Style is always evolving. It keeps going back and forth too. There are lot of ‘Style rules’ around the internet that tells you that these will be around forever but they end up not to be. To tell you the truth I don’t even remember most of them. I learnt a lot from my experience(mostly mistakes) that there are some ‘rules’ that remain constant no matter what time, place or culture.
So I have a few tips that should help you for not for a particular period of time but for as far as style exists. Here are those:
1| Be updated to the trends – Style Rules
Life is all about education. You’ve got to learn from multiple good sources. The same goes with being stylish.
Make a habit of browsing the web every other day to learn something new (because I always share great content and information). It also helps to subscribe to other style blogs & websites for alternative viewpoints on style. You may even pick up a few trends which you can incorporate into your outfits – just don’t go too far with them.
2| Know Your Measurements -Style Rules
Fit is among the three core elements of style. It makes sense – you’re only as stylish as your body appears to be. It’s not that attractive to:
- Look sloppy.
- Look like your dress shirt collar is choking your neck
A stylish man should never assume that getting something off-the-rack – even if he’s duly measured himself – is enough.
The next step is to hire a tailor for alterations or bespoke items (especially suits and shirts with a collar). As long as there’s good communication, you’re likely to get what you want from a professional.
3| Choose The Classics Over Trends – Style Rules
Stylish men stick to the classics. They recognize that timeless style works 99% of the time over “sizzling hot” trends that come and go.
But try out something new once in a while. You don’t want to be the guy that never tries anything new.
These subtle changes won’t negatively impact your outfits because everything else you’re wearing is known to work. And they’ll be good enough to make you stand out and show off more of your personality.
4| Go With High-Quality Items – Style Rules
As the old cliché goes, quality over quantity. But there’s another statement to keep in mind when it comes to style: high quality over good quality.
Why does that matter? Because style is a long-term investment. The extra money you put in for that high-quality wool jacket or cashmere sweater is what’ll set you apart from the other guys at your next networking event or business conference.
See it as a long term investment as high quality items tend to last longer. These take your style quotient a bit up too.
5| Use The Right Colors – Style Rules
Less is more. Color-wise it’s looking sharp versus coming off as flashy.
You need to know which color combinations are foolproof – and which ones are ridiculous even if you thought they might be worth a try. Not every color yields the same result when it’s used for one particular clothing piece. Be smart about color. And when in doubt monochrome can be an option.
6| Store Your Clothes Properly
You should treat your closet like an exhibit, don’t want your jackets, dress shirts, casual shirts, and trousers stacked together clumsily. You want each of them hung up with wooden hangers as much as possible. For your t-shirts and all the rest – they should be folded properly. No wrinkles.
The most important items should be kept wrinkle-free even when you pack them for traveling . I say it’s better to deal with the hassle of packing well than the hassle of taking messy-looking clothes out of your bag.
7| Keep Your Clothes In Good Condition
Stylish men don’t rely on others for basic clothing needs. They can iron their office shirts properly, as well as handle minor issues like removing a common stain on their jacket immediately.
Don’t undervalue those kinds of skills – you may need them anytime. The exception is repairing sensitive areas like the crotch of your trousers. If you can tell that part is starting to give, you should take those pants to a tailor.
8| Throw out the ‘Trash’
Wearing stained and worn-out clothing at home raises a few red flags: (1) you’re not aware of all the clothes you haven’t been wearing, (2) you’re confused as to what works/fits you and what doesn’t, or (3) you’re simply not committed enough to improve your style.
Throw out anything that has holes, is faded and has been worn out. And NO! you are not going to need it again in the future.
9| Take Care Of Your Hair
Hair is an underrated part of style. A lot of guys don’t bother to educate themselves about it. They settle for standard cuts and products without realizing their hair could be so much better. Don’t be like them.
Treat your hair like it’s a huge asset – a prime indicator of how well you take care of yourself and present yourself. Whether short or long, straight or curly, your hair needs to send out the message that you’re in control… and that you’re doing an awesome job.
Maintaining your hair well involves:
- Knowing your hair type and which hairbrush or comb to use
- Finding the right styling product for your hair
- Choosing a style that works for your hair
- Getting a haircut regularly and communicating with a barber who knows what you want
10| Keep Your Face Groomed
No matter how nice your outfits are, most folks will remember you by your face and unfortunately, whatever flaws may come with it.
So are you someone with skin problems like acne? Find a good skin cream or lotion to apply daily. Does a beard work for you or are you thinking of growing one? Discover the right type of beard for you and maintain it accordingly.
Your teeth also matter. Visit your dentist every six months for general cleaning. You might also be interested in trying out some DIY teeth-whitening techniques at home. It’s about making an impression and opening the door for more conversations, opportunities, and relationships.
11| Use The Right Fragrance
We can get so laser-focused on how we look that we forget the other human sense that matters – the sense of smell.
Women rank a man’s scent higher than his looks. Men are more visually oriented. It’s true.
So that’s all the motivation you need to buy yourself the right cologne or fragrance. It has to be the kind that blends perfectly with your natural body chemistry. But remember you should only apply 1-2 sprays each time, and not directly on your clothes.