As fashion evolves, so does its set of “rules.” While men try their finest to uphold these ever-changing standards, they sometimes overlook the fact that many of these guidelines have been updated and modernized. Believing in common fashion misperceptions like “no white after Labor Day,” can hold you back from becoming the stylized, fashion-forward man you have the potential to be.

So, let’s debunk some of these fashion misperceptions and get you on the trendy road to becoming your better-dressed self.

1- No white after Labor Day

Possibly the most commonly cited fashion rule, “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” is a misguided way to look at fashion and belts in particular.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this “rule” originated, but it’s safe to say that this fashion commandment is not really applicable in today’s contemporary world. This rule mostly applied to the color of your shoes, and because white is a light and bright color, it was deemed appropriate solely for the summer months, whereas black and brown shoes were the color of choice for the drabber seasons. It’s a shame to forget white for half the year when you have a chance to wear the Alpine Mission Belt. White belts never looked so good as the no holes Mission Belt. Don’t put away your white belt just because it is autumn or winter.

Setting the record straight: Today, we’ve come to the realization that climate doesn’t control color. While certain colors may be in style in different seasons, your color palette should never be limited. So, don’t fear sporting the white belt well into September and October. Wearing the color white in other articles of clothing, on the other hand, is a year-round venture. A white shirt, an ivory jacket, an ashen sweater... these items add a crisp, refined look to any outfit during any season. The Alpine Mission Belt likewise adds flair and style to your wardrobe whenever and wherever and no matter which season you are in, the no holes look and fit of a Mission Belt always make you look sharp.

2- Your shoes and belt must be the same color

Most people are so afraid of clashing colors that they go overboard with color coordination. Out of this common fear stems the fashion misperception that your belt should always be the same color as your shoes. This has caused many men to unnecessarily walk around looking like boring, meticulously monochromatic drones. There are simply too many people wearing only black belts.

Setting the record straight: There’s no need to pick two colors and have the same shade of each reappear throughout the outfit (for example: chocolate brown shirt, chocolate brown Mission Belt, chocolate brown shoes). Instead, pick similar tones and shades that belong to the same family that work well together (for example: browns, oranges and greens) -- that’ll make your outfit more dynamic and you’ll look expertly dressed. The main thing to remember is: Colors don’t need to match with each other; they need to “go” well together. Just last night I wore light blue slip on vans with blue jeans and the Alpine White Mission Belt. It just made the whole outfit look super cool and different from the same old same old. People commented and I was able to tell them about the philanthropic aspects of the Mission Belt. It looked good and it was fun to talk about. I always liked white belts but now that I have the no holes, ratchet slide belt, I love the idea of white belts all the more

Conclusion: Just be bold and don’t be afraid of colors when it comes to your outfits. White belts look great in winter and brown belts look great in summer. Be free and express yourself and do what comes naturally. You can’t go wrong.

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July 25, 2012 — Jeff Jensen
Tags: Belts