42. Style is a state of mind.
Category Archives: Rules Of Men’s Dress
42. Thou shall not wear a belt when wearing a vest. The inevitable bulge created under the vest by the belt buckle is far from the best kind of bulge.
Last week in the first installment of ‘Questions From The Readers’ I responded to an inquiry from a gentleman asking about wearing a chestnut brown belt with oxblood (burgundy) loafers. I advised that chestnut brown would be advisable to black, but really one should obtain a proper oxblood belt. So, I thought it prudent to follow up with the inquiry with some visual evidence. In the picture above we have a full brogue (wingtip) in ‘chestnut burnished calf’ with belts in oxblood and black, so, although the colors on the items are slightly switched around from the inquiry we do have a similar situation. In this case the chestnut and oxblood look almost identical in color, but still a noticeable brown shade in the shoe (which will soon cease to be the case because I am going to have the shoe polished with oxblood polish to try to turn them into oxblood wingtips, which will be badass. But more on this later). The similarity in color necessitates me to wear the oxblood belt. From this picture, one should also be able to tell that a black belt does not go with oxblood. Thus, my previous statement stands. Chestnut and oxblood may work, but it is preferable to match oxblood with oxblood.
Over the past few weeks I have been receiving and increasing number of emails with questions on men’s dress from some of you from as far away as India. I would like to thank all of you for your interest in FYGblog. I thought that perhaps it would be of interest to some of you if I were to post the questions and my responses. It is pretty straight forward, a problem is presented and a possible solution is provided. If any of you have anything to add please feel free to do so. Enjoy.
Is is acceptable to wear a chestnut (brown) colored belt strap with oxblood colored penny loafers? Or would a black strap be better suited. What are your thoughts.
First, good move on the oxblood (burgundy) penny loafers. But in response to your question, personally, I only wear an oxblood belt with oxblood shoes. I think it is the best look (see Rule 7). I see guys wearing black and brown belts with oxblood shoes all the time (but this does not mean it is right) and I realize it is not always easy to acquire an oxblood belt whether it be for financial reasons or lack of good options. Now, that said, I think it depends on the shade of oxblood and the shade of the chestnut, as they are not always the same from different brands. Most, if not all oxblood shoes will go better with a chestnut colored belt but there may be the rare exception. So, black should be reserved as a last resort. Either way, I would highly advise getting an oxblood belt to match, especially if your going to be wearing the shoes a lot. May I suggest you check out Trafalgar and Brooks Brothers for oxblood/burgundy belts and belt straps. Good luck.
40. Thou shall wear over the calf socks as opposed to crew socks whenever possible. For they are far superior in both form and function.
39. Thou shall never button all three buttons of a three button jacket. Sometimes the top, always the middle and never ever ever the bottom.
38. Life is more fun in a tuxedo (dinner jacket).
On this day I choose to keep it classic; charcoal trousers, burgundy socks and black butterfly loafers (which many people do not know of, I will be doing a post on them in the future). I realize this pairing violates rule #6, as my sock does not match my trousers or anything else I am wearing. However, this is also one of the more acceptable and easy to break rules; not to mention the combination looks great.
37. Off color shirts with a white collar should have French (double) cuffs, regardless of whether of not the cuffs are white or the same color or pattern as the shirt.