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14 Styling Tips Every Man Should Know to Look His Best

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
July 28, 2016 · 2k Views

A lot of men out there do not place fashion high up on their list of interests (I am completely aware there are exceptions here). Ask around and you’ll find that sports, tech gadgets, travel, food, and beer tend to rank significantly higher. There comes a time though when knowing how to dress becomes important for a guy. Age and lifestyle catches up and the clothes you got away with in your 20s and early 30s become a little tighter and just don’t look good anymore. Here are some styling tips every guy should follow to look his best.

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1. Wear more black.

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Take a cue from the ladies and incorporate more black in your wardrobe. Dark colors are slimming, so think about investing in a pair of dark washed jeans and a few black t-shirts like this one from Gap.

2. Stay away from prints and patterns.

A fine-striped shirt will pass. But you want to avoid loud prints and patterns, especially if you are broad or have a large chest. They will just draw unwanted attention to the area you are trying to minimize.

3. Wear a striped tie.

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Ties are an exception when it comes to patterns and prints. A tie with vertical stripes against a solid colored button down shirt will have slimming effect.

4. Embrace dark colors.

The slimming benefits of black have been noted. But don’t think wearing dark colors means you have to go full Goth. Try out colors like navy and midnight blue, deep olive green, and burgundy as seen on this button-down from Banana Republic.

5. Avoid bulky fabrics.

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Keep this style tip in mind for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Thick wool trousers, wide wale corduroy, and chunky, roomy sweaters do no favors if you’ve packed on some pounds over the holidays. Instead, try layering a lightweight merino wool sweater over a button up shirt. You can wear a pair of knee length wool socks under chinos to stay warm. Check out this merino wool sweater from J.Crew.

6. Keep it simple.

You don’t want to break up your outfit with different colors. The juxtaposition of hues will draw attention to every area whether it is a problem or not. As a general rule, stick with similar tones of the same color for a polished and slimming look.

8. Find your brand.

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This page also comes from the women’s guidebook to style. Try out different brands to see which ones offer the best items for your build. Labels like J.Crew, Gap, Ralph Lauren, and Topman are known for their slimming styles.

9. Avoid pleated pants.

Pleats use more material and cinch the fabric, adding more weight to your frame. Instead, choose flat or plain front pants, which having a trimming effect. You’ll also want to stick with darker colors like grey, navy, and deep olive.

10. Find your waist.

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Saggy, ill-fitting pants are unflattering no matter who you are. To look slimmer, wear pants at your natural waist.

11. Hem is important.

Pants that bunch up at the shoe can make your entire leg look bigger. Make sure the hem breaks at the top of the shoe and shows no sock when walking.

12. Footwear

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Choosing the right shoes plays a major role in pulling together a look. Square toe, thick, rubber-soled shoes should never be worn. For dress shoes, look for high-quality leather, thin soles, and a round toe – you’ll appear tall and slim. It’s hard to pass over those rugged work boots, we know. But they do add bulk. Feel like stepping out of your comfort zone? Chelsea boots, desert boots, and ankle boots are stylish and will make you look lean.

13. Outerwear

You’ve spent all this effort considering your outfit. Don’t throw in the towel when it’s time to choose outerwear. As a rule of thumb, buy coats and jackets that are the same size as your suit jacket. Anything larger will add excess fabric and appear bulky. For a lean look, wear topcoats and overcoats that stop 3-4 inches above the knee and have no more than three buttons. Jackets should stop at your waist.

14. Accessories

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Choose accessories like gloves, hats, and scarves with minimal material, muted colors, and vertical stripes. Anything more will just create a weighty appearance. Sleek, well-fitted leather gloves are all you need to look like you have some clue about men’s fashion.

There’s nothing wrong with having magazine subscriptions to Sports Illustrated, Field & Stream, and Outside. But by following these styling tips though, you’ll have people thinking that GQ and Esquire are delivered to your mailbox every month.


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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