This original article was first published here: The Gentleman’s Guide to Finding Your Style
Are you interested in finding your style this year? Are you looking to change up your wardrobe this year? Well, good news! We’re here to help!
Deciding on a personal style can be intimidating, especially if you’re just starting out in the style department. Here are the best tips to help you change up your closet.
Do Your Research
When developing your personal style, the first thing you should do is figure out what types of style you actually like. Read through some men’s style magazines, check out fashion blogs, and look into some of the major designers out there to see what’s popular right now.
You need to know what you like, what you don’t like, and what the trends are today before you commit to a whole personal style, right? Because what if you invest a ton of money into a wardrobe, and then you change your mind later, or you only purchased on-trend items. Doing your research is a very important part of developing your own personal style.
Customize Your Clothing
Putting personalized touches on your clothing is a great way to mix up your wardrobe without breaking the bank! For example, you can use patches for hats to add some pizzazz to your wardrobe. Or, you can get your t-shirts printed with custom patterns or slogans to make sure you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
You should definitely try out customizing your clothing with special little touches to spicy up your wardrobe this year.
Consider Your Body Type
You should be careful to consider your particular body type when redesigning your wardrobe. Some clothing just doesn’t suit some body types, and some clothing may look better on certain body types. Let’s go through some of the body types that may be similar to your shape:
- Inverted triangle
Finding clothing that suits your particular body type is a great way to level up your wardrobe and get yourself looking sharp!
Show Your Personality
Your wardrobe should reflect your personality when you walk into a room. After all, how you present yourself is how the world sees you, so it’s important to make yourself shine! If you have a flashy personality, for example, you can get some fancy patterned ties and socks with bright colors.
Or, if you love sports, why not find some classy vintage tee shirts with your favorite team logo or slogan? You can pair them with some nice jeans or a blazer to class it up a little bit.
Showing your personality is one of the best things you can do when developing your personal style.
Pick A Lane
If you’re a real beginner in the fashion department and are nervous about committing to a personal style, why don’t you try out a capsule wardrobe? That’s where you pick a small number of staples that pair well together that you can mix and match. You should base these staples on what you would usually wear on a day to day basis. For example, if you’re an office worker, you’ll need a certain amount of work-appropriate pants, shirts, shoes, and the like.
You’ll also need a certain amount of loungewear, casual clothing, and going-out clothing. You can pick clothing in complementing colors, so that you don’t have to worry about clashing. Designing a capsule wardrobe is a simple and easy way to make your personal style shine.
Go For The Classics
When in doubt, go for classic, simple, and timeless pieces that never go out of style. Here are some classic pieces of clothing that you’ll never have to worry about wearing out:
- A white oxford button-down shirt
- Properly fitted blue jeans
- A black tailored leather jacket
- Several classy blazers in different colors
- A nice watch
- A suit or two (or three) in black, grey, or navy
- Oxford or other round-toe dress shoes
Any of the above items are a great choice when choosing the basic building blocks of your wardrobe. Try them out today!
Keep It Simple
No matter your level of style knowledge, it’s important not to go too overboard with your style (unless you’re a true icon, like the men of Queer Eye). For example, don’t wear both suspenders and a belt at the same time — they tend to clash.
You can wear contrasting colors or patterns, but try and keep it to two per outfit, or they’ll all start blending together and your outfit will look more messy than stylish. Don’t overdo it on the accessories, either, or it’ll start to weigh your outfit down today.
And, making sure your clothing actually fits you is an important part of keeping it simple. It’s fine to do your shopping at a thrift store (and better for the environment), but you should have your measurements available, try everything on, and be prepared to get things tailored if they don’t fit quite right.
And, you should make sure your outfits are occasion and season-appropriate as well. The first is so that you can make sure you’re not under or overdressed, and the second is so you don’t get too cold or too hot! There are tons of different factors that go into keeping it simple — but they are mostly common sense. As you get used to your style, keeping it simple will become second nature to you.
Finding Your Style Is a Personal Choice
It’s important to remember that finding your style is an individual decision. Some choices will work for some men, and not for others!
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