Get fashion ready with these quick fashion and style tips for men in our definitive guide. We go through all of the needed steps for you to achieve the look you know you've always wanted. Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our store.
Men throughout the land know only too well the struggles of getting dressed in the mornings, so it's not just you ladies. The problem that most men find is that there simply isn't the choice out there for us, so we sometimes have to make do with what we've got, and sometimes lads, that just isn't good enough.
As men of the modern day, it's important to realise that people do judge you by how you look, as shallow as that may sound. So, we have to give off the right impression from the get-go, and, if you're starting out in your career then you need to be paying full attention. It doesn't matter what line of work you're in or how old you are, you can always benefit from a few men's fashion tips to help you along the way so that the mornings can be that little bit easier.
We don't know how many times we've said this to people but the fit of your clothing really is everything. If you're going for a simple and classic look, it's important to know that baggy just won't cut it. Kanye West may be able to pull off the oversized look, but for many of us (including myself), we simply can't. We either end up looking like a dishevelled teenager or someone really trying to be stylish but falling flat.
When you're investing in a piece of clothing that you see yourself wearing for the next ten years, it's very important that it fits you like a glove. This may involve you going down to a high street tailor to get yourself measured. Doing this shouldn't cost you too much on the high street, but maybe it would if you fancy yourself a Savile Row kind of guy. However, most of us aren't so we will have to work with what we've got.
This piece of men's fashion advice is best used when buying a suit or trousers. If you work in a professional environment where you need to look sharp on a daily basis, then having a well-fitted suit is key. The range of our suits from yours truly, The Idle Man, are spot on to pull off a fitted look, and remember, it's easier to take a suit in, rather than out (you can't really do this).
Simplicity is key when you're building a stylish wardrobe. Going too overboard with colour, detail and pattern can throw off your whole look, and we can't have that. If you're struggling to find an outfit for the day, it's important to know what looks good on you and stick with it. For a timeless look that will forever be in style, wear the classic plain white tee and jeans look. Plus it makes it seem like you haven't put too much thought into what you're wearing.
When you're out and about this winter you're bound to wear a coat or jacket. The key with this is to not buy into trend-led pieces. Your investment will have been wasted as these will date from season to season. Stick to the classic overcoat in black or camel and work around that. A timeless piece is invaluable and if it's good quality, it will last you years and years to come.
Now, I'm not saying that your look should all be simplistic without any hint of detail. Find a few accessories with a bit of detail and colour to add some personality to your look. A pocket square is a great way to add some personality to an outfit. If you're feeling adventurous enough, try wearing a red or even yellow one and simply tuck it into the top pocket of your coat or blazer. This draws the eye to that detail making people take note of what you're wearing.
Classic Fashion Style
When you're building a wardrobe from scratch it's important to know your basics. If you want some fashion ideas, these are simple pieces that you can build a whole wardrobe around. You can add colour and detail to your look wherever you feel necessary. So, here's our list of simple basics that you need in your life:
Plain T-shirts (white, black, grey)
A pair of blue jeans
A pair of black jeans
Formal shoes (black and brown)
Black or camel overcoat
Oxford shirt (white)
Suit (black, navy or grey)
Smart Casual Fashion Styles
Sometimes, in men's current fashion, there is a blurring of lines between formal and casual. Many men don't know the difference and can turn out looking a touch odd when it comes to dressing either way. When we look at formalwear we can instantly see the difference, for instance, the suit, this is classed as formalwear due to its rigid structure and smarter appearance.
If you're after the smart-casual look then opt for wearing a T-shirt with your suit, this just plays it down a touch rather than going full out casual. Or, if you're really into the smart-casual feel then why not try wearing your suit with a pair of trainers? This may be a look that you're not going to be into straight away, but trust me, it can work. If this is a look you want to try and pull off, make sure your trainers are either black or white, minimal is design and clean.
For a casual look go for the classic T-shirt and jeans combination. It will always work and will never let you down when it comes to dressing stylish and casual. Try and go for a fitted tee with a pair of slim-legged jeans. This will keep you looking smart, yet casual, whilst avoiding the scruffy look that doesn't look good on anyone.
Shopping may not be a past time that many men take much interest in, but it's best that you start doing so. When you go out shopping it's important to know what you're looking for rather than going in there without foggiest of what you want. This can, and easily will lead to you and your bank account crying when you get home.
If you buy right you'll only buy once - well, so the saying goes anyway, but this is very true. When you buy quality over quantity you'll see a massive improvement to your look, wardrobe, and wallet. Another advice on shopping is to never do it alone. Even if you can't stand shopping with other people, it will give you a good knowledge of what suits you. Always ask for opinions, even if you don't like the sound of it, it will tell you what suits you and what doesn't.
When you're building a wardrobe, avoid massive logos and branded items. Loud logos communicate to other people that you don't know what you're doing, and, they can come across looking slightly tacky and very unstylish.
Heavily branded items can also look very tacky or look like you're showing off. This would be the case when it comes to your bag, brands such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci have made a name for themselves by heavily branding their items, and this works for them and some people. When you're trying to build a classic wardrobe this can perhaps hinder you slightly. Opt instead for a minimal looking bag or clothing. This sets a blank canvas for you to base your outfit around, instead of bombarding you all at once. A classic satchel will take you a long way in style terms as its design and shape will go with pretty much any outfit you can throw at it.
Latest Clothing Trends
Trend-led pieces are the downfall for many. They have the ability to take a classic look and turn it into a very unstylish and sometimes unflattering outfit. It's best to stick to the classics when dressing as this will see you through a lot more seasons rather than trend-led pieces.
Trends come and go, so don't go rushing to the high street as soon as the latest trend comes out. The key to great style is sticking to what you know. Know what styles suit you and what doesn't. This way you can buy clothes for their quality rather than their quantity. Trends didn't phase style icons such as Steve McQueen, Michael Caine or James Dean. They stuck to what they knew, which is why they became icons.
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