10 Ways to Upgrade Your Style in 2019

What better way to welcome 2019 than by updating your wardrobe and upgrading your style? After all, the clothes you wear say a lot about you, and it’s important that yours are conveying the right message. Let this year be your most stylish year so far!

Here are ten ways to upgrade your style for 2019, and ensure you’re always looking on point, no matter what the occasion:

1.Wear a Watch

Wearing a watch is one of the most important ways that any man can choose to upgrade his style. It shows that you are organized, that your time has value, and that you care about the way you look.

A dark colored watch, or one with a metallic face, is an investment piece designed to coordinate with any outfit. Whilst a big-brand watch could cost you thousands of dollars, the good news is that it is possible to choose a high-quality, style-focused watch for less than $100.

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The watch you wear says a lot about you. Looking for a little inspiration? Our skull skeleton quartz watch features a silicone strap and is waterproof to up to 30 meters. It offers a modern, fashion-forward design but is timeless enough that it will last you a lifetime.

You can buy it here. 

2. Embrace Your Suit Jacket

Do you love your favorite suit jacket? Then we have good news: it’s no longer simply for business!

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Wear your suit jacket with matching pants during the week, and then pair it with a simple polo necked jumper or fitted tee at the weekend.

Adding an unstructured blazer is a great way to smarten up even the most casual of looks. Choosing a multi-functional jacket in this way will also enable you to justify a splurge on high-quality brands and fabrics. The more ways you can wear a piece, the most you can afford to spend!

Step outside of your black comfort zone and look for a jacket that has texture, or subtle pattern. Charcoal grey and navy blue are great choices because they’re ideal for both work and play.

3. Enjoy Cozy Knits

It’s still winter, which means now is the perfect time to embrace the comfort of cozy knitwear. Oversized knits are a huge (pun intended) trend for 2019, so why not invest now and wear all year? Think chunky knitted scarves, oversized jumpers and cardigans, and slouchy beanie-style hats.

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Style in 2019 : Fashion | https://www.royalfashionist.comBecause fit is so important to nail this trend, when it comes to color, less is more. Avoid bright and bold shades in favor of timeless neutrals: think shades of brown, black and blue.

The fit is the most important aspect to focus on and the good news is that the bigger the knit you choose, the warmer and the more comfortable it will be.

4. Invest in Fragrance

Did you know that, when it comes to immediate physical attraction, a scent is actually more important than looks? If you want to attract attention for all the right reasons than choosing a new fragrance that you love is the perfect way to start 2019.

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Choose a scent that is classic, masculine, and long-lasting. You want something that you can apply before breakfast in the morning and still smell at the end of a long day.

5. Shirt Don’t Shirk

Whilst a crisp white tee will always have its place in any well-dressed man’s wardrobe, a shirt will always be a much more stylish alternative. T-shirts are often associated with youth, with the long summer days of childhood and lazy college days.

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By contrast, wearing a shirt shows confidence and maturity. Shirts aren’t just for formal occasions either: choose a casual patterned shirt (such as this attention-grabbing polka dot version) and you can wear it with slim-fitting jeans for dates, football games, shopping trips, and propping up your favorite bar.

Pair with cuffed jeans and sneakers for a laid-back look that showcases your style credentials without taking itself too seriously.

6. Don’t Ignore Your Underwear

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Style in 2019 : Fashion | https://www.royalfashionist.comAlthough not everyone will see your underwear, it shouldn’t be ignored. Odd socks or misshapen boxer shorts will make your whole outfit look untidy, and will ruin the clean lines of your clothes. Don’t let something so simple sabotage your look (and let everyone know that you’re secretly sloppy underneath!)


Now is the perfect time to invest in new underwear and new socks: you’ll find plenty of fun patterns and designs intended for festive gifting in stores.

Provided you have the right fit, don’t be afraid to experiment with pattern and color. Your underwear drawer is the perfect place to let your personality shine through.

7. Focus on Your Footwear

The shoes you wear say a lot about what kind of man you are. In fact, many women say the first thing they notice about a man is the type of shoes he is wearing.

You might be interested to know this is also the first thing that most men notice about other men too! Is there any better reason to throw those dirty, worn out sneakers in the trash?

Instead, why not invest in a pair of on-trend Classic harness boots that you can wear anywhere, and for any occasion? These beautiful suede boots are a 2019 upgrade on last year’s ever-popular Chelsea boot, but with fun detailing which lends them a more luxe feel.

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Style in 2019 : Fashion | https://www.royalfashionist.comWe love tan boots because they go with almost everything. Use them to add a pop of color to an all-black outfit, or pair with your favorite blue jeans (it doesn’t matter if they’re light or dark) for the ultimate off-duty look that’s guaranteed to turn heads.

8. Clean Your Shoes

On the subject of footwear, if you can’t afford to buy brand new boots (or you’re still in love with the boots you already have) then you can upgrade your style on a budget simply by taking the time to clean your shoes.

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Style in 2019 : Fashion | https://www.royalfashionist.comEnsuring your shoes are scuff-free and shiny is something many men forget, but it will make a big difference to how polished your overall look is.

This same rule applies to your sneakers as well as to your traditional leather shoes. This will also have the benefit of keeping them fresher for longer.

9. Belt It!

Many men don’t think about adding accessories to their outfits, but the belt is the most masculine accessory you can choose and will help to make any outfit look more formal and more coordinated.

Coordinate the color of your belt with the color of your shoes and you will instantly look well put together. Without saying a word, this little tip will instantly show even the most casual observer that you understand the rules of style and you care about what you look like.

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The fact is, whether you’re wearing formal pants or casual jeans, the addition of a belt will draw the eye, elevate your outfit, and inject a little luxe.

Looking for a little brand inspiration? The ever-popular Gucci belt will be just as popular in 2019 as it was in 2018, meaning that it is well worth the investment.

10. Cuff Your Pants

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Style in 2019 : Fashion | https://www.royalfashionist.comFinally, the one thing that every man wears on a daily basis is pants (that’s almost guaranteed!) so ensuring that your pants look great is essential. How? By cuffing them perfectly.

In 2019 pants (no matter how wide) remain gently rolled to reveal a hint of the ankle bone. You can pair this either with socks or without, to add a pop of color where needed. This trend will be particularly popular during spring/summer, so now is the perfect time to perfect it.

Why is adding a cuff to your pants so popular? Because it adds an extra element of interest to your outfit (at no extra cost) and because it’s a great way to show off your favourite footwear.

As with so many modern menswear trends, this look works just as well with casual looks as it does with formal wear.


Upgrading your style doesn’t have to be complicated: it’s easier than you think to get your closet ready for the year ahead. By focusing on the details of your outfit, and investing in good quality basics, your wardrobe will be ready for whatever 2019 throws at you.

Tor Brierley is a writer and editor from the UK whose love of writing about fashion has taken her all over the world. With a passion for tailoring, Tor often looks to menswear for inspiration, and believes that fashion should be accessible to everyone. Tor has three main obsessions: red lipstick, her kids, and finding the perfect leather jacket.

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