Dressing well has benefits beyond elevating your style and appearance. It makes you feel confident and provides a feeling of success. Besides, it also helps in making a positive first impression. When people see you for the first time, they'll make an opinion based on your appearance.
So, do you want to be the best-dressed man in the room? Here are a few rules to follow.
Have the courage to be the best-dressed man
Weird but true, most people don't dress well because they think it'll be too much. While there are certain dressing rules to follow, each dressing style has levels. Let's take, for example, office clothing.
When it comes to formal dressing, there are two obvious choices. One is two wear a light shirt with dark pants and leather shoes. The second is to rock a suit. However, wearing a suit daily to the office can be slightly overwhelming, especially if you're not a senior manager or some other higher executive. But wearing a simple shirt and pants would make you look like everyone else. So, what can you do differently?
The easiest step to instantly amp up your fashion game is by rolling up your sleeves. Everyone knows it, but still, most people don't do it. Another cool thing you can do is to experiment with colors. Instead of wearing a light shirt and dark pants, go for a dark shirt - light pant combination.
You can also diversify your look by adding polo t-shirts to your wardrobe and wear them on weekends. They're formal, but they make you look slightly casual and more stylish. Lastly, add a blazer to your wardrobe. Don't wear it daily, until you live in a cold climate. But if it's winter, you can rock a blazer once or twice a week.
Develop your personal uniform
This technique works well if you don't want to spend too much time figuring out what to wear. Billionaires like Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs have developed their personal uniform. Besides, personal information can say a lot about your personality.
The simplest pick for creating a personal uniform is to pick two colors, like black and white, brown and white, navy blue and cream, etc. You can take it a step further by choosing a monochrome uniform, like all-black or all blue. You can even create two uniforms and wear them on alternate days. The best thing about fashion is that the scope of experimentation is endless.
Keep on practicing
Practice wearing clothes? For real? Yes, because you'll be a bit uncomfortable when you put on a new way of dressing for the first time. You might become conscious of what you're wearing, which can make you look nervous.
The only way to get through this is by practicing. You need to repeat your style again and again until you and the people around you become comfortable with what you're wearing. Of course, don't repeat the same piece again and again, as it'll get awkward.
Make dressing sharp effortless
We are, by default, designed to stay in our t-shirts and pajamas. When we're made to wear a suit, our body movements suddenly change. We become more conscious and pay more attention to how we're walking and moving.
Your aim should be to look natural in whatever you're wearing. Even if you're in your suit, act like you're wearing pajamas. Move loosely and freely, and you'll instantly come out as more confident. In a few days, dressing sharp will become a habit, and you won't need to make extra efforts.
Understand the style pyramid
If you master the style pyramid, you'll never need to worry about looking good regardless of the occasion. The style pyramid consists of three elements of style: fit, function, and fabric, also known as three Fs.
Let's talk about fit first. Fit is the most important aspect of style. Your clothes should fit perfectly. They should be neither too loose nor too tight.
Now, let's discuss the function. This one is quite obvious. You don't want to wear a clubbing dress to a funeral. Functional also changes depending on the place you work at. If you're a software engineer at Silicon Valley, you'll dress differently than if you're a barista at StarBucks. All in all, your outfit should speak for the occasion.
Lastly, let’s talk about fabric. This is more or less of personal preference. You can wear a suit that's 100% wool, or a synthetic 50/50 wool suit. However, you get what you pay for. A 100% wool suit might look and feel great, but it can strain your wallet. A synthetic suit, on the other hand, would cost you around $200.
Don't ignore accessories
When it comes to jewelry, women have a plethora of options: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. But men have a few options to choose from. So, be sure to make the most out of what you have.
One of the essential accessories every man should wear is a watch. And don't wear a watch just to keep up with the time. A watch is a piece of art, and it says a lot about your personality and class. All well-dressed men have a watch collection, and you should focus on building one, too.
Start with picking a watch of each style – formal, semiformal, casual, and sports. If you can't buy multiple watches, invest in one, good-quality, and versatile piece of watch. But whenever you go out, no matter what the situation, make sure to have a wristwatch on your wrist.
There are other accessories too that men can wear. These include finger rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. But don't wear jewelry just for the sake of wearing it. For men, their accessories speak a lot about who they are and their personality. So, make sure to keep it subtle and meaningful.
Grooming: The key to looking great
You can't overlook grooming, can you? You can be the best-dressed man in the room, but if your grooming is not on point, you won't look attractive.
The good thing about grooming is that there's a vast scope of experimentation. You can pick from hundreds of hairstyles and facial hairstyles to pick when that suits you. But keep in mind that whichever style you choose, it'd require maintenance. If you don't want to spend a lot of time and effort on grooming, go with the clean-shaven look. It makes you look neat and clean, plus, it's the easiest to maintain.
You can experiment a lot with hairstyles, too. If you want to keep it simple, go for the old-school undercut. If you want to try something different, you can choose a style depending upon the length and texture of your hair.
The frequency of your haircut is also important. If you're sticking to a regular hairstyle, you'll need a haircut at least once a month. And if you're rocking the clean-shaven look, you'll need to shave daily or once in two days.
Dressing well is not about picking a few suits and watches. Dressing well should be a part of your life. It should be effortless and come in naturally instead of you forcing yourself to look good every day.