Take Your Style from Passable to Perfect
A lot of men today want to dress to impress. They want to exhibit a personal style, and they want to be admired just as much as women do. However, there’s a fine line between class and kitsch, so it is important to adhere to a few guidelines before getting started. Men who care about their physical appearance are smart. They don’t just want to dress to turn heads; they want to do it to exude a sense of style, have more confidence and feel appreciated.
Proper attire changes people’s perceptions
Dressing sharp makes you think sharp too. Well-tailored clothes, a nice watch, a matching tie and a good-quality pair of shoes give men a boost of confidence. Believe it or not, it will make you feel ready — at work, in your free time, when talking to people, etc. As humans centered on visuals, we like to look at people. Men who dress well are admired, and that contributes at boosting their self-esteem too.
Nice clothes shows respect
We live in a world where dressing at random doesn’t show respect. This might seem cliché, but if you want someone’s respect, you first have to earn it. Whether you’re a salesperson, lawyer, consult or realtor, your clothes will tell whether or not someone will talk to you. Mediocre clothes are forgettable; nobody will remember that you knocked on their door to sell them a product; in fact, the moment they see you they form an opinion. A man in a casual, tasteful outfit is appealing. Well-fitted clothes, a nice hair style and proper vocabulary can make him seem even more interesting, even if he’s at your door selling toothbrushes.
Very few men wear accessories. But those that do should be greatly appreciated. Leather bracelets, a tasteful custom made signet ring, sunglasses, tie clips, cufflinks and even a top-quality used wristwatch, are just some items you might want to consider if you want to stand out and make an impression. When buying accessories, it is important to focus on quality. If you can’t afford gold, stick to stainless steel or silver; but under no circumstances choose knockoffs.
The latest trends in men’s accessories are centered on jewelry, particularly rings and necklaces. Yes, men can wear rings. But then again, a chosen band has to exude manliness, power and strength. Signet rings in particular, have been worn by men since the late 1700s. The signet was first used to seal official documents, and then it started to be worn by the world’s most feared and powerful emperors. Nowadays, signets are engraved or etched with different messages; as long as your chosen design is interesting but minimalist, wearing the band will surely make a positive impression.
Shirts and jackets
Every respectable man should have at least two shirts — one black and one white. What’s great about them is that they can be worn to all sorts of black tie events, but also on day out with friends paired with jeans and sneakers. Avoid tricky patterns and colors that are difficult to match and keep things simple. Complement your shirt with a casual-like jacket or sweatshirt and make it stand out with a pair of well-chosen cufflinks.
Style vs. fashion
A lot of men strive to be fashionable, and that’s OK. However, there’s huge difference between style and fashion. High-fashion clothes are made by a brand, which are usually designed for marketing. Style on the other hand, is a personal endeavor. It’s up to you to combine different items from different designers to help you define a personal sense of style.
To go from boring to wow, it is important to buy clothes that fit well even though you’re not the fittest individual out there. Loose, baggy clothes are a thing of the past. Today’s outfit has to look neat. The desired effect can only be attained when the clothes are bought on your size — not a size bigger or smaller.
As far as accessories are concerned, it’s always a good idea to think outside the box. But then again, this doesn’t mean wearing bling-bling all day long. Leather bracelets, a tasteful custom made signet ring, brand wristwatches, sunglasses, tie clips and cufflinks are just some items you might want to consider if you want to stand out and make an impression.
Article by John Smith