It can be a long process…
Learning how to dress well and to be viewed as a stylish man can take years to master.
After years of trial and error, countless mistakes made, a ton of money spent, and several changes to my tastes in style to finally figure out what works.
Through this experience I’ve come to learn that defining your personal style is an ongoing process.
As you grow and your lifestyle changes so does your sense of style.
I’ve seen it happen over the years.
Back in the day (my teen years) it was all about skate shoes and hoodies.
In university my style evolved into a slightly cleaner look (inspired by Kanye West’s College Dropout style). Polo shirts, slim fitting jeans, and cardigans took over.
Today it’s all about the smart-casual approach most days with the occasional streetwear or suited up look sprinkled in between.
Throughout this journey I’ve come to learn that there’s a few shortcuts that you can take.
Keep in mind that taking shortcuts isn’t a sustainable approach to dressing well and looking stylish, it can help while you’re figuring things out.
Here’s 5 ways to look stylish even if you don’t know what you’re doing…
1) Always Make Looking Your Best A Priority
When you wake up every morning imagine the possibility of running into somebody you know that you haven’t seen in a while.
If you don’t get a chance to talk, what qualities about yourself would you like them to pick up on?
Ideally they’d be qualities like: confidence, success, etc.
The point is that you can easily achieve that by dressing accordingly.
It all begins with keeping that simple thought in mind and deciding what you’re wearing that day.
You never know when you’re going to run into somebody important.
Wouldn’t you rather put your best foot forward?
2) Choose Your Accessories Wisely
Even if you have no idea what you’re doing, something as simple a great pair of shoes can make you look like an expert.
It’s one of the first things people notice on you.
Take the time to choose yours wisely.
It also helps to decide whether or not accessories make sense with your personal style.
Some men gravitate towards a more minimalist look (little to no accessories).
While others tone down their outfits and let the accessories define their look.
Whatever path you choose, make sure it speaks to your personality and that you ultimately feel comfortable in it.
3) Find A Credible Barber (And Trust Their Judgement)
A good haircut has the ability to make or break your image.
A bad one can be distracting and make it look like you cut corners when it came to finding reputable barber.
Take your time, do your research, and ask around for who some of the best barbers are in your town.
Once you’ve found the right one, build a good relationship with them and trust their judgement.
Ask for recommendations and be ok with how they approach cutting your hair.
Ideally they would understand a few key factors that would result in a great haircut.
First, they should decide on a cut that’s suitable for the shape of your face.
Second, they should understand the characteristics of your hair – its growth patterns, weight, and texture.
Finally, the haircut they recommend should be a reflection of your personality.
For example: a high fade for someone with a conservative lifestyle wouldn’t make much sense.
4) If You’re On The Fence About It, Let It Go
Life is too short to be anything less than amazing.
Your style is one of the first things people notice about you, so why not always leave a lasting impression?
This means refusing to sell yourself short when it comes to what you’re wearing.
Have you ever thrown together an outfit and weren’t exactly excited about stepping out into the world in it?
It can affect the way you carry yourself.
This could translate into being less outgoing or just choosing to fly under the radar when you’re out and about.
Unfortunately it’s common for men to settle with “good enough” even when they know there’s room for improvement.
The tricky part is figuring out where to begin.
5) You Should Always Be Studying Style
You’re already on the right track by reading this article 😉
I find that observing what other well-dressed men do plays a huge role in improving my style.
Aside from your friends, check out what’s happening with influencers in bigger cities like London and New York.
Guys like Aleks Musika, Blake Scott, and Daniel Ocean are great sources to draw inspiration from.
Living in these larger metropolitan cities helps guys like these keep their finger on the pulse.
People are much more in tune with what’s happening when it comes to men’s style.
There also seems to be a higher willingness to take risks since it’s much less likely for them to stand out in these highly populated cities.
The cat’s out of the bag!
You now know a handful of style hacks that will help you dress well even if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Hopefully you enjoyed today’s article.
Thank you for taking the time to read it.
While you’re here, you should check out the free style guide below…