1. Aim for Maturity
Many men approach their casual style from the wrong angle; they aim to look youthful.
But if you want to look well-dressed, you should always aim to look mature.
Because maturity is an attractive quality in men. Maturity, after all, is what separates the men from the boys. Maturity shows masculinity and commands respect, and it’s a quality you want people to see in you.
2. Give Up the Graphic Tees
The first thing you should do to shed your boyish look is giving up your graphic Tees.
Despite popular belief, they don’t make you look funny, edgy or original. In fact, because every other guy is sporting a graphic tee too, you’ll just blend into the crowd.
Just look at the movies. You’ll never see a tough, masculine action hero or a suave rom-com heartthrob wearing a graphic tee.
3. Rock Jeans That Actually Make You look Good
The go-to casual legwear for any guy is a pair of jeans.
Avoid baggy jeans. You want to avoid having to pull up your jeans every two seconds. They should keep themselves up without a belt. Also, they should not pool around your ankles.
Also, avoid embellishments. That means: No distressing, no ripping and no bleaching.
Avoid big logos on your back. In fact no big logos anywhere on your outfit, PERIOD.
4. Change it Up Down Below
Jeans are great, but they all look kind of the same, and they’re not your ONLY option for legwear.
Adding one pair of chinos to your wardrobe doubles the amount of outfits you can create. Add one more, and you triple that number.
5. Class Up Your Footwear
Okay, you may want to sit down for this…
Your dirty, beat-up sneakers will ruin an otherwise excellent outfit. You’ll want to replace them with something more dignified.
Wear a pair of brown leather loafers instead of your sneakers, and BOOM… You look sharper.
6. Learn to Love Layering
Want to know an easy way to make a dull outfit more interesting?
Add a layer.
Many guys feel a bit intimidated by layering because they don’t really know how to match clothes all that well. But you don’t have to know all that much about it. It can be done with very simple clothes too.
It’s a simple fix, and hardly earth-shattering, but it just gives that bit more detail to the outfit that makes it more visually appealing.
Few guys are comfortable enough to leave their casual comfort zone, but consider venturing into the world of “smart-casual” with a good-looking blazer.
Plain white tee? Add a blazer, and suddenly you look pretty damn sharp.
8. Decorate Your Wrists
Accessories are another good way to spruce up a dull outfit.
You can wear a watch, a leather bracelet, or both. Doesn’t matter what you wear, but wear something on there. It just gives your outfit a bit more personality.
You go from someone who clothes himself to stay warm to someone who clothes himself with intention.
9. Ignore the Fashion World
When trying to figure out how to dress well, men often look towards the fashion world for help. They look to see what’s trendy.But the fashion world is only good for guys obsessed with fashion.
Focus on getting classic clothes that will look good all year round. Focus on timeless pieces that will still be stylish ten years from now. Focus on looking classy and stylish before you worry about looking trendy.
10. Stop Trying Too Hard
Many guys shoot themselves in the foot by trying too hard to dress better.
Shoot for subtle, simple, understated outfits and you’ll stand out in a good way instead.
Dress well and Look like a More Polished, Masculine You!