With cap in hand and trousers tucked firmly into pearly white  socks, we arrived at the gates of classic men’s tailor W.W. Chan seeking the err in our fashion ways. Here is their advice.

  Never do up the bottom button on a suit jacket    

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If your fashion sense treads gingerely in the wake of Shanghai’s metro staff, who do up all three buttons, then heed these words. During informal occasions you may leave the jacket open, in formal occasions, if you are wearing a three-button suit, button the top two buttons or the middle button. If it is a two-button suit, do up the top bottom. The reason? The bottom button was designed never to be done up and there should always be a parting at the bottom of the jacket. 

Keep your trousers at the natural waist level 

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 A strong relationship with the local watering hole may have rendered your waistline somewhat unsustainable but be wary of wearing your trousers too high. The moment your belt wanders into the stratospheric heights of Simon Cowell’s waistline, help is required. Find the smallest part of your waist where the trousers cannot drop any further, this is the natural waist. Wear your trousers here unless you have a strong affiliation to rap music. If such is the case, have the waste cut wider and the crotch of the trousers correctly fittted, creating low waist trousers.
   

 Never wear a jacket with too long sleeves     

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Leaving any pocket rulers aside, try to show at least 10cm of shirt cuff. Some may want to be slightly ranchier and show off more of their shirt cuff. If this is you, purchase a longer sleeved shirt with a wider cuff. But be wary of going too far, the full cuff of the shirt should not stick out of the sleeve when the wearer raises his arm. Such risks swing both ways, those who wear their jacket sleeves too long risk the sleeves rubbing against their skin. 

 Avoid brass buttons on a suit     
    

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 Yes, they can be shined and carry some novelty appeal but wear brass buttons only on a blazer. Blazers worn nowadays are derived from club jackets and British navy jackets, the brass buttons reflect the jacket’s historical background. With this in mind, unless you want to look like the captain of a cruise liner, keep the tradition.     
 
Thou shalt never wear a brown belt and black shoes.     
 

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Avoid this fashion faux-pas like the seven plagues of Egypt, for it will strike down your trousers leaving them with a dull colour clash. Match the colour of the belt and shoes to preserve style. Also, keep the belt’s designer logo subtle. No one wants to draw too much attention to that particular area, at least not in board meetings.
 

Full break or no break, you must choose     

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 Two paths lie before you when choosing the length of the trousers. By wearing slightly longer trousers, the bottom of the trousers will brush the shoe’s heel and it will crease at the front, creating a full break. A style preferred by continental wearers, but also one which can look messy if the trousers are too long. On the other hand, shorter trousers have no break and present a youthful look, making the wearer’s legs appear longer.     
 
Observe the formula of the stripes 

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Take into account the wideness of the stripes when picking striped garments. If you wear a narrow striped jacket, a narrow striped shirt and a narrow striped tie together, then your outfit risks looking too busy. To become a friend of the stripe, you must follow the sacred formula; a wide striped jacket, a narrow striped shirt and a wide striped tie.

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