Can I wear a patterned dress shirt or tie with a striped navy-blue suit? Yes, definitely, as long as you keep the two patterns different in scale, such as a narrow-striped suit and a spaced-figured necktie, or wide-striped suit with a small-patterned check or plaid dress shirt.
With the demise of casual Friday, do jeans still pass muster business apparel in the office? A good rule of thumb for corporate attire is to dress in line with your superiors and never more casually than your subordinates. Jeans are never in good taste unless you are engaged in manual labor or your boss sports them.
We often hear about stylish stars from the past. Which of today’s celebrities and public figures best exemplify superior style? This is a question that goes to the heart of what I term the “paradox of modern fashion.” If the likes of David Niven or Cary Grant are your style benchmarks, I’m afraid Hollywood’s current crop of leading males could not even tie their shoes.
My suits are in conservative colors, mostly gray and navy. Can I wear brown shoes with any of them? Is there a rule here? This question has been coming up for years. In fact, in my most recent book, Dressing the Man, I reprinted an editor’s response to a similar inquiry from a reader that appeared in a 1936 issue of Apparel Arts magazine.