Over the previous couple of weeks, I’ve spent lots of time speaking, emailing and Instagram messaging with individuals about “style tips.” From buddies to coworkers, web individuals and literal specialists—the suggestions was wild. Some individuals introduced up particular manufacturers, some spoke extra a few feeling, or a way of confidence. Some informed tales a few particular piece of clothes that’s had an influence on their entire understanding of favor.
Culling collectively all these little anecdotes for you guys reminded why we – #teamSG – do that. And you may go forward cue the sappy music now however it’s true! I felt so impressed (and a bit validated, if I’m being trustworthy) to know that you simply’re actually on the market daily getting dressed—not on autopilot, however with care and curiosity and energy each single day.
From button updates and tailoring, to model discoveries and garments with a historical past, the recommendation and tales under are a lot greater than ideas. I hope they get in your head like they’ve gotten into mine.
1. Begin with the fundamentals.
“I would suggest guys start small, focusing on building blocks for a great wardrobe that fit within their lifestyle. So, if you work in a more casual office and find your need to still wear a nice collared shirt, focus on finding the best possible version of that shirt in terms of fit and fabric. From there, focus on one great pair of jeans that you love, for instance. So, the idea of “seeing the forest for the trees,” if you’ll. Earlier than you already know, you’ll have a wardrobe stocked with primary items that … actually aren’t so primary.”
Beau Hayhoe, The Style Information
“With a million brands—and their last minute, wild online sales—you should always have your measurements ready so you don’t debate the hundred different sizing specs while shopping. Next time you are are dropping off clothes at your dry cleaner, see if they do alterations (most do), and, if you ask nicely, they will have no issue spending 5 minutes to measure you. Jot each measurement down in a Note on your phone and then have it to compare to apparel measurements and retailer size charts every time going forward.”
Joseph, 31, New York NY
“Figuring out that size and fit are two different things made all the difference for me.”
Ben Conway, by way of Instagram
“Don’t buy anything you don’t love. Otherwise you won’t wear it, and you’ll actually end up with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.”
Demetri, 33, Seattle WA
“The most important leaps for me (outdoors of following SG, significantly!) was to easily speak to individuals about their type and the place they shopped. I’ve colleagues and associates who’ve nice type and I virtually view it like networking however with garments. It’s helped me develop my understanding of manufacturers and outlets and that’s result in an superior choice of garments in my closet.
Jerry, 33, New York NY
“Try on a size smaller than usual because one, you may surprise yourself with the fit, and two, Especially with leather jackets and denim (jackets & jeans), they’ll mold with you over time.”
Joseph, 31, San Francisco, CA
2. Store, edit & replace.
“Find what is comfortable for you—and then buy it in multiples.”
Elana Hasin, by way of Instagram
“The one really quick, easy and inexpensive way to make a huge impact in your entire wardrobe is to change out the buttons. Besides tailoring a look to make sure it fits properly, if you replace the cheap plastic buttons on your clothing with horn or a higher quality fastener it will instantly elevate your fast fashion into a more luxurious look.”
Jeanne Yang, Movie star Stylist
“Throw out the things you’ve had and worn a LOT. Replace them with the exact same thing if you need to.”
Lisa Bowman, by way of Instagram
“Everything in your closet you should love and wear. I get aggressive with cleaning out closets (even my own!), especially to start the New Year off right. For example, for a recent client I removed 55% of his wardrobe that didn’t fit or was just old. That was eight huge bags full of clothing!”
Cassandra Campa, Private Stylist
“[The] hardest thing for me (being small) is finding clothes that fit. MTailor gives you affordable tailored clothing and you can do it in the comfort of your home!”
Dan Chizzoniti, Actual Guys Put on Ties
“A few years ago I started dressing in a manner that allowed me to effectively wear the same outfit to 80% of life. Dark blue but not navy trousers paired with Rancourt penny loafers (with natural color with rubber outsoles added) and a combination of white and blue button down and spread collar shirts from Kamakura and LL Bean. Nothing very precious. You can go on a hike, play golf, go to your club without being rejected for jeans, and throw on a blazer or sport coat and attend any meeting in the city. All in the same outfit. Compared to 90% of people you are “dressed up” however with the fitting supplies you’ll be able to just about do something and go anyplace. This additionally aids and simplifies journey, because the variety of “outfits” required is vastly decreased. Relying on the climate you’ll be able to change between heavier oxford material for chilly and intermediate climate and lighter pinpoint or extra dressy finely woven shirts that do higher within the warmth. For heat journeys I take a cotton sweater and a tropical weight blazer. For chilly journeys, a light-weight wool v neck and a daily weight blazer.”
Duncan, 32, Greenwich CT
“Watch Marie Kondo [Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, on Netflix] and find clothes that “spark joy” for you.”
@bonobian, by way of Instagram
“Learn how to sew and buy a sewing machine. Trousers are very easy to hem and surprisingly easy to taper. I’ve even shortened short sleeves myself because the cuff is only held in place with one seam. The second, parallel seam is not used for attachment.”
@Jammysod, by way of Twitter
three. Contemplate colours, prints and patterns.
“If you have a wardrobe filled with what I call “menswear neutrals”—black, gray, white, khaki, brown, mild blue, navy, olive—you’ll be able to’t go improper with shade. These colours look nice collectively, and with just about each different shade on the market. Simply make sure that your outfit consists of those colours, and also you’re good to go. And when you ever needed to attempt a colour that isn’t a menswear impartial, you possibly can simply put on it (since you already know menswear neutrals go together with every little thing) and realize it matches nicely.”
Baron Cuadro, The Easy Gent
“Some advice I heard one time that has always stuck with me, aim on having just one part of your look do the “talking”. Whether or not that be mixing a daring print go well with in with a textured strong tie and crisp white shirt, or going full tonal however including in a cool assertion jacket or shoe. Determine what a part of your look you need individuals to note most. I’ve all the time felt that was a very good rule of thumb to comply with when wanting to face out for the fitting causes.”
Michael Corrigan, Publicist for The Tie Bar
“Find your shade of yellow and wear it. Everyone will be impressed.”
Gabi Meyers, Queen of 5 Days 5 Methods
“Color is your friend. Learning to wear stuff that’s not black makes people want to be around you.”
Scott Younger, by way of Instagram
“This weekend I was at a ‘black tie optional’ wedding in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. There were a ton of musicians there with personal style coming out their ears. Literally, one guy was wearing a piece of string looped through his earlobe like an earring.) And while the cowboy hats, John Lennon sunglasses and bolo ties were certainly noteworthy—my favorite style moment came from a friend’s boyfriend, just a normal, sweet guy from Seattle, who was wearing a rented tux. But it wasn’t just any ol’ tux. His girlfriend convinced him to try a black-and-white gingham jacket with classic tuxedo pants—and you should have see his smile! His swagger! I told him how much I loved the jacket, and he told me he’d never worn anything like it in his life, but he’d never received more compliments in his life, either. His eyes had been totally opened to a whole new (and playful) side of his taste he never even knew was there.”
Taylor, 33, Your Favourite SG Contributor
“I’ve built up a big collection of colorful and patterned novelty socks that I especially like to wear in the winter. In Maine with bad weather, you often take your shoes and boots off at people’s homes, so ratty socks with holes won’t do. My fun socks make me feel like I’m still fully dressed, plus they’re usually a good conversation-starter, too.”
Luc, 35, Portland ME
four. Attempt one thing new… And perhaps one thing previous.
“Finding Todd Snyder and Billy Reid changed everything for me and my style. A quality and timeless design that will last me a lifetime.”
Jeff, 34, Columbus OH
“One pair of gorgeous dress boots can overhaul a guy’ style without making him feel like he’s not himself.”
Moira, 33, Washington DC
“Try upping your suit game with a vintage original. I found a wonderful grey Yves St Laurent suit at an estate sale. Originally I bought it just as a potential suit to wear to costume parties—the intention was not that it would become an essential part of my dress wardrobe. Anyway, the suit was squarely from the Mad Men era, and I could tell it was high quality, but I found it hanging next to ratty other suits at an estate sale. It had missing and chipped buttons. It was $15 for the jacket and matching pants. The pants were slightly flared but actually looked flattering when I first put on the suit. It needed some good TLC from a tailor, so I spent approximately $150 to have the it altered (small adjustments to sizing) and to replace the buttons (with advice for selection coming from the tailor). I’ve now worn the suit dozens of times , all year long, and always get compliments.”
Jason, 34, San Francisco
“Be brave and take the chance on something you think you’re not cool enough to wear!”
Megan Kernan, by way of Instagram
5. The within all the time impacts the surface.
“Style is as much about psychology as it is aesthetics. Specifically, self-assurance. Confidence is always conveyed when you are wearing something that makes you feel and look like the best version of yourself. But it’s different for everyone, and the trick is knowing how to create that magic. Maybe it’s wearing the color you know that brings out your eyes, the jeans that make you look 10 pounds slimmer, the suit that fits you perfectly, the shoes that garner compliments, the haircut that catches second glances, or the coveted watch you bought after saving up. The common thread is that you feel special when you wear these things, and they always serve to bolster rather than undermine your spirit. The subconscious spring in your step and the assured attitude you present can make any day your day.”
Sandra Nygaard, Former Style Director
“Just. Do. You. If that means buying fifteen different pairs of dad sneakers… fine, cool, whatever. Own it. I’d nudge you toward a less is more approach, being loyal to the brands that make you feel authentically yourself, and being as comfortable as possible, always and at all times. Also, when in doubt, you can never go wrong with a fire black hoodie from an emerging designer (shameless plug) you discovered on Style Girlfriend.”
Quincy Moore, Founder and Artistic Director, Knowlita
“In regards to why I never wear or buy clothes that are made to look old… If you wanna get weird with me for a second, have a thought on this: Your style can and should be a walking museum of your life experiences. Each item you own, you live in, and most of the memories you make will be in the clothes you wear. Each crease and fade, water damage, coffee spill, or beer stain, rip or tear is an abstract expression of your story and the life you lived. The ever-evolving transformation of a nice pair of raw denim, leather jacket, or suede boots all tell a story. Your clothes are a story that is uniquely you, and they’re a story that can never and will never be duplicated.”
Jordan Rosenacker, co-founder Atlas Espresso Membership