7 Essential Fashion Tips for the Well-Dressed Man

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Fashion can be a tricky area for men. Many are intimidated by the fact that there really are no rules. Fashion is above all about being comfortable in your own skin and knowing your own body well enough to pick clothes and accessories that will flatter you.

Many men don’t have the patience for experimenting in this manner. Luckily, there are some common-sense tips that can help you navigate the fashion world, even if you’re already intimately familiar with Versace and Armani.

1. Be True to Yourself

Fashion trends come and go – fedoras come to mind – but classics never go out of style. If you’re uncertain about something, skip the trend. Chances are if it makes you uncomfortable, you won’t have the confidence to pull it off.

2. Skip the Bold Colors              

Every few years, bold colors make a comeback. Don’t be sucked in. Most men look better in neutrals than in bolds. Plus, you don’t want last season’s colors in this season’s closet.

3. Branch into New Designers

Just as Mechanicsburg orthodontists or Newville dentists might sometimes try out new hygiene products at the office, you should occasionally break away from your tried and true designers. Who knows – you may discover that you absolutely love Dolce & Gabanna after years as a Versace man.

4. Attend a Fashion Show

Get some ideas for what you’d like to wear by attending a local fashion show, even if you’ve never been to one. Breaking out of your comfort zone is important, just like in the example of the aforementioned orthodontist. Carlisle, PA residents or New York City lifers alike can find fashion shows in their towns.

5. Suit Up

Barney on “How I Met Your Mother” is right: When in doubt, you can never, ever go wrong with a suit. It looks clean, classic and is appropriate for virtually any occasion. A woman will swoon if you show up for a first date in a suit. Your boss will salute your professional appearance.

6. Have a Good Tailor

Have you ever noticed how a pair of well-tailored pants can lift an outfit from Saturday afternoon casual to Saturday evening formal? Having clothes that fit you like a glove give the appearance of a pulled-together man, which is exactly what you want to project on a job interview or at a client dinner.

7. Accessorize Wisely

A watch is a timeless accessory that can age with you through any number of wardrobe changes. But a funky hat is not. It will just remind you of the time you wasted money on a passing fad. Be judicious when investing in accessories, and make sure they go with at least five pieces of clothing you already own.

Katie Elizabeth

I'm a content coordinator for several different companies. I currently live near the Pennsylvania state capitol and am also attending grad school in a communications program. I especially enjoy learning and writing about careers, technology, music and nonprofits. I also do some arts & entertainment freelance writing for local newspapers and publications. I?m in love with New York City and try to ...(Read More)

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