The Perfect Men’s Shirt Cuff Length

And the perfect shirt cuff length is at the very beginning of your hand, without advancing on it, without biting a little bit of your hand or without showing a little inch of your wrist’s skin. Pretty much how the photo illustrates below.

Photo: Brooks Brothers.

And this length is essential for a shirt with a single cuff, double cuff or any cuff, wearing a shirt solo or with a blazer, a jacket or a coat.

This way your shirt cuff detail will always be spot on.

Own Your Look

These two always own their looks. What a stylish couple! Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl.
Photo: @johanneshuebl

Regardless of what you are wearing and how you are wearing, nothing will matter most than your ability to own your look. And by own your look I mean, feel comfortable in it, not only in terms of fitting but feeling great, at ease wearing it. As if you were the queen or the king of that particular look. Because if you don’t, it will show and that on its own could compromise the whole look. Even if you are wearing the right shades of color. Even if the look is perfect for your body type and suits your style. If you don’t feel amazing and at ease, this little detail can ruin it all for you.

So always own your look.

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

-Diana Vreeland

It Is Not A Fashion Sin To Have And Wear A Certain Piece In Different Colors Or Prints

Photo: @karenwazenb

If you find an especially flattering fit from a particular piece that you absolutely love it and feels it is so much you, go ahead and buy doubles. Triples. As many as you like. In different colors or prints, obvioulsy. Cause when it works, works and that is all you need to look fab.

Photo: @johanneshuebl

I personally love a wrap dress. I have some in my wardrobe. All in different prints but still a wrap dress. I can dress up or down as the occasion requires and to suit my mood as well. Love them. And I feel as if they are trademark dresses. Actually, I think dresses in general are my trademark. Love them. Most of the time I am on a dress. That is me.

And how about you, do you have a certain clothes’ style that figures often in your wardrobe?

The Right Place For The Tie Bar

Photo: @royalflushbrand

Take a good look at the photo. This is the perfect spot for your tie bar. It could have been placed to two fingers up or down, not more than this.

And yes, a tie bar is a nice accessory to have to jazz up your tie look a little. And you can wear a blazer or a jacket or a suit jacket or a coat with it or just a shirt and tie.

When The Subject Is Showing Skin, Follow This One Rule

If you are betting on a plunging neckline, let this be the only major skin revealing of your outfit. Or if you are going for a sexy slit showing some legs in a skirt or dress do the same. Don’t combine them both in the same outfit. Because if you do, besides looking too much skin revealing they will cancel out the effect of each other.

Photo: Pixabay
And that rule applies for showing your back as well or just your legs in a mini skirt, for instance.

In another words, to maximize the wow factor of a plunging neckline or a skirt slit, let them be the star of your look alone. And by doing so, you will keep the look elegant as well.

Got it?

The Right Colors For Your Skin Tone

Actually, I should have said the right shades of colors for your skin undertone, because it is your skin undertone that will dictate which shades of colors will complement your skin. And yes, you read it right: I said shades of color and not color, because for each 12 seasons (yes, you read it right again!) there will be different shades of blue, green, yellow, red, purple, pink, orange, gray etc that will be perfect for each. In another words, if you want to find the right colors for your skin you will need to think about which shades of colors are your best friends.

And by your best friends shades of color I mean that shade of color that will make you look your very best, that will uplift you, that will enhance your best features and that will make you glow even with no makeup on or sans a nice healthy tan to back you up.

What I am gonna teach here is a test you can do on your own with each shade of color you come across. So, you can do it with every piece on your wardrobe or with every piece you are buying from now on. Having said that, the fitting rooms are not the best place to decide wether or not that shade color is for you or not. Below you will understand why.

To the test:

First, you will need a natural light from a window or a door or from being outdoors. And a mirror. It is a good idea to have no distractions in your background or simply choose a gray one. Make sure you have no make up on. Then get the piece of clothing with the particular shade of color and place it right below your chin. Then pay attention to the effects that this shade of color causes in your face such as: 

  • The white part in your eyes looks sparkling whiter.
  • So your teeth. (smile to check this out)
  • Your skin looks healthier.
  • If you have dark circles or bags under your eyes they will look smoother, suddenly.
  • Even without makeup you look refreshed, glowing, your best.
  • The wrinkles might look smoother.

If you got those effects when testing a shade of color, then yes, this is a friendly one. If by any chance the results you get when you test that shade of color is:

  • Unhealthy, opaque or dull looking skin.
  • Opaque eyes.
  • More than usual yellow smile.
  • Wrinkles look more visible.

Then that shade of color is not your bff.

By the way, your friendly shades of colors are your best bet to wear near your face in tops, scarves, coats etc. When you wear them near your face they will do their magic. If you like a shade of color that doesn’t belong to your friendly palette you can wear it in a place away from your face as a bag, a shoe, a skirt or pants, for example with no side effects.

Of course that if you wear only friendly shades of color head to toe it would be the best, but it is not necessary.

And if you are testing a printed top or scarf, well, let’s say that 70% to 80% of that should be in friendly shades of colors. At least.

If you have a tan, you can do the test and take a note that this shade of color is great for you with a tan and when you no longer have one, retest it to confirm if it is a good shade of color for you. I am saying it because sometimes makeup and a tan can help a shade of color be your friend, but without them, not so much. And here we are trying to establish which shades of colors are the very best for you under any circumstances. That will make you look great even waking up in the morning after a bad sleeping night.

Having said that, of course that if a shade of color looks good on you wearing makeup or a tan and you do intend to wear that shade of color with one or the other, than that color will be a good friend of yours then. 

Got it?

Another way to know if a shade of color is your best friend: take a mental note to the compliments you get every time you wear a particular shade of color. That can help too.

By the way, if you are not so sure about the outcome of certain shades of colors you can always invite a dear friend that can help you with that.

The Look: How To Wear Brown And Black Together

Photo: Instagram @ilariaurbinati

Although black and brown can be a little bit tricky when paired together in a look, the duo is totally possible. Just like Armie Hammer shows in the photo above.

The trick to get it right? It is a tricky one, actually. And it is because it will all depend on the shades of the color in question, even the shades of black. And to get it right you will have to have an eye for it, I am afraid.

But you can take a clue from his outfit to guide you through cause this totally worked. And it did because the shoes and the coat are brown and the jeans pants and the turtleneck are black. If by any chance he would have bet in brown for the pants and turtleneck and black for coat and shoes the result would not have been this good. In this case, the shoes should be brown and the coat could be black but still, the result would have been way less interesting than this one.

How To Cuff A Shirt In A Cool Way For Her

This a different way to cuff your shirt. A cool and yet very elegant way. And it goes like that:

  • With an unbuttoned cuff fold the sleeve halfway up the arm, at your elbow height.
  • Roll the bottom of the sleeve up the arm once or twice as you wish.
  • Then smoothly pull the cuff..
  • Scrunch the sleeve up as you wish.
  • Tug the cuff once again.
  • And voilà.

You can check via gif how to do this tutorial here. And bear in mind that you can leave more cuff showing if you want to. It is up to you.

Having options is always a good thing. And this could be that detail that would add some thing extra to your plain Jane look.

Give it a try. It is not hard at all.