When it comes to dressing, there are a few simple rules that a man should follow. Sometimes, men can feel misguided on the fashion front and don’t know how to get the best out of their looks and their wardrobes, or even how to express their personal style.
If you’re unsure how you can look your best, and are looking for some fashion inspiration and guidance, you’ve come to the right place. See below for 10 simple fashion dos and don’ts for dressing, and revamp your style today.
If you’re ever in doubt about what to wear, don’t underestimate the power of simple and classic dressing. For men, a classic white shirt or a plain crew-neck t-shirt goes a long way and can be worn in all types of scenarios – formal or relaxed.
It’s advised to stock up on crisp white shirts for work and formal occasions, plain or muted-hued linen shirts for summer or vacations, and t-shirts in white, black and grey for day-to-day wear. Not only do these pieces look good when worn well, they actually take the stress out of dressing each morning.
The key to good dressing is to not wear anything that doesn’t fit you perfectly. You may have a beautiful piece of clothing, but if it hangs off your body improperly and is not the perfect size or cut for your body shape or height, it won’t look right and will compromise the whole effect of your ensemble.
Following on from the above point, it is crucial that all of your clothes fit you properly – especially when it comes to formalwear like suits. Therefore, it’s wise to invest in tailoring, as it will make your clothing look a million times better when it is measured to size.
You can get trousers, shirts, suit jackets, and more tailored. But, if you don’t have the budget to get all of your clothes tailored, at least look into suit tailoring (see the next point).
Suits are never something that you should buy off the rack. A suit has the capacity to look so right when it fits properly, but so wrong when it doesn’t. You should, therefore, visit a suit tailor and get one custom made – if your budget allows – as you can guarantee it is your taste, it will fit you, and it will last you forever. Spending money on a good suit is probably the best sartorial investment you can make.
If you are going to buy a suit off the rack instead of getting it custom-made, you should ensure that it fits across the shoulders primarily, as the chest and waist can be altered more easily.
Accessories have the power to transform any look. The options for accessorising are limitless. From bags to hats, to men’s leather belts, to scarves and pocket squares, there is a lot to play with depending on your personal style and taste.
You can elevate any plain outfit with the right accessories. Say you are wearing a plain white t-shirt and plain black jeans, you can spice it up by adding a stylish cross-body bag, sports cap, jazzy socks or a fun belt.
Shoes, like suits, are something that is worth investing in. Cheap shoes are low-quality and simply will not last, and so spending any money on a cheap pair is a waste.
Shoes can last years and years if they are good quality and are properly cared for. Leather boots like Dr Martens of strong sports trainers that are made from durable materials are both stylish and practical, and unfortunately, a cheaper dupe won’t do the trick. Whereas you may be able to get away with cheap jersey pieces like t-shirts or socks, shoes need to be able to fulfil a role – to keep your feet warm, dry and supported. Therefore, it is very advised to spend a little bit more cash on quality over quantity.
Don’t be afraid of adopting a uniform in your day-to-day life. This a collection of pieces or a style that you know looks good on you and that you feel comfortable in, and should be replicated again and again without needing to switch things up.
For example, if you’re comfortable wearing a pair of jeans and a shirt most days, don’t feel pressured to think outside of the box and change up your whole look, just because fashion trends come and go. You would ultimately not feel comfortable in patterned tailored trousers and a trench coat – the departure from your true personal style is too great, and the outcome wouldn’t be a positive one.
Buying the right style of jeans is crucial. The most versatile and complementary style of jeans for most men is a slim-fit jean that is wider at the thigh but narrower on the bottom half of the leg. This style is suitable for any occasion – formal or relaxed – and with almost anything. (Hint: denim needs to be worn in and after a few wears it gives half a size.)
Don’t be afraid to experiment with small pops of colour in your ensemble. This could be a bit of detailing on a t-shirt or jumper, or a colourful strap on a bag, or bold laces on your shoes, or bold socks. If you want to add a little personal style but don’t want to go the full way, adding little bits of colour is a good way in.
Layering up shirts, jumpers and jackets is a great way to add some dimension and a stylish quality to your look. Best of all, you probably already have all the layers you need in your wardrobe, so experiment with how you can pair certain things together. You’ll probably be surprised how good your old hoodie looks layered underneath your bomber jacket, for example.