Section: Building Your Wardrobe - Blog
So you're building a hard-working wardrobe, and you’ve got your foundation business suits, but what about staples like belts and jeans? You need some dark blue jeans because there’s more to life than just work. Leisure time and jeans go together like apple pie and ice cream, and the belt, well, that’s the icing on the cake. Here’s how to design your signature look from head to toe.
Mitch Hedberg, the American stand-up comedian, once said: “My belt holds my pants up, but the belt loops hold my belt up; so which one's the real hero?” This question frankly divides opinion in various quarters.
However, it reveals the belt's importance to your image. When you go shopping for men's belts, pick one that makes you look like the real deal.
Match your belt style and colour as closely as possible with the shoes you'll be wearing with each outfit. The best way to do this is to buy a matching belt whenever you buy a pair of shoes. If you find you have a similar one in your wardrobe when you get home, just return the belt.
Now, does this guideline mean if you have four pairs of shoes, you need four belts (or two reversible ones)? Well, that depends.
Do you have four different colours of shoes or are they all one colour? Are they similar or dissimilar styles? As you can see, this is subjective because it all depends on the types and styles of your suits and shoes.
The gold standard in men's fashion? The thinner the belt's band and the simpler the buckle, the more formal it is and the more suitable its use with tuxedos and dinner jackets. This rule just helps you make good matches.
Further, match metal with metal; for example, wear monk strap dress shoes with silver buckles with a thin belt that features a simple silver buckle.
Wear brown belts withnavy blue suits as well as lighter grey business suits. Black belts and black shoes are the best match for charcoal grey or black suits.
The exception? When wearing a midnight navy suit, you can go with either black or dark brown shoes, depending on the event's dress code.
From their humble origin, where they came into vogue as work trousers, jeans have become the trouser of choice for the average teen to the movie star to the everyday man.
Jeans represent a potent combination of image, functionality and comfort. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that they can be dress down appropriate with a T-shirt and sneakers or as dressy as monk strap slip-ons worn with a blazer.
Because of their all-weather versatility, we recommend you keep at least three pairs of jeans in your wardrobe. While usually viewed as casual wear, a golden rule decrees the darker the jean, the more formal it becomes.
Therefore, wear a sports jacket with a pair of dark jeans (instead of light jeans) even though light jeans can be pulled off, especially in summer.
Keep jeans with signs of wear or holes for extremely casual occasions unless you belong to that select group of individuals, with fans raving at their feet as they strum their guitars, who have sold over 10,000 albums!
While your lifestyle and needs dictate your purchases, it's a good idea to keep two pairs of dark jeans for pairing with a business shirt for a sharp appearance. American television host, Ryan Seacrest, said: “The combination of a blazer over any T-shirt with a pair of jeans is foolproof.” We do not contest that!
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