T’is the season to impart advice. First there was Tom Ford’s advice on how to be a gentleman and now Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s fashion director Nick Wooster dispenses advice for the world’s gentlemen. With the superb turn of phrase “a wardrobe is much like a garden” dispenses advice on what men should be wearing for spring 2011, fall 2011, throwing out one’s underwear every 6 months, and exactly what gardens and style have in common.

Sitting down with Racked for an interview focussed on Neiman Marcus’ spring / summer 2011 offering, Nick Wooster shared the following gems:

On the must have item for men in spring 2011:

The one must-have men’s accessory is the pocket square. It’s the easiest, quickest way to make any ordinary jacket look extraordinary.

On fall’s must-wear colour for men:

The color burgundy in everything is going to be huge, from deep plum to a light pink, even. We call it cordovan.

On the statement piece to invest in for autumn / fall 2011:

[It’s a] season for outerwear, so pray for a cold winter, because outerwear was everywhere and it was amazing. With fur trim, with shearling, with leather skins, tweeds. And then, of course, the importance of the puffer jacket has exploded.

On Tom Ford’s recommendation that men throw out their underwear and socks every six months and invest in something fresher:

It’s a great idea.

Simple, yes. But here’s the real gem:

I think a wardrobe is much like a garden. It needs constant tending. But I think that there are shoes and jackets, leather pieces that are heirlooms, that you should hold onto forever.

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