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What is the Best Shoe for Me

Dressiness, styling and comfort are the main factors to consider. For the business world, these factors are boiled down into the selection of either a lace-up or a loafer.

Lace-Ups: In general, lace-ups are dressier than loafers and are best to wear with suits. Lace-ups usually have four to six pairs of eyelets and fall into one of two categories: bluchers or balmorals.

Blucher   Balmoral

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Picking The Right Tie

Understand the effects of the most idiosyncratic part of your wardrobe

Picking The Right TieDo you have trouble picking the right tie for the right situation? Don’t feel bad, most men have the same problem. Making the best choice in colors and patterns says a lot about the personality and professionalism of a person. The right tie could make the difference in your next big business deal or interview, so don’t get caught with a bad choice. Here are some pointers on selecting the proper neckwear for any situation.

  • Woven silk ties look richer than printed silk.
  • The classic rep tie with its even diagonal stripe is always appropriate.
  • Solid ties lack imagination unless worn as a complement to bold stripes or other patterend shirts that need softening.
  • Some patterns and colors are seasonal. Maroons and golds are fall/winter colors, while lighter blues and greens are more spring/summer.
  • Red is a power color in ties. It creates a line pointing to the mouth that shouts “pay attention”. Presidential candidates favor red ties, especially in televised debates. But bright red can also be overbearing, especially for job interviews and sensitive negotiations.
  • Although polka dot ties are considered classic, they’re not as safe as stripe, club, or small neats (little repetitive patterns woven or printed). Small polka dots are OK but large ones have an unfortunate history with gangsters and clowns.
  • In general, ties that combine pale colors look bland and insignificant. So does their wearer. Conversely, too much bright colors can be the equivalent of shouting. Land somewhere in between until you are established in your profession.
  • Bright color is OK, as long as it is tempered with softer shades.
  • Any tie that’s apt to elicit comment beyond “nice tie” is a bad idea for work. This includes those festooned with holiday themes, sport icons, cartoon characters, logos, symbols, hidden messages, optical illusions, fish, dollar signs, or anything else that might be termed “cute.”
  • Since the selection of patterns and colors can be overwhelming, consider seeking professional help from your Tom James Clothier!

The Who, What, and When of Wardrobe Choices

Custom Tailored Suit


  • Navy suits – Worn for opening statements of a trial, meeting a prospective client for the first time, conducting partner meetings and attending dinner banquets.
  • Charcoal gray suits – Worn for closing statements, pushing for policy change, visiting a potential client for the second time, and
    meeting with your opponent’s attorney.
  • Blue-gray suits – Worn for overnight business travel, meeting internally for administrative details, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring.
  • Light-gray suits – Worn for detail day in the office, Casual day for staff but not for you, end of the week, or a lunch date that
    happens to be the highlight of your week.
  • Earth-tone suits – Worn to visit clients when you’ve just lost the case, depositions, and associate and team meetings.

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The Best Shoe Color To Wear With Your Suit

Allen Edmonds Bugundy Black Dress Shoe
Lets first define what shoe colors there are.

  • There are three colors of brown (Light brown or burnished calf, chili
    and dark brown).
  • Merlot, cordovan or burgundy.
  • Black

Next there are three basic color tones for suits.

  1. Blue Tones
  2. Gray to Black Tones
  3. Earthtones (olives,tans and browns)

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