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The Right Beard
A little facial hair is a great way to quickly and inexpensively freshen up your look. The nice thing about growing a beard is that it's not permanent and you can always change the shape or style of your beard to keep the look fresh. From a full beard to a goatee or chin strap, properly trimmed and shaped facial hair can go a long way to enhance desirable facial features or take emphasis off weaknesses. How to choose the right beard shape for your face shape will depend on a few factors. While each face will have its own special considerations such as size of mouth, nose, and jaw-line, there are some general rules on how to choose the right beard shape for your face. Let's look at each face shape and the appropriate beard to go with it.
The Round Face
When shaping the beard for a round face, go a bit longer at the chin to add length and make the face appear less round. Avoid bushy sideburns and keep the sides of the beard short. In lieu of a full beard, a goatee is often a good option for a round face.
The Long Face
Exactly opposite of the round face, the long face requires a beard which is fuller at the sides and shorter at the chin. The goal here is to add width to the sides and make the face appear less long. Make sure to avoid abrupt changes in length so the shaping is not obvious.
The Square Face
Similar to shaping a beard for a round face, the beard for a square face should be shorter at the sides and longer at the chin to add length to the face. Once again, a goatee is also a good option for men with square faces.
The Large Face
Since the face is large, any small facial hair or beard will appear out of proportion and make the face appear bigger. Keep the beard fuller and the moustache larger. Following the rules for the appropriate face shape goes a long way in helping you decide.
The Small Face
Small faces require small facial hair. Larger, fuller styles will make the face get lost and appear out of proportion. So go for a small goatee, a trimmed french, or a sleek moustache.
The Oval Face
You lucky man! The oval face shape is considered the ideal shape and requires nospecial shaping to balance facial features. Do whatever you like and you'll look great!
The colour trio of navy blue, red and white is synonymous with the Brits. This colour combination exudes a formal feel if you are dressed up, and a subtle style statement if you are dressed down. With these three colours you can never go wrong. For formal wear, a navy blue suit, a white shirt and a red tie is the all-time favourite; throw in a pair of matching cufflinks and a pocket square to get that Oxford look. On the flip side, if you are young and peppy, and like to dress casually, minimal red and a dominance of white and navy blue will look cool; whereas too much red will be over the top. Learn to mix and match the right way, so that you are not tagged as the colour-blind in fashion.
Here is a look at four types of shoes for men that can be worn both 'in the office' (ITO) and 'outside the office' (OTO) – depending upon the type of material.
The Wing Tip – The professional wing tip tends to be a pretty severe breed — pointy and delicate and as fun as a paper cut, in shiny polished patented leather, with matching laces and, not to forget darker colours. Loosen up with a rounder toe and holes that has some sole to it. On the other hand contrasting-coloured laces or stitching (or both), along with suede or roughened leather go a long way in dressing wing tip shoes casually. Same goes for the rubber sole for the latter.
The Loafer – Loafers are acceptable at work places only if the colour is compatible with the formal attire; also, they must have a slim leather sole, a round toe, and a good polish. For casual wear, the loafer has to be in its original state – run-of-the-mill suede, in lighter tones such as camel colour. The off-duty loafer is a good way to incorporate a jolt of color into your outfit — bottle greens and navy blues and even an off shade of brown can be great.
The Monk-Strap – The standard single buckle should reach across the tongue and hit the shoe right below the cuff of your pants. It's subtle enough that it doesn't scream, "look at me!" but it's not nothing, either. For a casual feel, go for lighter browns than darker ones, and suede instead of leather. To downplay the inherent dressiness factor of monk-straps, go with light-brown suede, as it is a perennial favourite.
The Ankle Boot – You can get away with the plain, lace-less boots, but you're better off getting a pair with thin leather laces and some dressy detailing on the toe cap. Note: Apply a contrasting-colored polish – for example, black polish on brown shoes. It'll transform the shoe's patina. On the other hand, for a casual feel, just change the material and you are all set to go.