If your goal is to look stylish and well dressed, it’s important to learn what styles compliment your body and build up a wardrobe that contains enough items to attend a variety of events. It’s also advisable to learn how to fill your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Just remember that you don’t have to spend a million dollars, in order to look a million dollars.
A fool proof guide to men’s fashion: How to dress well, on a budget
Style tip 1: Invest in a few high quality staple items
While it’s unnecessary to spend hundreds of dollars on every item in your wardrobe, the key to dressing well is to invest in a few high staple item, which will form the backbone of your wardrobe. For example, don’t be afraid to splurge on a tailored winter coat, a classic watch, a pair of fitted jeans or a casual blazer. The latter of which you can pair with jeans for a smart, casual look, or can be paired with a matching colored pant for a dashing evening wear look.
What you don’t need to do is waste your hard earned cash on purchasing expensive t-shirts or shorts, which will loose their shape after a few weeks of wear. Beware of the salespeople in the stores. If they see you shopping and are roaming they will try to convince you that you need an undershirt marked at $50, when nobody will ever actually see the shirt underneath. Remember, some things are worth spending a little extra money on, but not your whole closet.
Style tip 2: Save big purchases until there’s a major sale
Unless your closet is low, don’t feel pressured to pay full price for an item you have your eye on. Instead, take note of the dates when major sales take place such as Black Friday or Memorial Day. One way to keep up to date with the latest sales, is to join the email lists of your favorite stores and brands. That way you’ll be the first to know about upcoming sales. Better yet, if you’re lucky you may even receive exclusive vouchers or discount codes, which will allow your budget to stretch even further.
Style tip 3: Take a trip to your local outlet mall
If you’re lucky enough to have an outlet mall within driving distance, it’s well worth doing a Google search to see whether it offers any of your favorite brands. You may be surprised as a variety of men’s fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Ted Baker and Top Man have outlet stores across the country. If there’s no outlet mall in your immediate vicinity, it may be worth visiting one while you’re on vacation. What some of you might not know is that popular vacation destinations often contain outlet malls for the touring crowd.
Style tip 4: When it comes to basic items, don’t be afraid to shop online
If you’re looking for cheap clothes for men, head straight to online retailers such as ASOS, which offer hundreds of brands that you know and trust at rock bottom prices. Best of all while ASOS is based in the UK it offers free international shipping. While you may want to visit brick and mortar stores for big investments, you may want to buy basics items like t-shirts from online stores. If you’re worried about the risk, most online stores also offer free shipping on returns.
How to measure yourself correctly:
Simply print out a free online-chart which will allow you to write your measurements down. A measurement card will give you instructions on how to accurately measure each part of your body. For example, if you need to measure your chest, you’ll need to wrap a tape measure around your chest, making sure to place the measuring tape underneath your underarms. Make sure to measure your chest at the fullest part. Otherwise you may purchase a shirt or blazer, that doesn’t fit.
If you still find it difficult to measure yourself accurately, consider getting a tailor or seamstress to write down your measurements for you. Even a tailor at a local mall or a nearby Men’s Wearhouse will be able to give you accurate measurements.
What styles will work for your body type?
Style tips for men with skinny and athletic body types:
If you’re tall and lean, you may want to stay away from figure hugging t-shirts. However slim cut jeans and chinos will work well with your body type. If you’re concerned that you have slim shoulders or lack muscle, you can add bulk to your appearance by learning to layer. You may want to consider laying a classic white polo shirt with a navy sweater and blazer for a smart casual look.
Style tips for men who are looking to hide a few extra pounds:
If you’re looking to disguise a few extra pounds, forgo the urge to tuck in your shirts and opt to wear loose shirts. Also opt for dark colored jeans and pants and stay away from light wash jeans and beige colored chinos as they’ll make your legs look bigger than they are. Stock up on blazers, because if left unbuttoned they create a parallel line, that is slimming and draws people’s focus away from your problem area.
How to dress for different occasions:
How to dress for casual events:
For casual events, you can’t go wrong wearing a pair of fitted jeans with a neutral polo shirt or a crisp white t-shirt. Stay away from t-shirts with loud graphics and opt for classic styles. Complete your look with a neutral jumper or cable knit cardigan and a pair of brogues or white Converse. If you’re a fan of boots, why not invest in a classic pair of desert boots. For an alternative look, why not pair a classic grey Henley, with a pair of light wash jeans and a well worn pair of desert boots?
How to dress for smart casual events:
For dressier events, pair chinos or dark wash jeans with a short or long sleeved shirt. Don’t be afraid to experiment with subtle patterns such as a navy and white polka dot shirt or a subtle floral print. Just leave, your tie at home. Make sure to complete your outfit with a dress watch, a navy blazer and a pair of dress shoes or brogues. If you want to aim for a classic aesthetic you may also be interested adding suspenders to your outfit.
So what are you waiting for? Why not plan your next shopping trip, using the tips listed above?