Men's fashion is a bit of an irrelevant topic. On the one hand, you have absolutely no care whatsoever to one's appearance and then on the other you have super flamboyant styles in GQ that only are really appropriate if you're gay or a celebrity. Even the idea of fashion itself is seen as rather feminine, with girls even saying they want a guy "who looks like a man" thus conveying to men that they shouldn't bother with it. And yet, I think a good amount of men which they could dress better but don't see the way. Or, they try something different and it seems to make no difference. It starts to feel like men just don't understand fashion as well as women, and maybe we don't, but it's really really really not hard to look fashionable and straight. Here's how.
1. Don't go crazy with colors, but don't be afraid of them either
There's a weird phenomenon among guys that goes unnoticed and that's exactly the problem. A lot of guys, reluctant to take any chances on looking too out there, pretty much opt out of the whole thing by going entirely neutral. It's navy this and grey that. The effect? You disappear. Neutral colors say nothing without a "real color" to base themselves around. This is what causes guys to basically look really boring. It's kind of the same as why a lot of guys are considered boring--they don't put themsevles out there and thus say nothing at all. I'm not saying wear purple pants, but put yourself out there with a bright red shirt with blue jeans for instance...
2. Be fitted, not too tight OR too baggy
Guys often shift between the two in a sort of reactive frenzy. Neither looks good, is it really hard to just get something that fits you? Just get something that fits you! And, if you're blessed enough to be tall for god sake take this into consideration before you purchase something that's sleeve doesn't go far enough for you.
3. Throw out clothes after one year or when you run out of closet space
Self explanatory. Clothes depreciate and become a crap version of their former selves. You don't think you have the budget to throw out a perfectly good shirt but you do.
4. Realize there's something to be gained by going higher budget, but also be realistic
Burberry is considered a luxury brand. The clothes are great in quality but if you can't really afford it then don't buy one thing there and everything at some crap store like h&m to make up for it. be realistic with your budget but don't be afraid to spend...
5. Dress for your stereotype
This is the most controversial by far but I think the most important as well. People are superficial and make automatic judgements all the time. Since this is fashion of course it will follow that people make quick judgements about who you are from what you wear. But here's the weird thing--people like certainty and so they like "established brands." No, not like hugo boss, when i say an established brands i mean something like "preppy" or "hood" or "all american" or "bad boy." When you combine a bunch of styles or just don't care at all about what you wear and therefore end up wearing a lot of different crap together it looks confused which is not good. Realize who you are and be honest. For instance, I used to wear a lot of necklaces and dark shirts/jeans simply because i thought the style looked good, but it wasn't me. I grew up rich in the more waspy areas of the east coast, i knew how to sail by the time i was 8. Obviously i'm preppy, but as i'm a grown man that means something like a lot of collared shirts, a lot of nautica, a lot of ralph lauren. Of course i don't dress like a brooks brothers catalogue but honestly somedays i get pretty damn close. It doesn't matter and i never look silly because i pull it off because its who i am really. i'm not posing. And, its a smart cohesive look. Embrace your stereotype when it comes to your clothes...