"Masculine elegance being synonymous with conservatism, a well-dressed man should NEVER WEAR:
- flashily striped suits.
- shirts in aggressive shades.
- jewellery, including metal bracelets - not even a gold band on a wrist watch (which is correctly worn only in the daytime).
- trousers that are too tight when slender ones are stylish, or too wide when the fashion pendulum swings to the opposite extreme. The same principle is valid for hats, coat lapels, overcoat lengths, etc.
- a polka dot tie with a striped or plaid jacket.
- a handkerchief that literally floats from the pocket, or one that exactly matches the necktie.
- suede shoes in the city, or a cloth cap, both of these accessories being reserved for country wear along with their companions, the tweed jacket and corduroy trousers.
- on the beach: printed shorts and ultra-short shorts (if he is no longer under twenty years of age), socks and closed shoes. The seashore is the only place where a gentleman may wear sandals or espadrilles."
-A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux