When it comes to your closet, you’ll need a couple of great-fitting suits (at least one made-to-measure—trust us), some pants that aren’t jeans, a great bag, a few sweaters, sharp shirts and ties, and a pair of shoes that you plan to take care of for a while, to start. There are rules to manning up.
- Every man should own one made to measure suit. Or two.
- Worth the money: cashmere socks. Trust us.
- You should know how to sew on a button. Leave everything else to the professionals.
- Accessories should be accessories, not affectations. If you have to think too much about it, skip it.
- A pocket square should complement—not match—your tie. When in doubt, a white linen handkerchief always looks sharp.
- Every man should know how to tie a bow tie, even if your occasions to wear one are few and far between.
- Well-made shoes can have you covered for 10 years or more. Return the favor with shoe trees and a polish now and then.
- Narrow tie, small collar. Traditional tie, full size collar. Simple.
- Some things look better with age. White shirts are not those things.
- Yes, real men get manicures.
- The thinner the wallet, the better. Who wants to ruin the lines of your suit?
- Learn to layer. There’s no reason to have only one way to wear one piece. Practice makes perfect.
- You may get special treatment at the airport if you have beautiful luggage. And if you don’t get special treatment, you still have beautiful luggage.
- Yes, you can wear a turtleneck. Two words: Steve McQueen.
- Remember: come winter, your topcoat will be the first thing (and sometimes, the only thing) people see when they see you. Invest accordingly.