Belts & Shoes
If you wear a belt, always make sure that they match the style, colour, and design of the shoes you are wearing with the outfit. The easiest way of doing this is to stick with traditional styles, such as leather and suede, in black or brown.
If you are fond of wearing converse-style trainers, then buy funky material belts with clasp fastenings. This style of shoe enables you to experiment a little with colour and design, but make sure that the belt and the shoes have at least one matching colour, and try to ensure that the matching colour is the most prominent colour of each item.
With standard trainers, you can also wear a material belt, but do not opt for a belt with a pattern that is too progressive: simple is the key here.
Ties & Shirts
Twenty years ago, men’s clothes trends dictated that men match shirts with the same colour tie, in a block colour – so no dual colours or funky designs. Today, we are a lot more liberated and experimentation is a key feature of current dress trends. Having said that, however, it is important to choose a tie that is subtle in style: simple designs, such as stripes or dots are perfect, anything more can appear garish – and, never opt for a novelty tie!
Flat-Fronted Trousers vs. Pleat-Fronted Trousers
For one reason or another, men always seem to prefer wearing pleat-fronted trousers, particularly when they are in their work clothes. Pleated trousers are classic and traditional, but are not the greatest looking style of trousers. Pleated trousers are associated with discipline (because when men are in the army, they are made to iron the creases in perfectly as part of their discipline training) and perhaps this is the reason why office workers frequently sport them. Generally, though, front pleated trousers have a better fit, people assume they are meant for a more athletic figure, but that is not the case.
Incidentally, if you are worried about your figure, then dark trousers are slimming.
The rule of thumb, regarding socks, is to choose a colour that matches the colour of your trousers. You can add a touch of individuality to your outfit by choosing patterned socks; just make sure that you stick to the right colour.
Regardless of the style of footwear you choose to wear, there is one fundamental rule: always wear shoes that in a darker colour than your trousers.