You know you need to upgrade your style, but where do you get started? Scouring the web for advice may yield some good results, but it’s difficult to sift through the vast amount of information out there to find advice that will actually help you.
You also run the risk of getting awful advice from the internet, and, if you are just starting your style overhaul, you may not be able to discern good from bad.
If you follow a few easy rules, you can easily develop a style of your own. After all, style is just as much about your personal expression as it is looking good. These tips should help you get on the right path:
1. Fit is king
Whether your style is described as preppy, streetwear, or anything in between, one fact reigns supreme: clothes that fit simply look better. A “correct” fit may differ from style to style, but it’s imperative that you try on any piece of clothing for fit before you buy it. Clothes that are too baggy won’t accentuate your body’s natural shape, and clothing that is too tight is incredibly unflattering. The ideal fit is something that conforms to your body but isn’t too snug.
But how do you get clothes that fit? If you already have a wardrobe built out, don’t worry—it’s often much cheaper to go to a tailor than it is to buy new clothes. Take in anything from suits to button-down shirts to a tailor, and let them take care of the rest. It’s also incredibly important that you know your measurements when shopping for new clothes.
Almost 20% of men don’t know their measurements, and over 25% wear clothes that don’t fit. All you have to do is ask your tailor to measure your neck, sleeve length, waist, and pant length so that you can find clothes that fit right off the rack and make you stand out.
2. Upgrade your shoe game
Shoes are one of the most overlooked components when developing your style. Take note of shoes you see people wear everyday—most of them are incredibly unflattering. Check out Amazon’s top 3 men’s shoes if you don’t believe me.
Too often, I’ll see someone with impeccable taste and a sleek outfit that is ruined completely by busted old cross trainers. There are simply too many great options out there for you to still be wearing your old off-white New Balances. With workplaces across the country becoming increasingly casual, you can rock a pair of fashion-forward sneakers like Adidas NMDs to work and on the weekends alike. The real beauty of these shoes is that they will help you stand out in any situation and are versatile enough to pair with most any outfit.
3. Start simple and then branch out
It’s so easy to get caught up in wanting to try a new style and diving in headfirst. Reinventing yourself is fun, after all! That being said, easing into a new style is far more sensible. We see guys get excited and buy a ton of clothes only to see them permanently parked in the closet. Talk about a waste of time, money, and perfectly good clothes.
You can avoid this if you start by building a basic wardrobe with a few versatile pieces before branching out into more unique looks. What constitutes a basic, versatile piece, you may ask?
At the simplest level, it’s always smart to grab a few plain tees and polos like these colourful options from Uniqlo. When the occasion calls for a more refined style, you can’t go wrong with an Oxford button down in light blue or white. Pair any of these options with raw denim jeans or chinos in khaki, olive, or tobacco, and you’re well on your way.
4. Develop your personal style and don’t be afraid to take risks
After you get a basic wardrobe, it’s time to start exploring some riskier options. You may feel a little uncomfortable the first time you rock a new look, but confidence is key. Fortunately, online male fashion retailers are growing faster than ever before, so your options have quite literally never been this good before! The best part is that there are so many styles for you to choose from.
If you’re interested in the streetwear look, grab a few graphic tees to add to your everyday rotation. Maybe you’re more interested in trad style. Buy a pair of boat shoes to complement your existing wardrobe. For the more laid-back guys out there, a v-neck or Henley shirt can add just a little bit of flair to any outfit. It’s so easy to find a style to make your own if you start out slow and see what feels right—you just have to get out there and do it!
[image from Artsfon]