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The shoes make the well dressed man

Q. How and when should I wear tan shoes? I’m thinking of western style men’s shoes. And what about navy or maroon? A. The first question I have is “how

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Tied up in knots over knit ties

Q. You’ve written about knit ties, but it seems like their time is over? I haven’t seen them around; is this a 2010s trend that has died? A. I don’t know

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Wallet vs. money clip

Q. What is the general thinking about money clips both in business and out? Do they exude class and elegance, or are they pretentious? Is a bulky wallet inappropriate in

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A talent for tailoring

Q. How do I find a decent tailor; can I just look/ask online, and/or should I “test” the one people recommend? I have $250 trousers and a $1000+ suit that

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The art of the shirt pocket

Q. Do breast pockets distinguish the quality of a shirt? When I’m buying shirts for work I’m always thrown by which have pockets and which don’t, and worry if there

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Color wheel of fashion fortune

Q. I have a clipping of a column you wrote last year where you talked about “Color Families.” How do I know which colors within a family work? If I

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Proper scarf etiquette

Q. I was thinking of giving a small neck scarf to my father-in-law for his birthday. In the past I remember seeing dapper-looking older men wearing silk or cotton scarves

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The bow tie’s role in the court of public opinion

Q. I was watching George Kent testify and, avoiding politics, I did think his look seemed intelligent and trustworthy. I may have a date in court coming up myself and

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The ins and outs of festive black tie

Q. I have a party coming up that has the wording “black-tie/festive attire.” What exactly does that mean? Do I just buy a red bow tie to go with my

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Popular Poplin suits

Q. I wear poplin suits in the summer and early fall because they are lightweight and not easily wrinkled. I have a blue one and a tan one. Over the