Rules of Style: Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein, the designers behind Weiland's eponymous line, on bright accessories, tuxedo do's and don'ts, and footwear to avoid.

If you're a fun person, have fun with your style. Outward style should be cohesive with your inner core. Your look and attitude is how you tell the world who you are without actually saying anything.

One can never have too many sneakers or shoes. It's the one accessory that you can keep mixing up to rejuvenate your total look.

Unique socks go a long way to make things fun. If you're required to wear a grey or navy suit everyday there are few ways of showing some personality. A patterned or solid sock that matches what you're feeling is a nice way to shake things up.

A great fail-safe combination for going out is jeans, a button-down, and a crewneck sweater. It's simple, casual, and tailored.

Rental tuxedos are as cool as soggy Cheerios. A tuxedo is a suit that needs to be tailored to your body, not something that's a versatile fit for many different people to dance and drink the night away in. A perfectly fit tuxedo of your own is one of the better investments for your life—and your closet.

Have a go-to, great-fitting leather jacket for all occasions, from calm and casual evenings to all-night ragers; it can serve as your armor as the night wears on.

It's great to smell delectable, especially when someone you're attracted to loves the way you smell. A little daily spritz of something nice goes a very long way.

If you don't feel like going "all out" there's usually nothing wrong with wearing a simple t-shirt and jeans. Sometimes less is more. Just don't pair the look with a thong sandal! Non-thong sandals (or "man-dals") are only appropriate with dressier trousers or cuffed shorts.

Add a boldly colored and/or patterned tie or cravat to a suit or trench-look as an easy, automatic conversation starter. Not only will you look sharp, people will feel more inclined to approach you to compliment you on your dapper look.

It's a classic line, but be yourself. Don't dress like your friends, don't dress like the guy you know that gets the largest number of girls or boys. What you wear should fit your personality, your interests, and what you personally gravitate towards. It's weird looking at a guy who was obviously dressed by his girlfriend so he could fit that "ideal guy" image in her head.

—Todd Plummer. Follow him @toddkingston.

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Photo courtesy Timo Weiland
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