Does conflicting style advice have your head in a whirl? Don’t know which trends you should be following and when you should follow them? Fashion is an ever changing thing and it is almost impossible to keep up with. This is why we’ve compiled a general list of timeless fashion tips that are always relevant for young men. Let us know what you think and if we have missed anything in the comments below!
Keep it simple – Don’t rush out to start buying some pricey items because you think they will make you look smarter. If you do this you may well be left with a mix of smart and casual wear that doesn’t work well together. The idea is to gradually upgrade, perhaps spend a little more than you usually would on a few key items but remember to keep whatever you are wearing in tone with your environment i.e don’t wear a three piece suit in the July sun because it will make you look sophisticated…it will most likely just make you look sweaty.
Charity/thrift store shopping – Now don’t immediately be put off by this one. Charity or thrift shops are a fantastic place to get some really good deals, plus they will likely be things that no one else has. There is a certain stigma attached to young people doing their shopping in a charity shop but honestly, you can pick up a great bargain! Just take a trip round your local ones every so often and see what they have to offer.
Have one nice suit in your wardrobe – Either a black or charcoal grey suit will work well here. Always have one in your wardrobe to rely on because there will be times when you need a suit at short notice and buying a new can be tricky. You don’t want it to be a rushed decision or a panic buy, plus if you need one for a job interview, for instance, you don’t want to be wasting time beforehand running around feeling the pressure looking for a suit when you could be prepping for the interview. Every man, whatever his profession needs to have at least one good suit that fits him. House of Fraser stocks a huge range of designer and non designer suits -.http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Suits+Tailoring/213,default,sc.html
Dress like a grown up – It can be hard to take a man seriously if he is still dressing like a boy. This will most likely involve cutting back on how often you wear t-shirts, at least for social events anyway. Swapping t-shirts for either a simple, crisp, shirt or polo with a small logo and a good fit will improve your look no end. Stand-Out.net has a big range of designer shirts and polo shirts, have a look here http://www.stand-out.net/Shirts-c-3.html . Dressing more like a grown up will also involve branching away from the denim; jeans are handy yes, but not always appropriate. A pair of tailored trouser or even a pair of chinos will make you look much sharper and they not seen on young men as often so you will already be standing out and making a good impression. There are more than enough options somewhere like John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com/men/men’s-trousers/c600001540
Pay attention to your footwear – Footwear can be the downfall of your whole look. If you are a man who wears running shoes with just about everything, it is time to branch out and invest in some smart shoes. Sandals & flips flops should be reserved for the beach or the garden, and running shoes for sports. Instead, look for some casual leather shoes that look good for day to day wear, then step it up with a formal dress shoe for events and social occasions. Do be prepared however to pay a significant amount of money for a pair of decent, well made shoes. They will last you years though with just a touch up and polish every now and then. Definitely an investment that every man should make.
Be aware of what others around you are wearing – Have a style mentor, whether they know it or not! Though we wouldn’t advise turning up in the exact same outfit…and definitely not on more than one occasion, people may get the wrong idea about you. Pay attention to people on television, whether it’s your favourite character on a show, a news anchor, chat show host etc to see what style you like to see on other men and think would look good on yourself. You may well find your style inspiration!