I was going through documents and pictures and whatnot and happened across this little diagram I had found a few years ago. I wish I could give proper credit, but I’m not sure who the original creator of this chart is.
How it works:
It’s pretty basic. Look at the pants at the top and then go straight down and this chart attempts to tell you what goes with them. Most of these seem obvious, but others are often overlooked. For example, for those just getting started, you may not be fully aware of the difference between a “Dress Shirt” and an “Open Collar Button Down”. FYI: OCBD = Open Collar Button Down. As a side note: since I did a quick search and the information doesn’t seem readily available, I’ll tell you here that an Open Collar Button Down shirt is one where the collar points can button to the shirt (and should) but the top button is not to be buttoned. Most men agree that if the fit is right on the shirt and weather permitting you may unbutton the second button too. This is very casual, but I have personally seen men button one all the way up and wear a tie with it…. please don’t.
I also wish there were more shoe options on the list, but if you notice you can readily see what two shoes you should look to invest a few dollars in. Definitely get a pair of high quality loafers and brown brogues. Allen Edmonds makes both of these in many styles. I like the McAllisters and the Waldens.
- Allen Edmonds Mcallister Wingtip Oxford Mens Dress Shoes 6225 Merlot Burnished Calf 7.5E US
- Allen Edmonds Men’s Walden Loafer,Black,11 E
There’s another thing on the chart I’d like to clarify. It calls out the difference between a Sport Coat and a Blazer. Generally, blazers have metal buttons with a little design or crest on them. However, blazers are now being made that have horn or synthetic buttons. I wouldn’t worry too much about the difference between the two. Anyways, I have another very interesting chart somewhere that I’ll share with you soon. It’s an interesting look at matching pants with sport coats and blazers.