Knowing how to dress well isn’t about designer labels and flashy suits; it’s about complementing your best features and expressing your personality.
If the abundance of fashion advice out there leaves you feeling confused and overwhelmed, our three key dressing tips take things back to basics. By the end of this article you should feel more confident in putting ensembles together, as well as have a better understanding of how to style an outfit so that it complements your physique.
Remember Confidence is Key
Whatever your size, confidence is the number one accessory that never fails to look good on!
You may be thinking that this tip belongs more in an article onjob interview advicerather than a piece on style advice, but that is where you’d be wrong! When it comes to dressing, confidence makes an enormous difference.
Of course, if you are struggling with serious confidence issues that are starting to affect your daily life then it’s important to seek the right professional help. However, if you are just generally lacking in the confidence department then saying ‘fake it ‘till you make it’ is a great aphorism to adopt as you try new things!
Now, it’s important to remember that there’s a huge difference between confidence and cockiness; confidence is holding your head up high and treating others with respect. Confidence is a self-assured and self-aware demeanour, it is not immodesty.
When you are selecting your clothing for the day, try to pick one garment/accessory that slightly takes you out of your comfort zone. It could be that new hat you thought was too ‘quirky’ for you or a different style of trouser that you wouldn’t normally wear. Try to do this every day and take note when you receive a complement! This will help you to build new confidence in your clothing decisions.
Know Your Size and Wear it
If you’re a larger guy or you’re not so confident about your physique it can sometimes feel as though you just want your clothes to hide you away. However, choosing fits that drown you will only do two things: make you look and feel insecure and make you look bigger than you actually are. Believe it or not, oversized clothing will not do anything to hide your insecurities. Well-fitting garments on the other hand will help to trim your shape.
If you can’t find the correct size at a high street store, look for a specialist store which caters to your build. For example, Big man menswear specialises in big men’s clothing and stock sizes 2L to 8XL.
Don’t Skimp on Grooming
Personal hygiene and grooming should be the number one priority when it comes to dressing and presenting yourself well. It goes without saying that a daily shower and thorough tooth brushing should be first on the list, but what about the other details that are often overlooked? Well-groomed facial hair, trimmed and clean fingernails, styled hair and aftershave are all musts for the stylish and well-kept man.
If you want to make a good impression and give yourself an extra boost of confidence, take care to remove creases and lint from your clothing and look for stains or tears. These details may be small but can make a big difference to your overall look. Keep a lint roller handy (especially if you live with pets) to give your clothing a quick pick up before you head out the door.