18 June 2013
The 10 easiest ways for guys to dress better
I get it. Most guys are busy and don’t have hours everyday to spend getting ready. I’m exactly the same. That said, that’s no excuse to look bad. Here are the ten easiest ways for guys to dress better as voted for by the 50 stylists on Thread.com.
1Only wear trousers that fit you
A pair of well-fitting trousers are incredible. They’re comfortable and make you look great. However, most guys don’t know what they should be looking for when staring at a rack of 50 pairs. Here are the secrets.
The bottom should hit your shoes with a slight ripple. If they’re too long they end up bunched up and look like you’re a student. If they’re too short you look like you’ve outgrown your pair of hand-me-downs. Find a ripple or two and you’re golden.
Generally speaking, err on the side of a slightly slimmer fit. Many guys wear regular or straight fit trousers, which leave a lot of space around their calf and thigh. This generally doesn’t look as good as slimmer trousers, which give you a more structured silhouette. So if you usually opt for straight jeans, give slim fit a try. They may feel odd at first, but you’ll be used them after four or five wears.
If you avoid slim jeans because you have a larger frame, then consider tapered jeans. They start wider at the top and become a bit narrower at the calf/angle.
As for super skinny jeans, it’s best to leave those to the hipsters.
2Don’t mix casual and formal clothes
One of the most easily fixed mistakes is mixing casual and formal items. The most common violation is wearing casual mid-blue jeans with shiny black dress shoes. Second is wearing a formal shirt (which you can tell as they have shinier material and go down to your mid-thigh) with casual blue jeans. When you mix casual and formal you end up with a mismatch that just doesn’t feel quite right. Usually you can sense an outfit doesn’t quite work but can’t put your finger on why, and this is frequently the reason.The fix is simple: keep the formality even throughout the outfit. If you want to wear dress shoes then wear more formal jeans (usually darker blue without any wash fades). Incidentally dark blue jeans also work well for casual shoes too.
3Choose the right colour shoes for your suit
Many guys wear shoes that don’t match the colour suit they’re wearing. Here is a cheat sheet of what works. Sorted.
4Get the right fit for your jacket or blazer
The fastest way to look dishevelled in a suit jacket or blazer is by wearing the wrong size. Too small and the shoulders scrunch up and the belly looks like it’s bulging out and trying to escape. Too large and they’re falling off your shoulders and the arms are smothering your wrists.
Here’s is the sweet spot:
5 Ditch the skater trainers
Many guys over the age of 25 still wear the skater-style trainers they wore when they were at university. You know the ones I mean: big white soles, Vans, the type of things you wore on the way to class as an undergrad. This is a huge missed opportunity as shoes have a disproportionally large impact on your overall look. You don’t need to drop trainers — far from it — but opt for a slightly more refined pair.
Instead of Vans, opt for a pair of grey suede desert boots, or black Nike Free Run trainers, or tan brogues. Whatever you choose, losing the skater shoes is a quick win that will make all your outfits that little bit better.
6Maximum one pattern per outfit
This is almost a fashion cliche, but it still happens. Nothing moves you from stylish to train wreck faster than wearing too many clashing patterns and colours. The general rule is you can afford to have one major pattern per outfit. So if your shirt is a colourful floral print, keep the chinos and shoes simple. Likewise, if you have gone for a pair of trendy all-over print shorts, wear a simple one-colour t-shirt.
7Empty your jacket pockets
When your pockets are loaded with your wallet, phone, receipts and more it makes your jacket misshapen and breaks your silhouette. The fix here takes 30 seconds: empty those pockets! Remove all the unnecessary items from your wallet, and shift things from your jacket to your trousers. It may sound like a small thing, but this trick will make you look slimmer and more refined in seconds.
8Invest in some fun socks
Just because you have to wear a suit to work doesn’t mean you can’t add some serious personality and style. Socks are the perfect opportunity. Find a colourful pair that matches your personality and have fun with it. Nothing shouts confidence and style than a guy who crosses his legs to expose his colourful and fun socks. I’d recommend Happy Socks and Falke as two great brands that do interesting socks.
9Make sure your style is right for your age
As we get older and wiser, our style should naturally evolve with us. We’ve all seen the 50 year old guy who still dresses like he’s 25 and cringed a little. The keys are:Stick with simpler colours, cleaner looks and more classic styles. If you’re over 35, for example, avoid things like graphic print t-shirts and hoodies. Instead opt for things like fitted blazers, oxford shirts and navy chinos. Avoid trends, and aim for a smarter style.Avoid having more than 3 main colours in one outfit. When you have lots of contrasting patterns and colours it starts to look less refined.As you get older it’s often good to find a smart style you like and stick to it, rotating things like shirts, pocket squares and jackets to add variety within a similar style. These guys do it right:
10Find your own personal style
After reading this post you may think I believe there’s One True Way for everybody to dress. Of course that’s not true. These guidelines are helpful at highlighting some of the most common and easiest to fix mistakes, but once you’ve done them you’re into a new frontier: finding your own style. Once clothes tick the box of keeping you warm they move onto being a fun way of expressing your personality, creativity and individuality. So the last mistake people make is dressing like everyone else. Experiment with different things, such as monk strap shoes, pocket square, quirky shirt detailing, colours, textures to find a style to call your own.
That’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you have, I’d really appreciate you liking this article on Facebook, posting on Twitter, and generally spreading the word.
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