Dude, I get it! I really do! It's frustrating sometimes when you open your closet and don't know where to start. You want to have a strong sense of style (or you wouldn't be reading this) but it's overwhelming! I'm here to help! Start with cleaning your closet out and organizing it! Take a detailed assessment of what you have and what you need.
1. Fit Is Everything!
Fit is King – Remember that! 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. If you sit down and your shirt buttons pull, the shirt does not fit you. Time to get a size up. If your shirt does not fit square on your shoulders, it also does not fit you. Time to get a size down.
*Fit Tip: Master The Military Tuck
For a crisp finish when wearing a shirt, try deploying the military tuck. Once you’ve buttoned up your shirt, and with your pants left unbuttoned at the top, tuck only the front of your shirt into your pants, making sure there is no bunching of fabric.
Then, pinch the side seams of the shirt and fold back against your torso, tucking in and smoothing the back of your shirt. Keeping everything in place, button up your pants.
2. Mix Color, Textures & Patterns
Experiment with pattern, color and texture matching. As you can imagine, it’s quite easy to overdo it. The art of matching lies in the subtle harmony of all the elements. Stay in either the same color family or use complemetry colors. When mixing prints, use like size prints. A simple combination I use often is printed dress shirt/textured knit (like cable knit sweater)/leather or denim jacket.
3. Skip The Dryer
For most articles of clothing, dryers do nothing but destroy. Your clothes will last longer, look nicer, and keep their size if you hang dry them instead. You worked hard to build your wardrobe. Take care of it.
4. Step up your shoe game
Shoes can make or break an outfit, so if you can only get one thing in your wardrobe right, let it be your shoes. Need a suggestion? Go with a pair of chukka boots — you can dress them up or down depending on the look you’re going for.
5. Match your accessories
Color match belts & shoes:
black belt / black shoes, tan belt / tan shoes, etc.
6. Get an Overcoat
Once January rolls around, even a trench coat with wool lining will not provide enough warmth, especially in the sleeves, look for at least one warm overcoat to layer over dress clothes or to dress up a casual look.
7. Don't be afraid of Hats
Ok, so you have your basics wardrobe completed. Yes, you may look well put together, but without a spark of originality, you risk blending in with the rest of them. Adding on a hat takes your all over look to another level and makes the other wise somewhat basic look your own.
8. Invest in accessories.
Show off your originality with a subtly patterned scarf. Or add interest to a basic solid tee by layering on a necklace.
In short, it’s an easy way to upgrade your look.
9. Add in layering options like chunky cable knit sweaters.
Remember that your top and bottom halves need to somewhat vibe. If you’re wearing a big, chunky, rugged fisherman knit sweater, your bottom needs to be a bit rugged, too. Don’t wear a fisherman’s sweater with a dressy silk-and-wool suit pant. Instead, wear it with something casual like jeans.
10. Continually cultivate your image –
You have to invest time and money into your image. Cultivate your fashion sense. Your style is a huge mode of communication, and is worth the effort. Take the time to know what your personal style even is. Invest in quality pieces and take care of them.
Oscar Schoffler, longtime fashion editor of Esquire once said,
“Never underestimate the power of what you wear. After all, there’s just a small bit of yourself sticking out at the collar and cuff. The rest of the world sees what you drape on your frame.”
Happy Tip Tuesday! I hope these helped you and have inspired you to take some time to really cultivate your own personal style and some ideas and inspirations on where to start!
I'll leave you with this last bit of advice....(sort of a pet peeve of mine).
Please Please remember this, Gym clothes are NOT a part of your style/wardrobe. They are in an entirely different area of the store, thus should they also be in your closet.
A few years ago my personal style was kind of a jumble of confusion with no clear direction. I was torn between what I was drawn to naturally and what I had in my head that someone like me "should" look like. When I went shopping I chose things on impulse with no purpose or reasoning and ended up with a closet full of non-cohesive pieces . Now, several years later, I’ve figured out my style and want to share a few tips on how I found it and how you can find yours.
What is my personal STYLE VOICE?
To best describe my Style Voice, Edgy Couture really sums it up. What is that you ask?! Think Chanel with a motorcycle jacket and Whisky.
My personal style evolves everyday and is often based on my mood, setting and the season. I'm not afraid to take risks or try new trends out. Confidence is most definitely key. I'm inspired by fashion shows, editorial campaigns, new trends and art. I would say my "signature" style could be described as "edgy chic". I'm drawn to sophisticated and posh silhouettes and styles, very New York chic. Black is usually my color of choice. But I have a little rebel fashionista side as well that has to edge it up a little. I love incorporating leather, black boots and moto jackets into my look and mixing high end designer pieces with thrifty finds from my favorite thrift shops. Faux Fur is usually in the equation and my obsession for fall/winter fashion is one of the reasons I love living in MN. Oh and of course, a hat is usually my finishing piece.
Now that you understand my Style Voice a little better, lets help you find yours!
First off, I’ll let you in on a little secret: figuring out your style isn’t just about clearly knowing what styles you are drawn to and like…figuring out what’s flattering to your body and what you feel comfortable and happy in is key. And once you find pieces that fulfill that criteria, the style just comes. And it’s uniquely yours.
To start this journey in finding your style self, you must start it with this -
Stop caring what others will think of you and what others are wearing!! What looks good on Nancy from book club or Jen from down the hall or Pete in drama club are probably not going to look the same on you! Find your own voice. Do this, and you will start enjoying a freedom like you have never experienced before. Get out of your own head.
So let's get to it!
My top tips to help you find those flattering and confidence-building pieces that will come together to create a fabulous style!
Some Quizes that may help you!
As always loves, I hope I helped!
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