Fashion Misperceptions

As fashion evolves, so does its set of “rules.” While men try their finest to uphold these ever-changing standards, they sometimes overlook the fact that many of these guidelines have been updated and modernized. Believing in common misperceptions like “no white after Labor Day,” can hold you back from becoming the stylized, fashion-forward man you have the potential to be.

So, let’s debunk some of these fashion misperceptions and get you on the trendy road to becoming your better-dressed self.

1- No white after Labor Day

Possibly the most commonly cited fashion rule, “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” is a misguided way to look at fashion. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this “rule” originated, but it’s safe to say that this fashion commandment is not really applicable in today’s contemporary world. This mostly applied to the color of your shoes, and because white is a light and bright color, it was deemed appropriate solely for the summer months, whereas black and brown shoes were the color of choice for the drabber seasons.

Setting the record straight:

Today, we’ve come to the realization that climate doesn’t control color. While certain colors may be in style in different seasons, your color palette should never be limited. So, don’t fear the white shoe well into September and October. Wearing the color white in other articles of clothing, on the other hand, is a year-round venture. A white shirt, an ivory jacket, an ashen sweater... these items add a crisp, refined look to any outfit during any season.

2- Your shoes and belt must be the same color

Most people are so afraid of clashing colors that they go overboard with color coordination. Out of this common fear stems the misperception that your belt should always be the same color as your shoes. This has caused many men to unnecessarily walk around looking like boring, meticulously monochromatic drones.

Setting the record straight:

As long as the color of your belt and shoes belong to the same family, you’ll look sharp. In fact, this rule applies to your entire ensemble. There’s no need to pick two colors and have the same shade of each reappear throughout the outfit (for example: chocolate brown shirt, chocolate brown belt, chocolate brown shoes). Instead, pick similar tones and shades that belong to the same family that work well together (for example: browns, oranges and greens) -- that’ll make your outfit more dynamic and you’ll look expertly dressed. The main thing to remember is: Colors don’t need to match with each other; they need to “go” well together.
Mixing two patterns and how to wear steel-band watches

3- Don’t mix patterns

Much like peoples’ fear of color, many fear combining patterns as well. More so, the “fake” rule of only wearing one pattern at a time has been ingrained in our minds. It’s an easy assumption to make, since it’s only logical that combining a green plaid shirt and a yellow polka-dot tie would make you look like a clown.

Setting the record straight:

Mixing patterns can be a very sophisticated and fashion-forward look, but only if you have the know-how to pull it off. The best way to play with pattern is with your shirt and tie combo. The main rules to follow are: The colors in both patterns should be in the same tone (again, they don’t need to match exactly), and one pattern should be more subtle than the other. For example, pick a striped shirt and throw on a tie with a subtle checkered pattern that’s in the same color family.

4- Cufflinks and tie bars are out of style

It’s quite common to associate classic style elements with being out of date. It’s only common sense that if cufflinks and tie bars were staple items in your grandfather’s day, then they’re obviously taboo now… right? This way of thinking couldn’t be more wrong. Classic items of clothing and accessories get their names because of their ability to transcend the decades and evolve with the changing trends. Cufflinks and the more often overlooked tie bar are two such examples.

Setting the record straight:

Nothing adds more sophistication and style to your suit than these two accessories. Cufflinks are a must if your shirt cuff requires it; whereas tie bars are just a classy formal accessory. Cufflink styles are so varied nowadays; they range in shape, color and design and are a great way to put a classic twist to your swanky suit.

5- Steel-band watches go with everything

Silver- and steel-plated watch bands are the most popular choice for wrist wear. In fact, they’re so popular that the classic leather wristband watch often gets overlooked as an appropriate choice. Truth be told, silver- and steel-plated watches are sleek accessories, and while they look great with your casual wear and even with your business-casual wear, they should never be worn with formal suits and tuxes.

Setting the record straight:

Invest in a leather band watch. This is the only type of wrist wear acceptable for those formal occasions. Go with a basic black leather band just to ensure that you can get the most wear out of it as possible.dress wellForget about those old-school fashion ideas you've been following for ages. As fashion changes, so do the "rules." Today's fashion guidelines are much more lax, seeing as looking good is more about expressing your individuality than following a rigid set of clothing principles.

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