In one of the first articles I wrote for this website I discussed some of the most common myths that keep men from improving their style. In this article I want to continue that discussion with 5 additional myths that keep men looking mediocre.
1. Being stylish is synonymous with being trendy or fashionable
One of the most pervasive myths in men’s style is the mistaken belief that being stylish is the same thing as being fashionable. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Being fashionable is an expensive and time consuming endeavour that requires an almost unhealthy commitment to following the latest trends in the fashion industry. Unfortunately, trends come and go as quickly as the seasons change so most of us just don’t have the time or the desire to follow them too closely.
Style, on the other hand, is more about understanding and combining the principles of correct fit, adequate proportion, and the use of colour in order to maximize your appearance. Understanding these principles will allow you to continually put together stylish outfits regardless of changes in the fashion industry. In other words, your energy and effort is better spent understanding and developing a sense of style rather than blindly following the latest trends.
2. The best style advice comes from popular men’s magazines
This one is similar to the myth above in that most magazines that discuss men’s style do so from the perspective of the fashion industry. As such, you will find most of these magazines littered with ads from expensive clothing companies with look books that are less than affordable for the average Joe. For men who are looking to improve their style these magazines are definitely not an ideal resource. Fortunately, there are many great blogs (like this one) that are dedicated to dispensing solid advice on men’s style without any of the filler. Some of our favourite blogs to follow right now are:
- Tanner Guzy’s Masculine Style
- Antonio Centeno’s Real Men Real Style
- Barron Cuadro’s Effortless Gent
- Aaron Marino’s I Am Alpha M
We highly recommend you check them out for a different perspective on men’s style.
3. Being stylish means being uncomfortable
A lot of men are of the mistaken belief that dressing well requires you to be uncomfortable. For example, I hear a lot of guys complain that they hate wearing suits and ties as they feel the garments are too restrictive. My response to this is usually two-fold: first, dressing up does not mean dressing well. You do not have to be wearing a suit and tie 24/7 in order to be stylish. You can be just as stylish wearing a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Secondly, barring an issues with fit and proportion, most guys find dressing well uncomfortable simply because they don’t do it often enough! When you only wear a blazer or a tie once or twice a year you will definitely feel a bit uncomfortable. However, the more you do it the less uncomfortable you will feel. Getting comfortable with a new wardrobe is a part of the process of improving your style so don’t thrown in the towel early!
4. Being stylish is overrated
We hear this one often enough that we thought about writing an entire article about it. Actually, we already did! The bottom line is this: science has shown that improving your sense of style can have a dramatic impact on both your personal and professional life. To give you an example from my own life, recently I was given a glowing performance review at work which stated that not only was I very competent employee operating at a high level, but that I was always “well turned out.” While all of the other guys are busy debating online whether dressing well makes a difference, there are men like me out there who are out there reaping the rewards. Improving your style is quite honestly one of the simplest (and relatively easiest) things you can do to change your life.
5. Being stylish is all about following rules
Seems rather contradictory that I state this given that this website is all about providing men with the correct principles (or rules) on how to improve their style but allow me to explain. The principles and guidelines we discuss on this website are really just a way for the style impaired to navigate themselves out from the murky depths of aesthetic oblivion. For guys that have already developed a solid foundation of personal style our content is more like a good refresher on the basics. In other words, we are writing for men who don’t have the first clue about how to improve their style. However, as you become more proficient you will soon discover that you can tweak or even break some of the “rules” we have discussed and still look sharp. Perhaps you will tie your tie a little shorter so it doesn’t touch the top of your belt buckle. Maybe you will throw caution to the wind and experiment with combining black with brown. Maybe you will mix to different patterns without paying attention to their scale and/or size. I don’t know. The main point being that many of the principles we talk about here are really just guidelines. As you become more experienced you will find out what works for you best.
That wraps up our sequel to our Top 5 Myths of Men’s Style article. Hopefully I have addressed some additional concerns men have about improving their style. At this point there should be no excuses to improving your style. As always, we’ll provide the content while you take the action.
Here’s the looking sharp!