Sir Paul Smith
Sir Paul Smith, says:
One of the biggest mistakes men make is wearing T-shirts. I understand why youâ€™d want to wear them, especially if youâ€™re a single man. Thereâ€™s no ironing. But most guys need to have a collar around their neck for height.
If youâ€™re in doubt about how to wear your hair, get a non-haircut: a relatively short, nondescript one. If you try for stylish hair, you can make horrible mistakes.
Women should always be entertained. My wife hates it when men at a dinner party lean in front of her or behind her and have a conversation as if she doesnâ€™t exist.
If youâ€™re going to a formal event, you have to dress correctly. But if you get there and realize people arenâ€™t wearing bow ties, you can put yours in your pocket.
On a young guy, two days of not shaving looks very cool. But as you get older, it looks like youâ€™re trying too hard, especially when youâ€™re going gray. A proper beard is fine.
In London, weâ€™re not so passionate about how we look, as opposed to the Italians, who are very self-conscious. Weâ€™re not stylish dressers, but weâ€™re good on ideas and on freethinking.
You can learn from people who dress in an interesting way, like Daniel Day-Lewis. You can see him on his motorbike in jeans, a checked shirt, and a leather jacket. And other times heâ€™ll have on a custom-made Scottish-plaid suit.
Generally speaking, I wear a suit every day, because my suits are custom-made. They are comfortable. They move with me.
I donâ€™t have a BlackBerry. I carry a notepad and a pencilâ€”and I donâ€™t use a mobile. Iâ€™ve reluctantly moved to a digital camera, but only because they make them so nice and small now that they donâ€™t spoil the line of your suit.
Iâ€™m very happy if a man smells like himself. But if he does wear a scent, it shouldnâ€™t be too attention seeking. The people on the other side of the office shouldnâ€™t be able to smell you.