At home, you might still enjoy wearing those baggy shorts or oversized shirts even though you have slimmed down…. You can go for subdued colors like burgundy or army-green. Apart from looking more attractive I want to look like I mean business when I walk into the room. Like you say, I need to start with the basics. Saying goodbye to some of your favorites will be hard, but it must be done in order to make progress.
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Just look at these examples:. These kinda of t-shirts will make you stand out against an ocean of graphic-tee-wearing men. You might also consider wearing polo shirts or casual shirts. The go-to casual legwear for any guy is a pair of jeans.
And nothing is wrong with that. Many men come to my site looking to move on from the T-shirt and jeans look. You want to avoid having to pull up your jeans every two seconds. They should keep themselves up without a belt. Also, they should not pool around your ankles. Instead, keep your jeans simple. Go for a clean, dark-blue pair that fits like the ones suggested below. You might have to try a few to find which fit works best for you.
For guys with a more average build, any of the others work well. Just look at these examples below and see how easily they can be dressed up and down as you see fit. I have received a lot of questions on this, so let me clarify. Just avoid those that are overly embellished. All these outfits could be pulled off with jeans, but each outfit looks completely different when worn with chinos, which gives you a lot more variety.
Adding just one pair to your wardrobe doubles the amount of outfits you can create. Add one more, and you triple that number. I suggest one basic pair in camel or grey. And get one colored pair to change things up. Wearing color below the waist is something few men do, so it stands out.
You can go for subdued colors like burgundy or army-green. See some examples below:. Your dirty, beat-up sneakers will ruin an otherwise excellent outfit.
Here are a few other shoe styles that work well in casual looks:. You can wear a watch, a leather bracelet, or both. It just gives your outfit a bit more personality. You go from someone who clothes himself to stay warm to someone who clothes himself with intention. Personally, I love wearing a leather wrap bracelet with a few bead bracelets as an accent, but even wearing something as simple as a watch will go a long way. It can be done with very simple clothes too.
Imagine a guy wearing a plain grey sweater and jeans. Nothing wrong with that. Now imagine him wearing a simple white shirt underneath his sweater.
You can wear two, three, even four layer at a time. This favorite of business-casual men can easily be worn in casual outfits too. A man in a blazer just looks good because blazers accentuate the male frame like no other garment. It will give you an easy way to smarten even your simplest outfits up a bit. Plain white tee with jeans? Add a blazer, and suddenly you look pretty damn sharp. When trying to figure out how to dress well, men often look towards the fashion world for help. But the fashion world is only good for men obsessed with fashion.
Focus on getting classic clothes that will look good all year round. Focus on timeless pieces that will still be stylish ten years from now. Focus on looking classy and stylish before you worry about looking trendy. So work on your style sense with timeless wardrobe essentials that never go out of fashion. Many guys shoot themselves in the foot by trying too hard to dress better. They hear they should wear accessories, and they end up wearing a gazillion bracelets and necklaces. You just got 10 casual style tips that should help you dress better.
Plenty more where that came from, but these should be enough to get you started. Whether you start with replacing your graphic tees, getting nicer shoes or decorating your wrists. Super article, very straightforward and clear. A bit heavy on some points, imo, but for many — that is needed.
Pants, shoes, and layering are all extremely noticeable and easy things to upgrade. Please, though, go easy on the bracelets, gentlemen. And watch the thickness of said bracelets with certain outfits; a wide leather cuff against a trim blazer sleeve is plain weird looking. I do think that wearing an interesting and inoffensive graphic tee is perfectly acceptable with a pair of plain jeans and nice shoes, depending on the occasion.
If a man had a tasteful and fitting graphic tee paired with complimentary items, at a group picnic or something similar, I would not think he was a loser or a man-child. Thanks for your comment. Still, I would recommend men move away from having them as their go-to t-shirt.
The truth is, I often take an extra-strong stance against certain items see also: I love trying new things and experimenting with my looks but many times I just failed because of my poor choices, especially when it comes to jeans but your tip no 3 clear all my doubts about what to wear and what not to!
Thanks for sharing such article! Got your book for my 16 year old son. He read half the first night! Thanks for a great source. Not only is your advice better than mine, he finds it more credible.
Next hurdle, addressing his questions on manscaping…. Manscaping is a rather personal thing, but my advice is: Great advice, regardless of age!
I wish I could share this with my bf. How do I tell him??? Start off by buying him an item of clothing, it could be a blazer or shoes, then follow it up with a chino or shirt.
Robert,thanks for your article.. Hi Robert, Its a wonderful article.. However I wanted some additional help on casual dressing.. I have been restricted to wear jeans for some time. What would be the best casual dressing style that I can go for in view of such circumstances..? Your help will be greatly appreciated.. I was looking for casual fashion advice and found your website. These are probably some of the best tips I have seen for dressing your age.
Also if I should pay attention to how others criticize how I am dressed. Typically, you want to shoot for being slightly more dressed up than everyone else or, at least equally dressed up.
If you dress casually when everyone else is dressed up, you will appear under-dressed,. As for whether you should pay attention to criticism, it depends. If its the last one, you should listen ;. Hi Robert I am 21 and a college student.
How should I revamp my wardrobe so that I look cool. Buy clothes that fit you. Not too tight, but hugs and compliments you. I recommend checking out amazon prime for shoes and accessories, but head over to the mall and ask the workers for clothes that will up your casual game.
Hey, I really like the tips here. I really like leather shoes and have a pair of nice toe cap oxford and want to know how to pair it with something that will be casual and still look nice. Toe cap oxfords are a little more towards the dressy side. You might be able to pull them off with chinos. You might consider brogues instead for your casual wear. Hey…really this is better tips for changing my style and look better than previous….
Looking like everyone else without a hint of personal flair or uniqueness is utterly dull and drab. Why wear a plain shirt and plain leggings? I guess it sends a message about who you are based on social stigma and associations of clothing versus income or maturity. But what if i dont want to be like every1one else….
Does that make me a rebel or a hipster? It seems whichever path one chooses you are bound to be labeled with a certain moniker without even opening your mouth to speak. So then you are left with.. Th beauty of simpler clothes is actually that they can be easily paired with more stand-out items. I think I would have agreed with you—for the last 20 years, and up until a few weeks ago. I felt much the same way, and when I abandoned your position, I figured all fashion was bunk, so why bother?
I think what we are actually talking about here is style, not fashion. There is stil room for flair and differentiation. The distinction is that there are rules to foundation and differentiation. For most of us average folks, this is about looking our best, good personal style can do that, and allow one to express personality, but ones foundation must be strong. That starts with proper fit, and a good collection of he basics.
This was the trap I fell into. I would see a single piece a tie, a shirt, even a non standard suit color that was by itself interesting or beautiful.
The reformed, more mature wardrobe has flexibility. Continued response to Bork: I could wear a red suit, but how much utility does that have? And do you really want that kind of clownish attention? Maybe when you are at a gala in your 20s for a record release, but if you are grown up, not so much. So, how do we inject red into the wardrobe? How about a red tie on a navy suit, and a red not matching tie pattern or color precisely pocket square. Make it fit, quality fabrics, fine silk pocket square.
That is a differentiator. My goal is to look my best, be comfortable, and project confidence. Build the base—jeans that go with everything, stylish shoes, and be able to look good is a well fitted classic T, but the author did encourage you to experiment with flair.
Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and modern leading men get by just fine without a wardrobe full of statement pieces and print Ts. The confidence and manliness comes from within, the clothes made them look stately…even casual ones. Robert really very useful and nice tips.. What about the hair style? What do you prefer about hair style in dressing styles that you had suggested. Because it also matters alot while u deessed wel. Short on the sides and back a little longer on top and a side part.
The look is always smart and mature. I also wanna ask about coats and leather jackets that which one suits better on the dressing style that you had suggested.
This is by far the worst dressing sense blog.. WTF u mean by go for plain jeans.. GImme a break… Everything goes with a combination and occasion and Mr Author u failed to do that. This idea stems from the misconception that every item in your outfit has to stand out.
I need some more tips for choosing colors for me. And how to improve my dressing trends ………. Totally loved the article Robert! I agree with you, I does pops out, makes you look little bit interesting and creative. Learning the art of using color wheel can be tremendously helpful.
I find that most men wear color in an attempt to not look boring but in turn end up looking like every other guy. I think those are the best color choices because they evoke sophistication and you can never go wrong with them.
I agree with you, to a point. I think choosing mostly neutral does show more sophistication. However, adding a pop of color never hurts. I have been enjoying your simple and easy-to-understand articles. Keep up the good work. His book us awesome. It saved me hundreds of hours of research. Within a month of implementing his suggestions in the book I started to get compliments. Better than that, I love the new look.
My face is light brown colour. Can you suggest me plz best choose for me both shirt and jeans. I found your ideas very interesting. Now I think I found the way, and it is so much surprising that the right way is just to make everything as simple as possible! Today all I have is: And that is all I need! Everything fits perfectly, and is very good quality. The dress shirts and the suit were made to measure.
The polo shirts and T shirts are all slim-fit. The dark jeans and the khaki pants are also slim-fit. Everything is in sober colors except for a red polo shirt, but it is said that people in red are percieved as more attractive! All my dress-shirts are plain white or blue. Another point I found useful: Most of my clothes are the same, just with different colors. All the polos, T-shirts, pants, oxford shoes and dress shirts are identical, except for the color.
I also have plenty of the same clothes in different colors in my wardrobe. Hello sir Thanks a lot for this awesome post. But my problem is this that i find unable myself to select best dress for me.
I became helpless to choose good colour which gives me smartlook. Hey Shravan, You can try this ,when you go shopping have some friends go with you.
This is to help you make the best of choices by help of their suggestions. I think this would be of help. I like your article. My problem is that I like feeling comfortable and that kills me. I usually go to work in sweat gear and then I go to the gym. Even though I go to the gym I have a bulky figured. I love lounging around the house in my sweatpants.
If you keep wearing well-fitted jeans for a while, it becomes the new normal. Even though its a new journey for me I find this article very helpful. I struggle with looking through my closet and seeing many graphic T-shirts not enough or any dress shirts or collar shirts to layer with blazers etc.
Apart from looking more attractive I want to look like I mean business when I walk into the room. By the way where can I found this blazer? Hey Robert, great article! Do you know of an equivalent for women? Asking for a friend ;. An equivalent to this article? Why would I want to wear colours? Nobody can explain everything it takes to develop a better sense of style in just one blog post. It would need to cover too much information.
If you want more detailed explanation, you should check it out. You can also check out some of my other blog posts that hone in on more specific aspects.
It takes time and practice. Though, if you want to make it easier on yourself, you get some guidance. It breaks everything down into tiny steps, giving you a clear roadmap so you only have to focus on and understand one thing at a time.
Another good place to start ;. Should i give try to other too….. If you have a look that works well for you, definitely keep rocking it. Yes I DO want to do that. I want to keep it so simple I can just take the first shirt on the right, and put it on without any thought. Haha, well, michael, you can have your cake and eat it too. You can have simplicity AND variety. I literally cannot tell the difference between the two shirts other than colour.
Yeah, you called it. White guy and I like to keep it simple. You just need to develop your eye for it a bit. Maybe some vans if your going casual but ultra casual would be some designer jeans a designer belt some jordans or good looking air forces and a hoodie with designer brand. If you just wanna look smart business casual get yourself a polo a sweater jeans or chinos and some dress boots or just shoes.
Suggest me som chono r jeans color,which suits my wheatish color bit party wear type shirt….! However if you stay simple no. Avoid looking too summery in winter, and avoid looking too dark and […]. I especially love the parts on keeping it simple and understanding that it will take time.
For me, it took me along time to realize that keeping it simple was such an important part of style. Like most things in life, style can really be boiled down to some simple principles. At first, I thought I had to own a wardrobe containing tons of different brands. After a while I found that J. Crew clothes, for the most part, are always the best option fit and style-wise.
Improving my style improved my life in a very similar way as it did for yours. It took me a few years to get everything down and most of what I learned is taught in these twenty tips. Way to save everyone a ton of time! So figuring out where to […]. You look like […]. You really should make it an option to pay for guides etc with paypal. I would guess a lot more then me are sceptical to hand out credit card info on sites, but to donate a few bucks with an excisting paypal account is easy: I was about to buy the color matching ebook, but ….
I certainly understand your frustration. I wanted to give the color matching guide for a pay-what-you-want pricing, which to my knowledge was only possible this way. I too was in darkness till today but thanks Robert ……u opened my eyes , I hope from now onwards I will smarten myself: I would be thankful if you can suggest me something to try for dressing..
Then use this guide to determine which colors will best suit your skin-tone. Hello Robart actually my body is sooo fat can you suggest me which type of dress make me cool. I want to be cool parson because in my friend circle I m looking very ode as I think can u suggest me which dressing sense is parfect for me? These items will help you streamline your body and play down your largeness. And also im skinny as well and I see all these good dressers that a tall and muscular and usually in stores they are for taller people.
I think the main thing you probably want to do is try and dress more maturely. Wear shirts and jackets, and start getting clothes tailored when you have trouble finding ones that fit. So I was wondering if you could give me some advice on plaid button up dress shirts. I have similar problem as yours. And pretty much any guy hs his own specific set of problem with finding well-fitting shirts.
So what you want to do is go for the shirts that are long enough, and then get them slimmed down by a tailor. These clothes are all wardrobe essentials for men who want to dress better. The Restart Capsule is the perfect wardrobe foundation for you to build […]. My name is Vivek please suggest me what colours should I weary height is 5. Thank you you are doing great buddy. Check it out here. I worked for several retail clothing stores and was bummed that the opportunities never lasted.
My wardrobe was usually horrible and scarce since I was usually out of shape and in child support debt. Still going to try. Hey Robert, I wanted to ask you a difficult question about dressing stylishly.
I work outside in a warehouse…. Recently I have just been wearing a short sleeve button down untucked and shorts with some tennis shoes, are there any other work appropriate options I might try for summer times?
Also, for the winter I feel like I rely too much on my coats and winter accessories to look good. Luckily I can follow most of your guide throughout the winter since it will be cold enough for me to wear nicer clothing. I have a sweaty friend who has been using a product called Odorex Extra Dry, and it works wonders according to him.
Best thing, you only have to apply it times a week. Looking great makes you feel great, and you just become more confident and positive overall. I recently wore…a dark blue jeans with maroon formal shirt and a lemon yellow broad formal tie with some maroon and yellow design …i want to know if this matching was good…and does formal shirt and tie looks good with jeans…??
Swapping your hoodies for a jacket is an easy improvement. I always get confused when it comes to shopping clothes and dressing sense. Whatever I wear I always wonder how I am looking. In the meantime, start here. Will this look good? Denim shirt, red chinos, leopard bow tie, brown dress shoes? I have a good bit of clothes and can pretty match them with anything. I want to get your opinion on that.
I would anchor some of those statement pieces with a few supporting piece, as explained here. I would add to that list that you should consider the climate you live in. For example if you live in Canada or the North East. Your wardrobe essentials now become more numerous and onerous. Instead of an expensive shoe you may want to invest in a quality dressy brown boot with a synthetic sole and look at the shoe at the end of Spring. Pay attention to the season you start your capsule… Cheers.
You should always apply it based on your own specific situation. Often things I try on only accentuate this fact. My ultimate goal is to walk away from hoodies, of which I have two that I wear on my regular basis. I will definitely be trying more on though, that was a great suggestion! I m 23, sim, weighing 64, 5ft 11inches. Being a sailor I have not got time to see myself how I m and who I am Because life was in academy only.
There are many people giving different views so it is difficult what to choose. Read through the advice on this site before you do, nd absorb as much as you can, but then go out and try stuff out. Partying is way more fun. Try clothes you never thought about buying before, and try to pair clothes you never thought about pairing before.
Other than that, comfortable is perfect, but baggy is not. Is there any advice you could bestow upon me that might help with my situation? Any help will be appreciated: I am 17 and i have an image of always being relaxed all the time.
I always wear jeans n nly jeans with simple checkered shirts n polo. Rule 12 is what i needed because i was extremely bored with my style. This link is super awesome. I wanted my restyling process to be cost efficient. The problem with me is colour match. I wear dark n dull or plain white colour. Help me out with colours.
Check out this article. I know that you mentioned white shirts, dark blue jeans, grey sweaters and black shoes, but what if I just altered one thing in this list? Could I replace those black shoes for chukkas or desert boots perhaps?
What would you recommend?
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