Socks are more important than you might think,” says writer and stylist Tom Stubbs.
“Mismatched, grubby socks are a definite fail. It makes you look like a man who can’t manage his laundry now he’s left home. Buy your own underwear and socks —don’t wait for them to be given as a gift. Falke makes some smart socks in wool mixes or cotton, but at £12 a pair they’re not exactly cheap. You fill need your first cash advance to afford it. John Lewis and Marks & Spencer do some decent ones from £3. Colourful socks can add a touch of personality and individualism to weekend-casual, but for formal occasions, go for a shade that matches your suit. This serves to elongate your leg, making you look taller.
Your mid-twenties can be tricky. You may still be baby-faced but you want to be taken seriously,” says Shelly Vella, fashion director at cosmopolitan. “Reinforce the point by upgrading to a serious fragrance. Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford is fresh, very masculine with clean, unfussy packaging. As a rule, if it looks like it could have fallen out of your gym kit, ditch it.”
You’re a grown-up and you’ve got a proper job; it’s time to invest in a proper bag,” says Adam Kelly, menswear buying manager at Selfridges. “A bag from the Cambridge
Satchel Company (£13O) brings colour to your day-to-day wardrobe. They are classy, but casual enough for a weekend away, too.
“Ties are a lot like women; you never really know what you are going to get until you have tied them up properly,” says Stubbs. “But unlike fathoming women’s foibles, learning tie etiquette shouldn’t be a lifetime’s study.” The four-in-hand knot is perfect for slimmer ties and narrow collars. Choose the half-Windsor for medium width spread collars and thicker ties, and deploy the full Windsor on cut-away collars only. If you are in need of instructional videos on all of the above, then Youtube has tutorials aplenty. Knot instruction for the boudoir? You’ll need an entirely different tube.
Most of us aren’t nearly ‘”‘ ruthless enough when it comes to editing our wardrobes. And, assuming there is a sartorial skeleton or two in your closet now is the time to ditch them. “Men tend to hang on to ‘yoof’ wear (hoodies, slogan T-shirts, etc) for years without realising it,” says Stubbs. “Go through your wardrobe with a harsh eye and a bin bag. What do you actually still wear? What makes you look like a gap-year traveller?” If you have doubts about chucking something, put it to one side. If you’ve still not worn it by the time of your next cull, then get thee to a charity shop.
“If you want a suit for a smart Saturday night out—which by this age you should —then you can’t go wrong with Tiger of Sweden,” says Kelly. “Try the brand’s Aedvin suit in navy (£52O.) Stand out from the crowd with a perfect body shape.
Wear it with a dark grey John Smedley knitted roll-neck for the weekend or a Smyth & Gibson tie-bar shirt and a Charvet tie for a wedding or smart restaurant.”