The idea of “wanting to dress better” is one which many guys have spoken to me about this week.
That first step can be a daunting task, it’s definitely easy to feel uncomfortable and out of your depth.
I’ve had a few private messages on twitter about tips for someone who is at the beginning of the journey. Where to look for ideas, rules to follow etc. It has inspired me to put together this list of 5 simple facts you can learn which will help you improve your style faster than you thought possible!
1)The “fit” of clothes are one of THE most important aspects of your look.
One of the common misconceptions is that this rule only applies to formal wear. Yes, the fit of your suit is very important. However, this rule can be applied universally across your entire wardrobe.
A poor fit can make a Hugo Boss suit look like a £5 Primark effort; however, very solid fit can make a full Primark outfit make you look like you’re carrying around million dollars (in a good way … not a mafia way).
It really is the No.1 rule of menswear and the faster you get to grips with it, the faster your style will improve. An easy way of thinking about it: strong style is about a strong silhouette of your body; this becomes impossible to achieve if your frame is drowning in excess material.
You should always try on clothes before you buy them. Make sure they fit you properly.
2) Self Grooming and Hygiene is as Important as Clothing
This one is a little self explanatory … but I feel it still needs to be said.
There is very little point in being dressed to the nines if you are absolutely stinking of piss.
…or have an uncontrollable monobrow.
It’s a simple fact, but it is the truth.
It’s a little sad in the modern day to hear fully grown men describe using moisturiser as “feminine”. Don’t be one of those guys. Men’s skin get damaged the exact same way women’s do. Therefore, it is important to take care of it. You’ll thank yourself later.
You’ll never see the “best dressed man in the world” with a scraggly beard and monobrow.
3) Sizes Vary Between Stores
I mentioned above that the No.1 style rule is getting the “fit” of clothes correct.
It is important to point out that the stores on the high street have different fits to their clothing, even if they are sized the “same”, e.g Small, Medium, Large.
Therefore, try not to go into each store with a pre-given size that you “know” fits you.
Try on each item before you buy it. Make sure you are happy with the way that it sits on your body.
Don’t be afraid of trying the next size up/down. It could potentially fit you better?
…and besides, it’s only you who knows what size the item is once it’s on your body!
4) Get a good tailor
Important point, body types vary significantly, they simply can’t be broken down into the “Small, Medium, Large” brackets that modern high street stores use. (Are you beginning to see a pattern?)
When you start to consider the different body shapes you see on the street every day, it becomes unreasonable to expect most articles of clothing will fit you perfectly straight from the rail.
It’s not even a matter of your weight; it can be down to sleeve length or should width.
I, for instance, have a wide frame developed from my days playing rugby as a growing lad…but I suffer badly from T-Rex arms. Most items of clothing I buy require that I roll up my sleeves, or have them tailored to fit properly.
The art of tailoring is all about making clothes fit perfectly on your body. Find yourself a decent tailor and things get even easier. With just a few nips and tucks, a tailor can make even the most basic of pieces look like they were made for your body.
5) Do your homework
The internet is now awash with Menswear resources. Utilise them!
If you are not sure about any topic? Google it.
Almost every question can be answered online!
Also … feel free to fire any questions to me on Twitter… @galluslad.