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29 Style Tips Your Dad Should Have Told You

Kate Merryweather

 

1.      Don’t buy acrylic jumpers. They pull. Get quality.

2.      Your tie should sit at your belt buckle. Donald Trump wears them overlong: avoid.

3.      Speaking of ties, learn how to do a proper Windsor knot.

4.      Cufflinks make everything look classier.

5.      Women notice your shoes, so make them noticeable for the right reasons.

6.      Get suit pieces altered. The right fit is everything.

7.      Short sleeve shirts are (generally) a no-go.

8.      But, rolling up the sleeves on your long sleeve shirt is a winner.

9.      Learn how to iron your shirts properly or pay someone else to do it.

10.   Be ready to throw out shirts showing any hint of stains or scruffing.

11.   Jewellery: proceed with the utmost of caution. (Wedding rings excepted, of course.)

12.   Stop wearing that cologne from 2005. Try a new scent already.

13.   Cheap belts make a great suit look cheap. Good belts make a cheap suit look…better.

14.   Carry a pocket square.

Pocket squares are essential. You never know when you'll need to wipe away a beautiful stranger's tears.

Pocket squares are essential. You never know when you'll need to wipe away a beautiful stranger's tears.

15.   Be discerning when it comes to any clothing with a prominent brand logo. Are you a man, or a billboard?

16.   You should own and wear a variety of stylish sunglasses.

17.   The bottom button on the jacket always stays undone.

18.   Also, jackets remain buttoned, unless you’re seated.

19.   Shirt cuffs should be one centimetre visible from your jacket sleeves.

20.   Beware the shirt fitting loosely around the neck, unless you want to look like you borrowed your Dad’s shirt.

21.   Know the difference between dress codes for weddings and formal events.

22.   A subtle nod to your partner’s outfit shows class. Stand together in the mirror and consider potential clashes. This applies regardless of your partner’s gender.

23.   Pinstripes are classy, but avoid looking like you’re attending a 1920s gangster dress up party.

24.   Want to repel a potential bedroom partner? Wear worn out jocks, socks with holes and keep those faded stinky sheets on your bed. Otherwise, upgrade all three regularly.   

25.   A bit of designer stubble can disguise an unwanted double chin.

26.   Sometimes, you will be invited to dress up parties. Get in the swing of it. Don’t be the guy who sulks in the corner in his usual check shirt while Buzz Lightyear dominates the dance floor.

27.   When in doubt, pick a Hollywood style icon or Instagram influencer and copy.

28.   A quality watch is a timeless accessory. Make the investment.

29.   Pinterest is not just for brides. There’s a plethora of visual style guides on everything from matching shoes with suits, shirt cuffs, grooming hacks, mixing patterns and much more.

Style Icon: Brad Pitt

Hollywood IconsKate Merryweather

Style Icon: Brad Pitt

The man has suave in spades. His appeal goes beyond his good looks. Many attractive young men have found that fame in Hollywood is fleeting. But Brad is still going strong all these years after his 1991 breakthrough turn in Thelma and Louise as a charming, thieving, romancing young drifter.

Decades later, he’s married and divorced two Hollywood starlets, and branched into film producing, winning an Oscar for producing 12 Years a Slave. He’s starred in blockbusters like Ocean’s Eleven, Se7en and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. (His career lows include Interview with a Vampire and Meet Joe Black.)

But let’s not focus on his career, his looks or his personal life. Today we are interested in his style. We’ve noticed several trends that you can incorporate into your own wardrobe and lifestyle.

Brad Pitt Style Tip One: hair is for changing – regularly

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He’s done it all. Floppy 90s fringe, peroxide blonde, beard, stubble, moustache, long, short and everything in between.

Say yes to dry cleaning and no to crumpled suits that give you an unwashed vibe. Consider details like pocket kerchiefs and sleeve length. Shoes should be properly shined. If your suit don’t fit, don’t be a cheapskate – get yourself to a tailor. For a few bucks you’ll get yourself a suit cut perfectly to your frame. Others might not notice this minutiae, but the overall look will give you a Brad-like vibe.

Brad Pitt Style Tip Two: Red Carpet = Tailoring

You don’t have to be attending the Academy Awards. Get fussy about your fit. Brad Pitt certainly has a good stylist who makes sure his suits are impeccably tailored. You can do the same for yourself. If your suits or shirts are too large, it’ll look like you borrowed your dad’s tux. Too loose, and your colleagues will start calling you The Donald behind your back. 

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Say yes to dry cleaning and no to crumpled suits that give you an unwashed vibe. Consider details like pocket kerchiefs and sleeve length. Shoes should be properly shined. If your suit don’t fit, don’t be a cheapskate – get yourself to a tailor. For a few bucks you’ll get yourself a suit cut perfectly to your frame. Others might not notice this minutiae, but the overall look will give you a Brad-like vibe.

Brad Pitt Styling Tip Three: Go Beige

Sick of navy blue and black? Go for paler colours, in a monochrome look. Top it off with tan accessories and you’ll be crowned best dressed in your company. (If that’s a thing where you work.) The paler shades of beige, khaki and white are great for our hot Australian climate, and they give off a more relaxed vibe. Having the guts to wear less conventional colours in your suit says a lot about your confidence in general. So if you wear it, own it. (And don’t have Mexican food for lunch.)

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Classic Cufflink Looks from the Golden Era of Hollywood

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Today we are taking a trip down memory lane and looking for style inspiration from some of the best dressed men in Hollywood.

Clark Gable

Clark Gable

Who can forget Clark Gable’s performance as Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind? You might be put off by the old fashioned overacting. Let’s not mention the movie running time (a mere three hours and fifty eight minutes).  But, the classic fashions are a treasure trove of inspiration for the modern stylish gent.

No one else could come close to Gable’s performance in this epic civil war drama. It was the highest earning film for twenty five years. If adjusted for inflation, it remains the most successful film in box office history. Rhett Butler was a scoundrel and a womanizer, but impeccably dressed. His signature look includes waistcoat, pinned cravat and top hat. Oily moustache optional.

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

He’s a cinematic legend, the first African American actor to win the Best Actor Oscar. Known for his range, penetrating stare and gentlemanly demeanor, Poitier remains an inspiration to thousands of actors today.  He starred in many classics including To Sir With Love, In The Heat Of The Night and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

He was a star on screen and one of Hollywood’s best dressed men, sporting a classic style that can easily be emulated today. With sharp tailoring, natural fabrics and crisp shirts, his look was always elegant and refined.

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Old Blue Eyes was unforgettable for his voice and his screen presence. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for From Here To Eternity and is responsible for many classic songs such as New York New York and My Way. (You’ve probably drunkenly sung a song or two by Sinatra – who hasn’t?)

His style was classic Hollywood – he was famous for his meticulous approach to his presentation. His classic look was a tuxedo with a perfectly folded pocket square, with the shirt cuff extending half an inch beyond the sleeve.  And of course, Sinatra was often captured wearing his iconic fedora hat.