Hey Gentlemen, Let’s Up Your Fashion Game This Year With These Easy Style Tips
When you hear the term “a stylish man,” what’s the image that instantly appears in your mind? For most people, it would be that of a sharply-dressed man in a fitted suit, well-groomed and dressed to the nines. That’s usually why some of you have the notion that you can never be naturally stylish because that’s just not “you.” There are more ways than one for a man to look stylish – wearing a well-fitted suit is just one of them.
Every man has his own style personality; it’s just a matter of finding yours. That said, there are certain style rules and tips that you can adapt according to your preferences and match your personality. Here are 21 of those tips.
The Fit Is Everything
Whether you’re a suit guy or a jeans-and-t-shirt guy, your clothes should fit perfectly. Ill-fitting clothes can make you look sloppy and take away several inches off your height. So, even the most expensive suit could look terrible on you if it doesn’t fit right. On the other hand, wearing the right fit will give you that effortlessly stylish look even if you’re just wearing jeans and a graphic tee.
See how good Michael Trevino manages to look by rocking just a plain hoodie with a pair of distressed jeans. The right fit makes this look work for him.
Start Out With Classics
Before you start developing your personal style, it’s best to begin with the classics rather than experiment with lots of trends all at once. Start out with solid tees and well-fitted denim with boots or white sneakers. Or in case of formals, pair a classic white button-down with a pair of slacks in navy blue or some other neutral tone. You can then expand on these styles by adding a few trendy pieces that you like.
Stick to Neutral Tones (For Now)
When you’re just beginning to develop your style wardrobe, it’s best to start out with neutral tones because it’s easy to match them together. Since they’re not overpowering, it’s hard to go wrong with them. You can gradually add more colorful pieces as you progress (if you want). Neutral colors include black, white, brown, khaki, navy, gray and olive.
Go Beyond Black and Brown Footwear
While black and brown are “safe” color choices, there are plenty of shoe colors you can experiment with. Look for suede and leather shoes in reds, blues, and greens. If you’re not yet confident to experiment with such bold colors, trying going for darker shades of these same colors or stick to grays.
Retro Sneakers are All the Rage
Retro sneakers have made a comeback – from Reebok Club C and Adidas Continental to Nike Cortez and Onitsuka Tiger. Combining style and comfort, these timeless classics would be the perfect addition to your closet. They don’t make you look like you’re going to the gym, unlike regular sneakers.
Wear Sneakers Sparingly
Sneakers are usually a big no-no in men’s fashion. Although the more classic designs have become an exception these days, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should wear them every time you go out. Even if the office dress code says “business casual,” save your sneakers for Casual Fridays and brunches.
Experiment With Colored Trousers
Once you feel comfortable enough to move on from neutral tones, start experimenting with colorful trousers. This could be anything from red to violet. Colored trousers are a great way to make your outfit pop, and take the boring out of your all-neutral wardrobe.
Invest in a Nice Fitted Blazer
Even just one nice blazer can turn your whole wardrobe around. Invest in a high-quality blazer in a neutral color, and make sure it fits you well. You can then dress this piece up with a button-down or dress it down with a t-shirt as needed.
Invest in a Tailored Suit
If you’re in the market for a suit, make sure it’s tailored to fit you perfectly. Suits are expensive anyway so it’s better to spend a little extra on a tailor-fitted set than on one that slouches off you.
Go for Staple Suit Colors
Unless you’re going to buy several suits, it’s best to go for a staple color that you can wear year round. This means either a navy blue set or one in dark charcoal, which will be suitable for all occasions and seasons.
Get a Pair of Checked Trousers
Like retro sneakers, checked trousers are all the rage. Invest in a well-fitted pair in neutral shades like browns and grays. You can easily dress these up with a shirt and a blazer or dress them down with a sweater and a pair of classic sneakers.
Avoid Extreme Jeans Detailing
Ripped jeans look great. Jeans that look like they’ve just been mauled by a bear? Not so much. If you’re going to get a pair of ripped jeans, avoid excessive rips that extend to both legs. Go for a pair with a slightly extreme rip on one leg while the other leg remains intact. Or go for something with only minimal rips on both legs. The same goes for other detailing like studs, patches, and wrinkle effects – less is more.
Get Classic Denim
When it comes to denim, it’s best to go for classic colors and designs. Dark indigo or black jeans with minimal detailing would be a perfect choice. If you do want to go for a lighter color, don’t go overboard with extreme light wash jeans, which can be difficult to style.
Experiment With Layers
Layering your outfit with a cardigan, a lightweight jacket, or a blazer is a great way to take your style up a notch. Or you could even go for a short-sleeved shirt during the warmer months. For winter, you could further explore various layering options such as sweaters and overcoats.
Go for Clean, Minimal Looks
It’s easy to go wrong when there’s too much going on in your outfit. A flannel shirt with a graphic tee and a leather jacket on top may not be an easy look to pull off for everyone. You could end up looking like you’re trying too hard.
So while layers are important, don’t go overboard with them either. You should keep things simple at the beginning and go for clean and minimal looks with a single layer per outfit.
Experiment With Patterns
Solid neutrals are always a safe outfit choice. But it can get boring after a while if you only wear solids for months on end. Experiment with patterns every now and then, and try going beyond stripes and checks. Even if you’re not too sure about wearing bold prints like florals, try searching for something in a color that isn’t too contrasting from the base color.
Make Patterns Work for You
While patterns may be great for enhancing your outfit, the right patterns can also flatter your body type. So the best thing to do is to choose something that will serve both purposes. If you have a lanky figure, you could use broad checks to add some breadth and weight to your appearance. Vertical stripes, on the other hand, will slim you down and add some height to your appearance.
Although patterns are an excellent addition to your wardrobe, too much of it can go horribly wrong. The safest move would be to avoid wearing more than one type of pattern in one outfit. Even if you must have one more type of pattern, make sure you only choose one that complements (not compete with) the first one.
Use the Occasional Accent Piece
Accent pieces can immediately add some pop to an otherwise boring outfit. Look for scarves, shoes, hats, and jewelry that can give your outfit an instant boost. The only rule is that they have to look bold, color, or unique without being completely gaudy.
Know Where Your Trousers Should End
A lot of men have no idea where their trousers should end. So they end up wearing a pair that either looks too small or too big for them. Your trousers should rest very lightly on the top of your shoes. In other words, there shouldn’t be a gap between your trouser cuffs and the top of your shoes. And the cuff shouldn’t cover your shoes either.
Don’t Buy Into Every Trend
One of the biggest style mistakes is buying into each and every trend that comes out. This makes it harder to develop your own style and easier to commit drastic fashion blunders. Instead, you should carefully assess the latest trends and see if they’re something you can wear with your existing wardrobe pieces.
Most of all, consider whether you’d feel comfortable wearing them. If mixing sporty elements into your formalwear isn’t something that fits your personal style, for instance, you don’t have to force it.
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