If you care about how you look you’ve been in this situation before: standing in front of the closet waiting for some random inspiration to hit you while a pile of shirts, since clinging to hangers, builds behind you.
Getting dressed should be simple. They’re just clothes after all right? Well, kind of. We all know that your style says something about you – as specific as how you’re feeling on a particular day. And even if you’re tossing on an outfit in 10 minutes and hightailing it out the door you want to at least give off the impression that you care.
That’s where details come in and details are as much about pushing against what’s normal as it see observing some simple no-no’s. So this time we talked to expert wardrobe consultant Ben Wills about the pitfalls you want to avoid at all cost – no matter what kind of look you’re going for.
Rule No. 1: No Two Color Blacks Are Created Equal
You think black is just black right? It’s not. There are multiple different shades of black just like there are multiple shades multiple different shades of white pink or blue; there’s T-mobile and Breast Cancer Awareness pinks or Kentucky Wildcat, General Motors, and Skype blues.. It’s not just that two different shades of black don’t go together… It’s that matching your shades of black give off a distinctly different look. The richer, darker your blacks are the more it will give off a more polished and luxurious your appearance appeal.
Sometimes you’re not going to wear your favorite black jacket with your favorite black pants because the pants have a white tone that makes them appear ashy.
Tip: Streamline your purchases. Be intentional with your shopping by buying blacks from the same retailer or brand to ensure your shades are consistent. Buy your black colors so that they match each other. Be intentional about your shopping.
Rule No. 2: Pre-Packaged Shirt-And-Tie Combos Are Only OK For Ol’ School Players
This ‘all-in-one’ marketing tool has offered people the freedom of stress when dealing with clothing selections. Why prance around the store – aisle after aisle trying to match a shirt and tie by color and pattern when it’s being done for you? This really is self-explanatory. I’ll tell you why: Prepackaged shirts and ties is come with ill-fitted collars and poorly-patterned ties. This is an instance where cutting corners will land you on the worst-dressed list before you can count to three..you do not want to make things easier for yourself.
Tip: When in doubt, Go with a slim-fitted classic solid white shirt and a solid power color tie. You can never go wrong when opting for simplicity. with a classic white button-up shirt and a solid tie will been on of your most versatile items.
Rule No. 3: No One Needs To Know Where You Keep Your Money
Nothing grinds my gears more than seeing a guy wearing a nice outfit complemented by a square bulge in your his front pocket. This is not the bulge that women want to see! The question you need to ask yourself is not where should do you put your wallet? It’s what wallet fits best with your attire? Take some time to figure out what’s in your wallet that you actually need to carry with you. If you’re attending a wedding, all you need are two credit cards, I.D. and a little cash. It’s probable that you don’t need all your takeout receipts from last week or the 10 business cards you picked up at the last happy hour.
Stick to the things you need. Most of the time it isn’t the wallet itself, it’s what’s in your wallet causing the trouble. Invest in a slim wallet, billfold or cardholder you can slip into your back pocket. Remember, sometimes you might not need to carry your entire wallet at all.
Tip: Read this carefully: Wallets are for denim and chinos. Money-clips are for trousers, suits and tuxedos and dress pants. Your inside suit jacket and back pockets are your friends.
Rule No. 4: Respect Your Invitation
Despite all the style chatter you may have heard, black-tie events are not tuxedo-optional. It is required. Cocktail attire allows for creativity with shirts and ties but still require a third item – a jacket, a vest or sweater. It’s more than the shirt and slacks you wear to work.
Tip: Know as much about the event beforehand as possible. If that means doing a Google search, use it to see what people wore at then event the previous year, so be it. If you don’t know, ask. Even if you need to call the venue to be sure.
Rule No. 5: Pre-Tied Bowties Are Disrespectful. Do Not Wear Them.
They look stiff like cardboard, like you folded paper into the shape of a fan. Bowties are the kind of accessory that exudes confidence. In a room full of well-dressed men, you’ll always remember the guy wearing that bowtie because a guy that wears bowties — good or bad — stand out. They stand with their chest poked out a little. Don’t defeat the purpose with a bowtie meant for sixth-grade graduation.
Tip: Learn how to tie a bowtie. My favorite There’s a tutorial to help: if you need an even simpler approach, try this lesson from former NFL player Dhani Jones. It’s my personal favorite and practice, practice, practice.
Rule No. 6: Invest In Custom Suiting
As a groom, a custom suit or tuxedo is worth the investment and makes for better wedding photos than a rented tux. On your big day, you want something that’s not only going to fit perfectly but something you may actually be able to wear again. In fact, I encourage all guys to invest in some custom clothing. There’s nothing like a shirt, pants or jacket made specifically to fit you. And if there’s nothing else you learn about creating your own style, it’s this: fit changes everything.
Tip: If custom clothing is out of your budget, try committing to one custom piece at a time. Start with a suit or a jacket and move on to of couple shirts from one of my go-to sites, World Of Alfa to maximize this service, You’ll want to visit a Nordstroms, Saks or Suit Supply store to get your measurements to ensure accuracy. Many custom clothing services keep your measures so you only need to be measured once.
Rule No. 7: Every Guy Does NOT Wear A 34×34 Pant
Unless you’re well over six-feet tall, there’s almost no chance you wear a 34 pant-length. so please spare yourself the excess fabric over your shoes. That’s a sure way for your look to appear both sloppy and even immature. The days of baggy jeans and pants are long, long gone. The average guy wears a 30-32 leg. Remember, there’s a happy medium between a little extra length and wearing high-water pants.
Tip: If you’re buying jeans, the leg should fall just beyond the knot of your shoestrings at most. If you’re wearing chinos or a relaxed fit pant, they can fall right at the bow. For trousers, you want your pant leg to fall just at the tongue of your shoes.
Rule No. 8: Tennis Shoes Are Not Appropriate “Going Out” Attire.
For clarity, there are exceptions to this rule. Classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars (or Jack Purcells) have somehow superseded this style law and can fit in with almost any look, from casual t-shirt and jeans, to dressing down a full tailored-suit. New Balance classics like the NB 990, are a far second. But outside of these examples, it’s best to waver on the side of caution.stick the program and fine a sharp pair of shoes (and match them with your belt).
Tip: When it doubt, remember there’s really no such thing as being overdressed.
Rule No. 9: Basketball Shorts Are Not Swim Trunks.
Summer may be over but if you’ve got a few beach days left, remember this rule or carry it with you on your next tropical vacation. Keep your basketball shorts on the basketball court. Swim trunks are for the beach.
Tip: Let’s be honest, wearing basketball shorts has everything to do with separation anxiety. Every short you wear doesn’t obstruct your manhood. Wearing swim trunks at a beach or pool is expected. It doesn’t mean you have to go with Speedo-style briefs. You can go with a tricked out pair of board shorts that fall right at above your knee, or even below the knee, that don’t make you feel like you’re being too revealing.
Rule No. 10: Magnetic Collar Stays? Yes.
Not ready to toss your favorite shirt, here is your best alternative. Collar stays are magic but magnetic collar stays are a gift from the fashion gods. They can transform any old shirt with a slouch collar into one that stands with confidence.
Tip: If wire hangers got you into this mess, magnets will get you out of it. Collar stays are easy to lose but one of the most value items in your wardrobe. Start a collection, keep them all in the same place and remember that one size doesn’t fit all so keep a variety.