Every man has his own unique tastes and style.
In today’s day and age, we are
bombarded with so many marketing messages telling us what
to wear and how to be “cool,” but ultimately it
comes down to finding something that fits your personality and makes you feel
comfortable and confident. This is how you find your own style.
The first thing to understand is that there is
no right or wrong answer when it comes to style. What works for someone else
may not work well for you. We think there are several basic questions you
should ask yourself when it comes to finding your own style.
for Your Environment?
Where you live and how you live your life should
have an effect on how you pick a style that suits your lifestyle.
say you live in the Midwest where the summers are mild and the winters are
freezing. Whether you’re dressing
professional for your job or casual for a night out, the climate may dictate
some choices. In the summers, your outfits may consist of lighter fabrics and comfortable
cuts. In the winters, you’ll want to layer up with thicker fabrics and outfits that will make
you look good while staying nice and warm.
Perhaps you live in the South or on the East
Coast, where the summers
are extra muggy; you’ll want to dress
accordingly. Ideally, you want to strike the right balance between something
that looks fashionable and fits your personality with something that will be
comfortable and breathable when the heat and humidity are at their worst.
Whether you live in the rainy Pacific Northwest,
the balmy Florida Coast or the dry Southwest, each environment can help dictate
what kind of clothing you need to wear for comfort. Then, you’ll want to find styles, colors, patterns
and fabrics within those options that best fit your personality and provide
that extra bit of flair.
Of course, style extends beyond just your
clothing. How you furnish your home and work space should be a natural
extension of your personality. There is an endless array of modern men’s products to consider as
ways to enhance your overall style choices.
Can You Enhance Your Best Physical Characteristics?
Men come in all different sizes, shapes and
colors. You are a one-of-a-kind combination of your physical attributes, and
though there are some things you can control (your weight or even your tan),
you have to work with the features you were born with. Ultimately, there are
certain colors, patterns and combinations that will complement your particular characteristics.
Someone who is really tall and lean may want
clothes that don’t make him look
overly lanky. He may opt for an outfit that adds a little thickness to his body
to downplay his height and enhance his girth. Heavy fabrics, horizontal lines, bold patterns and
contrasting colors may provide the right fit, feel and outward appearance.
On the other hand, take someone who is short and
a bit overweight. He will want to appear a little taller and better
proportioned while highlighting his best physical features. Darker colors,
vertical lines and cuts that unify his body vertically may mask his
imperfections while providing a more comfortable fit.
When you find clothing that highlights your best
traits and masks some things you are more self-conscious about, it’s amazing what kind of confidence you can
exude. Having a style that suits you will help you feel good about yourself and
allow others to see you looking your best.
What Are You Looking to Achieve with Your
Above all else, you have to look within yourself
and determine what you want to accomplish when searching for your perfect
style. How do you want others to perceive you? How do you want to feel about
yourself when you look in the mirror?
Intelligent? Creative? Fun? Professional?
How you dress obviously can impact these
feelings and perceptions, and thankfully there is an endless array of items to
enhance your style—clothing, shoes, accessories, colors, patterns and fabrics to
choose from and find what feels right for you. If you are seriously concerned
about what others think, bring your friends along with you when you shop to
provide their feedback and opinions. Sometimes what you see when you look in
the mirror isn’t how they see you.
Ultimately, you can wear whatever you want and
whenever you want to wear it. That’s
the great thing about style. It’s
up to you and there is no perfect science to finding a personal style that
suits you. This article outlines a few general rules of thumb that can be
applied, but in the end, you need to find something that makes you feel good
and hopefully look good, as well.