O.K. men by now you should be taking some action steps towards dressing a little more dapper. I cannot stress to you enough of that “action” is what gets you there. Today’s post is going to actually get you out of your closet and into the stores and online.
When looking to develop your personal wardrobe and take it to a new level of dapper, it’s kind of like buying yourself a car. I know, you may care less about cars, but follow me for a minute. If you have ever purchased a car I would hope that you did your homework and investigated what you needed and wanted before committing to the price. Of course we are going to consider things like price, miles per gallon, the warranty, features, and what we need.
In the same manner, when we’re looking to build our wardrobe, we need to investigate before we hit the stores with fantasy lists of grand sales and daydreams of conquering our coveted department stores. This saves us time, energy, and money in the long run. Here are a few suggestions I would like to leave you with to consider before shopping.
It’s a Journey. We have all heard the historical phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It means that is takes a long time to do an important job. In the same manner we can’t build our personal style in a day. This is a journey. It takes time to invest into your personal style. The last thing you want to experience is “defeat” after you have left the department store or closed out your web browser. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that feeling you have when your high hopes have been crushed, because you left empty handed. It’s o.k. because it takes time to build some thing great.
Create Your Core. By now you should’ve created your “A” List. If you haven’t I encourage you to stop right here and read that article. Great job if you did already! Now let’s double check that “A” List! Our list needs to be comprised of the “basics.” The last thing we need to be purchasing is another pair of jeans because they’re on sale for a good price. You need to create your core first. Your core wardrobe should consist of basic dress shirts, trousers, jeans, Polo’s, sweaters, T-shirts, colored socks, under garments, shoes, boots and jackets.
Keep in mind that you are building off the basics of what you already have. Your core should consist of basic colors such as black, white, brown, blue, and grey. Start simple and build from there. Don’t stress out over patterns, stripes, and colors.
The Classics. Now maybe you’re off to a good start with a solid core foundation. That’s fantastic. The next area you need to look at before you go shopping is keeping in mind the classics. Start exploring and experimenting with color, patterns, and strips. I honestly used to get a lot of anxiety over this area of my wardrobe. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Stop matching and start complimenting your cloths. The easiest way to do this is to decide which article of clothing needs to be made better. Sometimes upgrading an article of clothing just needs some added color, a striped tie, or a pocket square? Always start with a shirt or a pair of trousers or jeans and build the rest of your outfit around it. Compliment that article of clothing with the classics.
Online Options. If you have never purchased an article of clothing or a pair of shoes online, I encourage you to do so. You need the experience. Here are a few important tips to consider before you decide to commit to that online purchase. First, know what you want or need. Know what you need from your “A” List. Second, always keep your budget in mind and don’t over spend. Do some investigating and look for the best price. Third, don’t forget that you’re looking for quality and not quantity. Fourth, fit is critical, so know your measurements. Next, always check to see what the company’s return policy is, their shipping methods and if they offer proper protection on your item. You never want to be stuck with a bad purchase. Finally, always look for sales and coupons to apply toward your purchases. They’re out there. All right men there are enough steps to get you moving forward. In my next article I will be focusing more on individual items and where you can get the best quality for an affordable price.