Your Autumn Style Questions Answered

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In his latest style clinic for SLMan, Greg Zimmerman solves three more of your sartorial dilemmas. This time, our impeccably turned out columnist is putting his mind to shoe colours, belly hiding and the return of a 90s classic…

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Give yourself room to breathe. Go oversized but not baggy. There’s a difference. Wear lower cut tops to accentuate, lengthen and slim the face and neck.

Block colours and monochrome palettes are your friends. They will make you appear taller – remember black is always slimming.

Strategically worn outerwear can help. Something that buttons up around the belly can help hide the bulge. A carefully placed scarf or neckerchief can minimise the appearance of multiple chins.

If I had to choose one, it would be the cargo trouser. Right now, it’s the ultimate blend of practicality and on-trend style, but this wasn’t always the case. Cargo pants broke out in the 90s, but there have also been times when they’ve been best left to middle-aged ramblers with hiking poles. Today, though, the ‘gorpcore’ revolution means hiking and outdoorsy gear is being worn in consciously stylish ways.

But cargo pants are not exclusively for adventure-inspired outfits. A pair with a slimmer, more flattering silhouette can also be worn with knitwear for a more considered and dressed-up look. Check out these from Brunello Cucinelli and OrSlow.

There’s so much conflicting advice on this topic, no wonder we have problems knowing what’s what. To solve them once and for all, I’ve devised this handy trouser colour matching matrix. For example, please note that it’s never acceptable to wear light brown or tan leather pointy shoes. With anything. Ever.

And remember that what makes or breaks a ‘Sometimes’ pairing is whether or not your shoes match the palette of your outerwear. Finally, make sure to match the colour of a belt with the corresponding shoe colour.

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