by AskMen UK
Wherever you go in the world, in spite of the huge variation in men’s attire, there are a few basic principles to looking good to which all stylish men adhere. Whether you’re sporting a suit or a mohawk, one of the most essential tricks for looking perpetually amazing is to cultivate habits that boost your style.
Once you incorporate these habits into your life and they become second nature, you’ll find women approaching you more often and other guys eyeing you with envy. To help you get a jump start on becoming the stylish guy that everyone wants to be (or be with), we’ve put together a list of the top 10 habits to boost your style.
Follow our tips and a more fashionable life will soon be yours.
No.1 – Pick outfits the night before they’re worn
A stylish man is a prepared man. Particularly when you have an important occasion ahead of you, like a business meeting or a big date, planning ahead is vital to ensuring all the elements of your outfit hang together as a cohesive whole. If you can’t dedicate a few minutes to selecting your apparel in advance, at least have a go-to ensemble hanging in your closet that you can turn to when you need to look fantastic in five seconds flat.
No.2 – Bookmark three fashion sites and visit them weekly
You don’t need real-time reports on what’s going on in the fashion industry, but once a week, make a point of perusing your favourite websites just to keep up with what’s hot. Being a regular visitor on three different sites will let you cover a lot of territory, meaning you’ll have a good grasp on the major trends while also benefiting from alternative perspectives.
No.3 – Have a signature scent
Be consistent with your cologne. Women use smell as one way to decipher if you’ll have chemistry as a couple between the sheets, so once you find a fragrance that blends with your natural odour for a tantalising effect, stick with it. Also, read up on how to combine or layer products to create a very personalised and memorable scent, and to vary its intensity.
No.4 – Treat trends as calculated risks
A perennially stylish man keeps up with trends but doesn’t follow them blindly because he knows that trying every fad that comes along makes him a fashion victim rather than a fashionite. And although he’s willing to break style rules, he’s clever about which risks he takes, carefully considering factors such as his job, personality and body type so that he never bets on a look that won’t win.
No.5 – Shop often but buy seldom
Browse online shops frequently, become an avid window shopper or just pop into a few boutiques occasionally on your way home from work. Observe the merchandise available and make mental notes on the pieces you find yourself drawn to. Only part with your cash, however, when it’s a garment you either need or you know it will make a chic and versatile addition to your wardrobe.
No.6 – Have a reliable tailor and dry cleaner
A knowledgeable tailor and a brilliant dry cleaner are a stylish man’s secret weapons. With a nip in your shirt here and a hem in your jeans there, a tailor guarantees your ready-to-wear clothes fit you perfectly. To find a dry cleaner who will sort out your toughest stains and launder your threads in a jiffy, visit the same location each time you need your clothes cleaned so you build a relationship with the staff.
No.7 – Buy multiples
When you find something that has a fit so flattering it seems like it was made especially for you, buy at least two. Adhere to this rule particularly when the garment in question is a basic you can never own too many of, such as a classic white dress shirt or go-with-everything dark denim.
No.8 – Splurge on investment pieces
Any time you happen upon a timeless piece in a high-quality fabric, such as fine wool or cashmere, don’t hesitate to snap it up, even if that means splashing out. Although you may initially pay more for it, the cost-per-wear (CPW) ratio of an investment piece is shockingly low. Consider a camel-coloured designer trench, for example: Its price tag may be exorbitant, but after you’ve worn it several hundred times, it will have paid for itself in compliments alone and you won’t have to update your outerwear for a very long time.
No.9 – Take pride in storing clothes
Treat your clothes with respect and they’ll look new longer. Buy wooden hangers for your closet and space your clothes out so they don’t get crushed. Similarly, when packing your bags for a business trip or a holiday, you can avoid arriving with wrinkled garments if you fold clothes properly and neatly instead of bundling them into a ball and shoving them into your suitcase.
No.10 – Have a reliable barber and see them every four weeks
You may be doing everything right, but if you neglect your hair, your efforts to be more stylish will have been in vain as the first thing others will notice about you is your unkempt head rather than your sleek suit. So, find a barber you trust and make regular appointments to keep your groomig in check.