Have you ever seen another guy with the coolest look and think about how you can get there? It happens, even to the most fashion-forward men. Revamping your look seems overwhelming, but it’s probably a lot easier than you think. Here are some simple tips for men who are looking to overhaul their style.
Figure out what your style is.
Style doesn’t mean looking like everyone else. It’s possible to find a personal style without compromising. Try on clothes of different styles and see how things look and feel. Some people take after David Beckham with the cool, laidback look. Others prefer a hip-hop Jay Z look or a punk-esque Johnny Depp look.
The trick to discovering a style is trying a variety of styles. Who says a person can’t change their style? Just the one staring back in the mirror.
According to retail analysis firm EDITED, menswear is expanding into the casual look, which reflects the increase in tech startups. Look out for more options in sneakers, backpacks, T-shirts, and sweatshirts. Making a style overhaul doesn’t mean wearing uncomfortable clothes, so don’t give up just yet.
Figure out what your body shape is. And get fitted clothing.
If there’s a question as to whether or not something is too big or too small, it probably is. Don’t buy it—or if it’s more high-end, consider a tailor.
Men are typically one of five body shapes: triangle, inverted triangle, rectangle, oval, trapezoid. Different clothing styles look good on different body shapes, so knowing what body shape works with which type of body actually makes a different. Here’s a short run-down of some tips:
- Triangle body type: Larger around the hips and waist
- Clothing tips: tailored blazers, vertical stripes, jackets with structured shoulders, single-breasted suits, bright color panels
- Inverted triangle body type: Chest and shoulders broader than waist
- Clothing tips: horizontal stripes, slim-fit shirts, polos, straight-leg pants,
- Rectangle body type: Tall and thin frame with shoulders same width as hips
- Clothing tips: horizontal stripes, layered looks, scarves, prints
- Oval body type: Center of torso wider than shoulders and hips
- Clothing tips: suspenders, pleats, single-breasted jackets, bow ties
- Trapezoid body type: Waist the narrowest point with broad shoulders
- Clothing tips: well-fitted clothing, vertical stripes, blazers
Once someone knows their body shape, shopping for clothing will become much easier. They’ll be able to skim over items that they already know won’t look good and go for items with potential.
When thinking about fit, there are a couple of tried and true guidelines. Not all clothing manufacturers make clothing the same way, so check that the seams of the shoulders sit at the right place—right between the shoulder and upper arm. Also, check the pant length—that the bottom covers just the top of the shoe. And as a rule, never wear too-skinny skinny jeans.
Try on clothing to see how it looks.
This is imperative. No one should buy a shirt without trying it on. Don’t buy a size too big because it’ll “for sure fit”—it won’t look good.
For those who don’t like trying on clothing, unfortunately trying things on is part of revamping style—to check both the look of the style and the fit. When trying on clothes, pay attention to how the fit is on the body and the shapes of the clothing. This will make shopping easier next time.
Another reason to try on clothing is related to how the color of something looks with someone’s’ skin tone, hair color, and eye color. Make sure the color actually looks good on.
Don’t be cheap. Use a tailor.
If there’s a question as to whether or not something is too big or too small, it probably is. Don’t buy it—or consider a tailor. The idea of spending extra money on something can be difficult, but tailoring clothing can be the difference between “eh” and “dang!”
When clothing fits well, it looks great. When men who are considered fashionable, it’s probably because their clothing fits them well—not just in style, but in cut as well. Wearing something oversized is no longer an option.
Master the art of online shopping.
Once someone has figured out the style they like, their body shape, what looks good on his body, and where to find a good tailor, he’s ready for online shopping. Of course, someone can always return clothing bought online, but it’s nice to not have to do so.
Don’t be afraid to try things out. Look for inspiration. Mix it up.
According to an article from Sandbridge Capital, when a man finds something that fits well, he might just buy the same item in multiple colors. While that’s a sure-fire way to make sure there are clothes in the closet that will always look good, it’s also playing things safe.
With the knowledge of how to find clothes that fit, mix it up a little more. Look online for inspiration. According to an article from EDITED, menswear has been growing like crazy. Stores like H&M, Nordstrom, J.Crew, and Zara are revamping their menswear and upping the number of products.
Also, don’t forget about the accessories and shoes. Adding a great belt or watch can complete an outfit. As for shoes, there are so many different types out there that fall between sneakers and dressy shoes. Sneakers are actually making a strong comeback, with brands like adidas and Nike upping their games to match sneakers with modern style.
Try topping everything else off with another often-overlooked clothing item: the blazer. It’s not just for formal occasions. Blazers can be worn with T-shirts, chinos, jeans, and even a nice pair of classy sneakers.