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How men can remain formal in Summer

Dear Gentlemen, summer is a tough time in classic menswear. Instead of using the summer heat as an excuse to relax your dress code – see it as an opportunity to incorporate colour, new fabrics and styles into your wardrobe. Let me guide you how to remain cool while wearing a suit.

Shirt

To prefer

Fabric: Wear materials that allow your skin to breath and have lightweight as well (cotton, linen, chambray, cotton-poplin)

Colour: Any pastel colour (white, pink, blue, orange, beige…)

Other rules:

Shirt must be embroidered in the trousers.
You can wear the plain shirt, striped one or with some another pattern that fits youroutfit.
If you are in formal situation, you can’t unbutton the upper one. This is for business casual, and only if you don’t have a tie.
You may roll up your long sleeves elegantly if you want to feel fresh.

To avoid

Short sleeves shirts. They are for children only, or for very casual outfit. Not formal or even business casual.
Having a tie AND the upper button open. This is not proper.


The first button can not be open when you are wearing a tie

Tie

To prefer

Fabric: Silk, cashmere, cotton, linen

Colour: Any pastel colour

Pattern: Stripes, dots or any elegant one

Other rules:

When your tie is properly tied, the tip should end just above your belt buckle at maximum. Anything longer should be retied.
Match your tie’s colour with accessories.

To avoid

Do not wear poorly tied or wrinkled tie.
Do not wear any funny pattern, such as cartoons

Jacket

To prefer

Fabric: Wear materials that allow your skin to breath and have lightweight as well (cotton, linen, seersucker, cotton-piqué, fresco, chambray)

Colour: Light gray, baby blue, navy blue, khaki, berry, etc…

Other rules:

For single-breasted suits, if you are standing the last button should be unbuttoned no matter how many buttons are there. Once you sit you should unbutton the remaining ones/one.
Pair the blazer with trousers.

To avoid

Dark colour jacket (black, dark blue) with winter fabric shouldn’t be worn in summer.

Trousers

To prefer

Fabric: Wear materials that allow your skin to breath and have light weight as well (cotton, linen, seersucker, cotton-piqué, fresco, chambray)

Colour: Light gray, baby blue, navy blue, khaki, berry, etc…

Other rules:

Trousers should only break once on the shoes if you are wearing full-length trousers and should crease once on your feet, not having too many pleats.
If you are wearing cropped ones then they are cut to hit just above the ankle.


Only break once on the shoes

To avoid

Please carefully choose the length that fits you, do not fold your trousers as a solution.
Dark coloured trousers (black, dark blue) with winter fabric shouldn’t be worn in summer.


Do not fold your trousers

NB: For people who have a working uniform, rules about the colour are not applicable.

Belt

To prefer

Material: Leather (full grain, braided, exotic leather (crocodile, lizard, ostrich))

Colour: Black, brown, khaki, beige, white

Other rules:

Your belt should be the same colour with your shoes.
For some business casual occasions, braided or woven belts are a great choice for summer.

To avoid

Don’t wear an eye-catching statement belt if you’re not confident about drawing attention to your waist.
Don’t use oversized buckle, it should be small, plain and polished.

Socks

To prefer

Fabric: Merino wool, bamboo, cotton, modal

Colour: Pastel colours, light gray, baby blue, navy blue, khaki, berry, etc…

Other rules:

When you are wearing socks, they should match with your accessory or with colour of your trousers.
If you wear long trousers – socks should be long enough so when you are seated, we can’t see your skin.
If you wear cropped trousers – socks shouldn’t be worn or you can use invisible socks. They are short, thin cotton socks with a low profile that you can’t see outside the shoe.

To avoid

Thick socks are reserved for winter.
Pure white socks are ONLY for sports, do not wear them with your suit.
Do not wear any funny pattern in professional occasions.

Shoes

To prefer

Fabric: Leather (perforated, woven leather shoes)

Colour: Black, brown, grey, olive green, navy blue, beige

Other rules:
Our pair of shoes should be comfortable enough so we can make pleasant movements.
As I already said, match your shoes with the belt.

To avoid

We should never wear open shoes no matter how nice it is to have them during a hot day.
Plastic shoes are also not suitable.
Sports shoes are ONLY for sport, don’t combine them with your suit.

Do you have any other advice how to remain professional and cool in summer? Please, share with us!

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 Secrets to becoming a dandy

Dear gentlemen, do you know what kind of person you are? If you take great care of your clothing and general appearance you may be a dandy. Here is a guide for you to understand what makes this aristocratic style and how to achieve it.

Dandy – an elegant man

Dandy is actually an elegant man that places importance upon physical appearance, deportment, refined language, honourable ideals and more.  He is quite flamboyant in his fashion. First dandies showed up back in the late 18th century. Today, you may ask yourself – Who is a modern dandy? Let me walk you through steps on how to become a modern & elegant man.

1. Be confident

A dandy stands out from the crowd, style-wise. His look is an expression of himself. Therefore, you have to take pride in your appearance. A style becomes elegant and perfect when it reflects the inner you. Don’t be afraid of what people will say, you should feel good with yourself.

Be confident and smile

2. Impeccable tailoring

There isn’t any part of clothing that is loose, baggy or wide. Garments are well-cut and fit good. You don’t look like the suit is not yours. Focus on detail and fabric. Also, you should change your suit according to the events and the season. Lighter colours are worn in summer while darker in winter.

Taking measures for a suit

3. Tie or bowtie?

I personally wear everything: tie, bow tie, ascot tie. Depending on the event I will choose a particular type. I feel the most elegant and confident when wearing an ascot tie, which I do when I am teaching. For gala events, I will choose a bow tie. For daily or professional use I will wear a tie.

Wearing a bow tie for a gala event

4. Shoes

Leather shoes in classic colour are timeless. Invest in your shoes, all your efforts can be worthless if you wear a pair of shoddy shoes. There are many models, but I suggest you to have at least these: Derby, Oxford and Slipper shoes. Wax and polish them regularly.

Elegant shoes for a  gala event

5. Accessories

Accessories should match the occasion you are dressing for and your personality. I personally prefer having cufflinks, pocket square and wristwatch most of the time. You can also have a pocket-watch, tie pin, brooch, etc… Hats can be also worn if you really want to be noticed.

One of my favourite pocket square folding: the rose

6. Groom yourself

There are no limits when it comes to hygiene and grooming. Style your hair and beard if you have, use perfume and even makeup in achieving the desired look. When I am teaching, or when I have some special event I will be always freshly shaved. Also, I apply different perfumes depending on the occasion and season. Face cream is a must have, for having a moisturised face.

Moisturise your face every day

7. Express your thoughts

A dandy is an educated and sophisticated person, who uses a refined language when speaking. Jargon, curses, impolite words do not exist in a Dandy life. I always tend to respect others and to be pleasant when having a conversation. Properly addressing people, giving compliments always work well. By reading books or magazines you can widen your vocabulary.

Take some time just for yourself

8. Be a gentleman

Good manners never go out of fashion. Know the table manners, how to present yourself socially and how to be considerate to others. Treat others as you would like others to treat you.  Be the best version of yourself!

Be considerate to others and grateful

Dear gentlemen, I hope I have enlightened you with some tips on how to be a modern & elegant man. Do you have any other tips / questions to share with us? Please do so in the comments below!

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