New Year’s resolutions are so cliché, I almost can’t stand
writing about them. But the truth is, when a new year rolls around, it’s
nice to take stock and see what you could start doing differently. The
usual suspects here are diet and exercise, and often such resolutions
are overzealous and set us up or failure. So this year I’m here to help
boost you up with some totally doable style-related resolutions that will require very little of your time.
Read on for this year’s top 10 style resolutions.
1. Try one new thing with your wardrobe.
It can be easy to find one thing that you’re comfortable in and that
feels easy to you. But it can also be really boring! Give 2015 a
fighting chance and add some sort of new element to your look — maybe
it’s starting to wear more color, or swapping out your logo’d/free event
t-shirts for something nicer (here’s my guide for how your t-shirt should fit).
2. Don’t shop without a plan (or on an empty stomach). The last
thing you want to do when shopping is make mistake purchases. And
shopping without knowing what you’re looking for — or when you’re
hungry — will put you on the fast track to a shopping fail.
3. Donate anything with holes or stains that won’t come out. This
one really doesn’t need explaining. I’ll just say that when you wear
torn-up, crappy clothes, the message you send is that you feel torn-up
and crappy about yourself. This then becomes an unfortunate vicious
cycle which causes you actually to start feeling that way.
4. Take your oversized clothes to the tailor. This is an instant, low-cost (at least compared to buying new things) option for upgrading your wardrobe.
5. Think before you stink (a.k.a. avoid strong aftershaves). This one was on last year’s list,
but I had to include it again. I did a lot of traveling in 2014, and
one of the biggest conclusions I drew is that there’s an Old Spice
epidemic in the US. Nearly every morning flight I took, I felt as if I
might become asphyxiated by the scent of the man sitting next to me.
Trust me, just because you can’t smell it doesn’t mean others can’t
either. Ask one or two lady friends with good taste to tell you honestly
if any of the product smells you’re wearing are offensive. And if the
initials for any of said products are O.S., drop it like it’s hot.
6. Wear a watch.
I get it, watches are no longer necessary since we all use our phones
these days. But if you’re not wearing a watch, you’re missing out on an
excellent opportunity to distinguish your look. Above is a serious arm
party courtesy of one of my clients. You don’t need to break the bank
when adding a watch to your look, however. There are plenty of good
choices under $200 (including this one
for $185 from Miansai). Choose something that resonates with you
personally and that you’d feel good wearing — not what others would
expect you to wear.
7. Make sure you have one suit that fits you like armor.
Chances are, sometime in 2015 you’ll have a wedding, funeral, or job
interview you’ll need to attend. And you’ll need a great-fitting suit
for those situations — one you don’t have to think twice about. Often
such events spring up out of nowhere, so it’s to your benefit to have a
suit ready and waiting in your closet. And if you think you can get by
with that old boxy one from ten years ago, think again. There are few
things less flattering on a man than an ill-fitting suit, and there’s
definitely no way to disguise a poor fit.
8. Buy flattering jeans. Most new clients I meet are in need of
a jeans refresh. Even if you have a pair that was flattering when you
bought them two years ago, chances are at this point they’ve stretched
and faded, and it’s time to replace them. If you’ve never had a pair of
jeans you feel great in, it’s time to add that to your wardrobe. Here’s my guide for how to find flattering jeans.
9. Lose the square-toed shoes. These were cool in the 90’s. But the 90’s is not now. Do yourself a favor and get them out of your closet so you aren’t tempted to wear them.
10. Take your dress shoes to the shoe guy for a cleanup and to be resoled.
This is another low-cost way to refresh things, and in fact a good
cobbler can make your shoes look almost new. If you don’t already have
someone you use, look on Yelp or other user-review sites in your area
for one with high ratings, or ask any well-dressed guys you encounter
where they take theirs.
How many of the tips on this list are you able to implement? I guarantee
that even if you do just 3 of them, you’ll be in great shape, and
you’ll feel that much better about yourself.
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