The world’s most stylish and famous men are photographed going about their everyday business on a weekly basis, and they always look fantastic no matter what they’re doing. But looking continually stylish isn’t as easy as they make it seem.
Here is some solid advice to ensure that you have the tools you need to look stylish at all times. Our ten commandments of style:
Invest in Quality Shoes
Not spending enough money on their shoes is one of the biggest style mistakes that most men make. If you want to look stylish, then start from your feet upwards. Stylish men pay particular attention to their shoes, and always wear the right footwear for every occasion. They know when they should wear a
Stylish men pay particular attention to their shoes, and always wear the right footwear for every occasion. They know when they should wear a brogue, when a loafer would be more appropriate, and they definitely don’t wear running shoes outside of the gym.
It’s important to take care of your footwear: invest in the highest quality leather you can afford and purchase a shoe care kit so that you can keep your shoes clean and protect the leather, ensuring they’ll last for as long as possible.
Keep a mini shoe care kit in the drawer of your desk, so that you’ll never have to suffer from un-stylishly scuffed or dirty shoes again.
2. Keep Your Tailoring Sharp
Sharp tailoring is not only a hot trend for this season, it is a classic and essential style staple that every stylish man should get right.
The key to keeping your tailoring sharp is to really focus on fit when buying key pieces, such as a suit, jacket, or coat. A well tailored jacket will fit perfectly on your shoulder: sleeve length can be altered, but ensuring the shoulder fit of a piece is essential to getting the look right. Here are some great examples of tailoring done well:
Loose the Bulky Wallet
Bulky wallets loaded with tickets, receipts and other scraps of paper can look clumsy and juvenile. They will also ruin the line of your trousers (especially when you’re wearing a suit) bulking out your pocket unnecessarily. Instead, the stylish man will use a slim line card holder, and only carry the essentials that they need.
A good card holder will have texture for subtle detail, and should always be made of leather, to create a feeling of style and class:
With plenty of room for your credit cards, driving license, and other essentials, a well-chosen card holder is the only accessory you need in your pocket. After all, who carries cash nowadays anyway?
4. Buy Good Quality Underwear
Wearing good quality underwear will not only help your clothes fit better, it will also make you feel more confident.Your underwear is part of your outfit, so it should look as good as the rest of you. After all, you wouldn’t wear a stained shirt to the office, so why are you keeping those stained and crumpled pants in your underwear drawer?
Tom Ford once advised in an interview that stylish men should ”throw away your old socks and underwear every six months”. This is good advice, and if it’s time for you to replace some of your underwear then here is some inspiration:
5. If It Doesn’t Fit, Alter It!
Fit is the most important aspect of men’s style, and the most stylish men have a tailor. On speed dial. Find a tailor you can trust, and you’ll never wear ill-fitting clothes again!
If you can’t tailor an item to fit you properly then give it away and replace it with one that does. It is better to have fewer well-fitting clothes in your closet than an abundance of pieces that fit badly. By clearing out the pieces that don’t fit you will more easily be able to see where the gaps in your style are.
6. Buy Multiples
Have a favourite pair of jeans you just couldn’t imagine living without? It you fall in love with a piece, then buy more than one! This means you can wear your favourite item more regularly, and that when one pair wears out and needs replacing, you won’t have to trawl the shops looking for a pair that you love as much.
Other items worth buying in multiples if you find the style that’s perfect for you include plain tees in white and black, well-fitting underwear, and leather belts. After all, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing!
7. Splurge of Investment Pieces
There are some high-fashion pieces you will only wear for a season or two: these can be purchased from reputable high street stores such as Zara and ASOS. However there are other pieces that you will buy once and wear for the rest of your life: these are the pieces you should splash out on. Look for high-quality fabrics and unusual subtle details (such as unexpected button placement or hardwear)
Key examples of investment pieces are a good trench coat, well-fitting sports jacket, and a classic leather jacket. Whilst the price tag may be expensive, the cost-per-wear ration you will achieve over your lifetime will make the initial outlay well worth it.
8. Store Your Clothes Properly
Your clothing deserves to be treated with respect, and the most stylish men take pride in organising their closets and ensuring all their key pieces are kept on coat hangers to keep them in good condition.
Storing your clothes properly is particularly important when travelling, either for a vacation or on a business trip. Investing in a decent suit carrier and folding your clothes properly means you will always look sharp and well put together when you’re away.
Invest in Regular Haircuts
Stylish men don’t necessarily wear their hair short, but they do have their hair cut regularly. The optimal time frame in which to have a hair cut is every four to six weeks. Trimming your hair regularly will prevent split ends, leaving your hair looking thick and healthy. A good haircut will last long after you leave the barbers.
You don’t necessarily have to change your hair style regularly if you’ve found a style that suits you, and defines your look. Look to David Gandy, who continues to be one of the world’s most successful male models despite never changing his hair style.
Hot haircuts we’re coveting right now:
10. Pay Attention to the Details
Finally, the most stylish man isn’t the man wearing the flamboyant feathered hat, or any other affectation that screams ‘look at me!’ Men with real style are men that pay attention to the subtle details of their outfit and who know that less is always more.
That means choosing the right cuff links for every outfit, and ensuring your sleeve lengths are on point: not adding a waistcoat, bow tie, and bowler hat to every outfit!