A lot of us men go through life without having a specific style. We see fashion as a chore instead of a non-verbal way of communicating and influencing people around us.
You can actually dress as sharp as you can, carry yourself with confidence and see how much inspiration people can draw from you. To achieve this, there are four essential components of drawing an individual style which we have broken down to the simplest of forms.
Your Physical Characteristics
Your style starts with your physical attributes and trying to go against this will only result in you getting frustrated. If you know you don’t look good on skinny jeans, there’s no need to wear them even if they’re in fashion. It’s also good to wear clothes and accessories that are best suited for your complexion and body type. Instead of getting clothes that look good on you, you can save a lot of time by only looking at clothes that fit and suit you. By knowing what looks good on your frame you save time by only looking at options that properly suit.
Your height and weight are two parameters that can help to guide you in your choice of creating a personal style. If you’re huge and heavy, it’s best to go for clothes that don’t hug your shape but fit closely; if you are skinny, clothes with a looser fit that add a bit of breadth to your body frame will go down well.
Short men can add to their height by going for streamlined and vertically-oriented clothing designs while tall men can add more details to their cuffs and pockets to break up any visual impression that makes them appear longer than they actually are.
If you’re light skinned, it’s best to avoid clothes with too many contrasting colours which can overwhelm your appearance. Dark skinned men require a bit of contrast in their clothing if they hope to balance out the stark nature of their natural features.
Your climate and professional environment will go a long way in determining your choice of style. Climate and weather are two realities that can not be avoided. Woolly and thick weave clothing are best suited for cold weathers while lighter clothing will help to keep the heat off. If you work long hours in a building, you may want to consider the temperature of the place before choosing a particular clothing style so as not to feel uncomfortable. A hot environment may require you going for layered clothing which you can remove or change when the temperature becomes unbearable at work.
Furthermore, your type of job determines the type of clothing and how much you require. If you work in a formal office that requires suits, you may need as much as 7 suits in your wardrobe. The jackets and trousers can be worn separately and you may not need as much odd coloured trousers or blazers as such. If you work in less formal settings however, open collars shirts and sweaters will come in handy. You may not require more than a suit for multiple occasions which can come in a simple colour such as basic black or grey.
In choosing a particular style, your pocket is another important factor to have in mind. If you’re on a budget, it’s best to choose your clothes carefully. Suits and blazers can be worn with different styles of shirt underneath them which makes them a flexible option. Except if you’re unusually large or small, you should find clothing of your size easily which will only require small and affordable adjustments.
Ensure your shoes are kept in good order by shining them and keeping them away from dust, dirt and water. Purchase well made classic design shoes as they will serve you for a long time. Buy quality and enjoy ten years or more of good service.
Your suits will only require sparse dry-cleaning (regular dry-cleaning shortens the lifespan if the fabric) and should be hung. Regularly spraying your shirts also weaken the clothing fabric and should be done sparsely.
What You Want
The last thing in creating an individual style is determining what you want. What kind of message do you want people to decode from your dressing and appearance? The style you choose can convey a message across of the kind of taste you have. If you wear lots of suits, you can switch things up by changing your cufflinks and lapel pins. Choose a tie pattern that suits your shirt and jacket. If you want to appear more relaxed, go for vests, sweaters and open collars shirts with dark-wash jeans. This will set you on the road to creating a personal style that will be the envy of all and sundry.