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Classic elegant men's clothing is based on some rules consolidated almost a century ago which, albeit with minimal variations dictated by the evolution of the times, are still valid today.

The main style errors derive from non-compliance with these rules.

Let's be clear, perfect elegance does not exist and, perhaps, if it were perfect it would not be true elegance.

So take this list of errors as a kind of our personal notes that we want to share with you:

Too short or too long sleeves (jacket and shirt)

The correct length of a shirt sleeve, measured with the arm extended along the body, should allow the cuff to cover the entire wrist until it touches the hand joint. In particular, it is important that when wearing the jacket, the sleeve of the latter is always slightly shorter than the shirt sleeve. The cuff should protrude about an inch or so.

Badly buttoned jacket

The jacket is as beautiful as it is inevitable in classic men's clothing.
To wear it correctly, however, some simple (and historical) rules must be respected.
- The single-breasted jacket is worn buttoned only when standing. When you sit down, remember to unfasten it.
- when the jacket has two buttons, remember that only the upper button is buttoned and NEVER the lower one.
- if the jacket has three buttons, always button the central one but, if you want, it is also allowed to button the top one. Also in this case the lower one should NEVER be buttoned.
Unlike the single-breasted, the double-breasted must ALWAYS be worn BUTTONED, even when seated. It is forbidden to unfasten it!

Pants too long or too short

Pants, like any item of clothing, must always fit correctly, but the most frequent mistake mainly concerns their length. The hem of the trousers, measured in feet, should never be too short to show the socks, but not too long to reach the heel of the shoe.
The correct length should allow the pants to touch the shoes.

Too long or too short tie

If knotted too short or too long, we run the risk of falling into ridicule. The correct length of the tie should allow it to touch the belt. The pigtail, although it is now in fashion, should not be longer than the shovel.

Mismatched shoes and belt

Another blatant and gross error is given by the bad combination of leather elements, in particular shoes and belt, which must always be coordinated. With black shoes we have to wear black belts, with brown shoes we have to wear brown belts.

Matching pocket handkerchief and tie

If shoes and belt must always be coordinated, exactly the opposite must be tie and pocket handkerchief (or clutch), which must NEVER have the same design and fabric. Handkerchief and tie can be combined by contrast, but combinations in harmony with the tie are also allowed, with colors that refer to each other, as long as they always have different designs.

Inappropriate clothing for the occasion

Elegance is based on harmony but also if above all on respect and appropriateness for occasions. There is no worse mistake then going to an occasion with an inappropriate dress. At a formal wedding, for example, we will not show up in a cotton jacket and dark shirt. Conversely, at an informal birthday party we might look ridiculous if we show up in a dark suit or, even worse, in a tuxedo.

Finally, allow us a brief comment.
Dressing well - or at least dressing appropriately - is certainly important, and it is also a form of respect for others and for oneself. But remember: the habit never makes the monk.
They are the personality, bearing and behavior that make a man, a gentleman or - as they used to say - a gentleman.