Wear Double Monks
One of the easiest ways to separate yourself from the pack is by upgrading your footwear, and double monk strap shoes are one option that will get you noticed for the right reasons.
It’s surprising how few men actually wear double monks. This is largely because most men are simply not comfortable wearing shoes with straps on them. Too bad. Their loss is your gain.
Double monks are incredibly versatile. You can wear them with almost anything: denim jeans, chinos, wool trousers, you name it. My preferred double monks are the Allen Edmonds Mora 2.0. However, I understand that not everyone has the money to spend on a $400 pair of shoes.
If you’re interested in breaking into the double monk market at a more affordable price point, I recommend either the Cole Haan Harrison Double Monk.
Both are currently on sale right now. Both are fantastic shoes.
Wear a Pink Dress Shirt
To most men pink is an effeminate color and they wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it.
It all has to do with confidence. When most guys would rather blend in with their style, men who wear pink are telling the world that they are not afraid to stand out.
Pink shirts had a bit of a run in the early to mid 2000s. Although they have never really gone out of style, I suggest bringing them back in a big way in 2018.
Just remember to go with a light pink dress shirt. Steer clear from anything that is super saturated as it will look less than flattering on you.
For an affordable option I recommend checking out Nordstrom’s Smartcare Trim Fit Dress Shirt in pink violet:
Wear Beltless Trousers
Another high confidence style move worth making in 2018 is going with a beltless trouser.
Most guys assume that you need to wear a belt with your trousers. Not true.
High quality bespoke or made to measure (MTM) trousers have the option of coming with side adjusters instead of standard belt loops. These trousers are cut to fit you with the side adjusters acting as a little bit of extra insurance.
Recently, Tanner Guzy of Masculine Style shared a before and after photo of one of his clients on Twitter:
While the before look is not terrible by any means, the after outfit is a much classier ensemble. The upgrade to the beltless trousers give Tanner’s client a much cleaner, confident look.
Whenever I see a guy wearing beltless trousers like this I know that he knows what he’s doing. Game recognize game, as they say.
Go Sockless In The Summer
Going sockless in the summer season is a confident, carefree, and relaxed look that many men simply don’t take advantage of.
Most men think going sockless is silly but it’s actually an incredibly stylish move.
The key to pulling it off comfortably is by wearing no show or loafer socks like these from J.Crew:
This will address any issues you have with sweat while maintaining a sockless look.
Showing a little bit of ankle during the warm weather season is a legit style move. By doing so you’re telling the world that you’re confident, playful, and “in the know” when it comes to men’s style.
Wear A Braided Leather Belt
Braided leather belts are not a common sight these days and its a damn shame. They are a wonderful way to add some visual interest to your outfits and yet another way to separate yourself from other men.
Just remember to look for something that is made from full grain leather, which is indicative of a high quality product.
My recommendation is going with a brown braided leather belt with a gold buckle like this one from L.L. Bean:
Simple, classy, and hard to best.
Pop The Collar On Your Outerwear
If you’re going to wear a pea coat or top coat this winter season please do me a favor and pop the collar.
A popped collar is a confident move and is just looks damn good, period. It creates a nice strong line that frames and highlights your face.
An unpopped collar, on the other hand, looks limp and lifeless.
It’s a small detail to be sure, but it makes a big impact on your overall presentation. Good style is often about minding these small details.
Wear A Turtleneck Sweater With Your Suit
Another confident style move for the winter season is donning a turtleneck sweater with a suit.
Turtleneck sweaters have a bad rap in men’s style these days, probably because of guys like Steve Jobs.
The key to pulling this look off with confidence is making sure you choose a high quality turtleneck sweater. Look for something made from cashmere like this one from Brooks Brothers:
Oh, and make you avoid anything labelled a “mock turtleneck.” These things are an utter a travesty.
You absolutely do not want to wear something like this with a suit.
One of the best ways to stand out with your style is by doing things most other men don’t have the confidence to do.
A popped collar on your pea coat, a pink dress shirt, double monks – none of these style moves are groundbreaking or over the top. They are small, subtle ways to tell the world that you’re confident and you know how to dress well.
To make 2018 your best dressed year, adopt some of these high confidence style moves to truly separate yourself from the pack.
Here’s to looking sharp!