Let’s make something clear from the very beginning: clothes matter. You have to dress well in today’s environment. Clothes have evolved from just providing basic protection to a way of showing your personality, expressing ideas, or even status.
This derived from a very long tradition and became what is today known as the fashion industry. Although you do not have to fully embrace this industry as a whole, or even parts of it, you still need to understand some very basics concepts about wearing clothes in general.
There is a vast number of styles available right now. We will try to cover some of the most iconic, but also give you great general advice. So, if you are more fashion-oriented or just rather casual, you will still receive great value and insight from this article.
Guide to dress well
Fashion is considered to be an aesthetic expression. There are all kinds of works presented at any given time.
We take into consideration as fashion both important household names and unknown brands and artists as well. It is very important to mention that with fashion, context is primordial with any other form of expression.
Art, in general, requires context in order to maintain linearity and sense. It is of utmost importance to make people understand why a piece of garment is important and fits right at the moment.
The most important parts of a look are:
We especially selected footwear at the very top. In today’s culture, predominantly in sport, street, and even more, sneakers are the centerpieces of every single outfit.
It is not a 100% rule, but you will most of the time see people center around their sneakers. Women tend to do this, as well. And, in other areas such as casual or elegant environments, the shoes are still very important.
The clothes themselves
They cover your whole body and will give you shape and color. They can literally let you express yourself and tell a whole story. You can even be silent if you choose so. If it fits right, then it is working, and you do not have to think any further.
This part of an outfit is directly connected to the two parts above. You cannot accessorize without keeping in mind your shoes or clothes.
The word itself “accessory” describes itself as almost secondary, but it is still very important to fit it well. Why? Because it can make you shine. You can add more elements to your outfit’s story, and if they fit well, you will pop out more.
Do not worry! Accessories can also be minimalistic if you like them this way. Just do not be afraid to experiment.
Your hair goes with you everywhere, every single day. Period. Unless you decide to cover it up with a hat.
But let’s be honest here: how often will you do that? Not that much. With that being said, make sure to always have a hairstyle that suits your head shape and personality, and age.
Occasionally you will hear about elements that have gone “out of fashion.” We do not endorse that thinking here. If you can rock an outfit, look good and feel the same way, that is all that matters. Just, of course, don’t wear an ancient robe from Egypt, okay?
We also advise you to try and not chase seasonal releases just for the hype around it. If you like them and want to wear them for the sake of it, that is all right and will make you feel all right, but otherwise, you should reconsider. Hunting for hype can hurt your overall presence.
If you want to read more about famous hairstyles and get inspired, we have a category about this topic if you feel like checking out.
With all these being said, let’s start with the advice!
Think about the occasion where you have to dress well
You cannot go dressed for dinner in the same way you would dress when you go to the gym. This should be obvious. In case it was not, now you know!
This is great advice if you don’t even know where to start. Think about the place as well. How does it look, and what vibe does it impose? If it’s a fancy restaurant, you should opt for something smart casual or even full-on elegance. Be presentable and act in the same manner.
If you are going to a house party, you do not have to bring out the tuxedo. There just won’t be the necessary atmosphere for that kind of clothes. Wear more casual oriented articles such as jeans and t-shirts. Nothing stops you from throwing in a shirt, but do not cross the line.
If you are going to a certain place but cannot tell the vibe by yourself, just try and see how people dress when they go there. After this, you can imitate the style. Simple as that. This should put you at least two steps forward.
Wear Clothes that Fit
Another self-explanatory sentence should be common sense, but it proves that sometimes things are harder than they seem.
For casual and sports clothes, you have to try them on and see what they look like on you, but keep in mind that the garment’s size talks about your style also. Suppose you wear a looser tee than people might think that you embrace the street culture.
There are many subcultures that we will discuss further in the article, but for now, let’s simplify things: do not oversize if you are not making a statement; do not get smaller sizes in any scenario. Simple, isn’t it?
If you are planning on wearing a suit, then the best option for looking as fine as possible is to go to a tailor. Having a piece tailored specially for you will guarantee the best possible fit from an aesthetic point of view but will also be the most comfortable to wear.
Colors of clothes matter
They really do! They enable you to express yourself, be quiet, or both. They also let you attend an event in a suitable way. For example, if you attend a fancy event, then you should opt for classical colors such as black or dark blue.
There’s rarely the need or chance to go in an incredibly flamboyant purple. That is just bad taste! But if you plan on going to a club party, then throwing in some purple might make shine just in the right way. Are you starting to get the hang of it? Good!
People also take into account the tone of their skin when it comes to choosing the color of their clothes. For example, if you have dark skin, then getting a white tee might give the contrast you desire. The same goes for any other skin tone. Try to choose the opposite.
However, the case might be, there are still some colors that will forever be classics under any circumstances. Take black, for example. Is there a place where you cannot wear black? Not really!
Body Care and Final Touches
Listen, in order to have clothes look good on you and get noticed, you should also look after your body. Get in shape, trim your beard, always smell good, get a nice hairstyle, and do not be afraid to accessorize.
Accessories can be the final touches of a great look. For example, when wearing a suit, take into consideration wearing a watch. This can bring a lot of value to your aesthetic. Just make sure to keep the accessories in touch with the vibe of the overall look. You do not want to get a cowboy hat when going to a movie.
The Most Famous Styles
Further, we will talk about extremely popular styles at the moment and that you might want to consider wearing. You don’t have to confine yourself to just a single culture or subculture, or to any at all, but being open-minded will 100% help you grow your fashion knowledge and skill.
The street style and culture
This one is so wide that it is really hard to narrow it down, but we will try. Usually, it comprises a combination of garments that come from casual, sport, music, and couture areas.
By combining all these, you get the street type of aesthetic. In order to achieve this look, brands are not obligatory, but they have great importance and meaning.
Take, for example, extremely iconic products such as the Nike Air Jordan 1 shoe. If somebody sees you wearing this, he will almost guarantee to think that you are into the culture. This is how powerful some brands are.
The geeky/vintage style
When going for this one, you have to choose more loose fits instead of skinny jeans and sporty items. Shirts, glasses, and classic shoes/sneakers are the go-to when it comes to giving a smart geek impression.
Now, this one is a very interesting option. This one goes right between fancy and casual. It means that with the clothes you are wearing, you could go to a job interview and a bar with your buddies later.
This usually requires wearing shirts that are not extremely elegant and adding some casual elements to the rest of the outfit or vice-versa. As a result, you get a practical, all-day outfit.
Nothing more than it sounds like. You know that guy that always wears jeans and regular t-shirts, and it just fits him? Well, that’s kind of what this is. We advise you to spice it up from time to time, though!
Nothing less than a fancy look! These styles require a lot of elegant items such as tailored pants and blazers. You need good looking shoes as well, and they need to vary in materials. The vary basics needed are the leathers usually.