Style Guide: style guide for men from underwear advice to apparel tips

Men’s Fashion Tips for Making a Good Impression

Much like building a house without first laying a foundation, dressing for the day without the appropriate underwear can result in disaster. Just as high waters clash with socks and sandals, so do bunchy boxer shorts and oversized undershirts with top layers. Start the day right with a smooth fit for a polished finish. It’s the little things that count.

Smart Pants

Your tailored pants may fit great, but beware of VPL (yes, men are susceptible to visible panty lines, too). Lightweight, seamless trunks or briefs (or thongs if you dare) are less likely to cause a wrinkle in your wardrobe. The C-IN2 Hand Me Down Runner is an excellent choice for a slim fitting, tailored boxer brief reminiscent of vintage gym class shorts. Made of a soft cotton-poly burnout, it’s soft and durable, finished with sharp contrast trim leg bands for a retro edge that won’t ride up.

Close Fitting Tees

If you are swimming in your undershirt, chances are it’s creating a sea of lumps and lines. Opt for slim fit t-shirts if you can swing a more narrow cut or simply go down a size for a more unruffled appearance. A smooth fitting t-shirt will do wonders for overall style, providing a clean look under button-ups and a crisp finish with blazers. The Tommy John Stay Tucked Crew Neck Undershirt is made from a silky, lightweight modal fabric that feels soft and smooth against your skin while providing a snug, streamlined fit that doesn’t ride up, bunch, or wrinkle.

Well Dressed Feet

Black or white socks are our best-sellers, but they should be worn sparingly. Ideally, socks should be a shade darker than your pants and a shade lighter than your shoes (that rule doesn’t always apply, so use your best judgment). If your daily work wear is a bit drab, a fun way to inject some personality is with a fun patterned or colored sock. Staff style favorites include the Etiquette Sailor Stripes Sock, and the whimsical Etiquette Polka Dot Socks. For kicks with an extra edge, we’re fans of the Ozone Boot Knife Sock (you will be too).

Artful Necklines

Truth be told, there are right and wrong ways to combine necklines. It’s all about layering which takes a sense of precision when combining undershirts with outer layers. Steer away from mixing a v-neck undershirt and v-neck top layer as it will create an overly symmetrical appearance and, well, sense of confusion. Opt for the classic crew neck or a ring neck tank but pay attention to how deep your outer v rests. A crew neck under a standard v-neck sweater peeks too little, creating awkward lines. Layer a deep v-cut sweater over the standard crew neck which will keep the neckline open yet covered. For a basic crew neck with a smooth fitting feel, try the modern Calvin Klein Micro Modal Lycra Crew and make your base layer anything but basic.