TIPS FOR A STYLISH MAN
No man is born stylish. It takes effort to acquire a studied perfection in the art of dressing well. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have been working on your style for a while and need a refresher, below are 9 tips to help you look your best in no time.
Stylish men practice being the best-dressed man in the room. Over time, the confidence gained from this simple practice allows you to feel comfortable in smart attire. This is true as much in style as in any other art form – practice builds comfort. A smart man understands that his appearance is a reflection of his core values, his family, his business, and his lifestyle. Dress in a manner that suits these factors. Just develop your personality. Confidence is the best style that anyone can carry.
Function and comfort should never be sacrificed for style. That takes you into the realm of fashion purely for aesthetic purposes. Use clothes as a cover (function) and make sure it feels good (comfort) while paying attention to the third part of the equation – the importance of aesthetics in modern society. Your style and appearance do affect basic human interactions.
Stylish men are not penny wise and pound foolish. Never try to save a quick buck that will cost you a lot more in the long run. Even if an item of clothing is marked at a 90% discount, don’t bother buying it if it doesn't fit. The real value of clothes is reflected in how often you wear them. Well-fitted clothes look stylish and feel comfortable. Consequently, they become the most-worn items in your wardrobe.
Never wear too much tight or loose cloth. It will make you look bad. Except for t-shirts and athletic shorts, you should have everything in your wardrobe altered to fit your body.
Buying good quality clothes is better than buying something at a discount for the moment. Is it going to be stylish 5 years from now? If an item costs over $500, this question should be the deciding factor in your purchasing decision.
Remember, the value of clothing is represented by the number of wears weighed against the cost.
A stylish man knows the rules but is confident enough to break them. You first have to know the rules before you can break them.
Never buy clothing that doesn't fit you properly. By knowing your measurements you ensure you don't rely on the manufacturer's sizing charts. Instead, always buy the right size for YOU (per your measurements)!
A stylish man is sensible in their choices because they understand what suits his body type, the events he attends, the weather, and his lifestyle.
Your choice should not be dictated by what looks good on someone else. Instead, you should base your choices on:
The weather: Dress appropriately for the climate in your location.
Natural features: Is your frame small or large? Wear clothing that compliments your build and not clothing that either makes you look like a giant or a dwarf.
Appropriateness: Dress appropriately for the event or occasion you are attending.
Own a core wardrobe that works for your lifestyle. Purchase selective items that are interchangeable.
You need to own at least one complete well-fitting dark suit. Have it ready in case you are invited to a wedding, interaction with the manager, need to attend a funeral, or give a presentation at work. A good pair of shoes is a must. Many people impressed by the shoes you wear. Always try a dark color. It looks good.
Plan your outfit the night before. Store your watch, pocket square, and other accessories together with the outfit. Pre-setting some of these details will ensure that all you have to do is throw on your jacket before heading out the door.
Pay attention to your body scent – select a suitable fragrance, shower daily, and avoid foods that affect your body's natural odor in a negative way.
Good systems are an essential part of a stylish man's routine. Have a set time each week to cut your nails, trim your beard and check your nose and eyebrow hair. Allocating time for these activities takes the pain out of sudden surprises and embarrassments from lack of care.
Know your hairstylist or your barber. Set up a time every month to have a haircut. Pre-pay if you can, so you are forced to show up for your appointment. Don’t wait until you suddenly realize one morning you need a haircut but it’s too late because you have an interview that same morning. You may end up with a bad cut, spend more at an expensive salon, or end up with a barber who doesn't understand what hairstyle suits you.