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A Gentleman’s Guide to Looking Effortlessly Stylish

Fashion not really your thing? Look your best without having to try too hard with these simple tricks.

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You may be indifferent to fashion and current trends but that doesn’t mean you have to look like it. Style can be accomplished with little effort. Keep this advice in mind the next time you are shopping or diving into your closet.

Iron Your Clothes

Sorry for starting with a chore, but you really should iron your clothes. Nothing looks shabbier than a wrinkled outfit. Running a quick iron over your shirt and pants will make them look more stylish, and even more expensive. It’s a quick fix that makes you instantly more attractive. Don’t fall for ironing “hacks” like putting your clothes in the dryer with a wet towel or hanging them in the bathroom while you take a hot shower. These tricks often take longer and look worse. Stick to the old-fashioned iron, it’ll do the trick.

Stick to Dark Wash

If you’re going to wear jeans, stick to dark wash rather than light wash. Dark wash jeans look more polished and have a slimming effect, while feeling exactly the same as light wash jeans. When you wash your jeans (which you don’t need to do after every wear) turn them inside-out to preserve the dark dye.

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Wash Some Color Into Your Hair

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Your Clothes Should Fit You – Not the Other Way Around 

Toss or donate clothes that don’t fit you anymore (or never fit you to begin with). Well-fitting clothes will always make you look better and more put-together. It doesn’t matter what number is on the tag, as long as it’s the number that fits.

Try Monochrome

Are you uncomfortable with mixing and matching colors? Many people find color one of the main hurdles to planning their outfits. You can skip this step entirely if you put together some monochrome outfits in neutral tones. Once you get more comfortable with your style, you can start adding pops of color with accessories like ties, pocket squares and even socks. Soon you’ll be mixing and matching effortlessly.

Throw a Jacket On

Looking a little too casual? Just a t-shirt and jeans? A suit jacket or blazer can make your outfit look more intentional and stylish. It also makes you look like you’re the kind of devil-may-care guy who’s comfortable in business and casual wear all at once. Any kind of jacket can bring an outfit together. Leather jackets and bomber jackets are great additions to any wardrobe. There’s nothing better than layers.

Tuck Your Shirt In

You don’t always have to tuck your shirt in to look good, but tucking your shirt is a fast way to give yourself a more streamlined silhouette. If you’re not ready to commit to a full tuck, try the French tuck, popularized by Queer Eye’s Tan France. Just tuck in the front of your shirt, a little to the side. Boom – you’re stylish.

Do you have any favorite fashion tricks? Let us know in the comments below!

Comments
  • Sigourney R.

    I disagree strongly with your fashion ideas. Monochrome, especially Regis neutral, is totally lacking in style, as are blue jeans and tee shirts. Above all, Americans need to be told to wear much less black, and never all black before 6PM. You don’t have to look like a caricature of 1950s country club dress when you wear no black, no jeans or tee shirts, and not monochrome.

    • Sarah H.

      One of the great things about style is that it is subjective (though I can’t imagine not wearing black!). Thanks for reading 🙂
      – Sarah

  • Richard S.

    Be comfortable in your skin and wear what make you comfortable on the outside.
    If the occasion calls for dressing down, dress down. Up,dress up etc,etc.
    As long as you look presentable.
    If you’re trying to impress, it’s more in your personality. If someone judges you by what you are wearing, that just makes them shallow. Same goes for the salt & pepper hair. If you want to color it, great! If not,so be it. I did it for years, and now that my hair is mostly gone, no problem. I am still the same person. Love me ,don’t love me. It’s all good.

    Rich

  • Debra K.

    great advice! Some people need a little help in this area. Your tips keep it simple. I’m sure many will be thankful of your good advice! I love American style 😉

  • Beverly W.

    Surprisingly, I agree with the others comments. It’s important to be comfortable, style is subjective and baseball caps shouldn’t be worn at the dinner table. Here’s what I think: 1) Your clothes shouldn’t enter the room before you do because you’re more important than your clothes. 2) Don’t be fooled by workplace dress codes that permit “business casual” or “dress-down” days.

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