Men have far more limited clothing options than women. It can be difficult to look sharp while in casual dress, so striking the balance between being the best-dressed man in the room without being overdressed is hard. Here are a few tips to help you find the balance.
- Dress for maturity
It’s time to get rid of all those funny graphic tees, fellas. Fashion trends come and go, but style is forever — and ‘silly’ t-shirts were never stylish. Instead, focus on building an outfit composed of a few simple pieces: a solid-color tee, a pair of dark jeans, and loafers. It’s a casual look, but still screams sophisticated to anyone paying attention. Maturity is what separates the boys from the men and will give you an edge up on your less-dressed brethren.
- Wear jeans that actually fit
Far too many men wear baggy jeans. Even worse are those who wear skinny jeans. Your jeans should fit your form and not hang loose; in other words, a pair of jeans should fit nicely with or without a belt. Make sure they don’t pool around your feet, either; if they do, it means the jeans are too long. It’s perfectly acceptable to get jeans tailored. Look for a reliable brand that’s been around for a while. Don’t be afraid to shell out between $50 and $100 for a pair of jeans; while it’s an investment, well-made jeans will last for years.
- Add a blazer
You’d be amazed at the power of a plain tee and a blazer. Finding the right sort of blazer takes a bit of effort, however; make sure you’re actually looking at a blazer (sometimes called a sports coat) rather than a suit jacket. And look for a color other than black. Navy blue and beige are perfect for casual wear, but black looks too business-like to fit in most situations.
For many men, dressing sharp and remaining casual will mean an update to their wardrobe. While it’s a worthwhile investment, many will be unwilling to shell out the money in order to afford it. Luckily, there’s a solution: coupons. There are a number of different companies like Discountrue that offer coupons and discounts for clothing of all sizes. Shop smart, or better yet, ask your girlfriend to help: you better believe she’ll know how to find the deals.