Complete Men’s Style Guide // Discrete wear tips
All that you’re about to read, is a collaboration with Athrey Agnihotri. The man awarded on a memorable occasion for his outstanding outfit and uniqueness.
There seems to be so less when you look at men’s fashion, but yet there is so much to it! Some are ignorant, but we know they’ll come around one day, don’t we? So let’s begin with the simplest things… if you follow, you’ll remember us one day.
Here are some of the most important men’s casual fashion tips!
1. Understand why you style first
First comes impression. Be it your girlfriend or your boss, the way you dress makes an impact. ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is just a quote and will remain one. Nothing more.
Then comes the question if you want to stand out from the rest. Dress in such a way that others look at you and say, “I should dress that way!” Be a role model.
2. Build up your confidence!
Nobody starts out dressing like a real gentleman by birth, not even Athrey here. It takes time and practice, not to mention ‘observation’.
So go out there with what you think looks great on you. Allow people to tell how you look. They’re laughing? Great! Now you know, what doesn’t go well for you.
So keep trying!
3. Start following people with taste
Sure, you would want to be unique in your clothing sense. But it is essential that you follow and keep touch with people who are well-known for their tastes in fashion.
My buddy here does not seem to be in touch with many out there. There are only a few out there that he follows. But he follows them deeply.
Start finding a few for yourself!
4. Quality over quantity
You may have a room full of clothes and yet suck at dressing. If you’re buying, get something for a higher price rather than buying many of those at cheap rates.
Maybe the combinations won’t be many. But as the number of high-quality clothes increases, your combinations undoubtedly increase too.
When you just have two t-shirts and two pair of pants, you have four different combinations right there!
5. Stop keeping old stocks!
When is the time your shirt should be given away? When you’re finally bored of it.
Now, don’t start throwing away heaps. Don’t waste it off. Let the clothes at least have a year with you, then see if they’re still worth it.
If you have a clothing that you haven’t used for the entire year, don’t just throw it away. If its quality is still great, then fool around with it a little! But if it isn’t, you know what to do.
6. Sweaty nature? Get some sweat pads
Not many people have this. But for those who do, keep sweat pads. Either keep your underarms clean and be firm that you don’t sweat much… or go with sweat pads.
Usually, these are used along with formals, not casuals. Even with your best formal attire on, you may look shabby if you are a little sweaty.
7. Head for timeless fashion…
It’s better to stay in a classical timeless attire instead of going wild over upcoming trends.
One, keeping up with trends is expensive. Two… they may be a failure! Even if you feel like following trends, don’t follow blindly. Make sure they suit you and your personality well.
8. Stop stuffing your wardrobes
There comes a time when your closet is full but you still find nothing you can wear for the event. A piece of advice: Don’t go out and buy more clothes.
Try out different combinations with the ones you have. Athrey has a few pairs of pants with him. Out of those few, he wears one to all occasions!
Why? If anything fancy changes, then it can be pointed out. But with his black pants, nobody is paying attention to it. Take that to your advantage as much as possible.
9. One of the everlasting trend: Denim Jacket
The denim jacket is one of the rare timeless trends. It can literally go well for anybody. If one has a white t-shirt with a denim jacket over it, then that still looks cool today.
It’s a little old, but classy!
10. Not necessary to go for belts
Belts have one purpose, that is to keep your pants up. It’s time we go less flashy with belts. But if you’re still wild for over-priced Gucci belts, then that is for you.
People try to guess your net worth by your appearance, so that is the only place where such belts might help out. And of course, only if the belt is visible under your t-shirt.
But if it was my man here, he wouldn’t fancy it.
11. Branded fashion products are expensive… but they’re worth it!
There was a viral meme on social media where pictures of two identical blue t-shirts were placed side by side. The only difference was one had the ‘Adidas‘ logo on it and the other didn’t.
The one with ‘Adidas‘ on it obviously costs 3-4 times more than the unbranded one beside. But the funny part? It’s worth it! Not only does the logo make you stand out, but also there is a trust. It is assured that they don’t wear out soon.
Of course, this isn’t in all cases. But in most, fashion products are usually worth their price.
These were all the general tips that one should mind. If you’re impatient to get into style now, you may go on. But now, we’ll provide discrete tips on each clothing.
Just give a scroll below and see which part you really need to work on! Let us go from bottom to top…
A few things to keep in mind.
1. Stop wearing your sports shoes everywhere!
That is the worst thing ever. Even when ladies are at a big event with long skirts, they sometimes go with sports footwear… not good.
Sports shoes are meant to be for sports. So let them be right there. They may look fine with your formals on, but honestly no.
Where to wear sports shoes?
Wear sports footwear for the gym, even your Gucci Journey Sneaker with a price tag around 1250 dollars would be alright for it.
They usually go well with shorts, track pants, and when you have jerseys on. They might as well go with other polyester or cotton shirts. Don’t go for jeans legwear with your running shoes.
2. Mind the length of your socks
Socks lengths depend on what you’re wearing above. If you have above-ankle pants like chinos, then go for below ankle socks.
The usual knee length socks are out of trend now, so put them away. But of course, if you’re going out for soccer, then you need those long socks. Apart from a few sports or when you have shorts on, these socks don’t go well.
Even sneakers go with ankle or below ankle length socks.
3. When formal shoes?
Formal shoes, let them be of any color, they go with only formals. They are meant to be together. They don’t fit in many places.
Another place where they might come handy is when you have traditional clothing on. Particularly, formal leather shoes would go well with traditional.
4. Which footwear is fine with all?
Sneakers can blend in almost all environments except for sports. So that’s an option. Another option is espadrilles or more well known as ‘Puma loafers.
You have jeans on, cotton, shorts or anything, they will fit in. They even take the place of flip flops!
5. Suggested brands
First things first, Adidas. Then if you wish to go for reasonable prices, then you have Puma.
If you’re looking to spend a fortune on your footwear, then Nike is the one suggested.
If you are thin or have a perfect body shape, then slim fittings are best for you. A little plumpy? Luckily, you have a more comfortable option as you shouldn’t go for tights.
Basic pants colors
If you have no clue of which color combinations, then there are a few basic pants colors that would go with anything that you wear on top.
Black and deep dark blue.
1. Going for brands?
A few have been suggested below:
Levis, Denims and Calvin Klein(yes, that is expensive).
2. Caution for pants roll-ups
Sure, there was a trend long while ago where you could roll your pants outwards. But now, not only does it seem awkward but also stupid.
So if you really wish to roll up your pants, make sure you roll them inwards.
3. Speaking of shorts
As long as you have a t-shirt on, any color combination would go fine with shorts. Even the sleeve length of your t-shirt doesn’t matter that much.
4. 3/4 pants
I am sure there comes a time when everyone gets bored of both these items full-length pants and up-to-knee shorts. So another homely or rather neighborhood wear, the 3/4 pants might come very handy (I’ve got a bunch of them myself).
They are commonly pronounced ‘three-fourth pants’. These are naturally slim fits and yes these are for men alright. No need to cringe.
Anyways, Adidas has got the best of them so far. Check out Adidas 3/4 pants. Oh, and please do see if you’re buying the men’s or women’s if you go through there.
The most preferred bodywear at this time is the t-shirt. Shirts are for occasions. Looking into t-shirts. If you have a choice, go for round necks instead of v-cuts.
Unless if you work out a lot and have a great shape, v-cuts aren’t suggested. It’s an early days thing.
Don’t go for bright colors
Especially if you are new to the fashion world (I assume you are, given that you are here), it is better to stay away from fancy bright colors. Unless you are a fashion designer, the best suggestion is to stick to plain colors no matter what.
Plain wear is ideal for a party. With nothing written on it or any other designs on it for that matter.
Turtlenecks aren’t for everyone
Only if you are a zero-figure, it would be ideal for you to go for turtle-necks. They do not go well even for skinny people. So if you’re a have a little fat here and there or too thin, you can forget turtle-necks.
Besides, they come in trend only when the weather gets chilly.
Brands to go for
Formals: You don’t buy them often, it is usually a one-time investment. Here are the two that might fit in great.
(They actually have a wide range of products, including pants. And trust me, they are definitely worth it)
- Van Heusen
If you’re one of those persons who wear the same jacket to the gym, to your college and even to bed, stop! Never wear a jacket on a uniform.
What should one wear inside?
Want to show off your t-shirt as well? Always remember, light-colored jackets suit well with a black t-shirt while dark-colored jacket goes with white ones.
Hoodies seem to fit in all environments, but it is better if you go to a party without one. Either go with a casual jacket without the hoodie or just be on a plain t-shirt.
Hoodies are mainly meant for the mornings when you jog… and casual dates. Another thing about these… go for one without zips. The one you have to wear over your head.
GET A SUIT
For most, the occasion of wearing a suit comes a countable number of times. Moreover, it is usually a lifetime investment. So if you’re getting one, get the best one you can. Forget the price for the moment.
Now comes the next question: What should I go for?
With suits, you don’t have the option of ‘practicing’ different combinations. So most would go with the usual. A white shirt, black or dark blue blazer and the pants matching the blazer color.
Yes, it is typical.
So try wearing a black shirt instead of a white one (Make sure the suit fits you perfectly. Also, instead of a tie, get a bow. Completely dressed in black with either black, maroon, or dark blue bow. See how it fits.
Another combination is a white blazer, white pants but a black shirt. If you get a white shirt along with your white blazer and pants, you would probably be heading for a funeral.
Bulky watches don’t go with everything. They may be great for sports, the beach and for parties. But when you are on your formals, get a formal watch.
For sports, if you have your pockets full, G-Shock is for you (the one with a black belt and a gold face is a great trend). Other reasonable priced watches can be from fast-track, Fitbit.
For the formals, you have many out there, some of which is Louis Vuitton and Rolex (That’s out of our league actually).
There are a lot of accessories such as wrist bands, ear wear, tags on necks… but no! Those are all for later. All of them are worn on because of the possessors wish and nothing more.
So no, let me not go through about that. It’s all left for you!
… Anyway, this is all about external appearances. The author (that’s me) commonly writes about how to develop as a person. Here are some of his Philosophy related articles.