DO Take Time To Review Before Purchasing
I know a lot of men who shop based on what they see others wearing at any one time. Before investing in any item of clothing, no matter how affordable or expensive, you should make sure it suits your fit, style and taste. Otherwise, nine times out of ten, it ends up heading to charity. Do you prefer sweatshirts or hoodies? Crewneck sweaters or turtlenecks? What are your colours? Do you feel like yourself when you wear said item? These are the sorts of questions you should ask yourself as you weigh the pros and cons to find the best use of your money. Personal style is all about you. It’s not about trends or trying to be relevant. It has to be sustainable for you and your lifestyle.
DO Buy The Things You Need Before The Things You Want
Before splurging on the latest releases from any brand, it is important to own everyday items you need, whether it be for work, casual hangouts or formal events. Impulsive or careless shopping can lead you to own items that are tricky to repurpose. Think about your lifestyle. Are collared shirts needed? Are sneakers needed? Swimwear? Jeans? Tuxedos? The list goes on. To begin with, make sure you’re stocking up on things in your essential categories – and in neutral colourways and design. You want whites, browns and navy. This lays a foundation that makes it easier when you start to explore more style options.
DON’T Follow The Trends
Trends serve as a marketing tool for mass consumption. I appreciate they can be an exciting opportunity to update your personal style, but for me this approach is just too wasteful. Orson Welles put it well in one of my favourite quotes: “Create your own visual style. Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”