Dressing well doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It definitely doesn’t require you to wear a suit everyday or go out a buy a bunch of new stuff. If you’re like most guys, you probably have a lot of clothes that you never wear. You probably have a bunch of stuff in your closet that doesn’t fit well. You either don’t wear it, or you do wear it, but it’s not doing you any favors.
Now, mature clothing is a staple of distinguished masculine fashion, so the importance of an austere suit cannot be overstated. It takes a rare creature to look good in only a t-shirt and jeans; the rest of us have to craft our magnificence. Beyond clothing, vital elements of an urbane demeanor include modern hairstyles, well-groomed facial hair, astute hygiene rituals and carefully constructed body language.
Dress with authentic style
To establish a commanding presence, you must never be overpowered by what you wear on the exterior. It’s not enough for a wardrobe to fit the dimensions of your body; truthfully, a man’s fashion must also fit his heart, mind and soul!
If you don’t feel comfortable in it, don’t wear it. The best outfit is a natural extension of a man. Your wardrobe should match your lifestyle.
With the right clothes, a man should never feel self-conscious in what he’s wearing. When you get dressed in the morning, worry less about what others may think. Focus on how the fit feels and if you are truly satisfied looking back into the mirror.
When you imitate styles and follow trends, you’ll more than often run into those problems above. Fill your closet with clothes that are distinctively.
Don’t impulse buy
If a piece of clothing isn’t just right, more than often you’ll regret buying it. Purchase new things that meet the requirements for exactly what you want. If you have old clothes that you aren’t passionate about wearing, donate them.
Be smart about your cash, wait for sales if you must. Avoid buying things if you don’t know what you’ll wear them with.
Quality over quantity
Always buy better, buy less. Aim for a flexible wardrobe, not a giant one. This is especially true for basic pieces like pants and more formal pieces that you expect to wear for a long time.
You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on clothes, but always look for quality. Plan to spend more money on more important pieces, and less money on trendy items or things you will wear through quickly, such as T-shirts.
Second-hand stores are a great source of high quality items. Also, buying from an expensive brand doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality. Use your best judgement when picking clothes no matter where you shop.
Fashion is constantly changing. The revolving doors of fashion trends are constantly in action. Every time the past favourites are revived, however, the fashion industry invariably comes up with some modifications. Such evolutions give style conscious people a chance to enjoy the bygone fashion trends in a way that suits their lifestyles and their more nuanced sensibilities.
Fashion is of the highest priority for many people and extends way beyond clothes to shoes, accessories, and even how people do their hair. It therefore becomes important for the fashion industry to constantly keep up with the times, even when it goes back to vintage trends.
Fit is king
A pricey suit will look like trash if it’s not properly tailored. When it comes to fit, invest your time in getting to know a good tailor. When you ask for alterations, don’t settle for anything less than the right fit.
Clothing companies use average measurements to determine sizing and fit to try to cater to many people. Individual people, however, usually have bodies that are a bit different.
The fit is the most important aspect of any article of clothing. No matter how cool the style is, if it doesn’t fit you, do not wear it.
Look at how the clothes you try on make your body look, and be flexible when it comes to size. In one store you may be a medium, but in another you may be a large.
Remember that cotton clothing will shrink a small amount the first time you wash and dry the fabric. If you plan on drying your cotton clothes, look for sizes that are slightly too big to accommodate shrinkage. If you dry clean certain items, you won’t have to worry about it.
Know that a man’s clothing should accentuate his body shape. The better your form, the better your clothes will look. However, if you’re overweight or a bigger man, you do have one advantage: Considerably less tailoring to slim your attire down. Find brands that cater to your body type. You will probably find that some brands and stores tend to fit you better than others, and it’s a good idea to shop mainly at those stores.
You don’t need to have an ideal body to look good in what you’re wearing. Clothes can make a big difference in how your body looks, and can give the illusion that you are taller or thinner than you are.
Measure twice, cut once. Find a good tailor. Often clothes off the rack simply don’t fit, but can be made to fit with simple adjustments. Many good stores provide tailoring services at discounted rates if you buy from them.
Colour and matching
Pair up color palates with your skin tone before investing in your attire. The minimal approach will help you keep your wardrobe simple when first starting out. From there you can add new pieces to your collection over time. Aim for no more than two non-neutral colors. Too many patterns make for an outfit no one can understand. The colors on your clothes reflect onto your skin, eyes, and hair, and depending on your particular features, some colors will be more flattering than others. Colors can also improve your mood, and wearing colors that are a bit trendy can help you look current.
Softness and simplicity are key. Aim for solid colours, blue and white are generally a man’s best bet. If you’re looking to add a touch of character, subtle stripes or checks are acceptable. Avoid drawing the wrong attention with over the top patterns, bold colours, theatrical collar shapes, and wild stitching. For buttons, you can’t go wrong with mother-of-pearl. Consider the fabric. Jacquard weaves will make your dress shirt appear shiny. Twill weaves on the other hand, should be reserved for cotton flannel.
For men with larger forearms, roll up your sleeves first before putting your shirt on. You’ll not only achieve a better rolled up look, but the process will be much easier.
The military tuck
The tuck is simple: It’s done by pleating sides of your shirt over before pulling up your pants.
While a man’s tie may be at the centre stage, it should only command subtle attention. Avoid wearing ties that are overly shiny unless they are suitable for evening formal wear. Solid satin gray, navy or purple work well. Start with a light colour tie in the morning. For the afternoon choose a dark colour. Wear an even darker tie in the evening. When shopping for the best ties, understand that handmade quality always triumphs ties stitched by machine.
For size, aim for eight centimeters. Remember to go no wider than nine centimeters and no skinner than seven for the best look.
When it comes to pocket squares, don’t match exact colors. For example, avoid pairing a navy pocket square with a navy suit. Aim to add a distinctive contrast between the two. You can do with colors including yellow, white burgundy, and so on. Remember, a pocket square shouldn’t scream for attention, it should naturally complement your overall appearance. In regards to ties and pocket squares, avoid matching these as well. You’ll make matters even worse if you match the fabric too, don’t do that.
Need to slim down your body? Button up your suit jacket; it will considerably take off some visual weight. Just remember not to button up more than one at a time.
Don’t pair short ankle socks with your suit. Brown shoes should be paired with navy socks, however black socks and brown shoes do not mix. As a general rule, wear dark shoes with your shoes. Save the white socks for running and jogging. Never wear socks with shorts, nor sandals. When at the workplace, office, or any other business situation always accompany your shoes with socks. Generally most shoes aside from oxfords are appropriate for a sockless style.
Shoes with bold designs tend to call to much attention to themselves and spoil your attire. As do shoes with super pointy and square toes. Black formal shoes are a must for more formal occasions. While they’re expensive, they’re a great investment to make, especially if you take care of them. Try not to get formal shoes with a square or too-pointy toe: they won’t be classic forever. Invest some care into your shoes. This means resole your shoes, use shoe polish, and pay attention to the condition of your laces. When applying shoe polish, focus on the number one rule: Time. In between each step wait a little bit. Give the conditioner plenty of time to soak on it before you start to apply the cream polish. The same goes for the cream, before applying wax. And before you reach for that brush to buff, give the wax polish time to settle in. If you want to reduce the amount of wear and tear on your shoes, get a cobbler to put a metal plate on the toe or heel.
Sweater, blazers, and cardigans
If you’re looking for a bit more character, wooden buttons can be a great touch. For unruly shirts that don’t fit properly, put on a cardigan. It will conceal an otherwise a messy look.
For a no-break appearance, fold cuffs inward. For a tapered look, fold over the base of your pant legs, then roll them on upwards. You can add light texture and character to your pants by using beeswax.
Pass up on reversible belts, bonded leather belts, etc. Go with solid leather, look for genuine leather. The problem with bonded leather is that the glue breaks down over time, and the leather peels off. Real leather belts will last for years while bonded ones tend to come apart within a year or two.
Wash and care
For gym and athletic wear, add white vinegar to your wash to remove odors. Dry sheets inside of shoes can help to reduce any foul smells. Don’t over wash or under wash your clothing. Take the time to properly iron and hang dry your clothes. Invest in shoe trees; use them religiously. Don’t let budget wire hangers damage your pricey suit; use a proper wooden hanger instead.
Improve your posture
If you have a tendency to slouch a lot, you’re fashion sense is going to get quite messy. Not only that, but good posture goes hand in hand with having a good sense of confidence. And there’s no doubt about it, confident men seem to pull off most outfits with natural and effortless finesse. Don’t wear too much cologne. Get a haircut that is flattering and up-to-date. A good haircut should complement the shape of your face. A good hair stylist can help you choose one. Make sure your clothes are clean, ironed (if necessary), and in good repair. Don’t slouch, fidget, or have an overly exaggerated walk. Your clothes will look better if you carry yourself with ease and confidence.