Let’s face it, men’s fashion is complicated. Although most of us pretend not to give a shit about what we are wearing, deep down, the smallest details give us the goosebumps. Which colours match well? Is this cut in vogue? Do these combinations clash? Etc etc…
To put your heart at ease, we got together with fashion experts and jotted down the concerns of the fashion conscious man.
1. Tucking the shirt in or leaving it out
There is no rule set in stone with regard to how one tucks in his shirt. A rule of thumb to follow is depending on the kind of shirt you’re wearing, what you’re wearing it with, and its length. Shirts with prints and designs like batik, checks and monochrome patterns look much better out than tucked in. They go well with the whole semi-casual style that harmoniously blends work and play. The fit and length of the shirt also determine how you would like to wear it. A perfect fit with short length is better out if you’re headed for a party, but not for a job interview.
A shirt worn with a suit looks best tucked in when it is just a single light colour like white or baby blue. In order to avoid the muffin top, consider folding the excess sides of your shirt while tucking in.
2. Buttoned down collars
I’ve always wondered why collars of a shirt always had their own tiny buttons until I realised they were to hold it down when worn with a tie. But what if we are not wearing a tie? Do they remain unbuttoned?
Most fashion designers agree in unison that keeping them buttoned without a tie looks just as smart and prevents the collar from getting dog-eared. That being said, unbuttoning the colour is no harm for shirts of dark colours for a fun night out.
3. Casual shoes with shorts
While we wear sports shoes with socks in athletic pursuits, unsporty shoes with shorts are just as good, provided you wear ankle length socks or no socks at all.
Rule of thumb: Long socks for trousers, or in common parlance, full pants. Short ankle length socks for shorts.
If ankle length socks are difficult to acquire, sandals or flip flops with shorts work just as well.
4. Pleats vs. Straight fronts
Pleats were in in the 50s and 60s when our fathers and grandfathers wore their trousers up to their belly buttons. Flat fronts have been the rage since then and don’t show any signs of fading out. While some designers do offer pleats for enthusiastic retro bugs, the chances of them looking good again on low-waist pant-wearing modern men looks pretty slim.
5. Nehru Jacket: collar in or out?
While some actors wear the collar of their western jackets out, please do not try this with the bundgala Nehru jacket unless you are intent on mocking one of the Supreme Leaders of North Korea.
The collar must always remain inside the jacket even if you are wearing a tie.
6. Colour combinations
Here’s a chart to shed some more light on the subject
7. Pairing pants, socks and shoes
Some guys make the biggest mistake of their lives wearing batman socks with a formal suit or ankle length socks with trousers. Here’s a helpful chart categorising pant types that go with types of socks and the appropriate shoes.