GUEST: 6 Simple Style Upgrades

As a man myself I will readily admit that we are a bit of a conundrum. Our resistance to change is comical at best and downright frustrating at worst, and suggestions or advice relating to our taste in clothing is more often than not taken as a direct insult to our manhood. But there are times when change is for the best, and those old high school hoodies and band merch shirts must find another home.

So, if you know a man that is in dire need of a style upgrade, drop a link to these tips in your next email, or better still leave your laptop open on this page and put it next to the fridge.

1. There are seven colors in a rainbow
Contrary to popular belief (amongst us males anyway) there are in fact more colors than the three or four staples we base all our clothing purchases on. Open a guy’s wardrobe and a sea of neutral colors will underwhelm your senses. Navy, gray, black, and brown (for special occasions) are what we do best, but it’s all very boring.
Instead of dressing like you want to blend in, guys should opt for at least one bright and vibrant color in their ensemble. A simple red shirt or even an orange sweater complements those charcoal jeans perfectly.

2. Stop shopping at chain stores
Okay, perhaps there’s no need to stop completely, but the signature pieces of an outfit should not come from a rack of fifty identical items. There’s nothing worse than walking into an elevator, or worse, up to the bar only to find yourself staring at a guy with the exact same checked shirt.
Try vintage stores or specialty shops for items such as sweaters and jackets that help create a decidedly individual style. Dress and casual shirts, on the other hand, should be the domain of your friendly neighborhood tailor. Speaking of which…

3. Invest in a custom-made suit
Yes, there are many excellent off the rack suits on the market but finding one that fits you perfectly is a tough task for even the most average-sized of average men, and besides, custom-made threads are the pinnacle of style and none more so than the tailored suit.
A tailor worth their salt will assist in choosing the right style, fit, and fabric to complement any body shape, it’s an investment in style that is virtually guaranteed to last a lifetime.

4. Dress down that suit
It’s easy to understand why the majority of men try their best to avoid wearing suits outside the office. It’s a link to those long working hours spent tied to a desk and not wearing one at the weekend can feel quite liberating. But think about dressing down that suit with a sweater and a pair of sneakers or loafers. If that’s a bit too fashion-forward then simply use the jacket to level up any smart casual outfit. Just remember though that no matter how much you wear the jacket on its own, suit pants and jacket should always go to the dry cleaners together so as to remain uniform in color.  

5. Ditch the running shoes
Use active wear of any kind for its intended purpose, so no matter how comfy those running shoes are, keep them for the track only. Leather sneakers in a block color are the ideal finishing touch to an outfit. Their lack of branding, dayglow stripes, and reflective patches is a nice change and makes them and easy addition to any look.

6. Replace hoodies with sweaters
We all know that his favorite hoodies will never truly leave a man’s life, but there’s nothing wrong with them spending a little more time in the closet. As a replacement choose a close-fitting sweater, preferably in one of those vibrant colors mentioned earlier.

While these six simple tips focus on upgrading a man’s clothing, there are actually more benefits than just looking better. In reinventing his style, a man can learn to take more pride in his appearance and enjoy a significant boost in confidence. And after receiving the terrible news that his current taste in clothes beggars belief, we all know he could probably do with that boost.

About The Author

Jatin Vengurlekar | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

Jatin Vengurlekar is the CEO of Montagio Mens Suits Sydney and a leading men’s fashion consultant in Sydney, Australia. He has been featured in publications such as HuffingtonPost, GQ, Men’s Fitness and many other leading publications. In his spare time, he likes to write men’s fashion advice on his men’s style blog and take his dog for walks on the beach.