The new accent color seems to be purple. We are seeing it in shirts, ties, suits and sportcoats.

For whatever reason, many of us do not like to wear white in the winter. I am mainly referring to trousers – but I say an off white wool or corduroy trouser may be just the thing to lighten up a dark outfit.

When having your trousers hemmed or cuffed, a slight break over the shoe will make you look taller.

Whether you pay $300 or $3000 for a suit, it MUST fit correctly or there is no point in wearing it.

Do you have an interview coming up?

Deciding what to wear is not as simple as it used to be. These days there are as many different dress codes as companies.

Wear a dark suit for an interview in sales, finance or other conservative environments. An interview in a creative industry such as publishing or media may not require a dark suit, but dressing too casually would be a mistake. A blazer and nice trousers can look professional with or without a tie, depending on the job.

Lapels seem to be getting narrower – going from 3 1/2” to 3 1/4”. Coats are trimmer in the body and a little shorter. Trouser legs are getting a little more narrow from the knee down. To complete this “Mad Men – 1960’s look, we are seeing some thinner ties too.

It is a good idea to buy an extra pair of trousers with a suit. The trousers wear out faster than the jacket, and if the trousers are torn, the extra pair will enable you to keep wearing the suit.

The vertical ribs of corduroy fabric are called wales. Their thickness can determine how the cloth is worn. Pinwale, which is dressier than the wider wale, has 16 ribs per inch. Corduroy suits are usually pinwale. Casual corduroy trousers usually have 8 ribs per inch. The thicker wale has a richer color. Corduroy looks better […]

A dress belt should be made of fine grain leather, and the underside should be leatherlined.

The color of your belt should be darker than your suit. A dark belt is dressier than a lighter colored one.
You will get a sportier look from a light leather belt or rough grain or textured leather with dark trousers.
Crocodile, alligator and lizard are the luxury end of dress belts.