Reinventing, elevating, and uplifting your appearance and style is not as hard as it sounds. All you need is a few tips that will change the way you look at fashion. So many men hate risks when it comes to dressing up, that’s why their outfits end up looking boring.
When reinventing or upgrading your fashion style, you don’t have to include many new changes. Start small, and work your way up. With these basic, easy tips you won’t have a problem standing out in the crowd. They will help you to build your style, slowly lift it and reach a new level where you feel comfortable in everything that you put on.
Get Quality Basics
You can’t bring a solid foundation in style without owning quality basics. There are several items that every man should own, no matter the age or personal style. These are all worth investing in and will make all of your outfits look expensive. Plus, you’ll be wearing these pieces for years.
Solid Button-Up Shirts
These are the shirts that you buy once in five years. Think of colours such as white, light blue, navy, and even black. Button-up shirts will not only look amazing with your suits but are a great choice to pair with jeans, chino pants and dress pants.
Nothing says badass quite like a quality leather jacket. It’s a life-time investment that you’ll never be sorry about. All the popular fashion bloggers own one, and there are so many innovative ways to style it. You can wear it with sneakers, shoes, boots, loafers, and boat shoes. Leather jackets also pair great with all types of button-up shirts, basic T-shirts, sweaters, hoodies and more.
Chino pants can either make or break your outfit. If yours look cheap, it’s time to swap them up for a high-quality alternative. Get these pants in several colours, including navy, khaki, black, grey, and you will find they are so easy to become a part of both sporty and dressy combos.
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Love Monochrome, But Experiment With Prints
Whenever you’re starting to build your style, the safest way to go is monochrome outfits. This means that you should wear a single colour, just different shades of it. It’s very easy to pull off but still looks expensive. Grey, blue, brown, are just a part of the colours and hues you can start working with.
However, when you already feel more secure and want to experiment more, that’s when prints come into play. This doesn’t mean that you should dress in prints from head to toes, instead include a piece or two to your monochrome looks.
Once you’re experienced enough, feel free to wear a printed suit, mix and match different patterns and pull off some bold combinations.
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Choose The Right Fit
Your clothes should not be too big or too tight. A good fit will deliver you a winning outfit, even if it’s made of the most basic pieces.
Yes, you should feel comfortable in your clothes, but baggy jeans, tops, and pants, will make you look cheap. The golden rule, in this case, is to get three sizes whenever you’re trying on new clothes. Grab your size, one size smaller and one size larger. Try them all out and you’ll see the difference.
If you already own pieces at home that don’t fit well, find yourself a good tailor and you won’t have to invest in new ones.
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Amp Up Your Style With Accessories
Even if you are a simple man that sticks to basics, fashion should not be boring. Accessories are a great way to zhoosh things up without buying a whole new wardrobe.
Elevating your style with accessories is not just the easiest thing to do, it’s also the most cost-efficient one. Think of chic hats, beanies, scarves, gloves, jewellery, sunglasses, socks, watches, and more. For example, a pretty check or a knitted scarf can be such a refreshment to simple jeans and tee outfit.
Another tip to step up the style is including a good watch. Nothing says classy just as much a good timepiece does. Choose one that you can change the straps on, so you can adapt it to different outfits.
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Add Your Signature Piece
Find something that you love and make it your signature piece. It can be anything, just make sure that you feel comfortable wearing it. Accessories, pieces of clothing or footwear, it’s up to you to decide.
This signature item should be easy to incorporate in your everyday style and fit your lifestyle. For example, if you work in an office and wear suits every day, you can opt for vibrant ties, or creative clips, cufflinks, and more.
If you’re more of a casual guy when it comes to dressing up, it can be caps, watches, or vests. Find something that you love, and stick to it.
For many men, sneakers should do the job. If you are a huge sneakerhead, this is the perfect time to show your collection and upgrade it with the latest models.
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Follow Stylish People
The best way to learn is by watching others. We live in a time when social media platforms can deliver so much style inspiration! Find fashion bloggers that you like and try recreating some of their outfits. You’ll notice that so many of these fashionable men stick to very simple colour palettes and love wearing basics.
These looks that you’ll recreate will help you build confidence, but also teach you that you can get out of your comfort zone from time to time.
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Fashion is all about individual choices, and there is no secret recipe that will help you become a stylish influencer overnight. However, these tips should help you to build your own style, slowly upgrade it and reach a level when you’ll feel comfortable wearing bold pieces.
Sara Law is a Marketing Assistant at Myer and has worked with such iconic Australians brands as Jetstar, Michael Hill, and more.