These 5 Little Details Will Make Or Absolutely Wreck Your Look
Complete your look with these minor details that most guys ignore

October 4, 2017

Getting dressed is one time it’s OK to sweat the small stuff. Purposeful details add interest to your outfit, and show your boss (or lady friend) that you pick up on the little things. Here are five quick and cheap upgrades to your style.


There are two types of men: one with a drawer full of solid-colour socks and one who’s fun to grab beers with. The fun guy knows that socks add personality to dull duds like khakis and navy dress pants. A colourful stripe or a hit of camo will also earn you a nod of approval.

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Cuff links

The right cuff links can hint at strong poker skills, a love of old coins, or your Varsity rugby days. Solid metal is simple and classic; flashy gem styles say you miss Liberace.


You wouldn’t wash down a Kobe rib eye with a PBR—and you shouldn’t pair a casual belt with dress pants.

Trousers require a slim, sophisticated leather belt with a subtle buckle. Belts meant for denim and casual pants are thicker, with bolder hardware.

Both should roughly match your shoes in colour and texture. Extra-long belts are fine for boxcar hobos; for you, a fastened belt should extend only to the first loop.

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If you’re wary of bright shoes, limit the colours to laces. Even brown dress shoes can shine with green or orange laces. Deeper hues are understated, while neon brights add attitude.

Tie bar

You’ll need at least one or two tie bars depending on the type of ties you wear. The rules: 5-to 7-cm bars work for traditional widths, while a 2-cm bar is for slimmer ties—that is, 5 to 7 cm at their widest.

Place the bar just above the third shirt button—no lower. It can cover part of the tie or go fully across, but it shouldn’t extend past the tie’s width.