Have you ever thought about over hauling your ward robe? For many that might really be difficult. Whether you feel the urge to smarten up for the New Year or are just fed up with being asked whose funeral it is every day, here are five easy ways to look good.
First: Ask Yourself The Tough Questions
If you’re not completely sure about an item, don’t buy it. Its that Simple!!! That doesn’t mean indefinitely; go away or bookmark the page and mull it over, then come back to it in a week and see how you feel. Think about the rest of your wardrobe, which won’t go up in sacrificial flames not matter how bored you are of it. Will the new purchase match enough of your casual or will it require back-up from an extra five new purchases?
The other internal debate worth having while shopping is whether what you’re buying will actually help switch up your style. It’s alarmingly easy to hoodwink yourself by making a case for a capped sleeve navy T-shirt, despite already owning five with ordinary sleeves.
Second: Plan With Precision
Start by opening up your wardrobe and ensuring you have all the year-round essentials a modern man, regardless of his style, needs: white T-shirts, dark denim, Oxford shirt etc. By simply filling these gaps, you open up the options available to you when getting dressed each morning.
From there, make a hit-list of items you’d like to add. After a more rugged look? Use style guides, retailer outfit views or sites like Pinterest to identify the key pieces – buffalo check shirt, work boots, denim jacket. Or to take your tailoring up a gear – chunky Derbies, knitted ties. Anything not in your current rotation is fair game.
Step 3: Reinvent Your Grooming Regime
Have you noticed that an updated hairstyle or refreshed facial hair can dramatically transform your overall look.
If others are used to seeing a pompadour on top of your head, ask for a flatter French crop next time you’re in the chair, or buck the bearded trend and try going clean shaven for a few weeks.
For something slightly more subtle, experiment with different styling products (such as switching a matte clay for a high-shine pomade) or consider taking the sides shorter or working in a fade. All of these are small, semi-permanent tweaks that can have a big impact.
Fourth: Glow With Accessories
Jewelry and other accessories are the most obvious way to add a new accent to an old outfit. Beyond simple necklaces (we would respectfully pity the fool who tried multiple chunky chains), signet rings and wrap bracelets, switching your leather or Milanese watch strap for a Nato version is an effortless way to inject a much-welcomed pop of color.
When it comes to achieving an office overhaul, even suits and ties can grow dull. If that’s your usual uniform, swap traditional silk neck wear for something knitted or get into the habit of throwing a pocket square into the mix.
Fifth: Follow the Brands That fit You
It is really important that you know the brands that suit you. If you’re already happy with the fit of a shirt or a particular trouser’s break, chances are you can return to where you got them from for a successful rerun in a color, pattern or fabric you wouldn’t normally consider.
The high street is well-armed with a breadth of styles, meaning you can try new looks and sample trends without making too much of a dent in your bank balance.
And if a retailer or brand isn’t in your usual line-up of labels, it’s worth finding out what they do well. Knowing where to head for directional cuts and who to trust for timeless basics makes the whole process of starting from scratch significantly easier.