Here are 5 of the most common myths that keep most men away from improving their style:
1. Being well dressed means dressing up
A lot of guys out there think that if they put on a suit (no matter how ill fitting) that they are dressing well. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Dressing up does not mean you are dressing well. Dressing well is more about how you wear clothes rather than what you are wearing. A man can be just as well dressed and stylish wearing a v-neck t-shirt and a pair of jeans as he is wearing a three-piece suit. It’s all about finding the right fit and dressing for the occasion. So don’t be fooled into thinking that in order to be well dressed or stylish you have to be wearing shirts and ties all the time.
2. Being well dressed means spending a lot of money
Another common myth I’ve come across is that being well dressed is expensive. The fact is that you do not need to spend a lot of money in order to dress well. Once again, it’s not necessarily about what you wear (brand names etc.) but how you wear it. Budget pieces can oftentimes look just as good (if not better) than their luxury counterparts. Personally, I always wait for sales (especially end of season sales). You can also find a lot of deals online, and not just from retailers. Oftentimes on sites like ebay you can find new (or lightly used) designer duds at discount prices. Lastly, for those on a truly shoestring budget, thrifting can be a viable option. The bottom line is that you don’t need to a fat wallet in order to look good.
3. Being well dressed requires a lot of clothes
A lot of guys have it in their heads that they need a ridiculously large wardrobe in order to dress well. I don’t know where they got this idea from but it’s doesn’t take a lot of clothes to look well put together. In fact, I’m a huge advocate of a lean wardrobe. Guy’s just don’t need to have 20 dress shirts and 15 pairs of trousers. We are not women. The key to building a stylish, yet lean wardrobe rests on the principle of interchangeable pieces. What I mean by this is that when you go shopping for new clothes you should be shopping for pieces and not outfits. Ideally, these pieces should be able to interchange or work with one another. This will allow you to come up with an endless number of stylish ensembles with much fewer clothes. Not only will you save on space but you will save money as well (see myth#2).
4. Being well dressed requires a lot of time and effort
Many guys complain that they just don’t have the time to dress well. They don’t have the time to shop for new clothes and they can’t be bothered to think too much about what they’re going to wear in the morning. I will agree that there is an initial time investment that is required in order to understand the basics of good style, but like any other skill it does get easier over time. One thing that has helped me tremendously is focusing on building an interchangeable wardrobe of fewer, quality pieces. Interchangeable pieces mean that you don’t have to think as much when putting outfits together because almost everything you own works together. Furthermore, buying quality pieces means that your clothes will last you longer and you won’t need to shop as often to replace items. One way of getting over that initial hurdle of spending more time and energy focusing on your style is to realize that you are ultimately investing in yourself and your future and you can never go wrong with this type of investment.
5. Being well dressed means you’re a metrosexual
This is yet another baseless myth. There’s no question that men 50 to 100 years ago were more masculine than they are today. The men also dressed much better back then too. In fact, at one time you couldn’t even buy a suit off the rack. Everything was made custom (bespoke) for the individual. Of course this all changed once clothing started being mass produced in factories, but there was a time when men used to go the extra mile to make sure their clothing fit well. Unfortunately that’s no longer the case anymore. What men need to understand is that when you are dressed well (and have done it right) you will look more masculine. Guys today shouldn’t be feeling “metro” if they decide to go get a suit tailored for a better fit or spend some extra time polishing their shoes. Their undoubtedly more masculine grandfathers did these things all the time.
As the saying goes, “knowledge is power” and now that you have the knowledge I leave it up to you to take action.
Do it today!