Fashion is a business built on stale spreadsheets and endless emailing just like any other. Fortunately, in the fraction of my life that actually includes the occasional runway show or be and be seen dinner, I’ve managed to pick up a few life lessons.
Dare to take on these tasks and in a few months from now, you may just find yourself staring back in the mirror at a better man or at least a better-looking one anyway.
1. Become Friends With A Good Tailor
Fit is paramount when it comes to clothing, even if you’ve doled out some serious dough for your duds, there’s no substitute for the right cut. The problem is that very few off the rack items…. particularly suits, sport coats, dress shirts and trousers ever fit properly without some nips and tucks required.
So find a local tailor who knows how to turn a shapeless sack into a bespoke masterpiece and start with a simple hem on a pair of pants or darts on a dress shirt, and then decide if they are the right man or woman for the job.
2. Clean Your Closet
An organized closet is the No. 1 weapon in the war for looking half-decent on a daily basis. It helps you keep stock on what you have, what you need and ultimately helps you spend money more wisely. No matter the degree of disorder, this challenge should rest on one rule of thumb…. if you haven’t worn it in more than a year then it’s time to say goodbye.
It’s a tough task, so hoarding types are strongly advised to invite a friend with nerves of steel.
3. Make Sure You Have One Good Suit
Sure, it would be nice to have a closet full of $10,000 Tom Ford good suits but that’s not a reality for most of us. In truth, all you need is a single go-to selection that works in a pinch and the good news is that it doesn’t have to cost more than a fraction of Ford’s fine tailoring. The key is to find one that fits.
Fortunately, for you it’s possible to do just that by shopping for an affordable find off the rack and then getting a little help from your neighborhood tailor.
4. Select A Style Icon
Sure, Tom Ford is a fashion maven, but your personal preference can and probably should hit a little closer to home. The only requirement is that you admire your icon for not only the clothes he wears but also the way in which he wears them. Let him serve as your guide to style.
And if you happen to pick up a habit or two of his, well, imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery.
5. Find A White T-Shirt That Fits You Perfectly
If there were ever a single wardrobe staple…. the white T-shirt might just be it…. you can dress it up, you can dress it down and you can live in it. Most men rely on a couple of baggy ones that, let’s be honest, have seen better days so break away from the pack and hunt for one that suits your silhouette and isn’t see through.
Once you’ve found it, buy a dozen of them.
So there you have it the 5 challenges that build a better man and in my opinion the essentials for a rather simplistic fashion style guide concerning men’s fashion styles and the style of men’s fashion.