The Lost Art of Gentlemanly Etiquette Part 3: A Gentleman’s guide to Dress

A Gentleman’s guide to Dress:

“A well-dressed man does not require so much an extensive as a varied wardrobe. He wants a different outfit for every season and every occasion; but if what he selects is simple rather than striking, he may appear in the same clothes as often as he likes, as long as they are fresh and appropriate to the season and purpose.”

12 tips of dress for a gentleman:

  1. The first rule for the guidance of a man, in matters of dress, should be, “Let the dress suit the occasion.”
  2. He may indulge in light clothes in the street during the warm months of the year.
  3. While you are engaged in dressing, give your whole attention to it. See that every detail is perfect, and that each article is neatly arranged.
  4. Never wear too much jewelry or any article conspicuous on account of its monetary value. Simplicity should always preside over the gentleman’s wardrobe.
  5. Follow fashion as far as is necessary, but avoid the extreme of the prevailing mode. Don’t overdo it.
  6. Let your figure and personal style have some weight in deciding how far you are to follow fashion.
  7. Extreme propriety should be observed in dress. Be careful to dress according to your means. Too great saving is meanness, too great expense is extravagance.
  8. Simplicity is the only distinction which a man of taste should aspire to in the matter of dress.
  9. The man of good taste will wear as little jewelry as possible.
  10. A man must not be made by his tailor, but should make him, educate him, to give him his own good taste.
  11. To be well dressed is to be dressed precisely as the occasion, place, or weather, your means require.
  12. Good dressing is to wear as little jewelry as possible, to be scrupulously neat, clean, and fresh, and to carry your clothes as if you did not give them a thought.


“A man whose dress is neat, clean, simple, and appropriate, will pass muster anywhere.”


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