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When you should have a vested interest in suits

Q. I was at a party and I heard a man refer to his “waistcoat.” I didn’t know what he was talking about so I later looked it up on

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That tie thing

Q. For years I have tucked my tie into my shirt as they do in the military when eating or washing my hands. Recently someone made fun of this look

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Sock it to me

Q. I have been reading your column in our paper for some time. Thank you. My problem is that the cotton dress socks I buy fade after a few washings

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Quieting down loud shirts

Q. I have some shirts that are non-traditional business colors (for instance, one is what they call salmon). How can I wear them for work? A. Unusual colored or bright-colored

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Don’t sweat sweater details, a handy guide to fashionable sweaters

Q. I moved a couple of years ago from New Orleans to Little Rock, where the winter temperatures get pretty cold. I own a few sweaters now and need advice.

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They’ve gone to plaid

Q. My wife got me some plaid shirts. What ties go with them? A. Not every plaid shirt can (or, at least, should) be worn with a tie, but there

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Tied in knots

Q. My new business will require me to wear a tie which I haven’t done in over a decade. Which one is really the appropriate tie and knot today? I don’t

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Dressing for a blind date

Q. This may be a strange question, but what is a safe look for a first date?  I am a groomsman at a college friend’s wedding next month in Memphis,

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Clothes Matter

Q. Yesterday I attended a meeting and ran into a man whom I was thinking of inviting to a party I am having. I had only met him once before

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How to make your footwear a style shoe-in

Q. I read your article about shoe colors and would like to know if you will comment about tennis shoes and dress? In my city there is a well-known TV