1) Stick to your best colors
Have a professional Color Analysis done to determine what the most flattering colors are for you. By sticking to those colors, you’ll be assured that you’ll always have mix and match capability and you’ll always look great! One of the foundations of Capsule Wardrobe is the selection of 3 basic colors to build a wardrobe on. Make sure they are the right ones for you!
2) Buy the right size for right now
Clothing manufacturers are not known for their adherence to standards. Don’t get hung up on what size the clothing is tagged as, get hung up on proper fit! If the article of clothing feels tight, pulls or seems stressed at the seams, it won’t last as long, and it will make you look heavier in the process. Buy clothing that fits you well and it will not only make you look better, it will last longer.
3) Purchase for Multi-season use
Try to purchase fabrics that are multi-seasonal. A heavy, textured wool jacket is only good for the coldest of weather, whereas one made of mid-weight or lighter weight wool or wool blend could be worn with a sweater in cold weather and with a shirt or blouse in warmer weather. You’ll get more use from multi-season garments than those with a single-season focus.
4) Remember the basics
Suits and separates can form the foundation of a great working wardrobe. Single and double-breasted long-sleeved blazers with matching skirts for women or pants for men or women are essential basics. Save the novelty items for your casual days at home, or for accessory pieces. Don’t try to build a wardrobe around the “trend of the moment”. When the trend passes, you’ll look dated. Purchase basic building pieces to build your wardrobe and you’ll be able to mix and match pieces to create lots of different looks with a minimal investment.
5) Accessorize with style
Every wardrobe needs a certain investment in accessories. The considered use of scarves, jewelry and pins, ties and pocket squares, and even hosiery, shoes and hats can transform ordinary clothing into something extraordinary. Determine whether your coloring is cool or warm and let that guide you in choosing accessories, especially metal jewelry. If your coloring is warm, gold will emphasize the glow in your skin. If your coloring is cool, choose more silver, platinum or white gold to emphasize the contrast of your skin. Combining smart accessories with a basic wardrobe ensures you’ll always look coordinated and polished, not thrown-together or haphazard.
6) Compatible shoes and hosiery
For a work wardrobe, shoes and hosiery are the finishing touch. Purchase quality shoes and take care of them. Shoes that are run down, scuffed and showing wear make you look the same way, no matter how polished and professional the rest of your outfit. Job interviewers have been taught to check out a prospective employee’s shoes, and for entrepreneurs, prospective clients do the same thing! If they don’t look their best, it will reflect badly on you. When you find shoes that fit well and feels good on your feet, buy several pair in your foundation colors, and two pair of your most often-worn color so that you can give one pair a rest while wearing the other. Avoid fads in shoes and stick with classic designs like pumps and sling backs for women, and wingtips or oxfords for men. Ladies, stick with a heel no higher than 2 ¾”, and no lower than ½” for ease in walking and a reduced chance of injury.
7) Organize and categorize
Once you’ve determined your foundation colors for your wardrobe, you can organize and categorize your clothing for easy selection and wearing. Hang jackets by sleeve length, color and garment length, or combined with matching pieces to create ready-made outfits. Keep similar fabric weights close together to avoid putting a heavy wool jacket over a lightweight chiffon or silk skirt. Put mix-and-match items near their foundation counterparts for easier selection. Move items that need cleaning to a specific area for easy pick up and removal.
8) Take notes for future use
Whenever you are shopping, take along color swatches of your basic colors and those determined to be right for you. Make a promise to yourself to stay with your correct colors, and keep notes of what basic foundation items you already own. No one really needs 10 virtually identical black dresses or 10 identical black suits! One of the guidelines of Professional Wardrobe is to make sure that any item you purchase must either be compatible with at least two other items in your closet, or it must be a foundation garment that could be combined with other pieces to create many other outfits. In this way, you’ll be sure to maximize your clothing dollars and create a terrific wardrobe.
- Don’t waste money buying two-piece suits if you work in the factory. Take your job responsibilities into account when purchasing clothing for your career.
- If you work outdoors, buy clothing fit for your work environment.
- Don’t buy clothing items that you won’t feel comfortable in, because you won’t wear those items and that’s wasted money.
- When purchasing clothing, consider buying items that are fully lined.
- Purchase items with a good feel and drape to the fabric, and choose clothing distributors that have a reputation for quality.
Here is a handy summary of everything you need to dress well for any occasion and not over spend on extraneous clothing:
JEANS: Preferably medium or dark wash no rips or bleach please. Not too baggy and no unnecessary pockets.
KHAKI- flats fronts, any tint is fine. Khaki or cargo shorts for casual days.
BUTTON- DOWN SHIRTS: A white one is essential and dark red, any blue, or a medium-to-dark green can dress up with khakis or dress down with jeans.
SHORT-SLEEVED POLOS OR HEAVYWEIGHT T-SHIRTS: For casual days or weekends, those white undershirts are not outer wear.
BLACK LEATHER BELT AND BLACK LEATHER SHOES: You can get more mileage out of your casual clothes by dressing them up a little with these.
Shopping for affordable and stylish men’s clothing can be a real challenge for most guys.
Here are some indispensable clothes shopping and wardrobe fashion tips for men:
- TAKE A PAGE FROM CATALOGS: The very first step, if you are unskilled at putting outfits together, is to subscribe to or otherwise obtain several men’s clothing catalogs. Look at the outfits in the catalog and if you see a look you like, rip that page out. If you don’t want to purchase the clothing from that store, simply take the page to a store you do shop at and try to find something similar.
- SHOP WISELY: If you find something you like and it fits perfectly, buy a couple, perhaps in different colors. Solid-colored clothes are generally a safer bet than prints and will go further in your wardrobe. Prints on pants are pretty much never a good idea and nearly impossible to match.
- BUY CLOTHES THAT FIT: Shirts should skim the body without being any baggier in one location than another; and should fit properly around the shoulders most of all. And unless you are built and have no choice, short sleeves should be loose enough around your arms that you can get a finger or two under the cuff. Long sleeves should not cover your hands. Pants should not bunch up around the crotch, and should not touch the soles of your shoes when you are standing up.
- REMEMBER TO HEM: So many men do not get their pants hemmed properly, if at all, and it is really such a simple step. It is inexpensive to have done, but it makes your pants look a hundred times better and keeps them from getting frayed at the bottom, which looks terrible.
- CHOOSE COLORS YOU LIKE: Don’t stress about whether or not a color looks good on you. Most colors look fine on anyone as long as the color itself is not sickly. For ease of matching, if you are truly terrible at it just pick a couple of colors and buy all your items in those colors.
- NEVER WEAR ALL BLACK: It’s not slimming. It merely makes you look as if you have no other clothes. If you are wearing a black shirt, you should not be wearing black pants. Do not wear any matching top and bottom at anytime.
- DON’T FORGET THE BELTS AND SHOES: Do not wear a brown belt with black shoes, or vice versa. Men don’t get to wear lots of accessories, so make sure you wear the ones that look good. Every man should own nice flat black leather and a pair of nice black leather shoes.
- NO SHORT SHORTS: Please do not wear shorts to do anything more formal than changing your oil or unclogging a toilet. You should wear khaki shorts or cargo shorts for causal days. Your shorts should hit somewhere around the knee- if the hems are in your thigh area, they look silly, and you can probably see up the legs when you sit.
- KEEP IT SIMPLE: You want a wardrobe that looks great on you, but don’t overdo it. If you want to be flashy, a simpler but stylish look would be putting on a black striped dress shirt with a white blazer, a pair of jeans, a dressy belt, and your sharpest shoes.
- GOOD FITTING: Most guys wear clothes that are too large. Make sure everything you wear is almost hugging the shape of your body without being tight. Bad fit is an epidemic. The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style is to make sure everything fits properly.
- CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE CASUAL: Casual doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun with collared shirts.
- STAY A NOTCH ABOVE: Don’t overdo it to a fault, but dare to take some risks. It’s always better to be a little bit overdressed than under dressed in any setting.
- NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF DETAILS: The last thing on is usually the first thing noticed. So mind the details, instead of throwing together the main parts of your outfits. ‘Details’ can include a scarf, a subtle pocket square, or the way you tie your tie knot.
- INVEST IN A SUPERB PAIR OF SHOES: If it’s one thing that women will notice, it’s your shoes. Especially how clean and sharp they look. It’s easy to wash and press the rest of your clothes to keep them looking new, but most guys disregard their shoes.
- DISREGARD TRENDS: Beware of buying something just because it’s ‘in’ right now; stick to what you truly like. A lot of people rush to get in on the latest trend and end up with a bunch of clothes they don’t wear. It’s better to learn to build a versatile and timeless wardrobe first; then bring in your own twist with some of the new fashion.
- Don’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors.
- Don’t dress like a rock star unless you are in a band.
- Always shop with a friend who will give you their honest opinion.
- Invest more in time and money into your image. Cultivate your fashion sense; your style is a huge mode of communication, and is worth caring for as much as your education, career and relationship.
- An unkempt beard can be an attraction killer. Achieve a perfect shave by trying a shave brush and old-fashioned double-edged razor.
- Show that you are a man of taste by getting a great pair of shoes and keeping them in pristine condition.
The right clothing can give a young man precious seconds to make his case and influence others. Crisp, clean and well fitted clothing, wherever you are in the world encourages others to take you more seriously.
Listed below are some fashion tips that can aid you in dressing sharp as a young man.
- Dress your footwear up: Appropriate fitting footwear is the first step to dressing sharp. As the saying goes; “you can judge a man by his shoes”. A good pair of shoes will last you years and stay good-looking with nothing more than some light cleaning and the occasional shine.
- Dress to look older: The way you are dressed is the way you are perceived. If you are still wearing clothes that scream “student days” you are going to be treated like a boy with no experience in the real world. Ditch the trend, age your look a little and get the respect you deserve from older men.
- Ignore fashion trends: Fashion trends change too fast to make useful wardrobe staples. Most young men don’t have the budget to buy new pants every month or two, so stay away from pants that are only presentable during an “in” season. Stick to classic clothing staples for the core of your wardrobe and avoid anything that is too far out on the cutting edge, even if you see something that makes you look good.
- Take care of your clothing: Use good hangers for your suits, shoe racks for your shoes, and a little tender loving care with washing.
- Have at least one good suit in the closet: No matter what your job is, you are going to need a decent suit at some point.
- Build from white and blue shirts: White and blue cotton dress shirts are the backbone to a sharp wardrobe. Either color looks good on most complexions and body types.
- Own dark fitted jeans and know when to wear them: Keep it simple and stick to fitted jeans in a dark color by wearing them with a fitted T-shirt for a relaxed, casual look or dress them up with a buttoned shirt and a sport coat for a business-causal style.
- Look beyond denim: Well cut and classically styled trousers will make you look a little sharper at social functions than jeans.
- Replace T-shirts with polos and sport shirts: A simple dark Polo is always presentable and always flattering if it is fitted well.