Style Rule 3: Invest In Quality Over Quantity

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Because first, you don’t need a wardrobe full of clothes. You need a wardrobe with the right clothes for you, your lifestyle, your taste, body type and style. And for that you don’t need 100 tops for 1 trousers. Secondly, if you want to look your best, your clothes have to look good. Not only on you, but on their own. They don’t need to be highly expensive but they need to look expensive, to have some quality degree. That can upgrade your wardrobe and your look way more than a 100 options to 1 trouser. Way more.

Plus when you invest in quality you will have a piece that will last longer, so you will need to buy less clothes. In theory at least, you will. This will be a good investment.

So always go for quality over quantity. Always.

The Right Way To Button Up Your Suit’s Jacket, Blazer Or Sports Coat

Here we go:

Photo: SuitsMen UK

If your blazer, suit’s jacket or sports coat/jacket is an one-button piece then button up that button.

Photo: BrooksBrothers.

If it is a two-button one then only fast the top button.

Photo: SuitsMen UK

If it is a three-button piece then the middle button should always be fasten. The bottom button always left unbuttoned. The top button could be left unbuttoned or be buttoned up. It is up to you.

Photos: BrooksBrothers.

Having said that if your jacket, blazer or sport’s coat is a rolled up into a lapel (like the photo above), then this is a strong suggestion to leave it unbuttoned.

If it is a four or five-button piece (seriously?), always leave the bottom button unbuttoned. The top button may be fasten or not.

Photo: BrooksBrothers.

If it is a double-breasted one, then usually you keep all the buttons fasten.

Photo: BrooksBrothers.

Another possibility: the bottom button from the outside is left unbuttoned. Look at the photo for a better understanding.

For single-button pieces, no matter the configuration (one-button, two-button, three-button etc) it is better to keep it buttoned up properly as it is illustrated above while standing and unbuttoned completely while sat.

Of course that if you are wearing a jacket’s suit, a blazer or a sports coat/jacket casually, it is an option to leave it unbuttoned while standing. But if it is a black-tie, formal or business event, keep it buttoned up properly at all times while standing. Or at least at pivotal moments, like in an Oscar ceremony during the red carpet and on stage if presenting an award or receiving it.

Got it?

For double-breasted button pieces it is better to keep it buttoned up even while sat. Having said that, since the introduction of the slim fit suit, sometimes in this case it is totally doable to leave it unbuttoned while sat. And it is because with a slim fit suit there are less fabric hanging. But still…

Wardrobe Essentials For Her: Panties

This is a very important element in our wardrobe. First, because we need some kind of comfort when the subject is underwear. We need to feel good there. And for some women it is also a requirement to feel great, wearing nice, elegant or sexy underwear at all times. Those are things that will depend on each woman. Having said that, one thing that any women should consider is wearing the right underwear for the right clothes. Because sometimes, some outfits will demand invisible-ish underwear. Like white or light colored clothes, thin fabrics, even some see-through ones. All of them requires the right underwear. And here is a very general list for undies that you should have around to cover most of your bases. Take a note:

  • At least 9 daily panties. They can be sexy or just comfy, organic cotton or lace, briefs, thongs, boyshorts, hip huggers, bikinis, high waisted… They can be in neutral colors or colorful or printed. But it is a good idea to have at least 1 or 2 in nude, your shade of nude, just in case. If they are seamless or undetectable even better. You can obviously pick here underwear to match your bras or wear them in a mismatch vibe. Up to you. And your style.
  • At least 2 in your shade of nude, seamless, undetectable. It could be a thong or a boyshort or even one of those control shorts with or without highwaisted.
  • 1 or 2 shapewear. In nude and black. And this will totally depend on you and in what you want to. If you get one of those control shorts mentioned above and this will be enough for what kind of outfits you wear, then great. No need for anything more here. But here you can add special pants with high waist and tummy control or a thigh control or a bum enhancer panties, go for it.
  • 3 or 4 for a special dating occasion. Again, one beautiful nude panties is a good idea. The others could be black, red, white or in any other color.

Style Rule 2: Being OverDressed Is Way Better Than Being UnderDressed

Photos: Brooks Brothers.

And it is indeed. Having said that, the ideal is always to nail the dress code. And there is one good trick to accomplish it: ask. There is no problem in asking about the dress code when you are going to any social event you were invited to. You can ask if it is not stated on the invitation or if it is but you are not so sure what the dress code means exactly. There is no shame on it. Trust me.

If by any real chance you cannot ask anyone about the dress code, you can do a research on it. And this is particular good to do when you have a job interview in your way.

And if this is not a possibility as well, then dress up a little bit for the occasion. Besides the fact that is better to be overdressed than underdressed, it is also easier to relax your dress code when you are overdressed. In most cases.

For Him: How High Your Socks Should Go When Wearing Pants

When you are wearing pants and socks, your socks should go as high as if you cross your legs there will be no glance of leg skin. At all. Just like the dude in photo is showing. That simple.

Still About The Oscars: The Power Of Wearing The Right Shade Of Color

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab.
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When Julia Roberts showed up on stage to present the last award of the Oscar night she wowed everyone. She looked amazing, prettiest as ever, radiant, right? And looking at her, we can see she was quite simple: her dress, her make up, her hair, even her jewelry. All gorgeous but very understated. And yet she was glowing.

And the biggest trick here was simple: she was wearing the perfect shade of pink for her complexion. Of course that the perfect shade of hair color also helped a lot… Like a lot, but it is all about the right shades of colors. That is why she looked sensational, regardless.

And taking a cue from her styling… if you are gonna wear an one shoulder dress that is how you accessorize with jewelry: a bracelet and earrings. And yes, you could wear ring or rings as well but necklaces are usually not a good option in here. By the way, her set of gorgeous jewelry was from Taiwanese designer Cindy Chao.

Men At The Oscars: How To Black-Tie Differently

This year at the Oscars there were a great variety of men’s looks to illustrate how a men could still wear a tuxedo and yet be a little different than the black pants, black tux jacket, black bow-tie and white shirt combo. Have a look at those gentlemen to get a great cue:

David Oyelowo in Etro, Stephan James and Richard E. Grant.
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Yes, you can bet in a splash of color to do that. And this could be applied just for the jacket (with or without a mismatched lapel) or for the whole suit, including the waistcoat/vest. Dark green is a more discreet option than red but it will all depend on your personality.

Other details to notice to take your tuxedo slightly out of its comfort zone: details… Like a colorful bow-tie, a brooch, a chain instead of a button to button up your jacket, a detailed shoes… Or even a boot. Ok, a white boot is something a bit (too much) fashion forward but for the dude above worked pretty well. A black or dark brown boot would have been a more men next door alternative.

And yes, velvet is always a classic alternative for the jacket. But for the whole suit is something trendy. But still an option. That could work pretty well as those gentlemen illustrate.

Henry Golding in Ralph Lauren, Mark Ronson and Maharshala Ali in Ermenegildo Zegna.
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Again, you can bet in details to be less tuxedo obvious like a white waistcoat and a white bow-tie. Or little white frames here and there in your jacket.

Other shlightly different option is a collarless shirt with obviously no bow-tie.

Nicholas Hout in Dior Homme and Billy Porter in Christian Siriano.
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For those who want to kind of reinvent the tuxedo look here are two great options: a wrap jacket instead of a regular buttoned up jacket and no bow-tie in an all-black look. By the way, I loved Nicholas Hout alternative tuxedo. He totally owned the look.

And speaking of owning the look… oh-my-Fashion-God! Billy Porter! He totally rocked his ballgown tuxedo. And everything that is part of the look just made the look even more interesting like the waistcoat/corset, the ruffled cuffs, the velvet, the bow-tie in a high collar… Loved it. loved it, loved it.

Of course that not everyone would look this good with those both options, but if you are one of those who can rock those tuxedo looks, go for it, man. We appreciate that!

About The Oscars: The Plus Size Ladies

Last night at the Oscars the plus size ladies who attended the ceremony shined and proved that looking stunning is not a privilege of only skinny actresses. Not at all.

And that you can look elegant or sexy or both, wear color, show off some skin (off the shoulder is a great option) and major curves. And even rock the pants and cape look as Melissa Mccarthy did. By the way, for me she was one of the best dressed at the night. Loved her look.

And speaking of curves… those ladies illustrated so well as well that you don’t need to hide your curves, au contraire, you should embrace them. And show off.

And how about you? Which looks did you like the most?

Style Rule 1: Fit Is Paramount

If you want to be always well-dressed then you have to understand that perfect fit is paramount. And by fit, I mean:

  • An outfit that is never too tight neither too loose, that just follows the body silhouette with no extra volume neither any bulkiness.
  • A shirt, coat or even a jacket that has the shoulder’s break at the person’s shoulder’s break and the cuff that never swallows the hand.
  • Trousers that have the proper length without adding any volume over the shoes and stays put at the waist (wherever the waist for that model is if low, mid or high rise) with no belt assistance.
  • The belt thing could be said to skirts as well.

Things like that.

Having said that, of course that from time to time trends will incite you into breaking this style rule. Baggy clothes, oversized pieces are all around to prove it, but yet, it is always a good idea to know how clothes should fit properly in you so when those “trendinites” show up you can break the rule with property. Because that is how you break the rules and get elegantly away with it.

And yes, I will post a guide to how clothes should fit for her and for him. And yes, this post is for both. Because both should mantra this rule. Fit is paramount to anyone.

The only difference here is that, usually man tends to make a mistake regarding fit because he bets in pieces that are bigger than he is, whereas woman get it wrong because she goes for pieces too tight for her.

Go figure.

And besides all that, a perfect fitted outfit looks expensive; one that is not looks cheap, regardless the price tag. So, it does worth invest on it.

Belts And Suspenders: The Deal

Pretty simple: if you are betting on suspenders, forget about the belt. If you are going for a belt, don’t wear suspenders. Visually, it gets way too much wearing them together. Plus they are both there to hold your pants in place, so wearing both in the same look is kind of redundancy. 

Having said that, your pants should never need a belt or suspenders to be on its place. If you need one of them for that, then your pants’ fit is a bit off. 

And yes, you could wear none of them even if your pants have the belt’s loops. It is an option.