FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
 
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MEN'S FASHION: KISS
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Men and fashion don't always seem to go hand in hand. All of that can change just by knowing a few basics. Most of the time, men seem to fall into 4 different categories: trend, contemporary, classic, or luxury. Once you have determined your style, the rest of it should fall naturally into place. It is always best to remember the K.I.S.S. principle – Keep It Simple Stupid. Here is a peek at some of the simple ways to make fashion work for you hassle-free.

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

We all want a fantastic wardrobe. The key is to not overdo it. You don’t need to wear any more than 3 colors or 3 accessories. If you're not in a band, you have no reason to dress like a rock star. If you're in the mood to be flashy, try something stylish, yet simple – like dress shoes, a dressy belt, a pair of dark jeans, and a striped dress shirt paired with a white blazer. You can also add a simple accessory like a necklace or a watch, but you don’t need more than that.

DRESS SHIRTS

Every man needs to own at least a few of these. The trick is to make sure that they're comfortable wrinkle-free dress shirts. You should always look for ones that are made from high-quality performance fabrics that are machine washable, have a bit of stretch to them, and wick moisture away from the body.

WATCHES

When it comes to menswear, the smallest details can make the largest impact. Take watches, for example. You don’t need a Rolex to be stylish. For casual fun, you can pair a Timex watch with a canvas strap to anything from jeans and a T-shirt to chinos. For something a bit dressier, try a watch with an alligator or leather strap. Skeleton watches are trending this year too. Just don’t overthink it.

SOCKS – MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THINK

Believe it or not, the socks you wear can be a critical element to your overall style. There is only one rule to keep in mind when you are choosing your socks for the day. Don’t match your socks to your shoes. Easy, right? Choose an element of your outfit for the day, and match the socks to that element. This could be your blazer, shirt, or even your tie.

SUPPORTING PIECES

You will come to find that some sweaters are big and chunky, while others are a bit lean. Keep in mind that both your bottom and your top need to match. If you go for a chunky, fisherman knit style sweater, you need to ensure that your bottom is chunky too. In other words, don’t pair a massive wool sweater with silk suit pants. Instead, you might want to pair it with jeans or cargo pants. You can even dress it up a bit with a Harris tweed blazer.

NEVER SHOP ALONE

Most of the time, it's difficult to put your trust in salespeople since they typically work on a commission basis. Take a friend (significant others are a perfect choice) with you when you go shopping so that you can get an honest opinion regarding your choices.

A NOTCH ABOVE

You don’t need to overdo things, but you can always dare to take a risk or two. No matter what the setting is, you are always better off being slightly overdressed than underdressed. All you need to do is have an idea of where you are going and who will be there and then step your outfit up a notch. Additionally, ensure that you are not dressed better than someone who might have a bit more importance in the setting – like the groom at a wedding.

DETAILS COUNT

The last thing you put on will typically be the first thing people notice. Pay attention to the details as opposed to just throwing together the major parts of what you are wearing. Details include things like your facial hair and hairstyle, the way your tie is tied, a pocket square, or even a scarf. They may seem small, but they really pull your look together and make an outstanding first impression.  

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