What are the rules for ties?
The prints on your shirt and tie should never battle each other. If you’re wearing a striped shirt, go for a tie made from a jacquard fabric, one with a tiny geometric pattern, or a tie with a tone-on-tone print. The rule is that the hue of the tie should be deeper than that of the shirt. Make sure tie colours match the jacket as well as the shirt. Some ties communicate a professional attitude, such as those with broad angular stripes and shades of maroon, grey and navy. Match the knot to the style of the collar. Collars that have a wide span should be offset with a broad tie with a big, double knot. The trend is for ties that are broad all over, not just at the tip.
Is it acceptable to have only one pair of black work shoes or does my shoe closet need new blood?
One pair of shoes is good enough, but if you have the option to add to the lone ranger, take it. Make your second pair a deep brown for versatility. Also, try and pick a style that is different from the one you have. Current trends are for narrow, long square toes or pairs with a monk strap. Paying attention to your shoes shows that you pay attention to detail. Wear faded and frayed jeans if you must, but you’ll still look classy if you wear good shoes.
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