Being Style-Wise: Casual Fashion for the Modern Man

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A lot of men out there seem to have misunderstood the concept of casual dressing.

No, it does not mean that you can dress like a slob.

It does not mean you can get away with wearing torn, tattered, ill-fitted and un-ironed clothes.

Neither does it mean that you can take your casual wardrobe for granted!

We live in a world where people decide whether they like you or not within seconds of meeting you. This means the way you present yourself to them goes a long way in influencing their mind about the kind of person you are.

Dress right and you’re more likely to get what you want; dress like a slob, and you’re sure to be filtered out of people’s consideration set quickly.

But why do men find it hard to dress well? Does it really have to be that way?

What does it entail?

And most importantly, how can you ensure that you turn out well-dressed at all times?

The answer isn’t very tough. Following a few simple principles can ensure that you strike the right notes when it comes to dressing impeccably.

When you’re at the store the next time, you will have to be mindful of a few things when picking out clothes.

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The fit of your clothes matters more than you think. Pay close attention to the fit of every garment you pick up. Go to the trial room and wear them on to see if they fit your form well. Needless to say, if they’re too loose or too tight, cast them aside and begin your hunt for a good fit again.

Wear clothes that are made of a good fabric. The fabric will go a long way in determining how the garment sits on your body. Clothes that are made from a high-quality material and are properly manufactured will only become an asset to your wardrobe.

Consider your body type before you buy clothes. Once you figure that out, you will be in a much better position to determine what type of clothes would look best on you. For example, avoid wearing pants with vertical stripes if you’re tall. Refrain from wearing baggy clothes if you’re large in size.

Underestimate the impact of wearing the right shoes on your overall appearance at your own peril. While you may think that the type of footwear you wear is unimportant, you need to realize that almost everyone who meets you does notice your shoes. So if you’re thinking of wearing sandals with your semi-formal suit as a part of your casual style, you may want to rethink that.

Want to get into the specifics of what you should and shouldn’t be doing to dress flawlessly? The dos and the don’ts? The rights and the wrongs? Well then, read on.

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Investing in a pair of good quality jeans that fit well is a great idea. In order to be able to wear them for a long time, make sure that you pick one with a classic cut rather than something that’s in right now, because trends pass. What stays eternal is style! If you feel jeans aren’t your thing, go for khakis/chinos.

Do have a few smart shirts that look equally good when tucked in or are left un-tucked handy. If you’ve been wearing a certain type of shirt since a long time, you can consider experimenting with something else that is in keeping with your personality. Chambray shirts look good on almost all body types. Get a few of them in flattering colors and you’re sure to receive compliments galore!

A stylish blazer has got to be the ultimate must-have item as far as men’s casual style 2015 is concerned. Wearing a smart blazer, sports coat, or a jacket can instantly smarten up your look. If the weather permits, try teaming these with your jeans instead of a windcheater. You’re sure to turn heads.

Having at least one fabulous suit is a necessity. There are several considerations that go into buying the right suit which are related to your budget, the style, the colors and patterns, the fabric and the fit. If you’re buying a suit for the very first time, it is suggested you go for the classic black suit, which can be worn to several (professional and personal) occasions.

Don’t be afraid of accessories; just make sure you get the right ones. Do incorporate a good-quality belt, scarf, sunglasses, hats, and so on. Stick to the conservative and mature styles if you’re not sure what you want to buy. For example, if you’re buying a hat, go for a Fedora or a Flatcap, instead of a beanie or a baseball cap.

For the upcoming spring/summer season, pick up a pair of loafers. They are the ultimate footwear as far as spring fashion for men is concerned as they scream casual. They need not be worn with socks and look great when worn with shorts as well as jeans/khakis. And they definitely look way cooler than sneakers or sandals.

And now for the mistakes that you should be avoiding at all costs.

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While it is perfectly okay to don a t-shirt for a casual day out, you need to know that the type of t-shirt you wear says a lot about your chic quotient. T-shirts with holes, stains or offensive statements can give people the wrong impression of you and they may take you for an unkempt person. For a more refined look, wear polo t-shirts and those in high-quality fabrics that can provide structure.

For some, nothing gets more casual than a pair of jeans. However, wearing low-quality jeans or other denim garments is a strict no-no. There is a thin line of difference between dressing down to look casual and simply looking scruffy. By wearing bad denim, you could be crossing that line.

Leave the hoodies for kids. You’re a man now and have no business wearing them anymore, even if you’re going casual. Go for something more structured such as a V-neck jumper which can be worn as it is, over a t-shirt, or on top of an open-collar shirt.

When shopping for clothes, avoid focusing on quantity, but concentrate on quality. It is always better to buy a few high-quality clothes to enhance your appearance, than pick up hordes of clothes than make you look awkward. For best results, shop at stores that employ staff who understand fashion. They can help you make the right choices.

A nattily-dressed man is sure to increase his chances of standing out from the crowd, and a badly-dressed one will probably go unnoticed (or get noticed for the wrong reasons) by the crowd. Which side do you want to belong to?

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