Tip # 19


Suspenders, wearing them with a suit is cool but down with jeans is even cooler!

Tip #19 Exposed:

Suspenders, yes, suspenders with jeans or khakis can work great. They are out there, I myself have a pair of Varvatos (John) khakis with some kick ass suspenders. Of course, I take my own tip in to account and wear them down with a tee, polo or even a casual shirt. Remember, if you do have some killer suspenders you plan to wear with a pair of jeans you do need suspender buttons. I mainly use pairs that are meant for suspenders, but you can have the buttons sowed on to any pair your heart desires. Plug the suspenders in, let em hang down, and rock it!

Tip #17


Your socks need to match your pants not your tie, it just looks tacky.

Tip #17 Exposed:

We all know that guy that walks in with his pink tie and exactly matching pink socks. My opinion, it looks like you are trying way to hard. I am not saying that you need to make sure they never match, you just don’t need to try to hard to make sure they do. Again, I remind you all that I just give my opinion, and you always need to make the final decision yourself. If you like to wear matching ties and socks, go for it, I just think it looks tacky (as my tip states).

Tip #16


Your collar all curled up just looks bad, use collar stays.

Tip #16 Exposed:

There is nothing worse then seeing someone wearing a nice shirt but his collar is curled up in the air. Really, putting collar stays in your shit is such a simple thing but you see all to often people not wearing them. You can buy a variety pack (different lengths) of metal or plastic ones for about 10 dollar. You know your are going to lose the ones that came with the shirt all the time so just “splurge” and spend the $10 to get yourself a variety pack.  Also, you can alway leave a spear in your car or office just in case you forget to put them in, in the morning, it happens.

Tip# 14


The rule that your belt and shoes need to be the same color is old school, feel free to change it up.

Tip #14 Exposed:

I used to make myself crazy trying to get my shoes and belts to be exactly the same color. To the extent that I would take my shoes to the store when shopping for a belt. While many may still think they need to be the same color, this is not the case anymore (for sure). However, I do advise the colors match. Like in the above image, light brown and black do work, but I would stay away from dark brown and black. White belts go with every color so if you like colorful shoes and want a universal belt feel free to go with white. The days of making ourselves crazy for the exact color match are over!

Tip #10


Black eye


A black and blue eye is never good, but black and blue on your outfit does work SOMETIMES….

Tip #10 EXPOSED:

Sometimes? Yes, I left this tip a bit open. Thankfully for the exposed part, as it will always explain. Navy and black generally do NOT match. On the other hand, light blue or baby blue can work with black. I say navy and black, “generally” because it CAN work with shoes and pants but on anything else on your outfit I would have to say no. The “CAN” (in capitals) is there for a reason as well, because you must tread lightly even with that. So as a general rule it is best just to stay away from wearing navy and black together. Keep in mind, I only write advise so it is always up to the person wearing it to make the final decision!

Tip #9


Tie bars/clips are awesome, find the right sized one for your tie though.

Tip#9 Exposed:

Ties come in all different sizes (width wise), so do tie bars. Make sure you get the right sized one for the width of the ties you wear. There are multiple ways to wear the bar as well. You can wear one that covers the whole width of your tie, ¾ of it, or, half of it. You can also wear them on multiple different places of the tie (length wise). I will leave it up to the wearer to decide what and where he like to wear the bar. Ohh, and your tie will stay in in the right position, so there is a use for the bar aside for the look. Can’t beat convenience and fashion at the same time! FYI, I love www.thetiebar.com

Tip #7


Stars and Stripes are fine on the American Flag not your clothing, they don’t match!

Tip #6 Exposed:

When trying to match clothing stay away from checkered and stripes, they clash! When wearing a checkered shirt your safest bet is to wear a solid jacket. Same with a striped shirt and vise versa a striped or checkered jacket will be best with a solid shirt. So try and own both solid shirts and solid jackets. Same applies to pants and socks, pants and shirt etc….. Playing it safe is always a good idea. People will notice a clash before they notice a match!