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Boys: how to dress simple and stylish

Boys: how to dress simple and stylish

Some men look stylish and put together every time they step out. You get the sense that they don’t have to try at all, but somehow their look works. To ignore your wardrobe, you may tell yourself that you don’t care about how you look – that your skills and personality are the criteria for which you should be judged, and that your image shouldn’t matter. And that’s understandable because if success in this world were based on merit alone, it wouldn’t matter.

1 Don't focus on logos and branding

You may feel stylish simply because you are wearing expensive clothing but it is quite the opposite. A Gucci belt or Balmain tee, which are very popular on Instagram or worldwide, only demonstrates your ability to follow fads and play into marketing campaigns, not your aptitude for polished menswear. Branded clothing may give you the impression that you couldn’t be bothered to elevate your image, hoping instead that the designer status will do the job for you. Having a strong sense of style is about knowing your message, choosing clothes that feel authentically you, understanding what works for your body type and above all else, feeling confident in what you wear is very important. A great outfit has very little to do with price. You can make a less expensive ensemble into something spectacular which makes you feel confident, stylish and simple all at the time.

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2 Only buy clothes which you exactly love

Men are notorious for seeing something in a store that fits the general criteria of what they need and buying it without so much as a second glance over it. While this may feel like a pain-free shopping experience, it ultimately results in a closet filled with clothing you never wear. Instead, you just take the time to try things on in the store and pay attention to your immediate reaction. Does it generate feelings of confidence? Can you visualize yourself wearing it in a variety of settings? If you don’t get those feelings as soon as you put them on for the first time then they’re not going to come later when you have to remind yourself why you bought them. The point of building a great wardrobe is to invest in pieces that make you feel like your best self. If that experience doesn’t happen in the store, don’t buy it. There’s always something better to be found somewhere else.

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3 Just try charcoal and navy over black

If you’re finding some good quality suiting for the first time, it’s always best to start with charcoal and navy. They are evergreen, incredibly versatile, and will always professionally present you. Black might seem like the default option, (after all black goes with everything, right?) but it should be reserved for weddings, funerals and anything else more formal. No doubt a black suit in an everyday workplace makes you look out of touch and less than stylish. If you already own charcoal and navy and want to add more diversity to your wardrobe, it is better to try different shades of blue and grey over black. You can also infuse more personality into your suiting by selecting interesting fabrics and patterns, like herringbone and Prince of Wales as it suits you. So, choosing charcoal and navy over black gives you a simple yet stylish look.

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4 Match socks to your pants rather than shoes

Before finishing off your suiting, it’s best to keep things simple when it comes to your socks. A good rule of thumb is to match them to your pants, which creates a visually seamless extension of your leg, and also makes you appear taller. If you match socks to your shoes, they blend right in and create a bootie effect which is not the look you’re going for. Matching doesn’t mean identical colours, though; they just need to fall in the same hue only. If your dress pants are navy, you could opt for a dark green sock but would want to stay away from a light ash colour. Just feel free to add in some print or pattern, but keep it within reason. When your focus is on dressing sharp rather than flashy, socks screaming for attention is not a look that fits the bill. Lastly, it’s important to make sure your socks are long enough to cover your legs. When you sit down with your legs crossed, no skin should be showing between your sock.

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5 Learn to layer

Layering makes a simple outfit more interesting by adding an element of personality to your ensemble. Plus, it’s one of the easiest styling tricks available and not something you should feel intimidated by. A sweater with jeans is a perfectly acceptable combination, but add a white shirt underneath that sweater and you’ve transformed a simple look into a more exciting one. Or why not go further: a button-down shirt, under a V-neck sweater, or a blazer is just one multi-layered combination that is visually engaging. It’s also a practical move that will keep you warmer in the colder months. Getting comfortable with layering is a very easy style tip for men who want to add interest to their ensemble without having to think too hard about a combination. Hence layering helps you keep simple yet stylish.

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