Folk wisdom claims that beauty is only skin deep. While that may be true, it is also true that your appearance sends a message about who you are as a person. Just as poor personal hygiene is often associated with laziness, and green hair and body piercings indicate angst and rebellion, how you dress gives a certain impression as well.
There are many occasions in a man’s life where he is expected to wear business attire – including, most notably, a tie. It is always the younger generation’s claim that wearing a tie is for conformists, but is it really? Wearing a tie is about sending a message – hopefully a different message than body odor or obscene piercings.
Believe it or not, shoes are an important part of every man’s wardrobe. An outfit can quickly be ruined by the wrong pair of shoes. Whether the look you are going for is business casual or more formal, such as a suit and tie, your shoes should always be in agreeance with the rest of your outfit.
Cufflinks are designed only for use with link cuffs (also known as French Cuffs), which have buttonholes on both sides but no buttons. These may be either single or double-length (”French”) cuffs, and may be worn either “kissing,” with the ends pinched together, or “barrel-style,” with one end overlapping the other. Kissing cuffs are usually preferred.