Men, it’s time to get in shape. No, we don’t mean hit the gym, we’re talking wardrobe fitness. We’ve given you our 15 style rules to live by, but we think you need an extra lap around the recently renovated first floor.

In the video below, we’ve enlisted Simon Doonan along with Tom Kalenderian and his team of Barneys New York men’s buyers to be your personal trainers in dapper dressing.

You’ll learn it all from top coats to wallets and custom shirts to cashmere socks. And, when in doubt, do like Steve McQueen—the ultimate style icon—and throw on a turtleneck.

But it doesn’t stop there, visit our new sixth floor (that opened yesterday!) and submit your menswear rules to us via #ManUpBNY. Show us what you’ve got!



  1. Every man should own one made to measure suit. Or two.
  2. Worth the money: cashmere socks. Trust us.
  3. You should know how to sew on a button. Leave everything else to the professionals.
  4. Accessories should be accessories, not affectations. If you have to think too much about it, skip it.
  5. A pocket square should complement—not match—your tie. When in doubt, a white linen handkerchief always looks sharp.
  6. Every man should know how to tie a bow tie, even if your occasions to wear one are few and far between.
  7. Well-made shoes can have you covered for 10 years or more. Return the favor with shoe trees and a polish now and then.
  8. Narrow tie, small collar. Traditional tie, full size collar. Simple.
  9. Some things look better with age. White shirts are not those things.
  10. Yes, real men get manicures.
  11. The thinner the wallet, the better. Who wants to ruin the lines of your suit?
  12. Learn to layer. There’s no reason to have only one way to wear one piece. Practice makes perfect.
  13. You may get special treatment at the airport if you have beautiful luggage. And if you don’t get special treatment, you still have beautiful luggage.
  14. Yes, you can wear a turtleneck. Two words: Steve McQueen.
  15. Remember: come winter, your topcoat will be the first thing (and sometimes, the only thing) people see when they see you. Invest accordingly.