It can be difficult to understand the world of mens fashion. Difficult doesn’t have to mean impossible, however, especially when you use these five tips to build a fresher, sleeker wardrobe.
1. Start with the Basics
What are the staples of a good wardrobe? It depends on what career you have or what lifestyle you’re trying to lead. If you’re an office worker, for example, your “basics” might include plain dress shirts and slacks; if you’re a trench digger, your essentials might be strong denim jeans and good work boots. No matter where you’re starting from, start from the bottom and work your way up.
2. Build on Your Base
Once you have a solid foundation for your wardrobe, it’s time to start layering style onto functionality. Match your dress shirts to cufflinks; try on different coats to go with that suit; figure out which hats match your knocker shirts. For the most value, make sure that every accessory you buy can be matched with at least two items in your closet.
3. Don’t Forget the Shoes
The right pair of shoes can make or break an outfit, so don’t assume you can slack off in the footwear department. A good rule of thumb is to have at least one pair of shoes for every occasion, including the three Fs: formal, fun and freaky. With these three pairs of shoes, you’ll be prepared for every kind of social need.
4. Know Your Body Type
Are your clothes always too loose or too tight even though you know you’re buying the right size? It might be that you aren’t purchasing your wardrobe with an eye towards your body type. Different people carry their weight in different areas, so if you’re broad-shouldered or narrow-waisted, your sizing needs won’t be the same as the “average” mannequins they put in store windows.
Don’t be afraid to try different cuts, colors, sizes and styles until you find the one that works for you. You’re a unique person in the world, and that means your clothing needs will be one-of-a-kind as well. No one can tell you what works best for you; it’s something you have to figure out on your own.
Whether you’re looking for a new job or just hoping to upgrade your existing wardrobe, these five fashion tips should help you build a better closet. Good luck!