A well-dressed man will always stand out from those who have not made any effort. Yet, it does not take a lot for you to be the one who sets the standards. There is no need to spend extortionate amounts on costly clothes and accessories; you need to know what to wear and how. There are some accepted rules when it comes to being well-dressed, so let’s have a look at a few of the most important ones.
Wear a Suit Well
There’s no reason to spend a lot of money on a bespoke suit. Shop around, and you’ll find plenty of very nice, off the peg suits that will suit any occasion. What you do need to be careful of is investing in an outfit that is veering close to novelty. Tweed is in at the moment, but the most stylish and usable outfit – as well as the most versatile – will be a simple, two-piece single-breasted example in a dark shade, perhaps blue or grey. That is a suit that can be worn anytime. Be careful with the fit when trying on your outfit: a good fit – especially around the shoulders – will look the part, but a poorly-fitted outfit will immediately look sloppy. You can click here for some good men’s fashion ideas.
A Classy Watch
That might not be the first accessory that springs to mind, but when dressing for a fashionable event, your watch will be noticed. The market for watches has never been stronger, and the choice you now have is more significant than ever before. The plus side is that, once again, you don’t have to spend massive amounts of money on a good-looking watch. The lucky ones may brandish their Rolex or Breitling, but you can buy a great-looking watch that does the same job for far, far less money. The key to choosing the right watch lies in purchasing one that you like the look of – forget the value and go for your style.
Jeans Can be Classy Too
The smart-casual look is widespread. Any old pair of jeans will not do – your own, personal, worn-in pair of jeans will! After all, is there a more personal and individual garment than jeans? The most popular choice of legwear in the world, jeans look good with a t-shirt, and especially useful when worn with a simple blazer-jacket. Do it right, and make sure it fits the occasion, and you’ll set the standard for others to follow.
Budget for Good Shoes
There is an old saying that you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes: believe us when we say it’s true. Shoes do say it all, whatever the occasion, so it’s worth putting the right proportion of your fashion budget towards your footwear. What to wear and when? That depends on the event, and what you are pairing your shoes with. Simple style is what makes shoes – don’t go all pointy-toed, as that doesn’t work – and a round-toe brogue or Chelsea boot (like these) means you can’t go wrong. Pair the color with your suit or trousers – brown shoes go great with jeans, black with more formal attire – and keep them nicely polished, and you’ll do just fine.
Dress for You
All too often, men (and women) try and dress to impress others; what does impress others is if you keep it smart, simple, and – most important of all – you. Your friends know you, they know what you like, and they will find it odd if you suddenly begin wearing garments that they know you don’t find comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable, you won’t look comfortable, and that’s when you start to appear awkward and out of sorts. Don’t worry about what others think: dress for yourself, and make sure you feel good about what you are wearing.
Stick to the Classics
Some classic garments should be worn on different occasions. For example, in a formal setting where a suit may be required, it is usually the case that a gentleman will wear a white shirt. That is because it is the best and least over-burdened look. A white shirt or two is a must for every man’s wardrobe. Whether you choose button-down or loose collar is up to you, and if you are going to pair one with a tie, keep it simple and stylish – unless there is a requirement for a particular color or type. White shirts always come in handy!
Take Care with Outerwear
In the colder months, you will need to wear something on top of your suit, jeans, and t-shirts or whatever combo you are wearing, so you don’t get too cold! A good overcoat is an excellent choice for a man about town who wears a suit to work, as it looks good while not being too formal for the occasion. With your evening, smart casual outfit, pair it with a chic bomber jacket – always a winner – or a simple parka, a design classic that will never look out of place. There’s plenty of choices when it comes to outerwear, so shop around and find what you like.
It’s easy to do: overdo the adornments, and you look like you’re advertising for a jewelry store! You’ve already put on your watch, and you might wear a necklace or bracelet as a matter of course, but don’t overdo it. Gold is beautiful, but too much of it is, well, too much. Silver or gunmetal is a much safer choice. Keep it simple and classy, stylish, and not overdone, and you’ll look the part and feel great too.
Dressing trendy, first and foremost, is all about being you. So if you follow the few tips above and don’t get too hung up on the so-called rules, you’ll be able to put together an outfit for every occasion and always look fashionable.