I love fashion and I take pride in how I look. These days, guys are so concerned with how women look that they tend to forget about their own appearance. Why should women go through all the careful effort of looking beautiful and guys get off scott free. It’s time that men put more of an effort in their own style but I know, it can be daunting and confusing. Where do you start and how do you achieve a certain business look for the office? I’m here to help you gentlemen.
Here are 5 tips that are sure to get you on the right track to improving your own personal style:
1. Accessorize. Accessorize. Accessorize.
Accessories are not only for women; they are for men as well. If you are going to spend any amount of money on your wardrobe, get these essentials:
- Black or Brown Laced Up Shoes – shoes are so essential to an outfit and a good pair of black or brown shoes can be paired up with a suit or down with a nice pair of dark denim jeans. But please, stay away from a square-shaped toe shoe. It is a huge pet peeve of mine. Go for a rounded toe shoe and do yourself a favour and invest in some good shoe polish and shoe trees so that you keep the longevity of the shoe. Plan to spend between $150-$400 on a nice pair you can take pride in.
- Tie Bar – nothing screams style more than a tie bar. It’s my little secret of making an outfit really pop with flare. I picked up a D&G tie bar a couple of years ago at Holt Renfrew and it’s a staple I can always rely on. Plan to spend between $80-$150 on one.
- Watch – a watch is a man’s piece of jewellery. I like to keep two in my collection. A rectangular faced one with a black strap for suits or business attire and a big fat faced one with a brown strap for times when I’m dressed down. I love the watches that Nixon make. Plan to spend between $200-$450 on a stylish watch.
- Belt – A black belt is essential for any outfit. I like to wear a simple one with a rectangular buckle for everyday use and a stylish Gucci black belt when I want to show off and get some attention.
- Tie – I don’t know about you but I love to wear a tie. Leave the top button of your dress shirt undone and wear a tie a little loose to pull off that cool look.
- Sunglasses – You must have a go-to pair of awesome shades. This really completes your look and don’t feel like you can only bust them out during the summer. The sun is just as bright during the Winter season so pull them out and complete your look.
- Duffel Bag – If you need to carry a bag to work, leave the gym bag or back pack at home and pick up a black stylish duffel bag. You can pick up a really cool and affordable one at H&M or go high-end and pick up a Gucci one.
2. Find a Good Tailor
Never think that cloths will fit you like a glove off the rack. To achieve that look you see in magazines, you need to tailor your clothing from time to time. Whether it is shortening shirt sleeves or tightening up that suit, find a tailor and use his services. If you don’t want to go to a tailor than at least shop for clothing that is labelled ‘Slim Fit’. My worst pet peeve is those guys that look like they are swimming in their dress shirts. You know, those guys that look like you can fit three of their arms in each of the arms of their dress shirt. Ya, not good. Finally, for those dress pants or jeans, hem them so that the pant stops either at the ankle if you like the European look or just above the sole of your shoe. Don’t go too long as it just looks funny.
3. Personal Grooming
This is a big one gentlemen so pay attention. Ensure you cut your hair every three to four weeks to maintain a clean look and don’t be afraid of product. You can choose from wax, to gel, to paste. I would experiment with all three and see which one works best for you. Invest in a good set of tweezers and start plucking hair that should not be there. Eliminate the uni-brow and trim those eyebrows if you notice they are getting bushier than a bunnies tail. Trim those finger nails as well as those toenails. Now this may be controversial and you may say I’m crazy but if you need to shave that body hair, SHAVE that body hair.
4. Find a Stylist or Style Inspiration
If you are someone that is completely lost when it comes to fashion and do not know where to start or don’t have the patience, do yourself a favour. Ask a buddy who has fashion sense to take you shopping and get his advice. If you don’t have a buddy, get a subscription to GQ and pull out pages of clothing and outfits that you aspire to have. Before you go shopping, review those inspirational shots and go find them in the mall or something very similar. I would start at the following stores:
- H&M (Affordable yet stylish)
- Zara (A little pricey but very good style)
- Club Monaco (Very pricey but try to find things on sale and if you are a student, you get 20% off when you show your student card)
- Holt Renfrew (Very pricey but this is where you want to get your accessories)
- Browns (Very good place to find shoes)
- Joe Fresh (Affordable and you can find some hidden gems here)
- UNIQLO (Good price range; I discovered this store when I was vacationing in San Francisco this past summer. They don’t have a store in Canada but I hope they open one soon)
5. Have One Go To Suit
There is nothing more important than a go to suit. Women have their essential little black dress and men should have one suit that they can always rely on. Now gentlemen, this suit needs to be tailored and it preferable needs to be either a solid black, navy or grey. It needs to fit your body like a glove.
There you go gentlemen; some helpful advice for you as you pursue your own fashion look. Ladies, pass this blog post to your male friends or your man if they could use some improvement or guidance.