Hey guys, Dan Thomas from Image Doctor and Improvemant.com and watch the video above or read the article below to learn another common MEN’S STYLE MISTAKE TO AVOID.
If you missed my previous videos of the most common men’s style mistakes to avoid, I’ve listed and linked to each in the description field down below for you and today’s common men’s style mistake to avoid is not matching the colour and finish of your dress shoes with the colour and finish of your dress belt.
I’m amazed at how often I see this cardinal men’s style sin committed as it’s very damaging to a man’s image and his reputation as a gentleman who understands the finer details of dressing sharp.
There are two very simple, yet very important guidelines to ensure you aren’t guilty of this common men’s style mistake.
Guideline number one is that your shoes MUST be the same colour. There is no grey area with this rule, if your shoes are say mid brown it’s still not acceptable to wear a belt that is dark brown just because they are in the same colour family.
And it is men’s style suicide if you were to wear a black dress belt with brown dress shoes. This is simply wrong and you may as well just not do your hair, wear odd socks, a Hawaiian shirt, a fanny pack around your waist and underwear with holes in them.
Because if you are not going to match the colour of your dress belt with the colour of your shoes then you may as well go big or go home and really take your bad style and go all out with it because you will have already ruined all first impressions made with your mismatched dress belt and dress shoes.
So as just one colour example, if your belt is dark brown then your shoes have to be dark brown and not brown, light brown or tan, only dark brown.
In order to make sure you have a matching belt for each pair of dress shoes you own there are 2 specific actions you can take.
Once you’ve decided on a pair of shoes to buy, action number one is to ask the sales attendant in the same store if they have a belt that is an exact match for those shoes and stores that are selling just shoes only will often carry matching belts for their range of shoes or at least the more popular best sellers.
If the store you purchase your new shoes doesn’t have a matching belt then action number two is to take your new shoes to a large department store as they always have the largest range of colours, sizes and styles to choose from.
The way to find an exact match or near exact match is to take one of your new dress shoes out of the box and walking along the rows of belts and hold the shoes right up against the closely matching belts ensuring that you are under good light until you find the closest match possible.
And guideline number two is to also match the finish of your dress belt with the finish of your dress shoes. By finish I’m referring to how shiny or non shiny the material of both the dress belt and dress shoes are.
The two most common dress shoe and dress belt finishes are shiny and matte finishes which you can see in the images below.
So if your shoes have a high or mid shine and look glossy then your belt should also have the same finish so that your all elements of your outfit are consistent and you are demonstrating the more refined elements of men’s style awareness.
And similarly if your shoes have no shine and are a matte finish then so too should your belt be the same matte finish.
So be sure to remember this incredibly important men’s style guideline each and every time you are wearing any outfit in which your dress belt and dress shoes are both visible as getting this wrong will not only kill your style but also your chances of professional and social successes in the corporate, sales, business and dating worlds.
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