The most important thing to do first before shopping is to get measured properly. Knowing your inseam and waist measurements are the most important to get right. Don’t worry so much about getting the length right as a tailor can alter that easily. However, the main rule is to keep trousers from pooling at the bottom and looking sloppy, make sure they hit just above the shoe. And don't forget nice socks!
Keep at least five shirts for the office (if you have an office job that is) in white, blue and striped and at least three for more casual occasions. As for shoes, keep a minimum of six pairs: brown shoes, black shoes, winter boots, casual trainers, running shoes and a smart/casual pair like a desert boot.
Blazers are an ideal pick to begin your work wardrobe. It's a necessary article of clothing in any man’s closet. Whether it's your first day on the job or a first date, investing in a blazer will go a long way. Purchase a classic blazer in traditional colours like black, grey and blue.
Most casino's are smart casual these days, so we'd recommend a smart pair of Derby shoes with a pair of straight leg dark jeans, that way you're not too smart but you can still get in! Then go for a crisp white shirt, maybe with some small details like coloured buttons or a peter pan collar and wear that with a dark grey or navy, wool blazer. Steer clear of shiny suits and patent shoes if you want to avoid the Goodfellas look though! If you do want to wear a suit, go for one in midnight blue, Burton have some that are good value.
Go for a slim, single breasted suit jacket with as few buttons as your build can take, peaked, thin lapels and shorter jackets. Creased, flat front trousers without turn-ups are also a good call. Prefer darker colours and subtle textures. Make sure your suit is impeccably tailored and lose the belt for a sleek, featureless, elongating look. Go for shoes with discreetly thicker soles. Get a shirt with classic collar (not cutout) and go for thinner ties.
A polo shirt is an excellent, almost mistake-proof classic staple. It can be worn with shorts, trousers, jeans, under a jacket, under a jumper or over a t-shirt. That's enough versatility. Being that your polo shirt such a reliable item, why would you mess with it? You don't want to look like you're trying too hard. Keep collars down. You’re not Eric Cantona.
If you're going to invest in a pair of shoes, stick to something you'll get a lot of use out of and not a "must have for this season." Leather brogues are a great British look, they can be worn with a suit to the office and a dark wash pair of jeans. Basically, they'll never go out of style. Stick to a neutral colour like light brown so they can be worn casually at the weekend or with a navy suit for work.
Handmade shoes take approximately a week to be broken in. It's the painful beginning of a fulfilling long-term relationship. Just make sure your shoes are the right size and shape for your feet. Check for width, instep support and cut. Depending on the shape of your feet, you might need to get one size bigger and adapt with insoles. Also make sure that the socks you are wearing are right for the shoe, i.e. not too thick or too thin. Hopefully they'll soften and your feet will look great.
Why not? For the record: they don't need to be described as man bags anymore. They've been around long enough for you to be able to say just bag without having to justify yourself. Keep in mind: your bag should be as sober and formal as your work attire is, made from good materials, with impeccable finish, subtle hardware and carried with confidence. A new bag is a good way to update your look. Good call.
A stag do isn't just your average friday night out, so why dress like it is. Go for the bow tie and just make sure you have the confidence (and a little wit) to pull it off. Try a coloured or printed bow tie with a slim fit blazer for optimum style.