So then you are left with.. If a man had a tasteful and fitting graphic tee paired with complimentary items, at a group picnic or something similar, I would not think he was a loser or a man-child. Great and informative article, nonetheless. Hey Jay, thanks for your comment. Not only is your advice better than mine, he finds it more credible.
Funny or cartoony tees are a definite no-go. Wearing a funny tee is basically like being the guy that makes the same joke over and over and over. It might be funny the first time you see the t-shirt, but t gets old fast. Also, avoid anything with slogans. Just look at the movies. Then be a man , and stop wearing graphic tees.
Instead, opt for solid, one-color t-shirts, striped tees or henleys. Just look at these examples:. These kinda of t-shirts will make you stand out against an ocean of graphic-tee-wearing men. You might also consider wearing polo shirts or casual shirts. The go-to casual legwear for any guy is a pair of jeans. And nothing is wrong with that.
Many men come to my site looking to move on from the T-shirt and jeans look. 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. Instead, keep your jeans simple. Go for a clean, dark-blue pair that fits like the ones suggested below.
You might have to try a few to find which fit works best for you. For guys with a more average build, any of the others work well. Just look at these examples below and see how easily they can be dressed up and down as you see fit. I have received a lot of questions on this, so let me clarify. Just avoid those that are overly embellished.
All these outfits could be pulled off with jeans, but each outfit looks completely different when worn with chinos, which gives you a lot more variety. Adding just one pair to your wardrobe doubles the amount of outfits you can create. Add one more, and you triple that number. I suggest one basic pair in camel or grey.
And get one colored pair to change things up. Wearing color below the waist is something few men do, so it stands out. You can go for subdued colors like burgundy or army-green. See some examples below:. Your dirty, beat-up sneakers will ruin an otherwise excellent outfit. Here are a few other shoe styles that work well in casual looks:. You can wear a watch, a leather bracelet, or both.
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. Personally, I love wearing a leather wrap bracelet with a few bead bracelets as an accent, but even wearing something as simple as a watch will go a long way.
It can be done with very simple clothes too. Imagine a guy wearing a plain grey sweater and jeans. Nothing wrong with that. Now imagine him wearing a simple white shirt underneath his sweater.
You can wear two, three, even four layer at a time. This favorite of business-casual men can easily be worn in casual outfits too. A man in a blazer just looks good because blazers accentuate the male frame like no other garment. It will give you an easy way to smarten even your simplest outfits up a bit. Plain white tee with jeans? Add a blazer, and suddenly you look pretty damn sharp.
When trying to figure out how to dress well, men often look towards the fashion world for help. But the fashion world is only good for men 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. So work on your style sense with timeless wardrobe essentials that never go out of fashion.
Many guys shoot themselves in the foot by trying too hard to dress better. They hear they should wear accessories, and they end up wearing a gazillion bracelets and necklaces. You just got 10 casual style tips that should help you dress better. Plenty more where that came from, but these should be enough to get you started. Whether you start with replacing your graphic tees, getting nicer shoes or decorating your wrists. Super article, very straightforward and clear. A bit heavy on some points, imo, but for many — that is needed.
Pants, shoes, and layering are all extremely noticeable and easy things to upgrade. Please, though, go easy on the bracelets, gentlemen. And watch the thickness of said bracelets with certain outfits; a wide leather cuff against a trim blazer sleeve is plain weird looking.
I do think that wearing an interesting and inoffensive graphic tee is perfectly acceptable with a pair of plain jeans and nice shoes, depending on the occasion. If a man had a tasteful and fitting graphic tee paired with complimentary items, at a group picnic or something similar, I would not think he was a loser or a man-child.
Thanks for your comment. Still, I would recommend men move away from having them as their go-to t-shirt. The truth is, I often take an extra-strong stance against certain items see also: I love trying new things and experimenting with my looks but many times I just failed because of my poor choices, especially when it comes to jeans but your tip no 3 clear all my doubts about what to wear and what not to! Thanks for sharing such article! Got your book for my 16 year old son.
He read half the first night! Thanks for a great source. Not only is your advice better than mine, he finds it more credible.
Next hurdle, addressing his questions on manscaping…. Manscaping is a rather personal thing, but my advice is: Great advice, regardless of age! I wish I could share this with my bf. How do I tell him??? Start off by buying him an item of clothing, it could be a blazer or shoes, then follow it up with a chino or shirt. Robert,thanks for your article.. Hi Robert, Its a wonderful article.. However I wanted some additional help on casual dressing..
I have been restricted to wear jeans for some time. What would be the best casual dressing style that I can go for in view of such circumstances..? Your help will be greatly appreciated.. I was looking for casual fashion advice and found your website. These are probably some of the best tips I have seen for dressing your age. Also if I should pay attention to how others criticize how I am dressed.
Typically, you want to shoot for being slightly more dressed up than everyone else or, at least equally dressed up. If you dress casually when everyone else is dressed up, you will appear under-dressed,. As for whether you should pay attention to criticism, it depends. If its the last one, you should listen ;. Hi Robert I am 21 and a college student. How should I revamp my wardrobe so that I look cool. Buy clothes that fit you. Not too tight, but hugs and compliments you.
I recommend checking out amazon prime for shoes and accessories, but head over to the mall and ask the workers for clothes that will up your casual game.
Hey, I really like the tips here. I really like leather shoes and have a pair of nice toe cap oxford and want to know how to pair it with something that will be casual and still look nice.
Toe cap oxfords are a little more towards the dressy side. You might be able to pull them off with chinos. You might consider brogues instead for your casual wear. Hey…really this is better tips for changing my style and look better than previous…. Looking like everyone else without a hint of personal flair or uniqueness is utterly dull and drab. Why wear a plain shirt and plain leggings?
I guess it sends a message about who you are based on social stigma and associations of clothing versus income or maturity. But what if i dont want to be like every1one else….
Does that make me a rebel or a hipster? It seems whichever path one chooses you are bound to be labeled with a certain moniker without even opening your mouth to speak. So then you are left with.. Th beauty of simpler clothes is actually that they can be easily paired with more stand-out items. I think I would have agreed with you—for the last 20 years, and up until a few weeks ago.
I felt much the same way, and when I abandoned your position, I figured all fashion was bunk, so why bother? I think what we are actually talking about here is style, not fashion.
There is stil room for flair and differentiation. The distinction is that there are rules to foundation and differentiation. For most of us average folks, this is about looking our best, good personal style can do that, and allow one to express personality, but ones foundation must be strong.
That starts with proper fit, and a good collection of he basics. This was the trap I fell into. I would see a single piece a tie, a shirt, even a non standard suit color that was by itself interesting or beautiful.
The reformed, more mature wardrobe has flexibility. Continued response to Bork: I could wear a red suit, but how much utility does that have? And do you really want that kind of clownish attention? Maybe when you are at a gala in your 20s for a record release, but if you are grown up, not so much.
So, how do we inject red into the wardrobe? How about a red tie on a navy suit, and a red not matching tie pattern or color precisely pocket square.
Make it fit, quality fabrics, fine silk pocket square. That is a differentiator. My goal is to look my best, be comfortable, and project confidence. Build the base—jeans that go with everything, stylish shoes, and be able to look good is a well fitted classic T, but the author did encourage you to experiment with flair.
Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and modern leading men get by just fine without a wardrobe full of statement pieces and print Ts. The confidence and manliness comes from within, the clothes made them look stately…even casual ones. Robert really very useful and nice tips.. What about the hair style?
What do you prefer about hair style in dressing styles that you had suggested. Because it also matters alot while u deessed wel. You want the luxurious look of leather to match your dressy outfits. Gold buckles may be allowed if you really, really must have gold, but it may clash with some of your outfits or accessories, so I like to keep it simple and avoid gold all together. Also, in regards to the texture or finish of the belt, you want to avoid super shiny belts.
Most casual leather belts will be pebbled or have a texture or be matte-finished. That and the width of the belt is how you determine whether a belt is dressy or casual. Anything more than that is too wide and will look out of place. Slimmer than that looks more like a dress belt. You can go with leather, cloth, or webbed belts. They should be more matte-finished. I see guys making this mistake a lot.
Look at the differences between my dress and casual belt recommendations below to see the difference between shiny and matte. Please check out my fit guide for details about how to choose your belt size. You choose the type of lenses shaded, etc. Allen Edmonds Poplar Dress Belt.
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