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Want to Dress Better? Here's how to Start

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You've been thinking about dressing better for quite some time, but every time you've attempted to change the way you look, you don't know where to begin. You weren't the type of man to grow up with a 'personal style.' You just threw on whatever happened to be in your pile of clean clothes. This meant you never developed a natural instinct for it, and now the thought of dressing any different is overwhelming.

The massive amount of information online doesn't help. There's too much advise out there. Even though you consider yourself a smart man, it's all too much to focus on.

Don't worry. You aren't alone. Many men just like are ready to develop their style and begin dressing better, but have no idea where to begin doing it. Luckily, we have a few tips and solutions that can help.

Style Hacks: Dress Better now

  • Start From Scratch- No, you don't necessarily have to clean out your cupboard and get rid of every one of your favourite shirts, but starting from scratch does mean that you have to accept that some of those clothes are saying goodbye. You have to be willing to get rid of your old style so you can accept the new one you will be adopting. 


  • Forget What you Think you Know- It's hard for many men to accept the fact that they really know nothing about men's fashion. They don't know how to match their shoes to their suits or what colour tie they should wear to a board meeting. And much of what they think they know is wrong. To make it easier on you, make a point to forget what you think you know and start over. It will be much simpler to learn about men's fashion rules if your preconceived notions aren't getting in the way. 


  • Focus on the Basics- Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don't run before you can walk?” Abide by this when you're starting to dress better. Don't try to rush into new and exciting realms of fashion before you're ready. You don't necessarily need to be bold and brave with colours and patterns if you are just learning how to choose the best men's suits and tweed jackets for your body. Master the basics first and the rest will be a lot easier. 


  • Build a Solid Foundation- Every wardrobe starts with a solid foundation, and when you're rebuilding yours, think solid with versatile items. Purchase black and navy suits, white dress shirts, men's tweed jackets, and ties without patterns to begin with. This will give you a foundation of men's clothing items that can match with almost anything in your wardrobe. This will not only help you get started on the basics correctly, but will save you money as you begin to develop your personal style. 


  • Know how to Layer- Want to make use out of everything in your wardrobe? Learn how to layer your clothing properly. By doing this with your dress shirts, knitwear, and men's tweed jackets, you can create interesting ensembles that help you stand out from the crowd. 


  • Forget the Trends- Trends come and go, but classic style lasts a lifetime. When you're developing your own personal style, forget the trends. You don't need them, and they won't help you dress better. With trends, what may be in style today will be out tomorrow, which means you'll constantly be trying to play catchup. Once you figure out what image you're trying portray, stick to it. 


  • Look Effortless- A man doesn't need to look like he spend five hours standing in front of a mirror, perfecting his suits and his hair before leaving the house. He should look like it took him no time at all to produce a cool and suave result. Be careful, though. Looking effortless isn't the same as looking as if you didn't bother. Whether you're wearing men's suits or jeans, you should always appear put together and aesthetically pleasing. 


  • Try New Things- Once you've learned the basics of men's style, don't be afraid to try new things. That's how you create a style that is all your own. You'll be amazed how good you can look when you start using items that you previously thought wouldn't suit you. Try a bow tie with a tweed jacket or cufflinks with your suit. Starting out small like this can give you the confidence to try even more. 


  • Learn to Love Colour- Many men who begin attempting to dress better start out with a neutral palette. This is completely understandable. After all, neutral colours are much easier to work with when you're first beginning to understand your style. That doesn't mean they have to be your only option forever, though. In fact, adding a bit of colour here or there can help you expand your wardrobe and your sense of style. You just have to make the attempt. Start out by adding in some colour to your ensembles, a little here, a little there. Don't go overboard, but make an effort to avoid completely monochrome wardrobes. 


  • Learn to Laugh- Your first attempt to change your style may not go over very smoothly with your mates. In fact, they may poke fun or actually laugh at your attempts. Don't let it get to you. Instead, laugh along with you. Your new style isn't bad; in fact, they are most likely laughing simply because your mates aren't used to the new you. Once they are, the jokes will cease. 


  • Be Open to Feedback- Sometimes the people in your life will actually have something to say about what you're wearing that can be helpful. Listen to them. They may be able to give you advise on what looks best on you and help you steer clear of colours that simply don't match your skin tone. Women especially are, more often than not, happy to provide you with real and honest opinions about your wardrobe. 


Looking to make a new start when it comes to your clothing choices? Change your style with the help of these tips. You'll look better before you know it.

By Brook Taverner 8 December 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments