Having an idea of how to be well-dressed in a current and stylish fashion is something every man and woman should at least attempt. That said, developing a sense of style is something that befuddles a lot of people, and that’s no surprise. Clothing options are basically infinite, and with so many different ideas floating around in magazines, shops, television shows and movies, it can be difficult to decide what’s right for you. Here are some ideas that’ll make that process less intimidating.
A good place to start that may seem obvious is simply to pay attention to current trends. Pick up a few fashion magazines that feature clothing YOU like and steal ideas. Try to identify some common denominators and put together some sample outfits based on a couple of different, versatile pieces. If you want to cultivate a sense of style, you’ll need to start with knowing what’s in style.
Get to Know Yourself
Just dressing in the latest trends without thinking about whether or not those trends are right for you is a one-way ticket to Fashion Victim Station. An essential aspect of developing a sense of style is knowing when to say no to something that doesn’t fit your personality. Try and identify a broad idea of what you like — simple and classic, flashy and exciting, casual and comfortable — and shop with those things in mind. You’ll automatically look for stuff that fits in those lanes and not come out of the store with seven different outfits that have nothing to do with one another.
There are lots of different ways to express certain styles, so make sure once you find what works for you, you don’t end up with a wardrobe of things that all look alike. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt guy, there’s a lot of room to play, and that’ll communicate that you have a good sense of style enough to embellish beyond what the stores and magazines are selling. Try out something funny, like a real men marry nurses shirt or if you’re constantly doing that, dial it back every once in a while with something chill from Cotton-On or American Apparel.
Remember It’s Not JUST What You Wear
If you have an aesthetic, you can embody that through a bunch of things that aren’t your wardrobe — the design of your home, for example. Picking items with care means paying attention to form AND function. Like buying clothing, identify what you like and what’s important to you and that will ensure that your home is decorated with some semblance of style, even if that style is “I have no money so I’ve gotten really creative in the bargain basement.” You can do a lot with a little, and understanding that your sense of style is something that should be present in all aspects of your life will help cultivate it further.