1. Stay Focused On Looking Your Best
You may have heard of the saying “Burn the ships.” The history behind it is quite powerful. It dates back to the year 1519 when Hernán Cortés set foot with his 600 men in the New World. His command was loud and clear – for the men to set all their ships on fire.
What Cortés did was force himself and his men into a do or die situation so that they could finish their mission. He took out the option for the entire clan to retreat. There was no turning back. And this gave everyone all the more will to succeed. Two years later… Cortés conquered the Aztec empire.
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While being stylish isn’t as dramatic of a deal – you should take inspiration from Cortés and burn your own ships. That means letting go of “safe” choices such as:
- Buying low-quality items when you know you can afford better quality
- Limiting yourself to monochrome and darker colors
- Dressing the same way as everybody else
Fill your closet with items that suit your style and personality. Learn to love and value everything you wear. As long they fit and are in good condition, there’s definitely a way to make each one work. You just need to figure out how.
Your goal is to be the most stylish guy you can be. You deserve to look your best and feel fantastic every time. So don’t allow laziness, stinginess or any lack of confidence to get in the way of that.
2. Incorporate Unique Accessories
A lot of times it’s the guy with a brilliant accessory who ends up outshining the rest. If you want to be that guy – you have to be gutsy. You can’t be afraid of taking risks and experimenting with any of the items below.
Wearing men’s bracelets, rings and watches requires careful selection. Unlike women – guys follow certain “rules” regarding jewelry in order to get a look that’s classy and confident but not loud. The right accessories add subtle finishing touches that sharpen your style.
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Hats add a couple of inches to your height which most guys would like. But beyond that there’s a subconscious association of hats with strong and authoritative men. We often see cowboys, soldiers and police officers rock them perfectly. Here’s an article on classic hat styles you might to try.
You should aim for your hairstyle to stand out as much as your outfit. You have to realize that hair can influence the way others perceive you. So now’s the time to find a great stylist and explore some of today’s trending looks. Don’t worry too much about getting it wrong – it’ll grow back soon!
3. Use The Right Accent Pieces
One trick to staying ahead of the game is to use specific pieces that highlight your sense of style. These are what show people you’re not dressed up to be like the rest. These are clothing elements that showcase your individuality.
I love shoes just as much as you do. But boots empower your masculinity even more. They’re heavier and more rugged looking – having been originally made for the elite and military men over the centuries. And that’s why they’re useful for a well-defined style from head to toe. You’ll want to learn about the different types of dress boots so you can make the best choice.
A well-fitted suit or jacket looks great on any guy. But it won’t always make him stick out – especially when others are wearing the same. That’s why pocket squares come in handy. They make the whole outfit pop. By knowing how to wear a pocket square you can edge out all the men around you and catch the ladies’ attention. Pocket squares also start a lot of conversations.
Many men tend to avoid bright clothing since they don’t think it goes well with them. In reality they simply lack an understanding of color. Vibrant hues can draw attention to certain areas of your outfit if you’re able to use them strategically. Part of that is about knowing the ideal color percentages in a man’s well-balanced wardrobe.
4. Take Out The Bad Apples
This one is simple: keep your closet clean. Never keep anything that’s going to end up embarrassing you or destroying your style. Remember that physical mess reflects a cluttered mind. Empty the trash first – then you can start thinking clearly about your style. You can figure out exactly what has to be changed or replaced.
Throw away all clothes with holes or large stains. Get rid of everything with a loose or tight fit. Don’t think twice about it. Don’t even feel guilty. These items represent past mistakes and there’s no reason to dwell on the past. Now is the time to start fresh.
If there’s something you haven’t worn over the past 12 months, you’ll probably never use it again. So the best thing to do is put it in a Donate Box. It no longer benefits you but it’ll benefit someone else.
5. Keep Learning About Style
Learning never stops. Remember that the only way to get better at something is to gain more experience. It’s the same thing when it comes to style. You should develop a system in which every day you expand your knowledge about men’s fashion.
There are plenty of platforms for you to keep educating yourself:
- Coffee-table books
- Email lists
- Online courses
I’m proud of my two premium online men’s style courses offered at Real Men Real Style. Their detailed lessons have helped countless men over the years in dealing with daily style challenges. If you want to get down to the how and why for every item of clothing – there’s no doubt these are your best sources.
A Man’s Guide To Style
- Teaches you how to build a wardrobe within your budget
- Explains the importance of body type, color, pattern
- Includes tips to dress up for weddings, meetings, hot and cold weather
The Personal Image Blueprint
- Gives you an understanding of the power of image, first impressions
- Designed for guys who lack confidence in the way they present themselves, who tend to look overweight or unprofessional, who don’t command respect