How universal do you think the advice you give her is? Is it applicable in the US the same way as in Europe?
Would the advice have been correct ago 10 years ago? Would you expect it to be correct 10 years in the future?
I feel like this article is more optimized for European / conservative US fashion. In most of the places I’ve lived in the US, you could follow basically the same rules but go significantly more casual. For example, you still want to get basically the same colors, material, logos, etc. but get jeans, t-shirts, and (maybe) nice-looking hoodies instead of button-up shirts, chinos and sweaters.
I would also add shoes—in the US, I see men wearing a variety of shoe types:
Fashion sneakers instead of athletic sneakers
brown leather shoes (though black is essential for formal occasions, it comes off as too formal for me most of the time). For this I also think a brown belt is important to go with it.
I love korin43′s answers more than my article ὠ2
Haha writing my comments was way easier since you already covered the hard parts in the article so I can just make short comments about the few places where I disagree.
Especially now that the world is so globalised, yes, I think the advice is applicable worldwide, despite perhaps a few differences here and there depending on the country.
The advantage of the rules is that they are less attached to the waves of fashion than purely trendy people are. In 10 years, if you’ve applied the rules, you should look at pictures of yourself now and think ‘that was good!’. Masculine fashion moves slower than feminine fashion. When on top of that you add that the rules change even less; yes, the advice holds through time really well.
I can think of a few changes in the rules, in the past 10-20 years. For instance, minimalist sneakers worn with a suit (and anything else) are now acceptable; streetwear and techwear clothes are getting more and more common (for example no one will think a cargo pant is odd or too ‘technical’ nowadays). There is a slow tendency for things to go more casual, so it’s the formal rules that progressively stop being respected. But it takes a while.