What kind of tops can I wear under a jacket that has a Chinese collar?
The best kind of tops to wear under a Chinese collar jacket are strappy camisoles. If you wear a shirt, the collar of the jacket and the shirt will look heavy around the neck and rather ungainly. Wear a top that has no collar if you want to pair it with this kind of jacket.
Are black shirts too formal to be worn during the day and to the office?
According to me, black shirts don’t work really well at work. For starters, black is a colour rarely worn in the daytime, it is mostly associated with evening wear. Wearing a black shirt tends to convey the feeling that the wearer is in the mood to party, rather than to do serious work. Also, when it comes to picking a tie for a black shirt, you may have a tough time, because not too many colours go well for ties, besides black, white, charcoal and grey, which again convey that you want to be out partying.
Can I wear white socks to the office? I usually wear dark trousers, and I’m always confused when it comes to matching socks.
Avoid white socks, unless you’re trying to look like Michael Jackson. They’re only for boy bands. The rule here is easy—just match the colour of your socks to that of your trousers, or the closest colour. Get yourself a collection of socks based on the colours of trousers in your wardrobe and you won’t go wrong.
I’ve heard that using leather handbags in the monsoon spoils them. What other options do I have in this season?
It’s definitely not advisable to wear leather accessories in the monsoon. The leather is softened and weakened by water and your bag will soon lose its shape and strength. Keeping it in one place for a long time will encourage fungus and mould to grow. Keep your leather stored carefully in the monsoon and opt for synthetic materials. Designs similar to those of leather bags are easily available these days in synthetics. Opt for a brightly coloured one. It will protect your belongings from the water and uplift your spirit.
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