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The Wall Street Journal Offers Some Hilarious Tips for Making Businessmen Look Less Boring

You never know what lies beneath.

Some businessmen apparently feel that their daily uniform — pressed shirt, demure-colored suit, and tie — does not adequately reflect their personality. How can they possibly express that they're more than, well, a suit? That in their nonworking hours they play drums in an almost-decent Grateful Dead cover band, or have a thriving seashell collection, or hold the highest record on Angry Birds probably in the state, if not the country? Well, The Wall Street Journal has some advice for these men:

The trick is navigating how much to push the personalization. The look must be comfortable and confident, never forced or affected. Taken too far a man risks being accused of having a mid-life crisis or becoming a slave to fashion.

Of course, a mid-life crisis is far more embarrassing than having one's creativity squelched. So, how to express oneself in a risk-free manner? The answer, according Saks's men's fashion director, Eric Jennings, is a nice "leather or beaded bracelet" worn discreetly beneath one's shirt cuff. "When you're reaching for your glass of wine or fork, [others] will see a flash of it," he explains.

Robin Walker, a Chicago-based image strategist, agrees:

Leather bracelets, called wristlets, can be worn above a watch for a personalized look. Ms. Walker says one of her clients, who is more rock'n'roll when off the clock, wears a skull and crossbones bracelet under his suit to reflect that part of his personality.

She approves. "The outside of the suit is for everybody else, the inside is for you," she says.

But that also begs the question: If there's a bracelet up your sleeve and no one can see it, is it really there? Or, more important, who cares?

A More Suitable You [WSJ]

Photo: Courtesy of Men's Wearhouse

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