The more you learn about men’s trousers, the more you’ll understand certain principles, like matching your belt and your shoes. But you’d be surprised at how many of these “principles” turn out to be fashion myths or misconceptions. To keep you looking your best with our trouser collections, let’s get to the bottom of these misconceptions.
Always match your shoes with your belt, without exceptions.
This is a time-honored tradition that has a lot of truth to it. After all, if you match a black belt over a pair of white khakis and wear brown shoes, something about the outfit will look “off.”
But “no exceptions”? That’s a bit much. For starters: going without a belt is common these days, giving you the freedom to try just about any color of shoe you like. You may also encounter situations when you have light and dark versions of the same color. You shouldn’t eschew these matches simply because they’re not identical. Fashion myth busted.
Always go sockless with shorts.
Like matching shoes to belt, this is a good rule of thumb—but there are still exceptions. If you wear quality shorts, you do want to ensure the rest of your legs look their best, too. That often means going sockless to create a balanced silhouette. Wear socks that are too high, and you make the legs appear shorter.
But no-show and low socks can be perfectly valid options in certain situations. No-show socks are designed to be invisible. Low socks can be tucked and folded to give a similar look. Other situations, like a casual game of football with friends, will call for ditching the sockless look altogether—and that’s perfectly all right. When you’re done with the socks, your feet will thank you for it.
Don’t tuck a short shirt into your pants.
These days, the fashion trend in business is to go more casual—some companies even design their shirts short enough so that you’re encouraged not to tuck them in. So how does this fashion myth play out?
Well, the tucked shirt still provides a clean, purposeful look that is perfectly fine to wear in casual and business casual environments. We say: when in doubt, tuck it in. Tucking in your shirt cleans your silhouette and sharpens the fit. It will also give you a chance to show off a belt as one of the primary accessories in your outfit. It’s a great way to tie everything together. Leave the shirt untucked and you’ll have an outfit that works better for wearing around the house or running errands.
Longer pants are better because you can cuff them.
If you want to cuff your pants—that is, fold them up at the end—it can make for a great look. But it shouldn’t require pants that don’t fit. As with these other fashion myths, it’s important to consider your style and how you plan to wear your trousers. Use our complimentary hemming if you want to ditch the cuffing altogether in favor of pants that fit every time you put them on.
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