Every male fashion icon has a unique style, from David Beckham to Steve McQueen. But they are celebrities. Why should a regular person need to establish their look? Simply put, it demonstrates a person with purpose and direction.
What Is a Signature Look?
A signature look, almost by definition, entails wearing clothing that you like and works well for you in terms of style and functionality. It should represent who you are. A signature style can be as effortless as always wearing a suit in the same colour with men’s dress shoes or never leaving the house without your favourite baseball cap.
Why Bother Creating a Signature Style?
In some ways, having a distinctive style would be both time-saving and, maybe, a bit lazy. You have your own template for dressing and won’t feel obligated to dress a specific way. You simply dress like yourself, which is the true purpose of a signature look. It’s a type of personal identification in a branded era.
Naturally, this helps if you’re in the public spotlight. But there’s a case to be made that it’s also useful if you’re an average Joe. For one thing, it means you’re suddenly less ordinary, you’re your own man. And second, don’t we all desire to be unique? We all seek the most sought-after quality of 21st-century originality. And, over time, among the clearest manifestations of originality is a signature style.
Here are some practical tips for men who wish to dress better and demonstrate a feeling of direction and purpose.
1. Dress for Your Body Shape
Knowing your body shape and how to dress to showcase your greatest features takes practice. Certain styles flatter your body type more than others.
Here are a few ideas to consider while shopping for men’s suits:
- Choose pleated pants with a strong taper if you have large calves.
- If you are short, make sure your blazers fit snugly and have a hem that falls at your hips.
- Wear a deconstructed blazer without padding if you have broad shoulders.
- Wear a double-breasted coat to add bulk to your body if you are tall and skinny.
2. Dress for Your Lifestyle
When developing your look, keep your career in mind. Remember your job regardless of what you want to achieve with your new look. If you are a teacher in a major Midwestern city, you must appear professional, but wearing suits is overkill. You will seem too stuffy in a tie. You can wear sports coats with checkered shirts and jeans while adhering to the demands of your profession.
On the other hand, if you are a banker in a big city, you must wear a suit and tie every day. Despite the conservative atmosphere of a bank, you may express your style by using shades of colour in your socks, pocket squares, ties, shirts, and minor patterns in your suits.
3. Dress for the Environment
When examining how to dress well as a man, pick your attire based on the environmental conditions to which you are most exposed. The weather has a significant impact on the creation of your style. If you reside in the northwest and are constantly concerned about rain, you’ll probably need more than a crew neck T-shirt. Cotton textiles are appropriate for warmer temperatures. Colder, wet regions necessitate heavier wools.
4. Find a Fashion Icon
Is there a public person, actor, or model you admire? Take style inspiration from how they dress and look for commonalities between their lives and yours. However, don’t go too far and start copying everything. Find fashion aspects that motivate you and apply them to your clothing. Experiment with outfits that interest you to see what works.
5. Does Skin Tone Influence Style?
Any signature style’s core is selecting colours that complement your skin. Use green, tan, red, and brown shades if you’re tan and have dark blonde or soft brown hair. On the other hand, blue undertones should look nice on you if you have dark, white, or grey hair, dark eyes, and pale or olive skin.
6. Dress in Outfits That Are Appropriate for You
A distinctive style necessitates knowing who you are so that you can convey your ideals via clothing. Create a signature look that is true to your personality. Your signature look should include elements from your history. Use social cues in your clothing to represent what is important in your life.
Do you have a vintage pocket watch to remember your late grandfather or a coat of arms sewn into your blazer to remind you of family ties? Do you crave working boots that will take you back to your Texas roots? Whatever you decide, remember that customized style can often defy mainstream fashion rules.
If you do not work in a position requiring a suit, dress more casually. Jeans and men’s dress shirts are appropriate.
Developing a trademark style is crucial in your quest to be fashionable and portray yourself through your clothes. Even if you have no plans to become a fashion icon, it will help you build your style and a functional wardrobe. Simply identifying your go-to outfits and beginning the process of refining what works best for you can propel your style to new heights.