Should I wear pleated or flat-front trousers?
Pleated trousers are more traditional and often preferred by more mature gentlemen, especially if they are heavyset. Flat-fronts, on the other hand, are more fashion forward, enjoyed by the younger and often more slender gentlemen.
Should my trousers be cuffed or have plain bottoms?
Typically, cuffed bottoms are reserved for pleated trousers, whereas plain bottoms usually accompany flat-fronts.
How long should my coat sleeves be?
This is a very personal choice. Historically, the sleeves have been hemmed at the wrist, enabling approximately one-quarter inch of shirt sleeve to show. However, today's more European styling is to wear slightly shorter sleeves, showing as much as an inch of shirt cuff. A gentleman should always judge the length of his coat sleeves with his arms relaxed and by his side.
How long should my trousers be?
There are several choices based on the "break," or the amount of fabric that rests on the top of the shoe. "No break" means that the backs of the trouser legs are 2 inches from the floor. This is more of a military or "old school" look. The "half break" (1.5 inches from the floor) is by far the most popular. The "full break" is 1 inch from the floor.
How many buttons should the front of my jacket have?
Over the years, jackets have had one button, two buttons, or three buttons. The more buttons, the higher the stance, which reduces the length of the lapel. As of this writing, the two-button jacket dominates the industry. It is a timeless choice and will always be fashionable.
What type of collar should my shirt have?
There are basically three styles of shirt collars: the "button down," the "spread," and the "point." The button down is very traditional and conservative. The point (longer and "points" down) and the spread (shorter and spreads out) are more fashionable. The spread collar is more suited for today's larger tie knots.
Should I wear a bow tie or a necktie?
Although the necktie is more prevalent in today's society, bow ties date back to the 19th century and are just as versatile. They are appropriate for formal and informal occasions alike.
How do I tie a bow tie?
Although most people think that this process is difficult, it is actually quite simple. You tie it exactly as you would the laces on your athletic shoes or a bow on a gift package.
Should I wear a belt or suspenders?
There is a common misconception that suspenders – also known as "braces" – are worn only by gentlemen of large girth. Nothing could be further from the truth. They can add a certain flair to any gentleman's wardrobe. In fact, several well-known designers are presently marketing suspenders to slender young men.