Fashion Rule 3: “Shoes and bags must always match”

too many colours
too many colours

 

Too many coulours
Too many coulours

 

Socks and sandals
Socks and sandals

Or the male equivalent “Shoes and belt must always match and so should your socks” and “Match your tie with your shirt.” Many men struggle with this one although it is very simple: a striped shirt is best paired with a single-colored tie. If you insist on wearing a patterned tie on a patterned shirt, make sure the pattern on the tie is bolder than the one on your shirt. The larger the print, the more daring. Fish, elephants, pianos or other fantasy designs do not particularly look good in a conservative professional environment. And as for bow-ties: it’s better to leave them at home unless you have an image statement to make (e.g. Stromae)… The smoking is the only exception to the rule.

Socks are another tricky one. In summer you have certainly spotted men wearing socks and sandals… This is  an example of the ultimate fashion disaster! On the other hand, for a professional environment always wear socks. Dark coloured socks (brown, blue, grey, black…and no white ones!) are the most appropriate. Make sure the socks match the colour of the shoes and trousers. Go for socks in cotton, silk or wool. And ladies, do not wear peep-toe shoes with pantyhose…

“Shoes and bags must always match” Today, etiquette no longer requires such coordination. Nail polish, lipstick, bags and shoes do not longer need to match. However, try not to wear too many colours in one outfit.

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life” – Oscar Wilde, Irish writer, poet, aesthete and real dandy

“Socks play an incredibly important role in a man’s life” – Oscar Wilde, Irish writer, poet, aesthete and real dandy

“Summer brings out those singularly unattractive nylon ‘foot-liners’ that look like catering hair-nets for the feet. What’s more, they inevitably tear, don’t stop your feet smelling and poke out from all shoes unattractively despite their supposed invisibility.” – Karen Homer, British fashion journalist and author of ‘Things a woman should know about shoes’

More fashion rules?

Fashion Rule 3: “Shoes and bags must always match”

Of het mannelijk equivalent “Shoes and belt must always match and so should your socks” en “Match your tie with your shirt.” Veel mannen worstelen met deze laatste maar eigenlijk is het heel simpel: een gestreept hemd vraagt om een unikleurige das. Indien je toch staat op een das met een bepaald patroon (zoals strepen, ruiten,…) op een gestreept of geruit hemd zorg er dan voor dat de print van de das uitgesprokener is. Hoe groter de print, hoe gewaagder. Visjes, olifanten, piano’s of ander fantasiemotief komen niet echt geslaagd over in een conservatief professioneel kader. Wat de vlinderdas of het strikje betreft: die laat je ook beter thuis tenzij je een imago statement te maken hebt (cfr. Stromae)… De smoking vormt hierop de enige uitzondering.

Sokken zijn nog zo’n heikel punt. In de zomer zie je wel vaker heren met sokken in sandalen rondlopen… Dit is werkelijk de ultieme fashionblunder! In de werkomgeving daarentegen is het dragen van sokken de regel. Donkere sokken (bruin, blauw, grijs, zwart… en géén witte!) zijn het meest aangewezen. Zorg ervoor dat de sokken matchen met het kleur van de schoenen en broek. Ga voor fijne sokken in katoen, wol of zijde. Ook dames laten nylonkousen beter achterwege in peep-toe schoenen…

Shoes and bags must always match” Vroeger was dit een belangrijke etiquette regel. Vandaag is dit eigenlijk niet langer aan de orde. Nagellak, lippenstift, handtassen en schoenen hoeven niet langer te matchen. Doch is een teveel aan kleur in je complete outfit not done.

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life” – Oscar Wilde, Ierse schrijver, dichter, estheet en echte dandy

“Socks play an incredibly important role in a man’s life” – Oscar Wilde, Ierse schrijver, dichter, estheet en echte dandy

“Summer brings out those singularly unattractive nylon ‘foot-liners’ that look like catering hair-nets for the feet. What’s more, they inevitably tear, don’t stop your feet smelling and poke out from all shoes unattractively despite their supposed invisibility.” – Karen Homer, British fashion journalist and author of ‘Things a woman should know about shoes’

Nog meer fashion rules zijn te vinden in het boekje: “Never leave the house naked” (cfr. bronvermelding hieronder)

Nog meer fashion rules?

Source: Never leave the house naked and 50 other ridiculous fashion rules – BIS Publishers – ISBN 978-90-6369-214-8

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