Ask McKenna: A Guide To Dressing Your Man

Happy Friday friends! Today we are back at the Ask McKenna series. A few weeks ago I received a question about writing a post on the basics of dressing a guy. Fortunately for me, I’ve been blessed with a dad in the men’s clothing business for over 30 years. He owns men’s clothing stores here in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area. If you are ever in town make sure you pay a visit to George Bass. His store has been written up and named one of the top men’s stores in the country by GQ and Esquire.

For today’s post, my husband willingly agreed to allow me to take pictures of him in his work attire as long as I didn’t show his face…not sure why because he is quite handsome!:) But I agreed. So let’s start from the top down shall we.

Blazer: When choosing a blazer, quality is the most important. Think of a man’s blazer as your favorite pair of jeans. It’s something that they will reach for again and again and can be combined to create countless outfits. This blazer is from the Canadian company Samuelsohn. Fabric is the key to the quality of the coat and it’s important to select a 100% wool fabric. This blazer also has more of a soft shoulder which my dad has always been a fan of long before it was cool. Simply put a soft shoulder minimizes the padding. The sleeve length should be right at the wrist and show 1/4 of an inch of the shirt sleeve. You will notice that my husband’s blazer has side vents instead of a middle vent. You can do either as it is a matter of personal preference.

Shirt: 100% Cotton is the only shirt you want in your closet. It breathes and the fabric doesn’t have that shiny look. Collars are important in a man’s world. When you have a button down collar do not put a tie with it, ties should only be worn with a spread collar.

Ties: Keep the tie width at 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 inches. Also make sure the knot is not a jumbo size knot, that never looks right.

Pocket Square: My husband kept it simple with a plain white handkerchief for his square but you can have fun and add some pattern play with your guy’s squares. The point is, always wear a pocket square.

Trousers: The fabric of the trousers should be 100% wool. It sounds incredibly hot but the wool breathes easier than polyester and is cooler.

Shoes: My dad has never owned a black pair of shoes in his life and is a believer in pairing brown with everything. Growing up around this look, I’ve become a fan and promptly gave away all the black shoes my husband owned when we started dating! It is a matter of personal preference, but I love the way it looks!

I hope these tips help you in dressing your husband. Most men do not need tons of clothes so my biggest advice would be is to splurge on good quality and you will save in the long run, plus he will look like a million bucks!  Let me know of any other questions you may have when it comes to dressing your guy! I’m thinking this needs to be a regular series on here!:)

Check out my dad’s FAQ section on his website for more questions and answers! Thanks for stopping by!



  1. August 14, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Ok, love this post. Totally taking the pocket square suggestion away with me for my hubs. LOVE that subtle little pop of class … great ideas!
    xx, Karen
    Glam Karen

    • styleadmin
      August 16, 2015 / 11:59 pm

      Thanks so much!!!

  2. August 14, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Nice! My boyfriend always ask me what to wear but I honestly just feel like I know nothing about men’s clothes! This guide is perfect!


    • styleadmin
      August 16, 2015 / 11:59 pm

      Aw yay! Glad it helps!

  3. August 14, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    Loved your tips!
    If only I had a man to use these tips on! LOL

    • styleadmin
      August 16, 2015 / 11:59 pm

      Thanks so much!

  4. August 15, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    I used to work for a menswear company and they always talked about pocket squares. They are the perfect accessory and you can always change it up!
    Southern Elle Style

    • styleadmin
      August 16, 2015 / 11:58 pm

      I agree!!!

  5. August 16, 2015 / 1:40 am

    Lovely post! I feel like I should share this with my dad as my boyfriend knows how to dress well, but my dad on the other hand…needs me to send him this link STAT. Thanks for sharing! xx

    • August 16, 2015 / 11:54 pm

      Aw thanks!! Feel free to share!:)

  6. Darcy
    August 17, 2015 / 1:55 am

    This is such a great post! What a stylin’ guy!! Tyler dresses really well, but it would be so fun to add pocket squares into the mix for formal events!

  7. August 17, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    Love this post, so unique! Great suit tips. I love the tip on not wearing black shoes, but pairing the brown shoes with every suit color. It does look sharp!

  8. August 18, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    I love this!!! Menswear is fun, and your husband looks so nice! I love your tips. I need to slip these over to my boyfriend nonchalantly. 🙂

    Cameron Proffitt

  9. August 19, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    I must say, dressing my man is one of my favorite things to do lol. This guide is great, gonna incorporate some of your tips and keep them in mind the next time we go shopping.

  10. Kyla Currier
    August 19, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    I love these tips! I took my boyfriend out shopping a couple of months ago to get some new suits and dress shirts! These tips would have been great!
    xo, Kyla – KyMarieC / @kycurrierlewis

  11. August 21, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    This was pretty interesting. I might write up something similar with a different perspective for my blog.

  12. August 24, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    LOVE this post. My husband is always asking me for tips- “Does this go with this??”

    He would totally wear those shoes too! Going to have to check them out!

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