Fashion FAQs

Whether it was through comments, e-mail, or in person, I have been asked a few questions regarding some more fashion rules style tips. I think these questions are good for everyone to know the answers to so let’s dissect them now.

“Do I leave the bottom button of an overcoat unbuttoned?”

The answer is no. Only blazers and suit coats need to have the bottom button left undone. The reason is to make the outfit look less uptight and more relaxed. As far as items like trench coats or peacoats goes, keep them buttoned all the way. You may undo the last one if you like, but it is not necessary.

“What color shoes do I wear with a light grey suit?

With a grey suit, almost any shoes will be appropriate. Black, oxblood, and a medium to dark brown will look the best. A simple rule that needs to be followed is your shoes should always be darker than your suit, so be sure to choose a shade of brown (if you do decide to go with that color) darker than your suit’s shade of grey. If it is your first pair of nice shoes, go with black. It is a timeless color that will complement almost any suit color.

“What is the proper way to roll your sleeves?”

While there are many different ways to roll sleeves, different types will give you different styles. The most common and most comfortable way is to just take the cuff of the sleeve and fold that continuously up the arm until you have reached a desired length. While this is the most common, it looks the worst because it’s the sloppiest of the rolls.

For the smaller build, it is recommended to take the cuff, fold it in half, and then roll it up the arm. The smaller-sized cuffs will be more appealing and the extra rolls will give a better fit.

For everyone else, stick with “The Master Sleeve Roll”, as told by In this roll, fold the cuff of the shirt up and bring it to where you want the end of the roll to end up. Then, take the part of the fold that is closest to your hand and begin to roll it to your cuff. This is the best way to fold shirts because it allows you to pick any particular length and width of the roll as well as giving you the best fit around your arms. Here is how to do the fold, brought to you by

“How do I properly tuck in a shirt?”

This is a fairly simple but great question because as easy as it sounds, many people do not know. When getting dressed in the morning, make sure your shirt and socks are the first things you put on. Your pants go last. This is so your socks stay fully spread up your ankles and so your shirt can hang as you put on the pants. When pulling the pants up your legs, make sure the zipper and button(s) are undone. Shove the front and back ends of the shirt down the pants as far as they can go, then take any excess material around the sides of the shirt and fold them toward your rear end in order to create a crisp fold with a formed fit. Adjust the buttons of the shirt so they line up with the zipper of your pants and then you’ll be good to go.



The Most Basic Fashion Rules That Everyone Should Know

Fashion can be a very complicated art. Designers are constantly coming out with different trends that change with the seasons. While there are some styles that come in and out, there are rules in place to keep these styles in check and will never leave us. These basic rules should be understood by everyone to harness these different styles so we can look our best. Let’s dissect them now.

Match Leathers: If you didn’t know to match your shoes with your belt, I am very glad you found this article. While many rules can be broken if done correctly, this one should never be altered with. Black belt? Black shoes. Brown belt? Brown shoes. Easy as that. Don’t worry if your browns are a little off, just don’t be wearing tan shoes with a dark brown belt.

Give Ties Proper Length: Ties should always be ending with the tip of the tie just touching your belt, no exceptions. Take the extra care and time to fix your tie and ensure the length is where it needs to be. The additional tries will definitely be worth the perfectly tied tie.

Do Not Match Pocket Squares and Ties: That’s right. A pocket square is meant to compliment your tie, not match it. Find something with a similar color scheme as your tie but never actually wear a pocket square that has the same material and pattern as your tie. If your tie has small black and red checkers, do not have a pocket square with small black and red checkers. The only exception is when you are dressed formally in a monochrome tie or bow tie, a plain silk pocket square of that color may be sported with it.

Wear Ties Darker than Your Shirt: This one is simple. If you have a dark blue shirt, do not wear a yellow pastel tie with it. The darker and bolder colors take the emphasis of the outfit and the tie should be the focal point. If you wear a shirt that is darker than your tie, you defeat the whole purpose of wearing a tie in the first place.

Unbutton Your Bottom Button: Unless you are of military personnel (thank you for your service), unbutton the bottom button of a suit coat or blazer. This rule has been around for centuries, so don’t think you can make it work by buttoning all of them. If you do, it makes you look tense and uptight. With a three-buttoned jacket, the top one may be undone as well, just make sure that middle one stays together.

Know the Different Dressing Lingo: If you don’t know what business casual or semi-formal means, you are not the only one. Check out The Cheater’s Guide to What Business Formal (and Other Dress Codes) Means where we dissect each of the different terms and tell you exactly how to dress for that occasion.

No Navy and Black: The only time you should wear these two colors together is when you have are wearing a navy suit. Black shoes should then be worn. Other than that, these colors are too similar and offer too little of contrast to be worn together.

No Khaki and Khaki: Just don’t do it. You’ll look like a camel.

Two Patterns per Outfit: When wearing a shirt and tie, the shirt can be vertically striped and the tie can be checkered; however, no more patterns after that or it will be overkill. And if you’re wearing a statement pattern like floral or camo, then no more patterns after that one. You will come across as if you’re begging for attention and believe me when I say you’ll get it. But it will more be people talking about how ridiculous you look, and no one wants that. One or two patterns is all you need to differentiate yourself and keep you looking good.

Own What You Wear: No matter what you are wearing, own it. Be confident in the clothes you put on your body because that confidence will make you look all that much better.

Bootcut? Relaxed Fit? Slim-Straight? Here’s Exactly What They All Mean

The worst part about shopping for jeans is knowing what the heck you’re supposed to buy. It seems like there are a million different cuts and styles to choose from but what do they all mean? Well, we here at Pared People are ready to break it down for you so that you know exactly what to look for when you’re out on the field finding clothes. If you don’t have time to read each individual description, check out The Jean Chart at the bottom for a quick summary of each style.

Bootcut: This style of denim became popular in the 1800s when cowboys needed jeans to wear that would be tight enough for the cowboys to ride horses but wide enough in the calf so that their boots would fit underneath. To this day, bootcut jeans still have that same fit. They are regular fit around the waist and thigh but widen at the calf to fit any boot inside.

Slim: Slim-fit jeans are recommended for all of the thin people out there. The denim is cut extra-thin in the thighs and calves to ensure a more form-fitted pair of jeans. These are currently the trendy style of jeans that look best when rolled up or folded in the calf.

Tapered: While very similar to slim-fit, tapered jeans stay regular fit up through the thigh and become slim fit in the calves. This gives them the “tapering” that the name describes. Like slim-fit, they provide a trendy look but for those who may not have a thin build.

Straight: This fit is one of the most classic cuts and it never goes out of style. Straight fit can be described as just the normal type jean. It stays regular fit up in the thigh and does not taper or get wider at the calf like the bootcut and tapered fits. It simply keeps its regular fit going all the way down, giving it the “straight” in its name.

Slim-Straight: Because sometimes people with a thinner body type want that classic look too, our designer friends have given them this cut of denim to ensure that they can have it. Slim-straight works by slimming down the thigh region of the jeans and keeping the calf straight going down. No tapering. No widening. Classic.

Relaxed: Recommended for people with wider legs, the relaxed fit will open up around the thighs, providing extra room from the waist to the knee. The calf of the relaxed fit jeans can either widen towards the bottom or stay straight coming down depending on the brand of jeans. These jeans are perfect for both comfort and play.

Skinny: Basically, the skinny cut is just an exaggerated slim fit. They are extra thin around both the thighs and calves to show off the lower figure of the person wearing them. Everyone can point out a pair of skinny jeans when they see them, so there is no need to go into further explanation. (Not shown on chart)

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And there you have it. Now you’re all experts and know the difference between all of the different cuts and styles. Thanks for reading everyone, and be sure to like, comment, or share if you like it.

What Clothes Look Best on Your Body Type

Everyone is different. We all come in such weird shapes and sizes, making there no such thing as a “normal” looking body. And because we all don’t look the same, different clothing items will not all fit us all the same. There are certain selections of clothes that look better on one body type than another, making it essential that you understand who you are before you analyze your closet in the morning. So what are the body types? There are three different categories that your body can fall into: ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph. Before we get into what clothes look good on each, let’s learn a bit about what each type means. Here’s a chart from that shares some qualities for each class. If you’re wondering which one you are, you can take their test here and find out.

Now that we’ve got that settled, let’s begin to look at what clothes look good to wear for each type.


Ectomorph: Look for anything with the words “slim”, “fitted”, or “tailored”. You want shirts to just graze the body. Unlike popular belief, dressing in bigger and wider clothes will only make you look thinner, so be sure to find a proper fit. Find shirts with a semi-spread or spread collar to give the appearance of a wider body with emphasis on the shoulders.

Mesomorph: Because of your natural “V” shape (wide at the shoulders and thin at the waist), try to find shirts that share this fit. Look for “regular” or “classic” labels on shirts when you are shopping and be on the lookout for one that gets thinner as it goes down. Semi-spread collars will be the best for this body type because there is no need to widen the shoulders more with a spread collar.

Endomorph: Opposite of the mesomorphs, you’re going to want to try to find shirts that get wider as they go down; however, you want to make sure the shoulders fit well (if you need help, see How a Shirt Should Fit You) and the shirt is not too big. Always tuck in shirts when they can be, as this will give a slimmer appearance. Collars should be standard or narrow.


Ectomorph: Proper fit is crucial with this group. You want to always wear slim, straight, or slim-straight. If you try to wear relaxed fit or bootcut, it will look like you’re a little kid trying to wear Dad’s jeans. If you try to wear skinny, it will make you look a lot thinner than you actually are.

Mesomorph: Straight leg pants will be your best friend. They will perfectly balance out the “V” shape up top and make any outfit look more put together.

Endomorph: Wear relaxed fit or boot-cut. Relaxed fit will have a wider waist and thighs whereas bootcut will give more room around the calves. Depending on the shape of your legs, experiment with which gives you the best fit and stick to that.


Ectomorph: Your body type is at a bit of an advantage here because trendy patterns and bold fabrics will look best on you. For example, a sweater with deep grooves should be chosen over a simple crew neck sweater. Patterns that are bigger and more rich will add weight to its piece, making your body look more “full”.

Mesomorph: As far as stripes, dots, plaid, and other patterns go, find something in the sizes of small to medium. Too big of patterns might add too much weight to your torso, so wear clothes that are less bold.

Endomorph: Stay with the classics and choose to wear clothes that are monochromatic or have subtle patterns. The impact of bolder designs or color patterns will give you extra weight. Also, stay away from vertical stripes. They do not actually make you look thinner. They do the opposite actually because when people follow the stripes down from head to toe, the stripes are seen to move in an angle outward, heavily exaggerating your body shape.

And that’s all for today. If you have any individual questions of what to wear or need clarification, feel free to comment below. We would love to help you out. No one should ever go out looking like this:

Top 9 Clothing Items to Gear Up for Winter- Men and Women

It’s that time of year again: the brutal transition between fall and winter. It’s that time we can never fully be prepared for nor are ready for. Be that as it may, we all need to start gearing up for yet another winter ahead. Being from the midwest United States, I have already experienced some snow, sleet, and freezing temperatures, making me sure that this article was not released too early. Anyway, let’s kick things off and begin the list.

Roll Neck/Turtleneck Sweater: One of the fashion trends we saw for this fall and winter was to wear sweaters that cover up the neck. We suggest wearing some roll necks or turtlenecks to make you look fashionable and keep you warm. There have been a countless number of styles to choose from, so all you have to do is a little bit of shopping to find the one that’s right for you.

Knit Infinity Scarf: Yes, this does apply to guys too. Over the past few seasons, statement scarves have been “in”. This means wearing a big and bold scarf to act as the centerpiece of your outfit. Infinity scarves are just the way to do it. They are scarves that have their two ends connected, making them look never-ending (that’s where the infinity comes from if you didn’t catch it). They normally come in a heavier material that fits snug around your neck, making the thickness and the tightness of infinity scarves perfect for the cold weather.

Overcoat: We’ve all seen it: that person walking down the streets wearing a beautiful suit only to be ruined by their bright red ski jacket. Keep the look clean with a complimentary overcoat. Not only will you protect your suit (or other fine garments) from the harsh winter, but you will also add a whole new level of professionalism to the outfit. For women, we want to suggest the trench coat. It is a timeless clothing item that will forever look good.

Dark Jeans: Send the light-wash jeans south for the winter, because the foundation of a good casual outfit in this season is the dark jeans. Most people already have a pair of these in the closet, so no purchasing will be necessary. Also, look into sporting some other dark colors like black, gray, or tan. It will switch up your style from the typical blue and allow for some different color combinations.

Water-Proof Hiking/Combat Boots: Speaking of dark jeans, save their bottoms by investing in a water-proof pair of boots. Your feet will be kept warm and you won’t be slipping on every bit of ice on the ground. Both hiking and combat boots are great stylish choices, but make sure that they are water-proof. The last thing you want is water and snow getting to your feet and bringing winter to the inside of the shoe.

Knit Hat: Your ears are one of the most miserable places on your body to be freezing cold. Ear-muffs are okay but most of them look goofy and can’t provide for that all-around warmth like the beanie can. There are two good options for winter hats: the thick knit hat for a more classic and professional look, or the extra-long beanie for a hip and trendy style. Both will get the job done and are an easy investment for the season.

Thick Wool Socks: Here at Pared, we are all about the socks. In early fall, we were preaching for people to wear bold socks. And now that it’s winter, we are still preaching for people to wear bold socks. Nothing adds emphasis and a burst of style to an outfit more than a pair of fun-patterned socks. The only difference between fall and winter is it would be more beneficial to make them a lot thicker this season. Thick wool socks can make all the difference in keeping you warm.

Quilted Jacket: If there was one fashion trend to get into this season it would be the quilted jacket. It’s the perfect casual outerwear that could be worn any time you are not wearing your overcoat. Navy or black would be good colors to look for, but feel free to look at other colors as well.

Patterned Pants: Winter is the perfect season to be wearing different patterns and prints on your pants. The ladies have been wearing printed leggings for quite a bit of time now, so if you haven’t purchased a few pairs, now is the time to do so. Abstract prints would probably be the best for this season. Men, corduroys should be in all of your closets. It’s a warmer pair of pants that adds a little something extra. To stay hip and trendy, a soft camouflage print would do you some justice this season. We’re predicting the style won’t be out soon, so you would get a good amount of use out of them.

Well, there you have it guys. Thanks for reading and make sure to like, comment, and share if you enjoyed it. To subscribe to Pared, enter your email in the top right to get the latest advice and trends as soon as they’re written.

Fashion Trends That Never Will/Should Come Back. Ever.

Clothes can be a wonderful thing. They let us express who we are through the material we wear on our bodies. As time passes, so do the styles of their clothes. We have taken a look at some of the best options for your personal wardrobe, but now we’re going to shake things up a bit. We would like to discuss some of the worst fashion trends in history. Some of these fads have only lasted a few years, while others have lasted centuries. Let’s begin.

Parachute Pants: In the beginning of the ’80s these pants rose with popularity when breakdancing started to hit the streets. All teenagers needed back then was a piece of cardboard to dance on, a boombox to bump Rockit by Herbie Hancock, and that stylish pair of parachute pants. Well, this fad didn’t even last to the mid-80’s and we’re grateful it came and went that quickly.

Extremely Ripped Jeans: This is a trend I was actually old enough to see first hand, and fortunately was never involved. This fashion statement started in the ’90s grunge era and kept pushing its limits well into the 2000’s. It started with smaller rips and ended up looking like more skin was showing than denim. Why people bought beat up and ripped jeans, we’ll never know. We can just only hope we never see it to this extent again.

Bell-Bottoms: It is crazy to think that people actually wore these for a span of about twenty years. Bell-bottoms are the fashion trend your parents are probably most embarrassed about wearing. They started out in the ’60s, looking like ordinary pants from the waist to the knee. Then, the material explodes outward, ending in a bell-shaped catastrophe we refer to as bell-bottoms. The hippies claimed these pants as their own in the late ’60s, and the pants somehow lasted in the ’70s. This may be one of the worst fashion trends of all time as no designers want to try to resurrect this awful piece.

Kipper Tie: As seen in Why We Wear Ties, these are a less popular but equally disastrous style that came from the ’60s. A decade earlier, it was a common trend to not wear ties. The ’60s took that to the other extreme, creating ties that were as wide as six inches! Obviously it didn’t stay long because ties have kept getting thinner and thinner throughout the years. Hopefully it’s a good sign that these ties will never come back.

Powdered Wigs: Taking a look now at our longest trend, the powdered wig, or peruke, lasted two centuries. These are the headpieces that are so commonly seen by our earlier world leaders. It actually started because of the same disease we learned about in sex education: syphilis. In the late 1500’s, this STD became the worst sickness since the Plague, causing sores, rashes, blindness, and yes, hair loss. To compensate (or over-compensate) for their baldness, people started wearing these big wigs with a scented powder to cover up any odor the syphilis was leaving behind. They left the fashion industry when the Brits were taxed in 1795 on hair powder. After two centuries of having no wigs, let’s hope we don’t transition back into another two centuries with them.

Crocs: Yes, I said it. Crocs were a primarily American footwear trend that happened in the 2000’s; so, for my international readers, you are lucky if you have never seen them. Now Crocs makes a variety of shoes now that actually look wearable, but these hole-covered, sandal-like shoes got them where they are today. The shoes felt like they were made out of the same material as the candy peanuts that you can get from the local grocery store. We laugh now at these ridiculous, colorful pieces of footwear, but the same trend is coming into existence with another sandal: Chacos.

Thanks for reading, everyone! Please like, comment, and share. Everyone needs to understand the history of bad fashion trends in order for us not to let that history repeat itself.

The Cheater’s Guide to What Business Formal (and Other Dress Codes) Means

We’ve all been there. You’re scanning over the invitation to “that thing” (wedding, business dinner, business meeting, club meeting, sports banquet, school dance, etc.) and you see the dress code line, which should read something like this:

“This is a Black Tie Event.” or perhaps, “Please wear business casual attire.”

Now if you’re anything like me, you jump on Google, type “Men’s business casual outfit” in the search bar, click images because no one uses, and try your best to match whatever outfit the first one or two pictures show with something in your own wardrobe. Even though that gets the job done, it’s nice to have a working knowledge of Dress Code Terminology so that you can be prepared for any sort of event, especially because we know that our viewers are the kind of people that get invited to things. Here are some of the most commonly used Dress Code Terms and what they mean.

Black Tie Event

Men: Fellas are going to want to wear a black tuxedo with matching pants, pleated or piqué (fabric with an outer ribbing) white shirt, and a black bow tie. Cuff links are to always be worn along with shirt studs to cover up those buttons. Replace your leather belt with a pair of black suspenders and either wear a cummerbund (ribbon-like waistband that goes around the stomach and lower back) that matches your tie or just stick with a black vest. Don’t get too fancy with the footwear. Black shoes and black socks will get the job done every time.

Women: Ladies have three options. Wear an elegant evening gown, a fancy cocktail dress, or your best “little black dress” Make sure to break out those prized heels that every woman saves for an event like this and you will be all set for the event. You can’t go wrong, you’ll look stunning.

Black Tie Optional

Men: You guys have a little more leeway to dress formally than you would with a strict Black Tie Event. Like the name says, you may choose to dress in a tuxedo, or you may also wear a dark suit with a white shirt and conservative tie. Be sure to complete either outfit with leather shoes and dark socks.

Women: Sorry, ladies. There’s nothing much more that you can do here, partly because you had so many options for a normal Black Tie Event. What you can do is start experimenting with accessories. Make sure to have fun with them, but don’t overload.


Men: Now you guys can lose the tuxedo and just wear a plain dark suit. The vest here is optional, but you are required to wear a dress shirt and tie. Ties can start having more elaborate patterns and designs, but don’t make them too bold. It is still considered a formal event (well, semiformal). Like the past two events, leather shoes and dark socks should still be worn.

Women: Now is the time to lose the evening gowns and replace them with a nice cocktail dress, long skirt and top, or any “little black dress”. Play around with accessories and dressy separates, just keep whatever you wear within reason…

Business Formal/Professional

Men: Men, same as Semiformal but make the tie pretty conservative. This is a business event after all.

Women: Because you have pretty much had to wear the same things for the fancier events, we’ll give you more options here. You can finally wear a suit if you wish, or pull together a dress with a jacket. Are your feet still hurting from the fancier events? Well now is when you can give them a rest and slip on shorter heels or a nice pair of flats.

Business Casual

Men: There are two styles to go after here: a blazer and slacks or a sport coat and khakis. Both should be worn with a dress shirt or a casual button-down. A tie is not required but if you have a burning passion to wear one, go for it. If you’d like, you can replace your dressier shoes with a pair of loafers.

Women: On top, wear an open-collar shirt, sweater, or one of your better-looking knit shirts. On bottom, wear a skirt, khakis, or slacks. If all else fails, you can never go wrong with a dress either.


Men: Just like it sounds, dress casually, but don’t look like a bum. A plain t-shirt, sweater, turtleneck, button-down, or a polo will all look good. Khakis or a pair of dark jeans can be worn on bottom as long as there are no holes or rips. Any pair of shoes will be okay here, whether it be sneakers, loafers, or sandals.

Women: Sundress, skirt (long or short), sweater, polo, khakis, jeans, blouse, shorts. The options are endless. You can pretty much get away with anything in this event as long as the outfit isn’t a graphic t-shirt and sweatpants.

Thank you for reading and hopefully next time you get invited to a Black Tie Optional Event, you’ll know exactly what to wear…or go to the store the day before and buy. Subscribe or Share if you liked it and have a great and safe Halloween weekend!!! And if you’re thinking, “they should’ve written a Halloween Article for Halloween,” here it is:


Do whatever the heck you want. But remember the most important rule of fashion (and this include Halloween costumes): You have to OWN it. Don’t walk out of that house and think, “Am I a sexy enough mouse?” or, “The zombie bride didn’t work out to0 well for Cady Heron in Mean Girls, but do you think I could pull it off?” or, “Does it look cocky that I’m wearing no sleeves when its 41 degrees outside to show off my subpar muscle tone?” OF COURSE IT’S COCKY! Especially considering you did six sets of curls and four sets of dips before going out that night. BUT OWN IT! And sweetheart, you go out and be the sexiest mouse or scariest zombie bride the world has ever known. Own it. Have fun and be safe!

The (Not So) Secret Tips to Dressing for an Interview

Ladies and Gentlemen… interview season is upon us. For some of our younger followers, you might be interviewing for a part-time job or you may have college acceptance interviews to attend. For those that are currently in college, internships are crucial to getting experience in the workplace. To get an internship, you need to go through interviews. And then there are the seniors in college or recent grads who are applying and interviewing like crazy to score that first or second job out of college. Let’s rock.

Research: Before you choose what to wear, do a little research on the company that you are interviewing for (this should always be done before any interview for a multitude of reasons, not just appropriate clothing). Judge how you want to dress based on the company that you have applied for. Contact people you know that work for the company or even give human resources a call. This can give you better information on the company dress code and how they typically present themselves. A good rule for interviewing is find out their dress “level” (casual, business casual, business professional, etc.) and go up one level. If you know they typically wear jeans and a button-up on the job, try slacks and a tie. I’ll let you use your imagination for the other one-ups.

Suits: Men, try your best to stick with a navy blue or dark grey suit. The business world typically follows a more conservative dress code so if you walk in there with a trendy, double-breasted, light yellow suit, the employer will most likely think that you’re not taking the interview seriously. However, you want to stay away from black suits because those should be reserved for weddings and funerals. Ladies, you have a few more options than the fellas. You are allowed to wear black, as this is seen as professional but not too dressed up where it normally would be for men. The key is to be conservative. You don’t want the attention to be on your clothes. You want the interviewer to focus on the words you say and the personality that you display.

Shoes: Even if you have the most expensive and well-tailored suit going into an interview, if the shoes don’t match the look, it kills the whole vibe of the outfit. As seen in our past article, Top 9 Timeless Clothing Items – Men and Women, men should stick with brown or black leather shoes. Women can again have a little more fun with this. Wear a nicer pair of pumps or flats that have a little bit of personality, but still look professional. If you do wear flats, make sure that they are bold and powerful, not shoes that you would go out wearing with your gal pals. Keep in mind, boys and girls, that you want them to also be comfortable. You may do some walking and the last thing you want to be thinking about is how bad your feet hurt.

Tailored-Fit: Consider getting your outfit tailored before your interview. It’s a fact that approximately fifty-five percent of what the interviewer (or people in general) notice about you is your appearance, so you want to be looking your best. In addition, better fit clothes will also make you more confident because you will feel better in what you are wearing. This confidence will help you answer questions and feel more comfortable during the whole process.

No Fragrances: Before you leave the house, make sure you did not spray yourself with that perfume or cologne bottle. Just because you think that it smells good does not mean that the interviewer will. Even worse than the employer thinking the fragrance smells bad, you never know what kind of allergies that they have. Could you imagine the impression you’d leave on the receptionist if you had to burst out of the room asking her to call 911 because you killed the HR person due to a cologne or perfume allergy? If I was a betting man, I’d say your chances of getting that job are slim to none at that point.

Accessories/Jewelry: The key is to keep it simple. Men, limit yourselves to a non-flashy watch and ring maximum. Ladies, do not put in your triples or cartilage piercings. Be sure to not over-due the bracelets and necklaces either. Stick to one for each body part: ear, neck, and wrist.

Shirts: Easy. No bold prints (simple stripes and plaid are okay). No wrinkles. Nothing to revealing. Next.

Colors to Avoid: Everyone knows the “avoid red” rule. There’s a reason this tradition has been passed down from generation to generation (thanks, Grandma and Grandpa). We never wear red because red is a symbol for power. When the interviewer sees red on you, you instantly could be judged as being more threatening and cocky. Save the red for when you get the job. Leave it out for the interview. Other colors to avoid are pastel yellow and pastel purple because they come across as unprofessional.

If you need a few extra tips, the images below can hopefully provide those for you. Thanks for stopping by the blog and remember: if you like it, share and subscribe! Also, stay tuned in the coming weeks for our Twitter page to be fully operational!


10 Things for Under 10 Dollars to Help Boost the Wardrobe

We here at Pared realize that the majority of our audience comes from two key demographics: 16-25 year old males and females make up the majority and the minority is comprised mainly of my mother, grandmother, and great-aunts that think, “it is so neat your sons are making a fashion blog!” The difference between the two demographics is that one has disposable income and the other does not, and I’m sure you can guess which does not. If you’re in high school or college or maybe just out of college, you don’t have a bunch of money to blow on your wardrobe, so we came up with a list of 10 things that all cost less than 10 dollars each to help boost your look. Some are pieces you actually wear, while others keep your clothes, shoes, and accessories looking prestine. Here we go.

Shoe Tree: Shoe Trees are important because they hold the form and fit of your shoe while taking out the creases from everyday wear. The ones that we found for you are rubber shoe trees because they get the job done for less, but consider upgrading to wooden shoe trees. For only around 20 bucks for the pair, the wooden versions absorb the moisture that collects in the shoe and also reduce the odor that your feet may have left behind. However, the rubber ones will get the job done.

Price: $3.99 at Amazon

Vktech Men Plastic Spring Shoe Tree Stretcher Boot Holder Shaper Automatic Support

Hangers: Not only will your closet love you for hanging up your clothes properly, your new set of hangers will also gradually take out any wrinkles or folds that are within the shirt. This will be your savior when you wake up in a hurry and do not have time to iron your clothes.

Price: 15 for $9.72 at Walmart

Magnetic Collar Stays: If you don’t know what a collar stay is, take one of your nice button down shirts and flip the collar up. On the edges of the collar should rest a small, arrow-shaped piece of plastic on each end. This keeps the shirt collar stiff and in good shape. Problem is, sometimes our collars can still stick out too far and make us look like we’re headed for the disco. These magnetic collar stays will keep your collar where it should be. Around your neck. Slip these in place in the collar and get a small magnetic to place on the inside of the shirt in order to make these work properly in your collar. We realize we said collar 10 times. Collar.

Price: $7.99 at Amazon

Socks: While typically overlooked, socks are the perfect way to give your outfit personality. Plain black socks are as fun as they sound. Try investing in a few pairs of bold and colorful socks to amplify what you’re wearing that day. For more information on how to pull off some bold socks, check out How to Look Good in Clothes that you Already Have.

Price: Average $10 at Sock Dreams

Dry Cleaning: Have an important business meeting or are getting introduced to her parents for the first time? Don’t just throw some nice clothes in the washer and hope for the best. Take these important items to the dry cleaners at least once a season (depending on how often you wear them). They will get your clothes properly cleaned and pressed, without the risk of colors becoming faded or stitches coming loose.

Price: $5-10/item at your local cleaners

Downy Wrinkle Releaser: Let’s be real, ironing is a boring and time-consuming necessity that we all should be doing to make our clothes look in the best shape that they can possibly be. Downy has given us a liquid solution that can replace ironing in a pinch. All you have to do is spray some of this liquid onto a hung up piece of clothing, give it a tug where the wrinkles are, and let it sit overnight. You won’t have to iron in the morning and that shirt will still be wrinkle-free.

Price: $7.45 at Amazon

Replacement Shoe Laces: Shoes complete any outfit you have. They enhance the overall look that you want to display to the rest of the public. Don’t let your shoes be seen with torn up laces and broken aglets (the plastic tips on the end of your laces… yes, they have a name). Make sure you replace them when necessary. Also, don’t be afraid to choose laces with a different color to your shoe in order to give some extra pop.

Price: $5-10 at Shoe Laces Express

Shoe Polish: (Same intro as last time) Put a little shoe shine on those fancy pair of kicks to get them looking like new.

Price: $5-10 at Amazon

Pocket Square: A pocket square can act like socks for your upper body. They are the statement piece that adds color and personality to what you’re wearing. The beauty of a pocket square is that it does not have to be for only business occasions, but also any other time you are wearing a blazer. Just make sure that if you are wearing a tie, the pocket square should not be of the same pattern or fabric as the tie. It should compliment the tie, not match it.

Price: $8 at The Tie Bar

Tie Bar: Here is something that is both functional and fashionable. While it keeps your tie in its proper place, it also instantly makes you look more stylish and fashion-forward. They do require some rules that need to be followed in order to wear them correctly. Keep it between the third and fourth buttons of your shirt, clip it to the front of your tie and the placket of your shirt, and never have a tie bar that is wider than your tie.

Price: $6.10 at Amazon


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Why We Wear Ties

Alright Gentlemen, time for a history lesson. Now if you’re like me, you enjoy history about as much as you enjoy the feeling of texting that girl you met a few days ago and having some 25-year-old dude reply, “sorry man, she gave you the wrong number.” Been there. However, it’s always good to be educated on why human beings do what we do, and today we are going to focus on the history of neck ties and why the heck we wear them. Time to get cultured.

Origin of Neckwear: Most researchers believe that the people started wearing neckties during the reign of King Louis XIII. He hired mercenaries during the Thirty Years War and they wore pieces of cloth around their necks to hold the tops of their jackets together. The king liked the look of this functional clothing item and made them mandatory to be worn at every Royal Gathering. He gave this the name “La Cravate” and once the king started wearing it, it spread to the rest of Europe.

1900-1909: The cravat tie that was big in the 17th century went through minimal amounts of change. What evolved was how the tie was tied. The Four-in-Hand knot became the most common knot for these cravats. This is still one of the most popular tie knots today. Other neckwear was introduced during this time like the bow tie and the ascot, as seen in the iconic outfit worn by Fred from Scooby Doo (bottom).

1910-1920s: In this decade, we saw a decline in the formal neckwear, and people searching for something that was more comfortable, more functional, and better fitting. These became the ties we typically think of and wear today. In 1926, Jesse Langsdorf revolutionized the necktie as we knew it. He formulated a new way of making the material that allowed a tie to spring back to its original form after each use. This caused the creation of many new tie knots. These new options became the reason that neckties were the more prominent choice in neckwear, reserving bow ties for more formal events.

1920s-Present: The necktie finally found its basic shape and form and went on through a series of modifications. Ties used to be very wide (as wide as 4.5 inches) and displayed bold patterns and colors (during the Art Deco movement). Men also wore their ties a lot shorter because they wore their trousers at the natural waist, having their tie end around the belly button. All you hipsters and thin people can thank the 1950s for inventing the skinny tie, used to complement the form-fitting clothes of that time period. The 1960s were oppositem, bringing forth ties that were as wide as 6 inches, known as a “Kipper Tie” and we are more than OK with that trend dying (2nd picture). The 1970s introduced the Bolo Tie that is commonly seen in the West (3rd picture), while Paisley and floral prints (4th picture) were big in the 1990s and still are popular today. The 2000s brought back and embraced the skinny tie into one of the most fashionable pieces of neckwear currently in our closets (Last picture).

Kipper Tie…Whatever floats your boat gents.

Bolo Tie. Yeehaw.

There you have it gentlemen, that is why we wear ties. Now put this information to good use by doing the following: Head into a place of social gathering, possibly a cafeteria, dining hall, bar, lounge, etc. Find the most beautiful lady in the room and walk up with that confident, charismatic walk of yours, and introduce yourself, “Hi, I’m (blank) and I’d like to tell you about the history of this piece of cloth hanging around my neck.” I’d be shocked if you didn’t get her number…her real number.

On second thought, she will probably give you some random 25-year-old dude’s number, so tuck this information away into your “knowledge-to-bring-up-on-gameshows” center of your brain (it’s science). Thanks for reading and check out some of our other stuff! Remember, if you like it, share it!