When it comes to men and fashion, a lot of guys are scared to take risks. The reason why doesn’t really matter, they can range anywhere from insecurity to just being clueless.
With all the options now available in men’s fashion, I believe it’s now or never for you fellas to explore your creative side…just a little.
When I surveyed men around the city, a lot of them expressed that they don’t know where to start. I asked them where do they get inspiration from and many said they walk into a store and buy what they think will look good and walk out. Here are some simple tips that will truly take you far.
For both men and women, it’s my number one rule in fashion. We are not all cut the same and most brands have done a decent job in cutting garments to fit the body but it’s nearly impossible to get it right for everyone. When it comes to menswear, I suggest a real tailor, not the lady at the cleaners. Seek out a specialized tailor and spend time getting your garments fitted by a professional. You will save a lot of money in the long run and have clothes that look great on. Trust me on this one guys.
Try on clothing
Although I see many guys trying on pants in dressing rooms, they’re not trying on much else. Try everything on. Trying on clothes can be a daunting task and I struggle with it as well but I’m also ok with returning stuff that does not fit, and most guys are not fans of returns. This brings me to my next point.
If you’re too lazy to try on in the store, I get it, but if it doesn’t fit, return it! Again, it’s a hassle, I get it, but for some reason the fear of returning has also been a shopping deterrent. It’s not that bad guys. If you’d like to avoid it, try on clothes in store.
Consult with a professional
If you’re really clueless about fashion, seek advice from a professional. Depending on where you shop, there are personal stylists that can help you. Stores such as Nordstrom and Barneys have stylists on hand. Maybe you’re trying to change up your style or just looking for new suit. Utilize a personal shopper or stylist; they not only know how to help you dress for your style, budget and body but they’ll also help you push the envelope a little.
Another great option for those who don’t know where to start is to follow style bloggers. You spend hours on Instagram anyway, make it your resource for the latest trends in fashion. Most bloggers list where they get their outfits from, which make it pretty easy to emulate. Follow some dapper guys (we won’t judge you) and get inspired.
Clear out the clutter
If you haven’t worn it in a year, chances are you’re probably not going to wear it ever. Donate it to charity or pass it on. Cleaning out the clutter can prevent purchasing dupes and helps choosing what to wear an easier task. Some trends do get recycled, but if that’s what you’re counting on then be sure to buy quality, timeless pieces.
It’s all in the details
Accessories can elevate your style. Invest in belts, jewelry, cuff links, ties clips…etc. These little details can make you appear stylish with very little effort.
I’m going to confess something. Men please listen up because I’m not the only girl that does this. We not only look at your shoes before anything else, but we judge you on them as well. Like it or not, it’s a fact. This is not a personal testimony, many women do the same. Most of you stare at our asses first, so quit judging! Invest in good shoes. You can purchase luxury shoes without feeling guilty. Also, here’s a tip for you: If you gain weight, your shoe size most likely won’t change (why do you think women love shoes so much?)!
Don’t be afraid of fashion. It can seem intimidating but it’s not. Just remember that no matter what you wear, be confident! The better you dress, the more play you’ll get with the ladies, trust! Xx Sas