Accessories For The Well Dressed Man  

The sole of a man often reveals his soul. Shoes that are well polished, with heels that are not worn down and laces that aren’t frayed, are the mark of a man who is responsible and cares about details. Here’s how to set off on the right foot.

It may be simple plain black leather with there to six sets of eyelets but oxford is the dressiest option for business. Just about the only statement you can make with an oxford is in the toe. Whether it’s narrow and traditional of the kind your father would select or rounder, with a thicker sole and slightly more hip, keep the [lain-toe oxford down. And buy a set shoe trees.

A basic variation on the oxford shoe, the cap-toe has a horizontal stitch going across its tip. It’s a little more polished than its plain cousin. Unlike the plain oxford, the cap-toe usually comes with a narrow toe.

Unless you’re suspenders kind of guy, you’re not fully dressed until you’re wearing a belt. Black leather is the way to go it matches the shoes and goes with just about everything you will ever buy. The belt itself should be about 1 ½” wide with a buckle that is modest and simple, either brass or silver. When fastened, it should come through the first loop on your pants. And make sure there’s one extra notch on it so you can loosen it after a big meal.

Okay, so socks are not the most exciting purchase you will ever make, but you still have to know a thing or two. Above all, you have to wear them. Stick with plain black dress socks, meaning they’re fairly thin and often vertically ribbed. They should be made of wool or cotton. Natural fibers breathe and absorb moisture better. Make sure they’re long enough to cover your shins when you cross your legs. No one wants to see your hairy legs!

If your glasses are too goofy or showy, you may be making a spectacle of yourself. Select a pair that is modest, businesslike, and fits your face - any good optician will see to that. Black or brown frames in metal or plastic work best. They should have a simple shape and the size of the frames should not overpower your face. The lenses should be clear, not tinted.

Every working man should wear a watch. It doesn’t cost much and you’ll show up early for your interview. If you don’t have the right watch, now’s the time. Either a leather strap or metal band is appropriate for work. If leather, select a smooth band in black, tan, or brown. With metal, consider stainless steel or gold , but don’t wear anything too flashy or sporty. A simple round or rectangular face is ideal. Save the digital for the gym.The watch should be easy to read, but not digital, which is too sporty. Round or rectangular face are equally appropriate. A versatile, stainless steel and gold combination matches both gold and silver jewelry. It should have a Date indicator. The strap can be an Integral bracelet. It should have a Light-colored background face. Try to use a band with links and not an expansion, band.If a watch is ROUND-FACED LEATHER strap it says CONSERVATIVE, PRACTICAL, NO-NONSENSE, STRAIGHT-FORWARD. A STAINLESS STEEL GOLD WATCH shouts DECORATIVE, OUTGOING, ASSERTIVE. Make sure to Check for proper fit. Watch should firmly grasp the wrist and not slide around like a bracelet. It should be a Single dial.An illuminating face would be an asset. The leather band should be a bit padded. Don’t supersize it!
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