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Tom Ford's Fashion Commandments: Men Shouldn't Wear Shorts in the City

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    Director/writer Tom Ford attends a special screening of "A Single Man" hosted by The Cinema Society and Bing at MOMA on December 6, 2009 in New York City.

    Tom Ford does things his way, which has, for the most part, been the right way thus far. WIth the same emphatic outlook on proper behavior—some may call it good style—the designer outlined the five commandments for modern gentlemen to AnOther Magazine. Teaser: Holding the door for a lady and working, yes; racism and shorts in the city, no.

    1. You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you.

    2. A gentleman today has to work. People who do not work are so boring and are usually bored. You have to be passionate, you have to be engaged and you have to be contributing to the world.

    3. Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they're walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.

    4. Don't be pretentious or racist or sexist or judge people by their background.

    5. A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.