No need to be embarrassed if you are unsure about what garments you should be hanging up or folding. You would be surprised how many men neglect the basics. Here’s a quick run through of what you need to know and whether your clothes belong on a rack or in a drawer.
It is probably a good idea to invest in some decent hangers for your suits. Ones made from solid wood with a strong bar across the middle will work best. Make sure you avoid hanging your suit pants on any hanger with clips.
There is no hard and fast rule as to whether hanging or folding your shirts is the best option. There are men who swear by hanging, and others who prefer to fold. This one has more to do with preference and the space you have available.
A creased, shabby looking tie can completely ruin an otherwise slick outfit. Ties should most certainly be hung on a tie rack to keep them firm, crisp and wrinkle free.
A good rule of thumb for your pants is to drape them over your hanger about a third of the way up the leg. This will keep the crease looking defined and avoid unnecessary wrinkles.
T Shirts and Polo’s
Neatly folded T Shirts and Polo’s will allow them to keep their style and shape for longer. They can reside happily in a drawer instead of on a hanger.
Jumpers and Sweaters
It is important to gently fold your jumpers and sweaters, especially those made with wool. Hanging such items will guarantee a loss of shape. Better to place them in a drawer or on a shelf.
We certainly aren’t going to suggest they need to be ironed and dealt with so gently, but underwear such as pyjamas, socks and boxers belong in a drawer and not on a hanger.
Many men find dressing for the cooler months a bit of a challenge. Gone are the hot summer days where throwing on a cool t shirt and a pair of shorts will suffice, winter dressing takes considerably more thought.
Here’s what we think are some keys to Men’s winter fashion in 2012.
Layering isn’t about reaching blindly into your wardrobe and putting on shirt after shirt, jumper after jumper. There is an art to layering. Simplicity, colour tone and fabric are keys. For the professional, a plain white undershirt, followed up with a long sleeve dress shirt is a good start. A nice tie or scarf would be next, then a tasteful wool knit topped off with a wind shielding overcoat or jacket.
JUMPERS, JERSEY’S AND KNITS:
Winter is a great opportunity to find your own personal style when it comes to jumpers, jersey’s and knitwear. You simply cannot beat wool for that soft winter warmth. A V-neck knit works great over a business shirt, while it is hard to go past the distinguished look of a 100% Woolen Vest.
For the casual weekender, a wool Jersey will keep you safe from the harsh winds, while a Sloppy Joe is just the ticket for watching the Sunday afternoon footy game from the stands.
JACKETS AND COATS
There is no better way to keep you warm and toasty this winter than a reliable jacket and coat. A well made, versatile jacket is an essential item for any cold weather wardrobe, while a stylish overcoat worn over a suit provides the ultimate in mens winter fashion. The below knee length is not only a refined look, but will assist in keeping your legs warm.
When it comes to accessories, a scarf is not only a perfect windbreaker for your neck, but can add a dash of colour and style to an outfit. A good winter scarf should coordinate with your shirt and tie and often looks best when tucked under an overcoat.