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For the Guys

Menswear’s new rules

How many jacket buttons? Two. How much knee to show? Lots. These and other fashion questions answered.

There’s nothing wrong with having a go-to restaurant, a favorite shampoo, or comfortable chair. But when it comes to wardrobe, getting too cozy with the same-old look is just boring. This spring, ditch the artifacts clogging your closet and update a few essentials.

The new tie

  • The basic rule of ties is, no matter what you see in GQ, stay away from extremes: not too skinny, not too wide.

  • “Breton Stripe” tie, $115 at Gant, 324 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-536-1949,

The new blazer

  • Don’t throw out your navy blue jacket, but pale gray just looks fresh right now. So does a cut with two buttons, double vents, and a narrow lapel.

  • Oxford cloth jacket, $328 at Ludlow Shop, Copley Place, Boston, 617-375-1032,

The new casual shoe

  • Dad sneakers are not acceptable at the office (or at the gym), and those square-toe brown shoes are not doing your feet any favors. Instead try a hybrid sneaker-oxford, the best of both worlds in a single shoe.

  • Thorocraft “The Ross” shoe, $275 at Louis, 60 Northern Avenue, Boston, 617-262-6100,

The new short

  • With all the running and working out you’re doing, there’s no need to cover up so much. Bring the inseam up above your knee and show off a little.

  • “Delacor” shorts, $125 at Ted Baker London, 201 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-450-8339,


The new shirt

  • Think narrow. A shirt that fits you well can eliminate the curse of fabric love handles for good. Bonus: This one’s no-iron but doesn’t look or feel like it.

  • Extra-slim shirt, $88 at Brooks Brothers, 46 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-267-2600,


The new jean

  • Many men, afraid of skinny jeans, seem to run in the opposite direction to double-wides — they don’t look any better. Compromise with a narrow jean in a dark rinse.

  • Levi’s 511 rinsed playa jeans, $64 at Uniform, 511 Tremont Street, Boston, 617-247-2360,


The new pomade

  • It’s great that you have enough hair to pull off a messy look, but do you want to look both messy and greasy? You need the hold of pomade, but with a matte finish.

  • Davines “No. 13” pomade, $30 at Stilisti Salon, 138 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-262-2234,

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