape of your face but also expresses your personality. Ask people who wear glasses for a place where you can get good advice about what shape and style look best for your face shape and features.