1: SHIRT COLLAR OVER JACKET LAPEL: SIN OR STYLE?
SIN! For business wear always tuck that shirt collar in. Choose the right shirt collar spread in relation to your tie size, knot and jacket lapel (Eg. never pair a slim tie with a wide lapel). Unless you’re skylarking in Pitti or Al Pacino in Scarface this style doesn’t fly.
2: POCKET POLICY
Believe it or not, pockets are no home for fat wallets. If you’re guilty of possessing a fat dad wallet or carrying your favorite pen, DO NOT dear God, subject your suit to their pressure. Not only does this ruin the shape of your custom jacket, this habit will inevitably affect the canvas of the suit- permanently deforming it. Downsize your wallet, reallocate those business cards, stop hoarding coins and unused coffee cards or maybe it’s time to bring the man bag back?
3: VISIBLE UNDERSHIRT = SWEATY SALESMAN?
Understandably, some gents sweat more than others and wearing an undershirt helps to absorb some of the moisture but please, make it as discrete as possible. The exposed undershirt look has become synonymous with a sweaty snake oil salesman. SUGGESTION: Uniqlo sell great microfibre under shirt options which are a superb alternative. Alternatively, invest in a high quality breathable cotton shirt making the undershirt unnecessary and our hearts happy!
4: FULL WINDSOR KNOT WITH A SLIM TIE? THINK AGAIN
A slim tie should be tied as a half windsor knot – always. Coupled with a middle spread collar, a slim tie does not have enough girth to be tied as a FULL windsor with a signature dimple
5: TWO BUTTONS; BUSINESS UP TOP, NEVER DOWN BELOW
The last button on your suit jacket/waistcoat should always remain UNDONE! Rumor has it, this tradition began back in the 1900’s with King Edward VII during his time as the Prince of Wales. How to eat as much as you want and stay relative to fashion? Create your own style…and the King did just that. A lover of fashion accompanied by what has been deemed as a ‘legendary’ appetite, King Edward began to leave the last button of his waistcoat undone to allow for a more comfortable fit. Out of respect, all of England & the British Colonies followed suit and has since fostered a global etiquette.
6: STITCHED VENTS – FAR FROM FASHION
It may have become a fashion statement to leave the sticker on your 47s cap or zip tag on your off white Nike shoes – but let us be the first to say…vents stitched in or tags left on the cuff is far from a fashion statement…in fact it’s a MASSIVE NO on a suit. Cut those vents and cut that tag, you are not impressing nobody with that flex.