I didn’t plan to compile this list, it pretty much wrote itself. I had started to plan out my next articles and before I knew it, I had a pretty good list of headings that also work well as a list of tip style tips. OK so there are a few more than 101 tips here – and if you have some more to go on the list, add them in the comments.
- The black Oxford is the most versatile shoe a man can own.
- Take pride in keeping your shoes polished, everyone will notice one way or another.
- Always match your belt and your shoes.
- Invest in shoe trees for all your shoes, they will look better and last longer.
- Shoe care is more than just polishing. Storing and feeding are just as important.
- Never allow the heels of your shoes to wear down, nothing looks cheaper on a gent.
- Invest in a shoe horn and use it to extend the life of your shoes.
- A gent appreciates that shoes are an investment, buy the very best you can afford.
- Trainers look best in classic plain white or black, that’s when they’re most versatile
- If you own black Oxfords, Loafers, brown country Brogues, Chukka boots and plain trainers, you will have shoes for every occasion.
- A cleaned & pressed white fitted shirt is the most flattering for most men.
- A gent can wear a pink shirt or tie, but never both together.
- Shirt sleeves should extend 1/4 to 1/2 inch past the end of your Jacket sleeve. No more, no less.
- A gent understands which tie knot matches what shirt collar and wears them appropriately.
- A handmade tailored shirt will cost the same as a designer label, but will look so much better.
- If you’re unsure which colour suits you, stick with solid colours. Whites, light blues and pinks are the most versatile.
- The seam at the top of the sleeve should be in-line with the top of your shoulder. If it goes past your shirt is too big.
- White shirts should look white, if they turn grey, bleach them or throw them out.
- The key to mastering slim fit is understanding your clothes should still be roomy, just contoured.
- Only buy shirts that take collar stays, you will look better for it.
- A gent understands what a well-fitting suit looks & feels like
- If choosing a ready to wear suit, you still need to take it to a tailors for alterations
- Always keep your suit jacket fastened, it is slimming and makes the suit look as it was designed.
- Gents over 50 stick to classic cut suits, leaving the shorter trending styles to the youngsters
- When wearing a waistcoat, leave the bottom button undone.
- When buying off the peg, the hardest thing to alter is the shoulders, get them perfect, the rest can be altered.
- If choosing a ready to wear suit, ensure the button hole is not cut with a key hole machine
- Charcoal grey, navy blue and black should make the foundation of your suits. After that, the worlds your oyster.
- Two button suits are a safe bet, never go for more than three.
- Blue suits go best with grey hair.
- You jacket sleeve should stop at the bone on your wrist. Any longer is too long.
- A charcoal grey suit will be the most versatile suit in your wardrobe.
- Take the tags off your suit sleeves
- Double breasted suits add bulk to your frame, avoid them if you’re a very big guy
- If wearing a jumper over a shirt, ensure the shirt collar is tucked into the jumper.
- Gents of all ages will embrace the cardigan
- Always leave the bottom button of a cardigan undone, it’s far more flattering.
- Always fold your knitwear, it will keep it’s shape better and last longer
- A gent appreciates Argyle from his cardigans to his socks!
- Hoodies have just been outlawed for the over 30’s
- A gent understands the correct length for his trousers and gets them tailored accordingly
- Gents over 40 do not wear distressed or faded denim
- Don’t use trouser pockets for anything bulky, it ruins the lines of your outfits
- Flat fronted trousers are slimming, the more pleats you have the bigger you’ll look.
- Wash denim separately and inside out to preserve colour and avoid creases.
Hosiery and underwear
- Never wear sports socks unless you are actually doing sports.
- Throw out all socks with holes in them, you never know when you will be asked to take off your shoes.
- Matching your socks with your trousers will make you look taller.
- Make sure your socks are long enough to never show flesh, even when sitting down and cross legged.
- Add flair with bold bright socks, but avoid garish pictures or colours. Bright doesn’t have to mean tasteless.
- Never let your underwear wear out, you never know who might see them and when.
- A gent knows at least four knots for his neck tie and always chooses appropriately
- A gent does not wear a digital watch unless doing sports
- A gent always a tie clip to a business lunch so as not to get his tie in his soup.
- Never wear your sunglasses at night or indoors unless your name is Bono.
- Embrace the pocket square, it will add style to any jacket.
- A gent knows accessories add flair to an outfit, but you can have too much flair!
- It is better to wear no watch than a cheap looking watch
- A gent invests in a proper leather bag for the office, and saves his rucksack for hiking
- A gent does not mix silver, gold & platinum coloured jewellery in one outfit.
- Make sure your tie reaches your waistband exactly.
- Invest in quality cuff-links, they will last a lifetime.
- Braces (UK) and Suspenders (US) are far better at keeping your trousers up than belts.
- Never match your pocket square to your tie, but perhaps your shirt if you are really stuck for inspiration.
- A watch doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to be elegant.
- Don’t just match your belt with your shoes, match your bag and gloves too.
- carry a slim wallet with the minimum you need, bulging pockets are not trendy.
- you shouldn’t ‘need’ a belt, your trousers should fit. You might ‘want’ to accessorize with one.
- you don’t need polar expedition coats when going to the office in winter. Invest in a quality wool coat.
- If you need a light weight coat in the summer, a mac or trench coat are classic and stylish.
- Get your hair cut frequently so people do not say ‘hey, you got your hair cut’
- When buying cologne, test it for 24 hrs. Your body changes the scent over time
- A gent knows the name of his barber, his tailor and his doctor.
- A gent is comfortable using moisturiser, there is nothing manly about dry skin
- Learning to shave with a cutthroat razor will improve your technique with a standard razor.
- A gent does not skimp on his weekly grooming schedule
- A gent never buys grooming products from a supermarket
General Clothing behaviour
- A gent would never leave his clothes in a pile on the floor, he hangs them up.
- A gent understands a clothes brush will look after his clothes better than a dry cleaner.
- A gent never replaces like for like, he upgrades.
- A gent does not wear items with conspicuous branding
- Gents in their 20’s should embrace the freedom of youth and experiment to find their best colours.
- You should have enough clothes so you never have to wear something two days in a row, even shoes.
- Good Posture will drop 10lbs from your appearance
- Thrift stores and online auctions can turn up bargains worth investing in.
- Prepare for tomorrow today, even your clothes
- When dressing well, knowledge is more valuable than money.
- Dressing your age is more important as you get older.
- Ready to wear is rarely ready to wear. Love your tailor!
- The most important thing in dressing well is having clothes that fit perfectly.
- Master the basics, great fit and appropriate details and you will be more stylish than 95% of men.
- Getting older does not mean wholesale beige and grey, love colour!
- If you’re short, go slim fit not baggy to look taller.
- A gent never uses abbreviated text language when communicating.
- A gent does not refer to a lady as ‘Babe’
- A gent does not brag about sexual partners past or present
- A gent knows when to stand for a lady
- A gent knows when to doff ones hat
- A gent never wears a hat indoors unless in the lobby or unless in a public building
- A gent does not use his mobile phone in the company of others.
- A gent never uses profanity in the presence of others, he is articulate when being expressive
- A gent always tips generously when receiving great service, even if it’s not expected
- A gent understand which glass is for water and which is for wine
- A gent always places his napkin across his lap when dining
- A gent always arrives before his date
- If a gentleman asks for the date he pays for the meal.
- Nothing wrong with personal stereos, but be considerate, keep the volume personal too.
- A gent stays up to date with current affairs, if only to have something to talk about.
- A gent keeps a secret and his word no matter what
- A gent will always buy the first round, but not the second unless on a date.
- A gent is well practised in keeping ones cool in difficult situations
- A gent does not keep a tally of drinks bought when out with friends, just to ensure others are paying their share.
- A gents car is always clean inside and out
- A gent is comfortable with sending hand written thank you notes
- A gent does not acquire anything he cannot care for (wife, suit, car, shoes, etc)
- When going to a new restaurant, a gent ensures he is prepared and has read the menu in advance.
- Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength. A gentleman is never rude