When you exit your teens and enter your twenties and into the workforce, you still may dress as you did as a teen. Jeans, t-shirt, sneakers and call it a day. However, you'll eventually run into an unpleasant truth, and it is that people do judge you based on your appearance. It sucks, but you know the saying,
Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
So if you want to look your best and leave a lasting impression on the people you meet, you have to dress and look good.
No, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a wardrobe refresh, but you do have to spend some cash if you want to get a few new outfits.
This should not need to be said, but somehow it has to be. Take care of yourself and make an effort to look presentable and don’t be afraid to take care of your skin and other “girly” rituals such as exfoliating.
Use good skincare products that suit you and not half-ass it simply because it can be a bother. Moisturizer, facial wash, and toner along with a night cream can go a long way if you are prone to breakouts and have oily skin.
If you are cleanly shaven then make an effort to shave every day. If you have whiskers, then proper trimming and beard care are needed. There are a lot of men who found that growing a beard made a huge difference in the way they looked and for the better. If you are like me can’t grow a magnificent beard, clean shaven is the way to go.
Oh and start working out.
Hair is important and is one of the simplest and cheapest if you’ve been using the same scruffy hairstyle as when you were a teen, then you need to make changes.
The simplest solution is to ask your barber or hairstylist and giving them free reign, and you could be surprised. Be sure to ask them how to take care of your hair and how to style it as well.
Clothes maketh the man
Here is where talking to a few female friends could help.
Girls are great at finding clothes that fit right and taking a few suggestions when out shopping can change the way you look dramatically simply by finding the right fitting clothes. This is where it can get tricky.
Finding a new style.
I was fortunate to meet a friend who happened to be a stylist who helped put together several great new looks that even I loved. The best advice I received was to be open-minded and not turn my nose up at certain styles such as the “Urban Gentleman,” vests and bright colors.
Whichever you do pick though, make sure that you look “put together” and that your clothes are clean don’t look like they’ve been worn for weeks and slept in.
This website has a plethora of great styles for you to get inspired by and to try for yourself to see if you like it and more importantly if other people like it.
So you have a new haircut, you are taking care of your skin, and you are looking at some new styles to try. But here are some essentials you should keep in your wardrobe. These essentials can form the foundation of most outfits you wear and can go a long way.
One good pair of general purpose walking shoes that you can wear with shorts and jeans. These are the shoes you wear for meeting old friends to catch a movie or casual outings.
A great pair of boots are versatile and can be worn for casual or even more dressy events. If you pick a great rugged pair that looks a little more formal, it opens up the number of fashion options for you to pick no matter where you are going.
Smart black shoes for formal events. This is a no-brainer. If you are going for an important function or event, sneakers or boots won’t cut it. You need a good pair of formal shoes.
Some colored V or crew neck t-shirts. Plain colored V or crew necks are versatile and are more likely to be what you will wear most of the time
A white button down shirt. A nice white button-down shirt can be worn in both a formal or informal way such as tucking it out, rolling up the sleeves and pairing it with jeans.
A good pair of fitting jeans. Don’t go for the super baggy look of the early 90s, please. Find a good pair that fits well and isn’t overly baggy or tight. Dark colors would be great for easily matching with t-shirts or shirts.
Smart casual trousers. Similar to the white button down shirt, chinos are a good option to wear that straddle the line between informal and formal.
A versatile blazer. A must-have for every man, a blazer can turn a casual outfit into a very smart one that is suitable for less formal outings or functions.
A bomber jacket. For chilly days or if you are going somewhere a little cold, a bomber jacket looks good and is easily matched with jeans, chinos and other essentials in your wardrobe.
Where do I shop?
Many big stores at malls offer these essentials and allow for you to try on certain items and see if you like the look, fit, material and more before you buy a piece.
Now online stores run the risk of you not being able to see or try out the piece. But if you buy from a brand you know and have bought from before then you minimize the risk. There is a great Zalora discount code, and for taking care of yourself, this Hermo promotion can help save you some money.