How to sidestep fashion faux pas.
Which buttons are you meant to fasten on a single-breasted suit jacket? Jason, via email There are a few rules. If you’re about to sit, undo the buttons – otherwise you’ll damage the jacket. With a three-button jacket, fasten the middle button whenever you’re standing; top, only with middle; and bottom, never. And with a two-button affair, only ever fasten the top button. Doing up the lowest one ruins the suit’s lines.
DO YOU MATCH YOUR SOCKS TO SHOES OR PANTS? BEN, VIA EMAIL
Unless you’re wearing all one colour – let’s hope it’s black – socks should not match your shoes. If you’re a conservative dresser, just buy socks in the same shade as your trousers. Some choose ‘jazzy’ socks to show how much fun they are, but if personality can be expressed through a pair of socks, it says more about you than you’d realised.
I WANT TO INVEST IN A NICE BAG FOR THE OFFICE THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE I’VE STOLEN MY DAD’S OLD BRIEFCASE. ANY SUGGESTIONS? RHETT, VIA EMAIL
Funny you should ask. Our friends at Dior have heard your cry for help, and have just released a new collection called ‘Mister Dior’. It features a range of outrageously stylish bags that will look quite at home in that corner office you’ve been eyeing off. Calfskin/caiman ‘Mister Dior’ briefcase, $9000, by Dior; dior.com