You’re slowly making your way up in your career, carving a name for yourself as a reliable, stand-up guy. And from the looks of it, your personal life is mirroring your work life.
Isn’t it time for your wardrobe to reflect your personal and career growth?
For some young professional men, style may seem like an alien concept, something they only hear about from their female counterparts, see on TV, or read about in a magazine.
And for some, a style upgrade seems like a massive leap. Nothing can be farther from the truth. If you want to overhaul your style to reflect your growth from a boy to a man, you do not have to make too many drastic changes.
Here are a few stylish tips and tricks that can get you started.
Take inventory of what you have
The first step is to take a good, hard look at your closet. Your goal here would be to eliminate clothes that you no longer wear as well as those that no longer reflect your current stage in life.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to remove clothes that are worn out, have holes or tears, have lost their color, or have unremovable stains.
As for the other clothes that remain, separate the ones that are in your heavy rotation and the ones you only use occasionally. For the latter, put these in a box. On that box, write the current date. Anything that gets left in that box after a year, you donate.
Now you can take inventory of what you can use moving forward as well as the pieces you need to add to your wardrobe.
Enlist the help of a tailor
There are probably a few pieces in your wardrobe that are a size or two bigger. You can still keep these in your closet. All you have to do is see your local tailor and ask him to alter these pieces to your current measurements.
But apart from asking your tailor to alter the pieces of clothing that you currently own, it is a good idea to bring him clothes that you recently bought.
Invest in the essentials
Once you know which pieces your wardrobe is lacking, it is now time to focus your attention on the acquisition of these. These essential or core pieces are clothing items that you use heavily during the workweek, such as your Brooks Brothers shirts.
The core pieces you should add to your wardrobe will depend on a couple of things. First, your core ensemble will be dictated by your personal style as well as the industry you are currently in. Second, you would want to invest your hard-earned money in quality pieces. Find a dependable brand and do not be afraid to make a few critical investments.
One useful concept to follow in building your core clothing rotation is interchangeability. Invest in clothing that you can mix and match, giving you greater flexibility and even more savings over the long term.
Add a sports jacket to your wardrobe
One of the easiest and quickest ways to ramp up your style is to wear a sports jacket. This jacket can be worn even with casual clothing.
The key here is finding the right piece that fits you well, highlighting your body’s strengths and hiding its weak areas.
Consider going monochrome
In fashion, monochrome means that your top and bottom clothing pieces have the same color. The right colors can send a powerful non-verbal signal.
For example, a predominantly dark blue outfit makes you look younger, while dark gray sends a professional vibe.
Take care of your investments
The good thing about choosing quality over quantity in clothing is that you can save more money over the long term.
But in order to achieve that goal, you need to learn how to take care of your investment pieces.
For starters, that means learning how to wash clothes properly and getting your suit dry cleaned. It also means taking care of your shoes.
Update your kicks
It’s relatively easy to fall into the sneaker trap – they’re cool and comfy. But if you want to exude a more professional vibe, you should replace your sneakers with more mature but equally stylish options.
For example, you may want to invest in stylish footwear for the workweek. For casual Fridays or date nights, you can wear casual leather kicks. Reserve your running shoes and sneakers for the gym and for hanging out with your friends.
Set yourself apart with a signature piece
The smallest detail can set you apart from your peers. In this case, that is your signature piece.
A signature piece can be anything that elevates your style from the others. It can be a small piece of jewelry like a ring or cufflinks, a watch, or a pocket square.
How do you find your signature piece? First, make sure that you use an item that you feel confident wearing. You may also want to consider something left of field, like a vest with an unusual pattern or a shirt that has a nice contrast to your suit.
One simple yet often ignored signature piece is a watch. You can easily set yourself apart with a stylish timepiece when most of your peers rely on their smartphones for telling time.
Take small steps
It may seem impossible or even impractical to overhaul your wardrobe in an instant.
stead of taking a giant leap, the better approach would be to add key pieces to your wardrobe slowly.
That may mean veering away from low-quality clothing so that you’ll have money to buy investment pieces.
Set yourself up for success
Changing your style or even improving yourself does not happen overnight, nor does it come easy for most people.
You can set yourself up for success by putting yourself in situations where you are expected to look your best. It can be as simple as taking the lead in meetings or joining organizations aligned with your profession. Make sure to dress the part of a confident, successful individual.
Victoria Maksheeva is the CEO of Brandable SA. Founded in 2016, Brandable is a luxury fashion online retailer established in Switzerland. The store offers collections from well-known designers around the globe specializing in luxury clothes and accessories for women, men, and children.