As keen observers of masculine elegance, we often stumble on gross sartorial errors. While often just a few details that are rather easy to correct, these flaws still suffice to ruin the elegance of a potentially very well assembled attire.
So let us pick a few images among the infinity of those available on the internet to remind our readers of a few fundamental tips and pointers, that will no doubt be put to good use.
Needless to say, our purpose is not to elevate a few rules into diktats, but rather to exemplify our eternal motto: “First learn the rules, then break them”.
The following shots should be very educational :
The first is a textbook example: superb suit, magnificent shirt and tie, elegant man blessed with great physique but… a disastrous collar gap at the back of the neck. Never leaving a gap between your shirt collar and the jacket on the back of your neck is a fundamental rule.
Other common mistake: a visible belt under a waistcoat. Here again, the rule is simple: the belt may NEVER show under a waistcoat, as it destroys the vertical line. I personally never wear a belt with a three-piece suit. Between the two examples below, the first one is particularly unfortunate…
Other chronic problem for 95% of men: dressing too large, if not MUCH too large. What is more, some commit this most basic of mistakes with a suit of very high quality (which once again proves the rather prevalent incompetence in shop salesmen).
Case in point:
Another problem comes from the mating of patterns of equal scale, despite a supremely clear rule: when combining two similar patterns (like check and stripes) make absolutely sure that they are not of the same scale, or you might end up with a visually very confusing result like below :
Lastly, since the glorious return of pocket squares and evening scarves, our eyes have often been hurt by highly improbable (and frankly quite ridiculous) folds :
Expected PG conclusion: to break the rules, gents, you must know them.
Elementary, is it not?