Who doesn’t love a man in a suit? According to style commandments published by Brooks Brothers’ of Rogues and Gentlemen, a suit should fit perfectly with a perfectly coordinated shirt, tie and pocket square, and it should give you that preppy, polished look. The Style Commandments can easily be translated to womenswear as well……it’s good advice to have!
Style Commandment #6
Although styles can differ, your pants should just graze the top of your shoe.
Style Commandment #11
If you’re shorter, dress slimmer. Avoid wide ties and wear slim fit shirts.
Style Commandment #12
Shrug it off.
A suit should always hug the shoulders. If it’s drooping, don’t buy it. Go down a size.
Style Commandment #15
Summertime is not the time for Hawaiian shirts, jean shorts and bare feet.
Unless you’re on Gilligan’s Island.
Style Commandment #18
A look at lapels.
When buying a suit, pay attention to the lapels. They define a suit. Notch or peak? It’s up to you.
Style Commandment #20
Do as the Duke of Kent did.
When wearing a double-breasted suit, always make sure the center-left button is fastened.
Style Commandment #21
Let a 1/2″ strip of shirt cuff show below your jacket. Don’t cover it up—it provides visual balance.
Style Commandment #24
Consider cuffs on slim, corduroy, or tweed pants. And make them at least an inch and a quarter deep.
Style Commandment #30
Know your knits.
You can wear knit ties year-round. Tie one on and add texture to your look.
Style Commandment #36
If you’re a shorter guy, a pant leg with little break will make you appear taller.
Style Commandment #42
Round? Go straight.
If you have a round face, a straight point collar is the way to go. It offsets a fuller face.
Style Commandment #48
Summer: khaki, seersucker, whipcord, and linen. Winter: Flannel, corduroy, and tweed.
Style Commandment #49
When it comes to patterns, pairing opposite pattern sizes creates a stylish contrast.
Style Commandment #54
Choose a quieter shirt-tie combo when wearing a 3-piece suit. 3-pieces are rather loud.
Style Commandment #55
Eye the line.
A suit fits best when you can see a trim line following the contours of your body.
Style Commandment #56
End the trend.
Avoid extreme fashions that will sit in your closet. The tried and true will suit you for years.
Style Commandment #60
Pick up the 3-piece, part 2.
The vest shouldn’t go past your belt buckle. It should be close-fitting.
Style Commandment #63
Some things never go out of style. Identify these things. Buy the best you can afford. And treat them well.
Style Commandment #65
Tips for the larger man Part I.
Avoid horizontal stripes. They’ll draw attention to your width.
Style Commandment #70
When wearing a jacket and a tie, make sure your tie’s width is similar to the width of your lapel.
Style Commandment #75
Tips for the larger man Part III.
Make sure your jacket fits around the waist and falls just below your rear end.
Style Commandment #77
A shirt’s collar is too loose if you can fit 2 to 3 fingers between the collar and your neck.
Style Commandment #78
Speaking of bespoke.
A bespoke suit is well worth the cost. It’ll fit best. Guaranteed.
Style Commandment #80
Tips for the larger man Part IV.
Choosing tops and bottoms with similar colors will create a clean, slim look.
Style Commandment #84
Another trick up your sleeve.
One indicator a shirt fits is when the sleeve hits the heel of your hand.
Style Commandment #85
Tips for the larger man Part V.
Don’t wear turtlenecks. Wear V-necks. You’ll appear to have a sleeker silhouette.
Style Commandment #90
Stick with our Forward Point collar. It looks good on any tie knot.
Style Commandment #91
Blousing at the waist?
Wear a slimmer fitting shirt.
Style Commandment #96
The stay doesn’t always stay in.
Make sure to remove your collar stays before you launder your shirts.
Style Commandment #98
Ties for the tall.
If you’re taller, you will find good balance with a slim—not skinny—extra-long tie.
Style Commandment #100
Tips for the tall, skinny man Part I.
Avoid wearing blazers and jackets with large shoulder pads.
Style Commandment #102
First glance: tie.
Choose your tie wisely. It’s usually one of the first things people notice.
Style Commandment #105
Large? Go slim.
If you’re larger, wear slim-fitting clothes. Balance often comes with contrast.
Style Commandment #108
Just a dimple?
Every tie—and person for that matter—benefits from a noticeable dimple.
Style Commandment #110
Tips for the short man Part I.
Trimmer trousers and shirts will flatter your body. Loose ones won’t.
Style Commandment #112
Skinny tie tip.
To achieve a balanced look with a skinny tie, wear it with a smaller-sized collar.
Style Commandment #114
The semispread collar of tie knots. Goes with just about every suit and shirt.
Style Commandment #115
Tips for the short man Part II.
Vertical stripes will elongate your figure. Wear them and you’ll appear taller.
Style Commandment #119
Reducing the wide tie effect.
To achieve a balanced look with a wider tie or thicker knot, wear a substantial collar.
Style Commandment #120
The play-it-safe move.
Having trouble matching a tie to a patterned shirt? Wear a dark, solid tie.
Style Commandment #126
When searching for shoes to go with tweed, look for a more outdoorsy style, as tweed reflects this spirit.
Style Commandment #132
A suit jacket goes best with darker denim. (If you choose to wear jeans and a suit jacket.)
Style Commandment #133
A corduroy clue.
If you have a thicker build, look for corduroys with thinner wales.
Style Commandment #140
Thicker wales on corduroys make the color richer and come across as more casual.
Style Commandment #147
Navy number one.
If you can own only one suit, make it navy. It’s the most versatile color and can be dressed up or down.
Style Commandment #154
The blue and the gray.
The most versatile suits you can own are navy and gray. Start your wardrobe with these two.
Style Commandment #161
The short one.
If you’re smaller in stature, consider wearing a one-button jacket. The deep “V” will give you some length.
Style Commandment #168
The true measure of a man—his measurements.
Know the basics: neck, jacket and waist sizes, sleeve length and inseam.
Style Commandment #175
The white dress shirt.
The absolute must-own for every man. You can never have too many.
Style Commandment #182
A suit has many sides – Part I.
Ditch the tie, wear a dark shirt under the jacket. Perfect for a night on the town.
Style Commandment #183
A suit has many sides – Part II.
Dinner date? Wear a V-neck sweater over your dress shirt, throw on the jacket, and you’re all set.
Style Commandment #184
A suit has many sides – Part III.
For a more casual outing, pair it with a polo shirt and sneakers and wear it with a bit of attitude.
Style Commandment #189
A notch above.
When buying a belt, order one size up from your waist size.
Style Commandment #210
To add balance to your look, make sure the stripes or patterns in your tie are bolder than those on your shirt.
Style Commandment #217
A suit has many sides.
Out of the office, don’t be afraid to wear it with a solid turtleneck or plaid shirt.
Style Commandment #224
Travel in style.
Take a raincoat when traveling to cooler or damper climates. It’s easy to pack and can be used as a topcoat.
Style Commandment #231
Gray day style.
Wear a car coat (overcoat that extends to the thigh) that’s been treated to repel water.
Style Commandment #245
Get your fit.
Have your clothes tailored to accentuate your profile.
Style Commandment #252
Wear and care.
Washing/ironing shirts yourself prolongs their life. Don’t just throw them in a machine—read the labels.
Style Commandment #259
The knit tie.
Perfect for adding texture to an otherwise flat look, knit ties can be worn year-round.
Style Commandment #273
Plaid sport coat?
A great look provided you pair it with something simple, like a white or solid colored shirt or trousers.
Style Commandment #280
A bit on belts and shoes.
When dressing formally, they should match. If dressing casually, they don’t have to.
Style Commandment #287
The heather T.
A light gray T-shirt is a better choice than a white T. Why? Gray absorbs light, white reflects it.
Style Commandment #294
Semi-spread collar. French cuffs. Plain-front shirt. Get it tailored. No vest. Reveal shirt cuff. It’s all in the lapels.
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