How To Dress Well- A Man's Perspective.
Posted on August 09 2017
So last time we wrote about how to dress well as a woman and promised to bring you that of the men. Well, here we are. Whoop!
By dressing well, guys can give off the appearance of being confident, attractive and put-together. 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 single day.
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.
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.
Know what clothes suit your body type
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 okay 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.
Be comfortable, but not sloppy.
If you are uncomfortable, people can tell, and it makes you less attractive. However, while it’s comfortable to wear sweatpants, a baggy t-shirt, and running shoes all the time, this makes you look lazy and unkempt.
There are plenty of presentable clothes that are also comfortable. Making style as well as comfort a priority when choosing your clothes is very possible.
Tuck in your shirt, unless it’s a t-shirt. You may hate tucking in your shirt, but a tucked-in shirt makes it look like you care about your appearance. Don’t try to hide your gut by keeping your shirt un-tucked--a tucked in shirt actually makes you look thinner. If clothes are made from a comfortable material but are still uncomfortable, this may be an issue with the fit.
Always plan for the weather. If you’re sweaty or shivering, you won’t look well put-together.