The importance of matching accessories
If you’re in a business environment, it’s obvious you should always match your shoes with your belt. However, a distinction should be made between going out socially and attending a business meeting. If you’re having a night out on the town the rules can be bent. To clarify, your shoes and belt don’t have to be an exact match as long as your shoes and belt are in the same tonal family.
For example, pairing light brown shoes with a dark brown belt can be a fun combination. It allows you to exude a little more personality than the rigid formality of black on black.
How to chose the proper tie width
The job of a tie is to create presence and express character. Based on current trends in fashion, an argument can be made for and against the skinny tie. The traditional tie width for men ranges from 3 ¼- 3 1/2″. So when is it appropriate to wear a skinny tie vs a wider tie? For a super slim, short man, a 3- 3 1/2″ tie might not be the best-suited tie considering shoulder width. In his case, a tie measuring 3- 3 ¼” could very well be a better fit considering the look would be more proportionate.
In regards to the length of the tie, this is not standard across the board. Take into account your height and physique. The most common rule of thumb is that the widest part of the tie should hit the top of the belt. It’s acceptable for the tip of the tie to extend slightly below this area.
When is it appropriate to wear French cuffs?
French cuffs are a symbol of class and power, but this does not mean that they should be worn daily. These particular features are more appropriate for formal occasions like business meetings and weddings. French cuffs are twice as long as regular cuffs but folded back making them a more pronounced feature. Keep in mind most French cuff styles will require cufflinks, which will make your appearance more formal.