Some handy fashion tips from Put This On

I’m pretty horrible when it comes to fashion, unless I’m really dressing up for something. The other day I spent about an hour and a half trying to tie a full Windsor knot while driving to a wedding (and while stopped at a beach near the venue – see Mitch’s photo blog for proof), without a mirror. I kept retying it because dammit. My tie will be equilateral not isosceles.

So, if you’re bad with fashion, like I am, these (basic) tips from fashion tumblog “Put This On” will set you straight.

A random sampling:

  1. Your tie should reach your belt line – it shouldn’t end above your belt or below it.
  2. Your tie knot should have a dimple.
  3. Only wear a tie if you’re also wearing a suit or sportcoat (or, very casually, a sweater). Shirt, tie and no jacket is the wedding uniform of a nine-year-old.
  4. The only men who should wear black suits during the day are priests, undertakers, secret agents, funerals attendees and yokels.


Ben McLaughlin says:

Oh no. I’ve been doing number 3 for years.. Not really owning a suit, a shirt, tie and nice pants is as dressed up as I can manage. this is sad news.

Richard says:

Fashion rules are made so people can feel good about following rules. For example, not buttoning up the bottom button on a vest because some king was too fat to do it so now everyone else has to do it is stupid.

Also, Nathan, I saw this and thought, ‘how much influence does Nathan have?’ (because you seem to say/internet things of interest fairly regularly…)

Mikey Lynch says:

What fun! Fun to find stuff you already do, fun to find stuff you didn’t think to do but realise you should, fun to find stuff you disagree with and makes you angry.

For example I am irritated by

20. Never wear visible socks with shorts.

I can’t stand the man ankle-sock. It’s like the man-cycle-lycra.