Last Update on May 28, 2015 // Written by Hank
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It doesn't come naturally to all men. That ability to select colors and fits that flatter and convey personality and confidence. It may seem that some men are naturally born with a flair for dressing well, but it is a skill that anyone can pick up with practice and a few guidelines.
If you want to take your look from 0-60 this summer, we have put together some tips and fashion inspirations to help you expand your wardrobe and refine your personal style. By studying some of the current trends for men's apparel, you can take a lot of the guess work out of what to buy and how to wear the best looks of the season.
Identify Your Most Flattering Fit
How familiar are you with your own body shape? No two people are the same and everyone has features that they would like to highlight and other physical features they would rather play-down. Begin by doing a personal inventory of your body shape and making a list of the areas that you typically find "too tight" or "too loose" in your present wardrobe.
One of the best places to start is at your local custom tailor shop. Make an appointment to go in and get fitted. While the whole procedure seems frivolous, consider that a professional tailor can give you your exact measurements including:
When a custom tailor measures you up, he or she can recommend the types of suit, pant and shirt styles that will be most flattering. Fashion professionals like tailors have years of experience putting together fabulous outfits, and they can also provide consultation on the best color combinations for you based on your natural skin tone, hair color and other factors. Paying for a professional consultation is one of the best investments you can make, as it gives you a baseline and guidance on choosing the best clothing to help cultivate your look.
Stop buying pants that are too big or baggy and shirts that are uncomfortable to wear (you know the ones you bought because the price was too good to pass up?). Badly fitted clothing may feel comfortable but it creates a negative impression. If you are searching for formal wear, tune up your style and image by learning your proper size, and browse flattering tailor fitted suits.
Decoding the Color Code
According to stylists, one of the most popular colors for men's apparel is black. The second most popular color for apparel is grey. The reason is that both black and grey are easy to match to virtually any other color in the spectrum. If you don't feel comfortable mixing and matching complimenting colors, you are likely to default to the classics. Which is fine, but it gets a little boring after a while, when there are so many more interesting and flattering color variations to help get you noticed.
There are tones that are appropriate for professional wear outside of the black and grey palette. Warm and natural colors like deep chocolate brown and hues of nude or tan or khaki shades are relaxing, but luxurious when combined together. Earth tones are appropriate in virtually every business or social setting. Shades of blue in shirts, ties or accessories are also fun when paired with crisp, bright white shirts and they are a colorful classic stand-by.
If you work in a creative environment such as an advertising agency, or in the music or arts industry, all bets are off! Explore bright hues of red, yellow, green and other vibrant, exciting colors that completely fit within a less bureaucratic environment. Don't forget that color trends change every year. In 2015 the reigning color for men's apparel is red with designers like Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana using it in dress shirts (complimented to black suits) and weekend wear.
Finding yourself in a color rut? Ask family and friends what colors they think look best on you for useful advice and honest opinions that will help you choose colors that accentuate your best features. Instantly upgrade your wardrobe by overhauling your color choices.
Must Have Accessories
Some men overlook the potential that accessories have to really make a style statement. Everything you wear has the potential to be an accessory, from the watch on your wrist to your smartphone, traditional elements like cufflinks to your luggage or briefcase.
When you pull it all together in one outfit, what do your accessories say about your personal style? Your accessories have to both work with other accessories you use on a daily basis as well as compliment your apparel. And it is not necessarily about having everything "match" the way you did in middle school, with more sophisticated looks being a matter of mismatching colors, textures and finishes for an interesting look.
Some affordable accessory ideas include:
While we all want to be judged by who we are, and what we do, you only get one shot to make a solid first impression, so spend the time cultivating a personal style that is memorable and unique. You will look good and feel great when you make the effort and "dress to impress".