Jones for Men F.A.Q.
A question and answer session with Todd Jones...
Q : If I am wearing a blue suit … what color shoes are appropriate to wear with them in a business setting?
T.J. : Actually, you can wear just about any color shoes, so long as the accessories match. i.e black belt, black shoes, black brief case, etc. Brown goes equally as well with navy, and cordovan fits with just about any color suit.
Q: What color suits are “ official ” business colors?
T.J. : According to “Dress for Success”, business suits should be either Navy Blue (pin stripe is an acceptable variation), Charcoal Grey (and pin stripe), black (and pin stripe).
Q.: What color shirts are acceptable in a business dress situation.
T.J. : White is the color for serious business dress. Make sure it is well pressed (preferably starched) and has a standard collar.
Q.: Give us examples of appropriate styles of shirts and their uses?
T.J. : A Poplin, Standard Collar, French Cuff shirt is the shirt of choice for the “best dressed”. Next would be the high quality cotton dress shirt, again standard collar/standard cuff. If you want to give a suit a bit of a casual flair, wear a button down collar and a sassy tie. NEVER wear short sleeves with a suit. NEVER.
Q.: Can you explain the various types of dress, especially the types that are routinely on invitations to functions …like Formal, Black Tie Optional, Business, Business Casual, etc.
T.J. : This is my favorite FAQ. Formal is simple…Tuxedo. If you wear one more than three times a year…invest in one. You will save money and you will find that you will wear it more often. Black Tie Optional…means “please wear a tuxedo because we are trying to make our event formal” but a business suit is acceptable. Business…is a traditional business suit with a white shirt. Business Casual…is a suit with a mock turtle neck (in season), an open collar dress shirt, a button down shirt and a sassy tie. Casual…is dress slacks and a sport jacket with a polo shirt, open collar dress shirt, silk/dress/crew shirt, etc.