How your fashion style speaks volumes about you

Whether your taste is streetwear or you prefer to head out wearing a bow tie and jacket, there are a few pointers to remember when it comes to a man’s fashion style.

The following seven suggestions will help you put your best foot forward no matter the occasion.

 Whether streetwear or a suit and tie is your thing, always be sure to own it. (Photo by Mubariz Mehdizadeh)
Whether streetwear or a suit and tie is your thing, always be sure to own it. (Photo by Mubariz Mehdizadeh)
  1. You do you. Pretty basic, right? If you have a style, be proud of it. Own it. If you don’t have a style, that’s OK too. Put some thought into it and come up with what works for you. Once you’ve picked a style, then stick with it, or keeping working at it until you find what works for you.

  2. Don’t be a slob. Whatever your style, just dress nicely. That doesn’t have to mean that you suffocate in a suit and tie. Nice is about pairing the right clothes together. A nice pair of jeans matched with a sweater or shirt can speak volumes of who you are. Remember, too, to accessorize. You don’t want to wear a fancy ring, for example, if you are sporting sweat clothes. On the other hand, a hat with your workout gear will complement each another. It goes without saying that wearing jeans that fit is common sense.

  3. Color coordination matters. Putting the right colors together for an outfit can change the whole way the outfit looks. Lighter colors can work well in an indoor area. But, for some people, darker colors work better. And, don’t be too “loud.” A tie dye shirt with a plaid flannel shirt should never be a thing.

  4. Don’t be cheap. Sure, everyone loves a bargain, but let’s face it: the old axiom that you get what you pay for certainly is true when it comes to the clothes you buy. Buying good clothes over cheap ones doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either. Buying a single pair of good jeans and taking care of them will be more cost effective than buying cheap stuff. Cheap clothes will fall apart much quicker and will cost you more money and time in the long run. Look for sales on good clothes. Competition is stiff for your spending dollar and knowing where and when to find a sale will return dividends to your wardrobe.

  5. Don’t be a afraid to get measured. You’d be surprised what you learn when you do. A shirt that you thought might be a good fit really isn’t. Use the expertise of the sales associate, too. They can answer your questions, take your measurements and, if honest, will tell you if a certain look works for you. And, don’t be afraid to listen to your inner voice by way of the in-store mirrors. If there is a shred of doubt in your mind, then keep looking for what feels right.

  6. Prints are your friend. They help defer attention away from an area that may not be flattering on you, and they also can really communicate your style. Invest some time in finding a print that’s right for you. There’s many styles and selections to choose from, and don’t be afraid to embrace more than you style. Remember, be comfortable in your own skin.

  7. All clothes are not made equally, even in your own size. Every piece of clothing fits differently, so grab more than one pair of an item in your size. If it takes three tries to get the right shirt to fit, then try on all three. Feel free, too, to grab a medium and a large since a large for one brand may not be the same for another clothier. Bottom line: your wardrobe should be filled with clothes that fit.  

 There you have it: seven simple pointers that will help you always look your best.

 Prints are your friend. Find prints that communicate your fashion style.
Prints are your friend. Find prints that communicate your fashion style.