4. Go Custom
After graduating from Columbia with a degree in Economics and starting a corporate job at Bloomberg, Max has been stepping up his business wardrobe.
I. Get to know a good custom clothier and trust them, it’s their job to make you look your best. Of course, we both highly recommend our friends at Michael Andrews Bespoke.
II: You can wear slim ties, but not too skinny. Check out this old school tip from way back (man this site has come a long way).
III. Typically I would say the bottom of your tie should hit the middle of your waistband, but there are exceptions to every rule. Max and I agree that if you are above 6’8″ it’s not necessary for your tie to reach your pants – that’s too much tie and throws off its proportion. A well-balanced tie with a nice knot that hits an inch above the waistband, in our opinion, looks better than a tie that is knotted near its tip and stretches all the way down the torso. (Of course, if you don’t agree, you can find some extra-long ties…although the selection is sparse.)
IV: If you have a problem with the smaller end of the tie being too short to reach the loop on the backside, simply have your seamstress move that loop up higher on the back of the tie. It takes 2 minutes and will only cost you a couple dollars.
V: A tall man should have a sturdy shoe with a rounded toe. Avoid pointy shoes, they make your feet look longer than they already are.
VI: Use accessories to add horizontal lines across your frame – like a striped tie, a belt and a pocket square. These add width and suppress height.
VII: Your pant hem should have a full break – the highwater trend will only make you look taller.
VIII: Show only a minimal amount of shirt cuff below your jacket sleeve – shorter sleeves make arms look longer.
IX: Against “popular” opinion, you don’t need a 3 button jacket. In my opinion, nobody needs a three button jacket.
X: Avoid pinstripes at all cost.
Thanks, as always, for reading ““ and special thanks to Max for participating.
Yours in style,
- Grey donegal suit waistcoat by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Grey linen gingham shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Briefcase by Lotuff & Clegg
- Brown scarf by Smart Turnout
- Watch by Swiss Army Knife
- Black leather shoes by Bostonian
- Black leather belt by Kenneth Cole
- White cotton point collar shirt by Arrow
- Blue striped tie by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- White pocket square by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Striped socks by Smart Turnout
- Black frames by Ray-Ban
- Navy suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Black leather loafers by Bass
- Tortoise shades by Persol