Rules of Style: Gilt's Tyler Thoreson on the Perfect Summer Shoe and How to Layer With Abandon

"If dressing well isn't fun, you're not doing it right."

Image courtesy of Gilt.

Tyler Thoreson cuts a recognizable figure in the world of menswear, which has as much to do with his innate sense of style as it does with his height and signature slicked-back hair. He has been a powerful force behind for the past four years and currently serves as the vice president of editorial, creative, and customer experience for men's and home. Prior to that, he rose to fame for his work at the now-defunct Men.Style.Com, which was also Details' first online home.

Along the way, Thoreson has picked up more than a little sartorial knowledge. Here, he shares his two favorite runway trends from spring 2014, tips for picking a great suit, and his surprising drugstore grooming-product find.

1. "Fit is king for a great suit, but beyond that, the more hand stitches, the better. A hand-stitched suit will tend to mold to your body and move with you much more effortlessly than a garment that's machine-made."

2. "Suits are a great place to start investing. But you knew that. So I'll recommend a vintage watch, a pair of bench-made English shoes—either derbies or brogues—and an irresponsibly expensive overcoat. If you feel the need, you can justify all three of these splurges by reminding yourself that you'll wear them more often than a bespoke suit or sport coat."

3. "For a summer shoe, I recommend Rancourt Co.'s camp mocs. I practically live in them during the summer. I wear them with shorts, jeans, and even a linen suit—but never with socks."

4. "There's an easy elegance to so many recent collections—from Haider Ackermann to Billy Reid—that's pretty hard not to love."

5. "Blue has never been more on trend. Over the last few seasons, designers have breathed new life into the color. Indigo, cerulean, navy, cobalt—there has never been so many killer shades of the quintessential masculine hue out there."

6. "Layer with abandon. Blue on blue on blue is a good place to start."

7. "I tend to mix it up when it comes to hair products, but my standby seems to be John Allan's matte pomade. And there's this drugstore stuff called Surf Head that I bought out of necessity on a trip a few years ago that I actually really like. I grab that when I see it. Though for the record, I'm not a surfer, nor do I particularly look like one."

8. "Find your personal style the same way you develop your skills in the kitchen: through trial and error and investing in quality ingredients."

9. "Buy a watch that makes you feel happy every time you look at it, not something that you kind of like but feel is a good investment."

10. "As you get older, the philosophy of fewer things but better things starts to get a lot more attractive. And relax. If dressing well isn't fun, you're not doing it right."

—Andrew Villagomez is a men's lifestyle and travel writer and a Details Network contributor. Follow him at @VeeTravels.

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