Monday, January 12, 2009
Men's Fashion Tips - Must Read For the Everyday Man
It is unfortunate that most men aren't born with, or don't acquire through life, the innate ability to dress well in any situation. Do not worry if this is you, as we are here to help. Below are some important fashion tips for the workplace, although they are easily applied to outside the office as well.
Tip #1: Never wear sneakers to work
Even if your company has a relaxed dress policy, sneakers are off limits. Have you ever met someone in your workplace wearing sneakers and though "wow, he sure dresses smart". Exactly, and the key to advancing in the workplace (or with women) is to be noticed for all the right reasons, not the wrong ones. Go for a comfortable, smart-looking pair of Italian loafers instead, they are just as comfortable and look fabulous.
Tip #2: Dark Socks
No matter what you wear to work, never, EVER wear white socks with your shoes, it just looks stupid. Not to mention it draws the eye down to your feet, and generally you want people looking at your face, or at least admiring your suit.
Tip #3: Belts are beautiful
Not only do they keep your pants up, they also make a great fashion statement as well. A good belt will pull your outfit together and make it look classy. Go with simple design in good quality leather for work, and then feel free to express your creative side while out on the town.
Tip #4: Smell Nice
This isn't really a fashion tip per say, but smelling great is one way to make yourself noticed. Likewise, so is smelling bad so tread this ground carefully. Avoid the heavy, spicy colognes like Old Spice or Brut, instead aim for a scent that is lighter and less offensive in close quarters.
Tip #5: Tie it up
Your number one work wear accessory should be a few great looking ties. There is a lot of flexibility here in terms of colors and patterns, and as long as you don't go crazy with color combinations you should look fantastic. Note: chicks dig ties, so start wearing one when you're out to see what kind of reaction you get.
Tip #6: Keep it formal
Like tip #1, if you want to make an impression in the work place, you need to dress like you belong there. No matter what the dress level of your company is, you should try to remain on the top tier as far as the dress code. If everyone wears jeans, then wear khakis. Or if you're surrounded by suits, make sure yours looks better. It does not cost very much to invest in a few key pieces that will keep you looking great at your job. The same goes for off work hours.
Tip #7: Mind the "Dew"
Your hair is a very important fashion accessory, and should be given as much attention as anything else you wear. Make sure it is always neatly styled, and use mousse or gel to keep it in place.
Tip #8 : Power suit
The single most important piece of clothing in your work arsenal is the power suit. Wear it to as many meetings as you can to convey the impression that you are serious about your work and are there to get the job done.
Tip #9: Get the right cut
Anything you wear, to work or not, should flatter your body style. All your clothes should be comfortable but not baggy. If you want to look taller and thinner, get pinstriped pants, and if you are a bit on the short side try out some shoes with a heel.
Tip #10: Take it easy
A man must look good no matter where he is, this includes when you are just hanging out. Leisure wear does not mean your most battered t-shirt and a pair of cut-offs. Try to find comfortable leisure clothes that still make you look great.
Fashion writer by day and cufflink aficionado by night.