Men’s Fashion Advice – Dress For Success

If you want success, you have to dress for it! Most everyone is familiar with the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, hardly anyone seems to follow that advice. People do judge other people by how they look and by what clothing they are wearing.

Quite often, it seems as if the “cover” of the book or our clothing is much more important than the book’s contents. This isn’t fair, of course; however, that’s just the way life is.

The reality is that you are going to be judged based upon what you are wearing.
Your boss, your colleagues, your clients and sometimes even your family and friends – all of these people and more will be looking at what you are wearing and making decisions about you based upon what they see.

Here are some suggestions on how to make sure that your clothing makes a great impression upon everyone who matters:

1. Don’t just buy clothes off the racks at the store – Often, those don’t fit everyone’s body types. Instead, purchase the clothing that fits you best; If you want to go the extra mile here, head to a tailor who can customize the shirts, pants, and jackets to your exact measurements. While you’re at it, have the tailor put cuffs on the pants. This makes the pants hang nicely and keeps them from climbing up your legs as you walk.

2. Wear mostly neutral or dark colors – The main parts of your outfit should be comprised of neutrals or darks; However, you can have a less common accent color as a small part of your outfit. For example: your tie or pocket square (if you wear one) could be an accent color.

3. No “super” flashy patterned ties – Yes, you can wear an accent color on your tie, perhaps with a mild, understated pattern; but, cutesy cartoon ties or loud patterns are not acceptable.

4. Wear dark socks and dark (preferably black) shoes – Brown shoes are acceptable as well with the right outfit, but make sure your socks match it. Your belt should match your shoes – and, yes, always wear a belt…no suspenders, ever.

5. Dress shirts should be white, off-white, or light blue – If you choose any other color, you will find it difficult to find a tie to match; therefore, you will typically wear the same tie every time you wear that shirt. People will notice after awhile, and it will become like a set uniform – you’ll become the Thursday – light-green-shirt-with-the-green-and-brown-tie guy.
Stripes and squares patterns are OK as well, but it should match your outfit and shouldn’t be too dominant.

6. If it’s not “Causal Tuesday” – avoid the Short-sleeved shirts – You don’t want to take off your sports or suit coat and be wearing a short-sleeved shirt. You aren’t going to get too hot in a long sleeved dress shirt – nearly everywhere has air-conditioning these days. However, even if you do get hot, rolled-up sleeves look better than a short-sleeved dress shirt.

7. All of your clothing needs to be neat, clean, and wrinkle-free – You could be wearing a high-end, expensive suit that has been custom-tailored – but, you won’t impress anyone if it has a stain on the pant leg or if the suit jacket looks as if it were slept in. Dry cleaning might be a little expensive sometimes – but it well worth it!

Men’s Fashion Advice is all in the Bag – The Man’s Bag

Maybe women were right after all these years. Carrying stuff in a purse is much, much easier than stuffing everything in your pants pockets. I know I don’t have enough room to carry the whole lot of items I use daily such as cell phones and laptops, to keys and wallets. Men have a lot of things to haul around sometimes. That may be one of the reasons why men everywhere are beginning to copy women and carrying around men’s bags for all that “stuff”.

Forget about that antiquated notion that carrying a bag is just for women and a fancy way of saying carrying a purse. What do you think that briefcase of yours is? If briefcases are OK for men to carry around then there should be no reason why other bags with classic elements, like messenger bags, can’t be an accepted accessories for today’s modern man. Here are a few of the most popular, classic bag styles that can be mixed and matched with both business and casual wardrobes.

  • Briefcase – When it comes to acceptable handbags for men, there is no other more famous that the good old briefcase. The briefcases used today are a far-cry from the ones used by our fathers and grandfathers. These new briefcases are no longer boxy shaped and don’t have those sharp corners but use a more rounded edge. They still employ the use of buckles, leather exterior, and practical interior compartments making this bag a staple for the working-man’s wardrobe.
  • Messenger bag – The slick looking messenger bag was designed and modeled after the bags traditionally carried messengers throughout history. They are normally made from a canvas material and worn swung across your shoulder. These bags have become a big part of urban fashion. The men’s messenger bag has a laidback style to go with a classic, casual flair, while the leather messenger tote screams uptown sophistication.
  • Holdall – A real man of travel needs to own a holdall for those exciting weekend getaways or out of state business trips. What was once considered big and bulky has become transformed into a sleek and stylish carryall. The design for these bags was inspired by the duffel bag believe it or not. Now thanks to a largely leather exterior and more refined appearance it took on more of a classic look than a practical one.
  • Tote – The tote is this generations take on the classic briefcase. It closely resembles an artisan’s bag with the maximum in casual business attire. It has a pretty basic design with soft leather exterior giving it that classic look. It employs the use of long handles giving it an edge of contemporary. This kind of man’s bag will add a touch of casual masculinity to any casual work wear.
  • Newsboy bag – The newsboy bag is one of those classic styles that are forever timeless. It is almost synonymous with men’s casual wear. Similar to s messenger bag’s style, its traditional exterior of canvas gives it less formality than a messenger bag. The newsboy bag is great for students and workers on the go, leaving a fashion statement mark on anyone who sees it.

Fashion Advice and Tips

What’s Hot

Vibrant and bold colours are 2009 must haves, so try and add a touch here and there with exciting accessories. Bright coloured bags, shoes and necklaces will all promote the fashion fever of 2009. Ruffles and ruching are a strong look not only on dresses and tops but on bags too.

If shoes are your next purchase then gladiator strap sandals with open fronts on the shoes and high leg boots are a must have. Wide belts with big buckles and huge necklaces, stacked cuff bangles and tribal jewellery are the fashion essentials


These days every woman has a wardrobe full of handbags and most have an array of handbags to match a different outfit. In fact, the average woman owns at least eight handbags and buys a new one every 3 months.

Handbag Tips

To really make your outfit shine always remember to buy a handbag to compliment your figure and in which must have some coordination and balance with your body. So even though its tempting to buy a handbag just to be on course with the fashion trend its still best to coordinate it with your figure to make your outfit really stand out.

When buying a handbag most fashion experts suggest that if your tall and slim then you should avoid smaller bags and go for the mid size, bulky and larger handbags as these will best suit your stature. On the other hand if you have a shorter physique its always best to choose smaller handbags to compliment your figure as larger handbags will make you appear smaller.

When choosing the shape of a handbag is always best to choose the opposite of your body type. Therefore if you’re small and petite it’s best to choose tall and rectangular bags as this will make you look taller. If you are slim and tall then its best to choose rounded bags to compliment your figure.

What’s Hot

At present a large handbag is the way to go which is great for women who need to mix style with functionality. Oversized, multi-pocketed and easy to carry bags have been strolling down the catwalks and in the major cities. Although not one of the largest bags around but still very popular is the clutch bag. Many designers have created these small handbags for carrying the most essential of items and these are a great opportunity to wear something bold and bright for 2009. If you are a bit hesitant at wearing something bright then compliment a small clutch bag with a pair of matching neutral coloured heels is a subtle way to stay top on the trend ladder.


This spring and summer is the season for bold, bright and colourful designs. A new wave of colours has hit the fashion trend so a palette of earthy and fiery tones like brown, gold, reds, yellows and oranges are a huge hit at the moment and dont forget grape purple and emerald green which are also welcoming additions. Whatever colours you decide there a variety of shades and tones to suit any choice of outfit.


Chain Bags the classic bag that is again timeless this season.

Oversized Clutches and Totes still a firm favourite this year and works well in the day as well as in the night.

Fringed Bags these are a huge hit for 2009 and can be worked day or night. A neutral tone will provide a longer usage.

Quilted Purses a must have at the moment, either a bright colour or with gold charms and your on to a winner

Ruched Bags and multicoloured woven bags will also give your outfit a truly fashionable edge.


Sunglasses are one of smallest accessories you can wear but yet one of the most important. In fact sunglasses have been known to define an era or start a phenomenon which lasted years. Although sunglasses are worn for fashion they do have a functional side in which stop harmful rays which then can help maintain strong eyesight.

Sunglasses Guide

Oval Face can work with almost any style such as wraparounds, shields and square shaped frames.

Round Face wider and rectangular frames suit this face type best. Its best to minimize the curves as will make the face appear longer

Diamond Face oval, square and rimless will all soften the contour of the face and compliment it.

Square face oval and round will all provide the face with definition which will work well.

Oblong Face frames that are rounded and square will work best and which do not extend the widest part of the face.

Triangle Face rimless bottoms, straight top line and cat eyes will all soften the lower portion of the face.

Whats Hot

At present wrap around sunglasses which extend past the eye to the temple and shields which are one piece are both hot on the fashion runway.

Sunglasses are also not immune to the retro craze and Aviators and Wayfarer have both enjoyed a new wave of success since WWII when pilots favoured this style.