A word in reference to that previous message. 


Everything that will be described here, and every custom it refers to, has solid practical reasons behind it. But it is not a rule. 

Some people are fine with having shirts and suits that are similar. Some think they look good in a black shirt and a black suit. I disagree, but that’s just my opinion. I would argue that it is always worth knowing why customs exist. If your shirt and suit do not contrast you lose the slimming, broadening effect it can have. Which is fine, if you don’t want that. But every custom is there for a reason. Take the time to know why people call them rules.

Hopefully, this blog will help men understand some of the guidelines, rules or customs a little better. They often don’t realise why customs exist, and either follow them slavishly or ignore them out of a faint sense of rebellion. It’s far more interesting to investigate and then create. It’s easier and more fun. 

This is my philosophy. 
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Westie

Simon

Apologies if this has been answered in later posts. I am working my way through them but it is taking time and this seems like the most logical post to ask my question.

I have recently decided to smarten up my appearance both in and out of work and am a little lost as to how to start. I’m 30, have an office job and until recently have been slobbing around work in ‘smart’ jeans, scruffy walking shoes and M&S shirts and at home in jeans, t shirts and the same shoes. I’ve never taken a real interested in my appearance but I’m changing that now. I bought some proper trousers for work (M&S again) and this weekend I bought some shoes; Cheaneys brogues I think, for about £100. This was the most I have spent on shoes….ever, by a long way.

My question is how can I smarten up my general appearance both in and out of work? I’m looking for small changes at first, things like good colour combinations, where to get a decent shirt and so on. Too much change could be a fatal shock to the system!

Thanks

Chris.

Westie

Thanks Simon I’ll have a close read of those posts.

In terms of specific advice the first thing I would ask is as follows:

I want to move on from wearing M&S/Next shirts that don’t fit me properly. Would my next step be to go straight to a tailor? How much can I expend to spend and do I need to know what kind of material and colour or pattern I want? (because I’m currently clueless in these areas).

I would probably also ask the same of trousers.

Thanks

Chris.

Westie

Simon

Excellent. I look forward to seeing what you have to say.

Chris.