Whether you've only got slightest interest in men's fashion or you're obsessed, there's still a fairly good chance you follow at least one account on social media that regularly reminds you of their latest arrivals, forthcoming collections or current promotions. Of course, not all of those reminders are necessarily of interest or even result in a purchase, but no doubt a fair few encourage you to frantically check your online banking to see if your funds will stretch to a new pair of trainers or a shirt to wear out on the weekend.
Ideally we'd try and ignore these reminders until the student loan drops or payday comes round, but we all know that's rarely the case and we're regularly left weeping as our account is in the negative and the chance of getting our hands on those coveted items is thin. However, not all is lost; just because you can't cop those new garms, there are still a number of things you can do to rework your current rotation. We're talking simple ways to upgrade your style that won't leave you with a huge dent in your pocket, but will definitely give your threads a new lease of life.
1. Locate a Good Tailor
Tracking down someone who knows a thing or two about using a sewing machine can be very useful. From tapering an old pair of jeans to tweaking an off-the-peg suit, once you've found one that's decent and won't charge you an arm and a leg, you need to hold on to them as they can be few and far between.
2. Don't Skimp When It Comes to Denim
Do you find yourself having to wash your skinny jeans after every wear because they've lost their shape? If so it's probably time to upgrade and invest in something more heavy duty. Instead of buying serval pairs of mediocre jeans each year get involved with some raw selvage denim. They won't be cheap but the quality will be much better so they'll last longer. And what's more, they look better and better the more you wear them.
3. Invest in the Basics First
You've probably heard us say it on more than one occasion, but a well-rounded wardrobe starts with the basics: plain white crew neck T-shirts, navy knitwear and grey marl sweatshirts. Nailing these means you'll have a selection of versatile pieces that you can work into both dressed down and more formal outfits.
4. Look for Versatility When Buying a Winter Coat
By now you've probably already bought your winter coat, but if not think about how versatile it's going to be. While a bright red parka might look great it probably won't be that easy to team with the rest of your wardrobe like a navy wool peacoat might be. Generally speaking, winter coats are not cheap purchases so you'll want to know you'll be getting ample wear out of it.
5. Use Accessories to Compliment Your Outfit
Accessories can be a great way to add another dimension to an otherwise low key outfit, but at the same time they can make you look like you've tried too hard. If in doubt, keep it simple; a classic timepiece can add a touch of sophistication to a casual weekend ensemble as easily as a ribbed beanie can add a sporty edge to a formal fit.