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5 HABITS OF WELL DRESSED MEN
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- Style Watch
Do you get your jackets tailored? Wash your whites separately? Press your sock? No? Then there’s a strong chance your style might be suffering as a result. According to club menswear’s most influential opinion-makers, there are a few habits shared by nearly all the most impressively turned out blokes on the red carpet, and it’s not necessarily having a stylist on speed dial. In a bid to give you the sartorial shortcut to wardrobe success, here are 15 things worth adding to your daily routine.
1) Know The Basics – And Stick To Them
A look is only as good as its weakest link, but then you don’t have to tell these men that. “From Steve McQueen to James Dean, all the fashion greats kept it simple,” says stylist Georgia Boal-Russell, who has worked for the likes of Tom Ford, Adidas and Jigsaw. “They rely on basic uniforms and don’t worry about making a statement if that’s not their style.”
According to an online fashion survey British men on average wear just 13 per cent of their wardrobes. Men return to their basic pieces time and again, which makes it worth investing in quality staples that will still look good after many wears and work with a lot of things in your wardrobe. Cover your bases with a few well-fitting white T-shirts, a sky blue Oxford shirt, grey sweatshirt, denim jacket and some light coloured chinos in a slim or straight fit.
2) They Shop Offline Too
With thousands of brands at your fingertips, no queuing, and the ability to buy pants without wearing any, shopping online has revolutionised the way we stock our wardrobes. But steer exclusively digital and you might miss a trick. As popular as e-commerce is, the joy of popping into brick-and-mortar boutiques is still unmatched. You get a feel for up and coming brands that might pique your interest and have the ability to try on clothes and feel fabrics in person. Also, stylish and knowledgeable sales associates can be a boon in helping you think of different ways to wear the same thing.
3) They Don’t Ignore Care Labels
There are few things in life more irritating than discovering that the new season sweatshirt you just bought is dry-clean only. Or having to devote precious weekend minutes to hand-washing delicates. But caring for your clothing could be the difference between subpar and outstanding style.
If you’re only just getting to grips with separating light and dark colours, invest in pieces that are built to last with minimal fuss such as Merino wool, which needs to be washed less frequently due to its antibacterial properties.
4) Don’t Wash Your Jeans too often!
Believe it or not, in some cases it’s possible to look better by doing less. This is particularly true of jeans, which you should skip washing in favour of a swift half down the pub for at least the first six months of wear. Champion the habit of buying raw denim (or ‘dry’) jeans and breaking them in yourself so that they can create their own wash. By holding off from washing
your jeans for as long as possible, you can create a beautiful pair of your own without buying the wash ready-made.
5) Take It Up With Their Tailor
Every well-dressed adult knows that the key to looking good is fit. From your basics to your best two-piece, there’s nothing that can’t be improved with a nip and a tuck. Whether you’ve just blown your month’s wage or picked up a bargain on this winter’s overcoat, make sure you get it tailored. In menswear, an inch means a mile and the slightest alteration can make a massive difference. So focus on the small (and therefore, cheaper) tweaks, particularly on jackets, that make a big difference: cuffs, shoulders and back.
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