Too many men are starting their professional lives without a clue as to how to dress.
This needs to change. We are the future leaders of society and dressing professionally is the first step towards becoming professional.
And although clothing does not make the man – the right clothing can give him precious seconds to make his case and influence others.
“Fashions fade, style is eternal” – Yves Saint Laurent
#1 Building the foundation
Starting from the ground up, appropriate-fitting footwear is the first step to dressing sharp. A traditional school of thought that’s still alive and well claims you can judge a man by his shoes. If you’ve never owned really good shoes before, brace yourself and get ready to pay a significant amount of money for well-made, classic footwear. You may be shocked at the sticker price for well-crafted shoes, but the quality and comfort pay dividends down the road. A good pair of dress shoes will last you years and stay good-looking with nothing more than some light cleaning and the occasional shine. Quality leather footwear isn’t a luxury for the excessively rich — it’s a necessity for any man.
#2 The wrist of your body
Matching belt for your shoes. NEVER wear a brown shoe with a black belt! Invest in a presentable belt. People notice your belt more then you actually realize.
Everything must fit well. This is non-negotiable.
Finding a good tailor should be your first order of business.
Shirts should not puff out at the waist. Pants should not require a belt (or suspenders!) to be held up. Suits should fit like a glove – at the very least, alterations will be necessary for any suit bought off the rack.
We highly recommend our Exclusive Partners as they provide only the finest work of tailored suits. White and light blue Cotton dress shirts are the backbone to a sharp wardrobe. Much of this lies in the fact both of these colors make up approximately 90% of the dress shirts sold worldwide and that either color looks good on most complexions and body types.
It is actually not surprising that most men have no idea how to dress – it is a classic case of the blind leading the blind. Most guys will copy what their friends are wearing, happy to fit in and not attract any unnecessary attention. Some go one step further, emulating looks on billboards or in men’s lifestyle magazines. Others try to show off with luxury brands. A few give up entirely.
It’s not hard to dress well. It certainly requires far less money than most assume. However, it requires some patience and a willingness to try something new. Just as with any major undertaking, the first step involves a change of mindset.
If you’re going to get only one accessory for your wardrobe, a stylish watch is the way to go. Unless you are wearing a g-shock with your dress shirt, You don’t need a watch.
Keeping track of the time is not an issue anymore – these days, everyone carries a cell phone.
So what’s the point?
An analog (mechanical) wristwatch is one of the most stylish accessories a man can have. It is a personal statement.
Watches are also a reminder of our analog past, an era that has all but slipped away with the revolution of personal computing. When it was first developed and refined, the wristwatch had major implications for humanity – we welcomed a future where everyone could be “on time” and activities could be compartmentalized into neat chunks of hour increments.
Watches range from the deceptively cheap to the absurdly expensive, and come in all shapes and sizes. Things to consider include: material (e.g. plastic, silver, gold), band (e.g. plastic, steel, leather), diameter, weight, water resistance, lume (glow), movement speed (beats per hour). It goes on.
Buy what is within your comfort range, from a decent automatic watch from $300 to a classic collectable from $10,000 and above.
Less Flash, more statement