7 style mistakes
You May Be Currently Making.
Although, to some people, style may be subjective... It's not. The one thing that all people that have style have in common is: They have style. Period. Just as important as what these people are doing, what they aren't doing also is what makes them ever so stylish. Now, I know that may be hard to fully understand, so here is a list I've put together of 7 style mistakes that you may be currently making & why it is important to fix them.
*Disclaimer* You wont be making these same mistakes after reading this...
1. Not Tailoring Your Clothes When Needed.
This is HUGE *Trump voice*. Everywhere I look I see people with either their sleeves too long, their pants too long, or just an overall bad fit. If only there was a place you could go where specialists could fix this problem... Oh wait, they're literally everywhere. Find a good tailor and treat them like family.
Once you have your tailor, shorten those sleeves, pant legs, and if your pants are not slim enough... Taper.
Sleeve length should be right at your wrist bone. You want your jacket sleeve to show 1/4 of an inch to 1/2 of an inch of your dress shirt cuff.
Pant leg should either have no break or a very slight break, depending on fit and occasion. The break is the fold or bend of fabric at your leg cuff when the pant leg is longer than your physical leg (you probably know this term as "baggy"). I'm a fan of the "no break" look, personally. I just think it's a cleaner look. Now, when it comes to taper, it's easy. Never too tight, never too loose.
How it SHOULD look:
2. Care and Maintenance (or Lack of It).
When purchasing a new garment, you should be wanting to keep this item for a while, correct? Treat it that way.
When it comes to suits, this is easy. ALWAYS hang after wear in a garment bag. This day or two of rest will help regain it's shape and keep it in that "I know what I'm doing" phase like we spoke about in my "5 Key Items Every Man Needs In His Wardrobe" blog.
Now, shirts. We all know that white is usually our weapon of choice when trying to be the Sharp Dressed Man that ZZ Top was singing about in 1983 but since even before then it has been hands down the hardest piece in your closet to keep looking sharp. That’s because the nature of the cotton soaks up all kinds of oils off your skin. Don't worry, it happens to all of us. We all get those visible stains…especially on the back of your neck and armpits. Easy fix: Hand wash after wear and take it to the dry cleaners every visit.
Denim, this is simple. Ask any denim expert, this item only needs a wash every few weeks or even months. If needed before; dry cleaners... This is the best way to ensure longevity in your denim. If you do decide to machine wash, turn them inside out, wash in cold water on a light rinse and AIR DRY. The cold water when washed inside out will absorb the dye back into the fibers. Air dry to ensure these fibers don't shrink.
3. Buying Cheap Clothes.
When wanting to improve your style, the best first step you can take is to stop buying cheap clothes... There is a mathematical formula that you can calculate called "CPW" or "Cost Per Wear". This formula breaks down cost and how much wear you will get out of something and pretty much makes you feel like a spectacularly well dressed Einstein. Here is the formula:
CPW = Total cost of the item / Number of days you’ll wear it
Here is an easy (but very dangerous) way to break down CPW: If you invest $200 into a pair of jeans, but plan to wear those jeans every day of the year, your CPW comes out to 55 cents. That's basically the price of one piece of Bazooka Bubble Gum. Now, on the other hand, if you spend $40 on a disposable garment from a fast fashion retailer like H&M and wear it 3 times before it wears out or ruins after one wash, you are left with a CPW of $13. Yeah, another reason why quality is key.
4. Over Accessorizing.
Please, less is more. With that, I'll keep this one short and sweet...
Unless you're Johnny Depp, or the lead singer in a sca band, you should not be wearing more than 2-3 accessories at once. Let's be simple, gentlemen. This is just distracting from your outfit and simply looks like you're trying too hard.
How it SHOULD look:
5. Buying the Wrong Fit.
Clothes (for the most part) are made to fit a general population. Stay away from Small, Medium, Large, X-Large when shopping for tailored clothing. This falls inline with suiting, shirting, and pants. Learning to look at specs and knowing your specs will help you find the right fit when shopping for tailored clothing. When it comes to shirts, they all (majority at least) go by neck size and sleeve length. Knowing your neck size, chest size and sleeve length is a huge thing in style. You should know this. Aside from knowing those specs, you need to know if you're a short, regular or long when it comes to suiting.
Short (S) 5'4" to 5'7 1/2"
Regular (R) 5'8" to 6'2"
Long (L) 6'2 1/2" to 6'6"
This will ensure you are getting a look that will be closest to your body type.
How it SHOULD look:
6. Trends That Don't Fit Your Lifestyle.
We get it, you want to dress like Kanye. Now, ready for some heart breaking news... It doesn't look good on everybody.
You should only be rocking clothes that reflect your personality. You ever see that guy that is over accessorizing, over layering, and just plain out looks like he's trying too hard to look like everybody else? Yeah, that's because it doesn't match his lifestyle. You can always tell when somebody is trying to just be trendy, it's just not natural. Don't get me wrong, follow trends all you want, that's fine. Now, just make sure it is something that can relate to who you are as a person. THAT'S what makes these guys look stylish. It's their personality that you can see in them that reflects their outfit choice.
How it SHOULD look:
Who would have thought that grooming would have fell into this list? Nobody. That's why it's on here. Grooming is a very big part of your overall appearance and is one of the first things women notice about you.
Hair is a great topic to start with. Your barber should know you by name and you shouldn't be hesitant to overtip on a good cut. After your bi-weekly to once a month haircut, find a hair product that works great for you and run with it.
Hand care is also very important, when you are meeting somebody and shake their hand with your scaly hands and long fingernails it's just uncomfortable. Cut those nails once a week and find a hand care cream that will take you from Rango to a man that takes care of himself.
Now we get to face... The thing that defines who we are. Nobody wants oily skin. Face wash, moisturizer, eye cream, beard lube, and an exfoliant should be in your every night routine. PERIOD.
Control your body hair... I'll keep that there, fellas.
*For all of the grooming topics above, I would recommend the following venders for all products: Kiehls, Jack Black, Lab Series, Art of Shaving or Lush.*