Next time you’re out for drinks take a quick look around the room.
While knocking back your pint have you ever come to the realization that you may not be the best dressed guy there?
It’s a tough pill to swallow.
The worst part is that it’s hard to get noticed in a crowded room when you don’t stand out.
Being ignored sucks, I’ve been there too.
I remember other guys would always get attention from the cute girls, people barely paying attention to me during conversations, and an overall feeling of not being comfortable in my skin.
If I recall correctly, at this point your fight or flight reflex kicks in and there’s a decision to be made.
“Do I stick around, hide in a corner, and quietly sip my drink or do I make up an excuse and call it an early night?”
It was never a life or death situation. Before I knew it, the night would be over and that was yet another lacklustre weekend in the books.
Not the night out I was hoping for.
The turning point happened when I started to use my style as a way to stand out from the crowd.
At first it was over the top with bright colours and obnoxious patterns but eventually as my taste evolved so did my approach to style.
The most important lesson during that I took away from this experience was that it’s easy to upgrade your image without having to spend a lot of money.
Rather than dealing with being ignored and not being the best dressed guy in the room, here’s 15 easy ways you can upgrade your style for less than $100!
1) Add subtle pieces of jewellery
We’re seeing more men add jewellery to their wardrobes these days. It’s an accessory that’s become more masculine and there’s plenty of options available these days like the ones that Playfield’s been making.
2) Step up your sock game
Here’s a quick, easy, and cost effective way to improve your style without drawing too much attention. It’s a great way to add personality and is one of the first things people will notice on you.
3) Substitute for a knit tie
If you have to wear a tie, choose to stand out from the crowd. Knit ties look great, are suitable for any situation, and look unique without giving the impression that you’re trying too hard.
4) Pocket squares are a must
In formal settings these days pocket squares are a must-have item. Some would argue that this brings the entire suited-up look all together. Consider grabbing one or two in neutral colours like white.
5) Swap the laces in your shoes
Here’s a great way to elevate the first detail (your shoes) that people notice on you. Though it may seem a little time consuming, swapping out your laces shoes that you’re a man willing to go the extra mile when it comes to details.
6) Consider a tie-bar
Another addition to your formal wardrobe that will instantly improve your style. Not only will a tie-bar enhance your look but they also serve a practical purpose — keeping your tie in place.
7) Get your clothes tailored
No matter how much you spend on your clothes how they fit should never be sacrificed. You’ll look better by investing in a tailor rather than spending more on designer labels.
8) Exfoliate regularly
Grooming is an essential part of looking great too. One of the easiest ways to may your face feel silky smooth is by exfoliating it. Doing so actually removes the layer of dead skin that’s built up on top.
Another must-have grooming ritual is to moisturize daily. This especially applies to men who live in dry conditions. Moisturizing will help you appear younger, keep your skin healthy, and protect it from the elements.
10) Add a leather bag
What do you carry your laptop in these days? If it’s not a leather messenger bag it may be time to reconsider. They’re durable, practical, and made from arguably the most masculine material available.
11) Update your cologne
Every man should have a signature scent. Ideally it isn’t one that a lot of other guys are wearing. A man’s cologne should make him easily identifiable and reflect his personality. Strong and spicy or light and sweet — it’s up to you to decide.
12) Try a belt that’s not leather
Along the same lines as trying knit ties, you can easily swap out a standard belt for a woven one. Doing so gives you more options when it comes to colours, adds texture to your look, and tells others that you’re a little adventurous too.
13) Change up your sunglasses
Wayfarers and aviators seem to be the standard choice of sunglasses these days. Sticking to these frames is a great idea but consider adding a second pair in another colour or even a pattern like tortoise-shell.
14) Diversify your selection of hair products
The type of product you use to style your hair will vary depending on what look you’re going for. Slick and shiny, dry and free-flowing, etc. can all be achieved using different types of waxes, pomades, clays, and more.
15) Thrift shopping isn’t just a song by Macklemore
Ya it may not seem like the most appealing option. But hold that thought thrift shopping is a great way to upgrade your look without breaking the bank. You can find lightly used, well-made, designer labels if you’re willing to hunt for them.
16) Make your body language more presentable
Opening up your body language can completely change how people perceive you. Something as simple as smiling more, rolling your shoulders back and opening up your chest, and keeping your hands out of your pockets will make you appear more approachable and confident.
Though the context of this post feels more centred around socializing most of the tips mentioned can apply to your professional life too.
Standing out as a well-dressed man can be simple and cost effective when you know what you’re doing.
Hopefully you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.
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