Hey Jay, thanks for your comment. Converse, Stan Smiths or LaCoste. Hey Adam, facial hair is totally fine.
Please, though, go easy on the bracelets, gentlemen. And watch the thickness of said bracelets with certain outfits; a wide leather cuff against a trim blazer sleeve is plain weird looking. I do think that wearing an interesting and inoffensive graphic tee is perfectly acceptable with a pair of plain jeans and nice shoes, depending on the occasion.
If a man had a tasteful and fitting graphic tee paired with complimentary items, at a group picnic or something similar, I would not think he was a loser or a man-child. Thanks for your comment. Still, I would recommend men move away from having them as their go-to t-shirt. The truth is, I often take an extra-strong stance against certain items see also: I love trying new things and experimenting with my looks but many times I just failed because of my poor choices, especially when it comes to jeans but your tip no 3 clear all my doubts about what to wear and what not to!
Thanks for sharing such article! Got your book for my 16 year old son. He read half the first night! Thanks for a great source. Not only is your advice better than mine, he finds it more credible.
Next hurdle, addressing his questions on manscaping…. Manscaping is a rather personal thing, but my advice is: Great advice, regardless of age! I wish I could share this with my bf. How do I tell him??? Start off by buying him an item of clothing, it could be a blazer or shoes, then follow it up with a chino or shirt.
Robert,thanks for your article.. Hi Robert, Its a wonderful article.. However I wanted some additional help on casual dressing.. I have been restricted to wear jeans for some time. What would be the best casual dressing style that I can go for in view of such circumstances..?
Your help will be greatly appreciated.. I was looking for casual fashion advice and found your website. These are probably some of the best tips I have seen for dressing your age. Also if I should pay attention to how others criticize how I am dressed.
Typically, you want to shoot for being slightly more dressed up than everyone else or, at least equally dressed up. If you dress casually when everyone else is dressed up, you will appear under-dressed,. As for whether you should pay attention to criticism, it depends. If its the last one, you should listen ;. Hi Robert I am 21 and a college student. How should I revamp my wardrobe so that I look cool. Buy clothes that fit you. Not too tight, but hugs and compliments you.
I recommend checking out amazon prime for shoes and accessories, but head over to the mall and ask the workers for clothes that will up your casual game. Hey, I really like the tips here. I really like leather shoes and have a pair of nice toe cap oxford and want to know how to pair it with something that will be casual and still look nice. Toe cap oxfords are a little more towards the dressy side. You might be able to pull them off with chinos.
You might consider brogues instead for your casual wear. Hey…really this is better tips for changing my style and look better than previous….
Looking like everyone else without a hint of personal flair or uniqueness is utterly dull and drab. Why wear a plain shirt and plain leggings? I guess it sends a message about who you are based on social stigma and associations of clothing versus income or maturity.
But what if i dont want to be like every1one else…. Does that make me a rebel or a hipster? It seems whichever path one chooses you are bound to be labeled with a certain moniker without even opening your mouth to speak. So then you are left with.. Th beauty of simpler clothes is actually that they can be easily paired with more stand-out items. I think I would have agreed with you—for the last 20 years, and up until a few weeks ago.
I felt much the same way, and when I abandoned your position, I figured all fashion was bunk, so why bother? I think what we are actually talking about here is style, not fashion. There is stil room for flair and differentiation. The distinction is that there are rules to foundation and differentiation. For most of us average folks, this is about looking our best, good personal style can do that, and allow one to express personality, but ones foundation must be strong.
That starts with proper fit, and a good collection of he basics. This was the trap I fell into. I would see a single piece a tie, a shirt, even a non standard suit color that was by itself interesting or beautiful. The reformed, more mature wardrobe has flexibility.
Continued response to Bork: I could wear a red suit, but how much utility does that have? And do you really want that kind of clownish attention? Maybe when you are at a gala in your 20s for a record release, but if you are grown up, not so much. So, how do we inject red into the wardrobe? How about a red tie on a navy suit, and a red not matching tie pattern or color precisely pocket square. Make it fit, quality fabrics, fine silk pocket square. That is a differentiator. My goal is to look my best, be comfortable, and project confidence.
Build the base—jeans that go with everything, stylish shoes, and be able to look good is a well fitted classic T, but the author did encourage you to experiment with flair. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and modern leading men get by just fine without a wardrobe full of statement pieces and print Ts. The confidence and manliness comes from within, the clothes made them look stately…even casual ones.
Robert really very useful and nice tips.. What about the hair style? What do you prefer about hair style in dressing styles that you had suggested. Because it also matters alot while u deessed wel. Short on the sides and back a little longer on top and a side part. The look is always smart and mature.
I also wanna ask about coats and leather jackets that which one suits better on the dressing style that you had suggested. This is by far the worst dressing sense blog.. WTF u mean by go for plain jeans..
GImme a break… Everything goes with a combination and occasion and Mr Author u failed to do that. This idea stems from the misconception that every item in your outfit has to stand out. Dark blue jeans are a lot more versatile than your bleached jeans, as you can dress them up and down as you see fit.
Dark blue jeans without bleaching or excessive distressing just look classier and more mature. Sorry buddy, but bleached jeans are for dummies.
You cannot be stylish in one of the most unstylish types of clothes. This author did not fail. You failed to take good advice. Enjoy your true religion and ed hardy. Robert, Im 39 and have always dressed in Tshirts and baggy jeans and sneakers. Hmm… Check out this article.
Just take it one step at a time. I find it very difficult to find the right style and clothing that I like. I spend so much time looking for shoes and clothes and sometimes end up buying nothing. Thanks for the article. I read this and some other article on other sites about dressing well for men. This advice is only for those working an office-type environment and common industries in order to be successful within those fields by complying with the unwritten codes and etiquette of those fields.
Selling art is a professional activity, but not making it. Yet I believe a lot of collectors just want to see an authentic artist, someone who is also different. When I go to an art opening, artists just wear creative or thrift store type things, not suits.
Can you help me out and explain this contradiction? All these rules and theories of dress are overridden instantly by social proof, charisma, confidence, competence, and, or ability to converse and flirt well wether in business or dating. Not to mention people want to experience something exotic and ladies are drawn to punk rock band members that hardly comb their hair, more than sharp looking professional men, unless they are strictly looking for committed long term husband type relationships.
Definitely for dating apps where there are lots of hot high-value women, it would be hard to match with anyone unless one followed these rules. Is the reasoning behind not wearing embellishments simply to separate yourself from the younger crowd? Great article — very useful notes on the jeans and tshirts. I had already started applying these ideas until I moved country.
Consequently, my style has been reduced to shorts and a t-shirt, usually with sneakers. Yeah, dressing in hot weather can be a bit tricky. Check out my article on dressing for summer for more information. Hi this is amar from pakistan I read your article and much of that i really liked too but i wanna ask you about hair style because dresses not only make a personality our hair style matters too.
Well, you are brilliant. I loved the way you explained some misconceptions I see in my dressing. Or to try using leather shoes and fit jeans? Try going for sleek pairs though, almost full white or black and without all the bells and whistles on them.
Converse, Stan Smiths or LaCoste. I would definitely suggest you get used to more fitted jeans though. You will look a lot better! Hiii Robert , can you please tell me which type of combination I wear in my School Function…. Darnit — I really like my graphic tees. Great and informative article, nonetheless. Hi Robert, I was fed up with my casual jeans outfit.
I mostly wear slim suit to work which looks great but when it comes to casual then I am not good at all. I am in my late 20s and I want to look mature when I wear jeans not a teenager. I found your article very interesting and I took some notes as well for upcoming weekend shopping. I like straight dark blue jean. I still wear graphic tees, and I think I giving up those would be the toughest if I had to follow your advice.
Great article, I have started this a while ago with myself and I love it….. I will add that a great resource for outfit ideas is Pinterest. Seeing how the outfit looks on someone else and all put together gave me a better idea of what colors would look good together and what types of pieces to buy.
Yeah Pinterest can serve as an inspiration for good outfits, and it is a good way to find nice-looking color combinations.
IMO, you should understand the basics of style — understand how to make clothes work for YOU, and then magazines and Pinterest and stuff like that can be a good source of inspiration: Because I have a hard time finding t-shirts that look good. What about facial hair? Trimmed and cut to make your jaw line more prominent? I always have trouble getting a smart casual dress shirt, I either go to flashy or to loose… Any tips here?
Historically speaking, the very first undershirts were worn by soldiers of the ancient Roman and Chinese armies. They were baggier but still protected the quality of expensive garments in and outside of war. These undershirts give the men extra warmth and layering especially in cold weather while they meet the physical demands of their jobs. Style-wise, undershirts are lightweight, slightly stretchable and easy to match with any clothing.
Undershirts go underneath — specifically underneath a dress shirt. Do NOT use them for outerwear. A t-shirt is made of a heavier weight fabric than an undershirt. Its overall fit is also looser. T-shirts are meant to be outerwear.
There are tons of parties or outdoor events — especially in the summer — when t-shirts pop out everywhere paired with jeans or shorts. Personally I like a solid dark-colored t-shirt that fits me nicely. With t-shirts, you do have more freedom with your style. So avoid plain white since it looks too similar to an undershirt.
The 2 main t-shirt styles are V-necks and crew necks. V-necks give the illusion of more length and height as the cut exposes the neck more , making them perfect for shorter guys or narrow faces. As for the material used, pure cotton is preferable — especially Pima or Egyptian cotton.
Open tournament — a custom made tennis outfit — would be as popular as it is today? The polo shirt now goes far beyond the worlds of tennis and golf. These breathable shirts have a gauze or nap weave that makes your body shown as it is. All in all, the polo shirt is quite a versatile choice. Henleys are basically the collarless version of the polo shirt. The placket is inches long and it fastens with anywhere from buttons. Henleys can either be short-sleeved or long-sleeved resembling a bit of the V-neck sweater with a line of buttons.
You never have to stop for a moment and check if the collar looks good.
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