Style Guide for Startup Guys (Part 4): Quick Tips That’ll Make All the Difference

September 18, 2014

7:30 pm

This is part 4 of a 4-part series, Style Guide for Startup Guys, an overview on style tips for all the guys in the startup world. Read the three previous pieces,  “(Part 1): The Hoodie is Dead“, “(Part 2): Ties Aren’t Just for Bankers“, and “(Part 3): Don’t Forget the Shoes, Brother“.

Well, this is it; we’ve reached the end of the “Style Guide for Startup Guys” series. Hopefully, I can wrap it all up here with a few parting tips (and hey, at the end of the day, it’s still sure to be a better conclusion than the Dexter finale.)

Your tie should always be darker than your shirt.


This picture is the perfect case in point, as to why this rule should be followed (via the_teenage-queen/Photobucket).

Denim should be dark.  Faded jeans are for President Obama and Brett Favre.


Or Bugle Boys… (via FyberTech).

Accessories are the first things everyone notices.


Something as simple as a bracelet can do wonders (via Miansai/Gargyle).

Invest in a tie bar. They’re cheap, will keep your tie in place, and immediately improve your look.


You can splurge and get this one from Merrin & Gussy for $49.90 (via Merrin & Gussy).

There is a time and place for colorful socks.


“My eyes! The goggles do nothing!” – Radioactive Man, The Simpsons

Not all tie knots are created equal – certain collars do require specific knots.


I don’t know what this is, but it is dumb (via AgreeOrDie).

Menswear mags will often advocate going sockless. This is commonly accepted as part of a conspiracy with the Band-Aid people to give you blisters.


What you don’t see: the gallons and gallons of spilled blood.

And, finally, if you don’t feel comfortable with how you look after giving these suggestions a shot, go and change.

The main benefit of dressing well is the added confidence boost you’ll receive anyways.


Behind his icy glare is a man who wishes he would have worn jeans and a v-neck to his daughter’s birthday (via UK GQ).

If you still have any lingering questions for me, feel free to reach out. I’m hoping to turn this into a regular gig and (hopefully) add “Style Consultant” to my skillset on LinkedIn…one day.

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Jake Kuczeruk is the Co-Founder and CMO of Tie Society. Raised in Michigan, Indiana University graduate, and citizen of San Francisco- where he resides with his girlfriend and two cats.

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