It is always easy to find style tips on the internet lately. The question is how easy and straight to the point are they to just put into practice? It’s not only a duty of celebrities or popular people to work on their image and how they brand themselves. The everyday man also has an image and a brand to protect in order to make an impact on society without spending his life savings. On my usual web ‘runnings’, I saw so many style tips but I’ve put together these simple tips which comes in handy for the everyday man.
Tip #1 – Have Self-confidence.
Before anything else… understand that a big chunk of style depends on a confident attitude. Self-confidence doesn’t just help you engage with anyone but It’s an internal driving force for remembering who you are & what you stand for.
Tip #2 – Value Style & Image.
Entering the real world – you’ve got to open your eyes to the inconvenient truth: “books are always judged by their covers”.
Appearances do matter. Especially when it comes to first impressions. Isn’t a good personality still important? Absolutely. To nail first impressions, your style and image have to work within society’s system of what’s acceptable & then yours to compliment. You want to dress in a way that can easily grant you those precious seconds to sell a thought, make your case, and influence others.
That means you must stick to crisp, clean, and well-fitted clothing. Not just anything to throw on. That’s what encourages people to take you more seriously.
Tip #3 – Level-Up Your Footwear.
Still wearing running shoes all the time (even when you’re NOT running)? Explore other options.
Why? It boils down to a traditional school of thought that’s still alive and well these days: “you can judge a man by his shoes”. People see shoes as a way of measuring your net worth – or assuming your career and social status. So I believe investing in a pair or two of high-quality dress shoes & some casual loafers isn’t a bad idea.
A pair of quality leather shoes is one of the best investments – provided it’s durable and comfortable to wear for many years (with nothing more than some light cleaning and the occasional shine required). It’s not just about looking sharp. Shoes represent attention to detail and how carefully you present yourself (not giving people any reason to ridicule).
Tip #4 – Take Care Of Your Clothing.
In general. Being young means you’ve got less disposable income. Budgeting is a must.
But at the same time – there’s no excuse for not keeping your clothes in great shape. With just a few ‘bucks’, be selective with buying things such as wooden hangers for your suits, shoe racks for your shoes, a reliable iron, and detergent.
And then there’s the free stuff – information. Be educated on ironing your shirt properly (so you don’t end up ruining the fabric or leaving marks).
Tip #5 – Nail The Fit.
At home, you might still enjoy wearing those baggy shorts or oversized shirts even though you have slimmed down… But outside, remember that fit is king. It’s your top concern in the style pyramid for any clothing item. Rule of thumb: If it doesn’t fit (and can’t be slightly adjusted to fit) – do NOT buy it. It won’t work.
Tip #6 – Own A Well-Fitted Suit.
No matter what your job is, you’ll most likely wear a high-quality suit at some point in life. So if you’re going to buy one, make sure it’s a classic suit. Consider factors like notch lapels, the proper length of the jacket (the back side shouldn’t completely cover your butt) and a clean, consistent stitching (check this by opening the vents and breast pocket).
For any suit that’s off the rack – do take the time to have it adjusted. Skilled tailors would know how to make small changes that take it from “mediocre” to “perfect for you.” They could even turn a ten-cedis suit from Kantamanto into a staple of your dress wardrobe. That’s right – it doesn’t matter where the suit comes from. As long as it looks amazing on you!
Tip #7 – Choose QUALITY Over Quantity.
What good is a wardrobe that’s oversaturated with items that either (A) don’t feel good to wear or (B) are difficult to match with one another? The truth is, it’s pretty much a dump – where the good stuff gets lost in the mix while the rest have to be cleared or replaced. The best advice is, donate these things you don’t need anymore, give them out bro! Better to have 3 outfits you like to wear than 20 of them lying dormant in your wardrobe.
Tip #8 – Get Rid Of Worn Out Clothing.
Certain jean styles might’ve been trendy during your teenage years (like tears, holes or distressed looks). Eliminate those pants (or clothes with similar styles) from your closet right away. You want to move past that rebellious, individualistic phase for good. Upgrade your legwear by sticking to what works: clean, well-fitted indigo jeans. Also get a couple of bright-coloured jeans or khakis (either straight or slim fit) to add some variety.
Tip #9 – Cut-down on the T-Shirts & Hoodies
We know that Mark Zuckerberg normally goes to work in a gray hoodie as if he was running a local gym instead of Facebook.
But how many guys like Zuckerberg are on this planet? Exactly. The average guy doesn’t have such privileges and will be judged in a negative way if he wears UN-dressy shirts or tops to work. That includes different hoodies and t-shirts (especially graphic tees). Okay if it’s on a cool weekend but for work, sorry, you’re not Mark Zuckerberg.
Tip #10 – Ignore Fashion Trends.
Finally, don’t fall prey to the whimsical whims of fashion.
Mainstream fashion trends change too fast to really become staples of your style. And young men can’t afford a complete wardrobe overhaul every month. So avoid anything that doesn’t survive past an “in” season (like skinny ties and jeans). Stick to timeless clothing pieces and classic colours, patterns, textures and combinations (those which have existed since your parents’ and grandparents’ younger years) – since those will never disappoint.
A huge thanks to Real Men Real Style.
Ladies, you’re not left out. Your piece is out next, watch out!