Our parents define our fashion sense from birth until about five years old. Whatever they dressed us in were the clothes we wore for the day. As we entered grade school, we developed a sense of independence and individuality that prompted us to want input in what we wore. Although our style choices were questionable, they gave us confidence and a sense of belonging. Then, we entered high school, and our fashion selections were primarily influenced by our personalities, culture, and peers.
Then, we reach adulthood, and our understanding of the significance of our appearance in everyday life evolves. How we look is an expression of who we are; however, it also gives an impression to others. Our fashion choices also change based on the weather, activity, or the guidelines of an event or environment (interviews, work, weddings, etc.).
While you may be aware of the importance of your appearance and style sense, learning the ropes isn’t an overnight process. Having a few “ground rules” can make things easier as you discover what fashions work best for you. Continue reading for advice.
Don’t Lose Yourself In Trends And Opinions
Are you the kind of guy that dresses based on the latest fashion trends or the opinions of others? Although there is nothing wrong with using popular styles as a guide or asking those closest to you what they think, you mustn’t lose yourself. When you wear clothes that make you feel self-conscious, uncomfortable, or outright crazy just because it’s “cool,” it lowers your esteem.
As part of what makes an outfit look good is confidence, your discomfort will automatically take away from your appearance. Ultimately, no fashion trend or opinion should trump yours.
Remember that quality matters as you expand your wardrobe and define your style. Some men make the mistake of purchasing cheap clothes and accessories to save money. While you initially save, you’ve invested in something that will quickly lose value.
Cheap clothes and accessories are made from materials of lesser quality, causing them to fade, rip, shrink, or break faster. Consequently, you’ll have to make more frequent purchases. Therefore, it’s best to spend more on quality items.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you must go bankrupt on fashion. Savvy shopping tips like comparing prices, using coupons, and taking advantage of promotional offers can help you save on quality items.
Suits Are A Fashion Staple
Of all the staple fashion items for men, suits should be at the top of the list. While you may prefer sweat suits or jeans and a t-shirt, there may come a time when you need to put on your best. A suit may be required for a job interview, in a corporate setting, or for a wedding, party, or funeral. Therefore, you should have at least one or two classic properly-fitting suits ready for these occasions.
Learn How To Tie a Tie (And Bow Tie)
Another fashion staple is a tie or bowtie to pair with your suit. Believe it or not, many grown men have no idea how to tie a tie. Although a clip-on takes the guesswork out of this practice, there’s something about a conventional necktie that takes the cake. You can adjust the knot size and tie length to compliment your neck size, height, and shirt collar.
As this accessory helps enhance your appearance and style sense, it’s a lesson you don’t want to overlook. There are guides on how to tie a bowtie and tie a tie you can review to help you learn. You can also ask for assistance from a friend or significant other.
Make Sure It Fits
Baggy oversized clothes were a thing in the 90s. Buying jeans, shirts, hoodies, and coats three sizes too big was a trendy statement. However, the best-dressed gentlemen understand the importance of ensuring their clothes fit. Rocking fashions complimenting your physique add a level of maturity, comfort, and sophistication that stand out. If unsure of your size, take measurements and use product charts to make a suitable selection. You can also visit a seamstress or tailor to help you get a more accurate reading.
Crisp, Fresh, And Clean
No matter what you wear or the occasion, ensure that your clothes are crisp, fresh, and clean. Nothing can mess up your appearance like dingy, wrinkled, or smelly clothes. Wash or dry clean your clothing regularly. Hang or fold your clothes to reduce wrinkles and iron them when necessary.
Fashion is more than superficial. It’s a form of personal expression and a representation of who you are to others. Although your fashion sense will change and evolve, some foundational concepts will withstand the test of time. Use the above tips to fine tune your style in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond.