Originally Posted by Manton
Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy
It was an 80's cliche to wear a white collar and cuffs, blue shirt, yellow tie and suspenders (American English), ideally red,
for the "Power Look".
I love you, man. I mean it.
My non-rule rules:
Only linen handkerchiefs or RJ cat pocket squares
Try to wear at least one vintage item each day.
Side adjusters on all trousers, no belts or braces.
Never buy shoes you can't try on.
Cashmere rollnecks in winter to avoid fussing with scarves.
If you are concerned about matching your watchstrap, belt, briefcase and shoe leather, you have too much time on your hands.
If you are concerned about matching all your metals, you are a moron.
Lined robes a la Sulka or Charvet are wonderful in concept but clammy and slithery to put on.
Match socks to trousers or to my fancy. Pantherella sized Sea Island cotton socks (properly sized in increments of your exact shoe size plus 3), available from Woods of Shropshire or Tricker's in London, are a favorite, or the rainbow of colors of OTC cotton or cashmere socks from Charvet. Gallo has a half-life like that of one of those elements they create in a lab.
Only flexible plastic collar stays (thanks Gavin) or none (thanks to a canny shirtcutter). Brass ones are awful, bone ones snap...
No cuffs on trousers, ever -- that's not a rule I'd impose on others, but it's a rule I live by.
No monograms, anywhere, on anything, unless you are afraid of forgetting your initials.
No visible logos or identifiable gimmicks, except for the Hermes Quentin (not the fucking H, Google it) belt buckle (yeah, I know I said no belt above, but I still wear a lot of RTW trousers) or the Hermes clou de selle cufflinks.
Edward Green pwns JLP RTW. Every time.
Steel toe plates on all shoes. RTW, bespoke, whatever.
Personal experience is always better than what you read on the internet.