Fashion Tips and Must Haves For Men
Young men are the future leaders of society and dressing sharp is the first step towards becoming a professional. Lets me clear. Clothing doesn’t make the man……however. The right clothing can give a young man precious seconds to make his case and influence others. Your first appearance means everything, the first thing people see besides your charming smile and eyes, is your attire. So no matter what your profession is, your fashion sense tells others a lot about you.
One of the best — and simplest — ways to change the way people see you is to start dressing sharper. It’s important to note that it’s worth paying attention to your clothing as a young man even if you’re working in a field without strict dress codes. Our clothing still matters as it introduces us and tells our story before we open our mouth. The way you dress is the way you are perceived. If you’re still wearing clothes that scream “student days” you’re going to be treated like a boy with no experience in the real world. Crisp, clean and well fitted clothing – wherever you are at in the world – encourages others to take you more seriously. Here are some fashion tips to help guide you through your career attire or just for a night out with friends! Here are so tips and must haves!
1. Keep it simple – You want a wardrobe that looks great on you, but don’t overdo it. Don’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Don’t dress like a rock star unless you’re in a band. If you want to be flashy, a simpler but stylish look would be sporting a black striped dress shirt with a white blazer, a dark pair of jeans, a dressy belt and your sharpest dress shoes. You could also add a flashy watch or a simple accessory like an interesting necklace, but nothing more.
2. Brown Wingtips – Don’t be behind the times. Old-fashioned wingtips are the must-have contemporary office shoe. You can wear ‘em with a suit for a big meeting, or with jeans when you’re off the clock. Why brown? It’s classic and professional, but it adds more personality than black would. Plus, they’ll age beautifully. A good pair of dress shoes will last you years and stay good-looking with nothing more than some light cleaning and the occasional shine. Quality leather footwear isn’t a luxury for the excessively rich — it’s a necessity for any man.
3. A Versatile Suit – Whether you suit up for work everyday, or only on special occasions, you need a suit that exudes sophistication. A timeless two-button, notch lapel gray, black or navy suit looks refined and will continue to for years to come. And please, don’t skimp on the tailoring. You can look like you inherited your dad’s suit if it doesn’t fit properly.
4. Fit is King – The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style is to make sure everything fits impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too large. Make sure everything you wear is almost hugging the shape of your body – without being tight. Bad fit is an epidemic.
5. Check the Fabric – It’s quality over quantity, so buy clothes that are 100% fabrics (cotton, wool, etc.). They look nicer and are more sturdy.
6. Treat yourself to Oxford – Stop buying “small, medium and large” dress shirts. Buy slim-fitted, treat yourself to an Oxford shirt and tuck it in.
7. A Timeless Trench – There are a few things you can count on in life: you will drink too much on your birthday, your in-laws will irritate you every holiday, and a beige trench will always be in style. Consider a classic trench an investment in both your look and everyday routine. A quality coat will keep you looking slide no matter how the weather is cooperating.
8. Cuff Links – Cuff links can make or break an outfit. They should be simple and clean looking. Buy two or three different pairs, and you’ll be a true 21st-century esquire.
9. Always match your belt with your shoes – This is a good rule to follow and it keeps things simple. It’s best to stay with traditional colors such a black, dark brown or a rich tan. Other colors will be difficult to match, and generally speaking, should be avoided. If you wear sneakers every day that probably means you are wearing jeans in which case I suggest trying a belt made of fabric or something equally as casual, but please avoid dress belts with jeans and sneakers. If you wear suspenders, I am compelled to ask you why, but I digress. Just don’t wear a belt and suspenders together, it’s one or the other.
10. Matching Ties and Shirts – For while the solid-colored shirt with a tie of the same (or slightly-off) color was seen everywhere. This is now a somewhat dated look. Try mixing things up a little and experiment with colors. Ties are great way to express yourself, but keeping it tasteful is your best bet. You can’t go wrong with diagonal stripes, modern polka-dots, plaids and subtle patterns. Just make sure your tie compliments your shirt, suit, sweater or what ever you will be wearing it with. Novelty ties are best avoided since the novelty is short lived.
Note: Ties should be tied in whatever style most strikes your fancy. You should know that there are many different ways to knot your tie, and different knots say different things. I prefer the Windsor or the four-in-hand, but I do suggest that you explore a little just for kicks. As for clip on ties–just say no.
11. Distinguished Business Bag – Messenger bags are appropriate for two places: College campuses and road trips. Translation: Keep them away from the office. A simple, sleek business bag is a better way to get the job done—one with the same quality and distinction as your last big presentation.
12. Luxe Leather Gloves – Pass your knit-mitts to your younger brother and save your ski gloves for building snowmen. Professional men wear leather gloves. Period. Invest in a pair that’s simple, and functional, like these from Coach. Bonus if the leather is super-soft.
13. Basic Button-Up – Don’t get us wrong, we love dress shirts in bold hues, but a white button-up is a classic that belongs in everyman’s closet. Sure, you probably already have one—but since they don’t look fresh forever, you should have at least a few at your disposal. Your boss can spot the difference.
14. Unflattering Colors -That beautiful blue cashmere sweater you found on sale after Christmas might be really tempting, but if it makes you look ill its no bargain. The colors you wear should compliment your natural features such as your eye color, skin tone and body shape. Keep this in mind when putting your look together.
15. Watches are the single most important accessory a man can own. I really suggest investing in one good watch that suits your lifestyle and taste. However, if you are someone who likes to own more than one watch, wear the appropriate timepiece for your outfit: black band with black shoes and belt; brown band with brown shoes and belt; and silver band for either.
16. Jeans – As always, fit is king. For beginners, slim – not skinny – is what you should aiming for, and don’t be afraid to take them to a tailor to get them just right. Always own a pair in a raw indigo color and then possibly venture into grey and black washes, if denim really is your thing. Keep the design simple – no man made distressing and definitely no logos or words on the back pockets (or anywhere else for that matter).
17. Change the way you see casual – casual doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun with collared shirts, or take some inspiration from those who approach casual a bit differently.
18. Casual Shoes – One white and one black pair of trainers with minimal detailing is all you need, with the neutral colour ways enabling you to pair them with more formal pieces, if required. Look at getting a pair of neutral boat shoes for the summer and a pair of leather loafers for the winter – your clothing isn’t the only thing that needs to adapt to each season.
19. Quality Cashmere – Every guy should have a well-made cashmere sweater. The soft, lightweight material is more comfortable than your favorite T-shirt—but so much more stylish—and touchable. She won’t be able to keep her hands off of you.
20. Eye-Catching Eyeglasses – Even if people don’t spot your winning smile, they’ll notice your glasses. Upgrading your frames is the simplest, most noticeable way to enhance your look, but finding the right ones can be a challenge. Just choose your face shape and width on their website and they’ll show you the most flattering frames for your unique look.
21. Never go shopping alone – Most of the time, it’s tough to trust the sales people because they usually work for commission. Shop with a friend who will give you their honest opinion.
22. Pay attention to your supporting pieces – Some sweaters are lean and others are big and chunky. The first rule of thumb is that your top and bottom halves need to match. If you’re wearing a big, chunky, rugged fisherman knit sweater, your bottom needs to be rugged, too. Don’t wear a fisherman’s sweater with a beautiful silk-and-wool suit pant. Instead, wear it with something as casual as cargos or jeans.