Tip #21

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Loafers look best without socks. No show socks will help you keep the look and preserve the shoes. 

Tip #21 Exposed:

Banana Republic amongst many other designers make socks that do not show. I know a lot of people don’t like the feel of wearing shoes without socks, so here is the solution. You can look and feel great with the no show socks. Another positive is that they help preserve the shoes AND keep them from smelling horribly. I have a few pairs and they are great. I personally like the very low cut ones just so I can be sure no part of the sock can be seen. After all that is the purpose of the no show socks, so make sure they don’t show!

Tip #20

face

The best face wash is plain old cold water. 

Tip #20 Exposed:

I am sure I am not alone when I say that I have tried tens of different types of face washes.  Motorizing, acne clearing, exfoliating, amongst many other types. From extremely pricey ones to just plain old Rite Aid brand, I’ve tried them all. Recently, and I wish I would have figured this out a long time ago, I dropped all facial product completely. The only thing that hits my face is cold water, and obviously warmer water when I shower but I make sure to rinse with cold water afterwards. Cold water closes your pores and prevents break outs. This works for my skin. Although, if you have dry skin or very oily skin maybe adding a simple moisturizer or gentle skin cleanser would work best. The point is go easy on your face. Using five different products on your face every time you shower is just not the way to go. Simply keep it simple.

Tip# 14

Belt:Shoe

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 #11

Suits

You breath, let your suits breath as well!

Tip #11 Exposed:

As I did, many believe that keeping your suits in cleaner bags protects them. This is in fact not the case! Your suits need to air out, and definitely after you have worn them. Keeping them in the cleaner bags will many times cause the static issue as well, that we all hate. Although, remember if you do have the static issue and your pants are sticking to your legs, there are many sprays out there that will alleviate the issue. If you are worried about your suits getting wrinkled just make sure they are hung right and there is enough space in your closet to leave a bit of room between them.

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

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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 # 8

Leather

Treat your leather right!

Tip # 8 Exposed:

If you don’t know about leather cream you need to! Leather cream such as the one in the photo both protect your leather and clean it. They protect it by coating it to keep water, scuffs, and stains from absorbing into the leather. This will keep your shoes, bags, belts and whatever other leather you wear looking fresh. Keep in mind this is not a one time thing, although doing it periodically will clean the leather as well. Apply the cream, wait for it to dry, and then buff to get the natural shine of your leather. This is the single best tip I can give for leather, period.