With every passing New Year’s celebration comes another set of promises that we make to ourselves. We pledge to eat healthier, drink less alcohol, and do more exercise. We promise to take up a new hobby, finally get around to that project we keep putting off, and meet up with our friends more. Depending on your resolve, some of these promises you’ll stick with, while others will quickly fall by the wayside.
But for a style-conscious man, there are some promises that are so sacred, it’d be unthinkable to break them. The promise that this year you’ll perfect the business-casual look. Or that you’ll step out of your comfort zone and invest in bold colors, prints and patterns. Or maybe that you’ll finally get round to creating the perfect capsule wardrobe, so you could get dressed with your eyes closed and still look great.
Not only are these promises a lot easier to keep than going to the gym three times a week, they’re – let’s be frank – a lot less tedious, too. That said, I appreciate that some of you may be new to the idea of making style-related resolutions,
Beginners’ Style Resolutions
1. Upgrade Your Kicks
All too often we come across guys who have nailed almost every aspect of their outfit, only for the whole thing to be let down by a pair of tatty square-toed shoes, some withering trainers or cheap, cardboard-y boots. This must stop. Now.
Invest in quality shoes and they will pay you back in dividends. Whether it’s a pair of black Oxfords, tan brogues, luxe leather trainers or suede desert boots, well-crafted footwear provides a guaranteed and instant style boost.
Don’t forget to take care of them, too – polish at least once every fortnight for best results.
2. Hunt For A Good Tailor
We’ve extolled the benefits of being on first name terms with a tailor countless times.
Finding, and getting friendly with, a good tailor will revolutionise the way your clothes fit you. They can even aid you in some of your more experimental.
3. Get Rid Of Wardrobe Weight
Get a head start on your sartorial spring cleaning. In truth, when it comes to dressing well, guys don’t need a lot of choices; they need the right choices. As long as you stick to fuss-free, classic and versatile pieces (think navy blazers, grey wool trousers, dark denim jeans, Oxford cloth shirts, neutral and well-cut t-shirts) then it’s hard to go wrong.
Throw out anything that you either haven’t worn in the last twelve months or have no intention of wearing again. Then, write a list of the ten items you want to purchase during the coming year and make a plan of where you’re going to find them.
Buy as high quality as your wallet permits. Doing this will gradually refine your wardrobe, removing any garments that aren’t giving you proper bang for your buck in the process.
4. Accessorize This
The devil’s in the details, and the details make the gentleman.
Provided you’ve paid the aforementioned tips some heed, you’ll have the core of your wardrobe sorted. Accessories allow you to personalize your look, add another dimension, and really bring it to life. Think ties in textured wool, tweed or knitted silk. Think a wide assortment of pocket squares. An indulgent purchase such as a 100 per cent cashmere scarf or pair of buttery soft leather gloves. And never underestimate the impact colorful or bold patterned socks can lend to your look.
5. The Rule Of Two Out Of Three
When looking to incorporate patterns into your outfit, introduce no more than two per look. For example, a fine striped blue shirt and grey plaid tie combination, paired with a solid navy suit. That makes two out of three things that are patterned; add any more to that and you’re playing with fire.
The same goes for using color; always have one of the three as a neutral hue, in order to keep everything grounded.
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