By dressing well, guys can give off the appearance of being confident, attractive, put-together men that any firm would want to hire and anyone would want to date. One’s attire is one of the first things noticed by others, and these first impressions are long-lasting. With a few simple steps, any guy can dress to impress every day.
Whats your style?
Dress according to the activities in your life, and the image you want to project. Dressing according to trends can be fun, but if it’s not appropriate for what you’re actually doing at the moment, it can make you look out of place.
Be true to the person that you are and the things that you actually do. If you don’t actually play sports, avoid looking like you just walked off a basketball court.When dressing for work or for school, respect the culture of that environment. Make sure you are projecting the appearance of a professional, competent person who is aware of where he actually is.
If you’re going to a job interview, ask your contact what kind of attire their applicants usually wear. Wear either business casual or business formal attire. It’s better to do over-dressed than under-dressed for an interview.
For professional networking events, industry conventions, or formal dinners, invest in a good suit. Choose a darker, classy color for increased versatility; grey, dark blue, and black are excellent choices.
You can wear a t-shirt of a band you like, or a little bit of camo if that reflects your interests, but always work it into your outfit so it looks like it’s in context.
For formal occasions, don’t try to get away with being underdressed. Show that you respect the event, and are involved in the moment. Dressing up will make you look more involved, approachable and confident.
Consider your personality when picking your clothes.
You don’t have to force yourself to be anything you’re not, and it’s very important that your clothes accentuate who you really are. Just make sure that you’re not wildly inappropriate or projecting an image that doesn’t do you justice.
Wanting to dress well does not mean that you suddenly have to pay a whole lot of attention to fashion or be aware of all the trends.Dressing well also doesn’t mean that you have to follow a lot of rules for tailoring and “what every well-dressed man should have”. You shouldn’t have to worry just because you don’t have a classic button-down oxford shirt in your closet.
If you have a casual, quiet, no-nonsense personality, it’s perfectly acceptable to have a simple wardrobe with just a few, well made, basic items. If you have a dramatic personality that likes to make a statement, it would make sense to have that reflected in your clothes. Just exercise a little restraint to make sure you don’t go overboard.
Pick your statements carefully.
- Dressing well means showing that you are comfortable being yourself, not hiding behind what your clothes say.
It’s good to wear clothes that reflect your interests, but avoid being a walking advertisement for a brand, a sports team, or musicians.
- Avoid wearing shirts that display offensive or sarcastic statements. You will be more attractive if you project a positive image to the world.
- Try not to look like you’re wearing a costume or uniform. Don’t dress all in camo if you’re not presently hunting or in the middle of actual combat.
- If there is a celebrity you admire, it’s perfectly fine to use them as inspiration. Just make sure that you take your own activities and physique into consideration.
Finding Good Quality Clothes that Fit Well
Know what clothes suit your body. You don’t need to have an ideal body to look good in what you’re wearing. Clothes can make a big difference in how your body looks and can give the illusion that you are taller or thinner than you are.
Think of dressing as creating an optical illusion. Look at the lines and shapes your clothes make on your body, and consider how they relate to optimal proportions. The ideal masculine proportion is tall, wider at the shoulders and narrower at the hips. Take an honest look at how your body matches up to this ideal, and look for clothes that hide and accentuate the right parts.
It’s OK to play with these proportions a bit, depending on the occasion and your social group. Just be conscious about how your clothes make your body look, and think about how to compromise good proportion with fashion statements.
Hip hop clothes, for example, tend to be a lot baggier, and can make a guy look bottom-heavy. Hipster clothes might make you look skinny. If this is the image you want to project, and you’re not going to a formal event or an office, that’s fine.
Know that your fit is more than just your size.
Clothing companies use average measurements to determine sizing and fit to try to cater to many people. Individual people, however, usually have bodies that are a bit different. The fit is the most important aspect of any article of clothing.
No matter how cool the style is, if it doesn’t fit you, do not wear it. Look at how the clothes you try on making your body look, and be flexible when it comes to size. In one store you may be a medium, but in another, you may be a large size
Remember that cotton clothing will shrink a small amount the first time you wash and dry the fabric. If you plan on drying your cotton clothes, look for sizes that are slightly too big to accommodate shrinkage. If you dry clean certain items, you won’t have to worry about it. Find brands that cater to your body type. You will probably find that some brands and stores tend to fit you better than others, and it’s a good idea to shop mainly at those stores.
Find a good tailor. Often clothes off the rack simply don’t fit, but can be made to fit with simple adjustments. Many good stores provide tailoring services at discounted rates if you buy from them.
- For shirts, the seam at the beginning of the sleeve should start right where your shoulder ends. The length of the shirt should extend beyond the belt but not beyond the buttocks.
- A good shirt will fit with the shoulder seam on the curve of the shoulder, and the cuff stopping just before the curve of the hand (where the hand meets the wrist).
- For pants, the waist should fit you comfortably right above the hips. The pant leg should extend down at least to the top of your shoe, but not to the ground.
- For shorts, choose a slightly wider leg than you would on a pair of pants. Shorts should stop somewhere between the top and middle of the knee.
- European cut shirts are a bit different from American cut. The European cut is a little slimmer and more form-fitting along the sides, while American cut is a little baggier, allowing for more room.
Choose the right colors.
- The colors on your clothes reflect onto your skin, eyes, and hair, and depending on your particular features, some colors will be more flattering than others.
- Colors can also improve your mood, and wearing colors that are a bit trendy can help you look current.Experiment with different colors, and find the ones that suit you best.
- A good color should make your skin look healthy, not pale, blotchy, or sickly. Your eyes look clear and bright, not bloodshot or tired.If you have blue or green eyes, try wearing a blue shirt or tie to bring them out.
- Also, certain shades of red or brown might “cancel out” your eye color and make you look tired.If you have fair skin and dark hair, you might consider wearing clothes that complement this contrast.
- Wearing a lot of tans or khakis might make you look “washed out.The colors you wear should make you feel happy and at ease. Pay attention to how the colors you wear make you feel.
- Also, if you’re not comfortable wearing a particular color, don’t wear it, even if it‘s trendy or the color of your favorite team.
- Some people love wearing bright colors like yellow and orange, but they might make other people feel self-conscious.You’ll probably notice when you go shopping that there are some colors that are popular for a season, such as fluorescents or mustard yellows.
- Some up-to date color in your wardrobe is good, but always buy colors that make you feel and look good, regardless of the trends.
Wear the highest quality clothes you can afford.
Opt for high quality materials and sturdy construction.This is especially true for basic pieces like pants and more formal pieces that you expect to wear for a long time. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on clothes, but always look for quality.
Plan to spend more money on more important pieces, and less money on trendy items or things you will wear through quickly, such as T-shirts. Second-hand stores are a great source of high quality items. Also, buying from an expensive brand doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality. Use your best judgment when picking clothes no matter where you shop.
Maintaining Your fashion Dress Code can be a balancing act
We are so busy focusing on our toddlers that we can forget our own appearance. Memories of when I was a stay at home dad makes me laugh. Most of my days at home were spent wearing a tracksuit because it was so comfortable. My fashion sense has changed over the years. Since I went to Milan recently and I am not ashamed to say I am a keen fan of the Italian mode of dress. Who wouldn’t be? the Italians have a flair for style, fashion, and sophistication.
My daughter took us on a shopping experience in Milan. Wow! mindblowing stuff. It’s a shopping outlet called Serravalle. It’s a must for fashion lovers and you can walk away with your favourite designer wear, there is always a sale, and you can walk away with a whopping seventy percent discount. Talk about shop till you drop this is a haven for spend! spend! spend.!
I would advise you wear a good pair of walking shoes as there are so many shopping outlets to visit. The sales staff are extremely courteous and very helpful. We must have spent about five hours walking into shops gawking at the latest fashions what a shopping experience! I can’t remember when last I went on such a shopping free. Try it some time – its great retail therapy.
Retail Therapy at Serravalle Milan