Be The Best-Dressed
With the Paris and London Menswear Shows in the rearview, Egomeli Hormeku gives us his “best-dressed” philosophy for men.
The top magazines, stylists, cyclical trends, and peers may tell you otherwise. Don’t listen. There are few rules in the world of menswear, most of which have exceptions. This is one of the rules with no exception: Never let go of your sense of style. Every season, thousands of designers attempt to leave their mark on the world of fashion. Some hit the mark, some don’t. Some surprise us and hit a target we had no idea existed. In the end, these designers make brands that will be in your closet and should define who you are, what you like, and how you want the world to perceive you. Take this list with a grain of salt and add to give it your flair. Remember to own style and don’t let style own you.
Every season, thousands of designers attempt to leave their mark on the world of fashion. Some hit the mark, some don’t.
Ok, let’s get to it.
Reevalute your wants and needs.
Make sure that your wardrobe is something you can build upon. Make sure you buy needs and not wants. Be aware of the season, time and space. Before you pick that red shirt up, ask yourself if you really want it to make a statement or if it is something that will go well in your wardrobe for the long term.
Make sure that your wardrobe is something you can build upon.
Make sure the items you buy are versatile enough to be a great piece and still have different looks depending on how it is worn. Focus on your staple pieces and then find accessories to complement each look you will go for. Accessories should complement more than one outfit and should add a new touch to other looks. The less one time items you have in your closet, the greater your rotation and closet will be.
Know the limit. Know the value.
In a market where there are almost infinite options and a broad range of price tags, one way to create the best wardrobe for you is to know that quality trumps all. Just to clarify, quality is not defined by brand name or price tag. Quality is the wear you get out of the pieces you buy. Quality is that pair of jeans that ages well or the overcoat that didn’t fall apart after one wash (or 5 years for that matter). Some fashion lines owe you cutting edge. Others owe you the timeless appeal you are looking for.
Quality is the wear you get out of the pieces you buy.
Most importantly, every brand you put in your closet owes you longevity. What you are willing to spend is a personal decision. The best tack is to follow the list we’ve put together at the end of the article and place a limit to how much you will spend on each item. Those shoes you invest in, which may be a little pricier than normal, will keep you from buying seven less-quality shoes. Even better are the new hungry designers ready to prove their quality for a reasonable price.
The tailor is your best friend.
Knowing your measurements will drastically improve your wardrobe.
Although clothes do not make the man, they play a significant role in the perception of that man. You never want to be too baggy or too tight. Learn what looks you are going for and remember that being tailored is the safe bet. Sweaters can be loose, but do not look sloppy in them. When wearing button-down shirts, it’s important to make sure that you have the right neck size. If the neck of your shirt is too big, the shirt will look awkward any way you wear it.
You never want to be too baggy or too tight.
The sleeve length is just as vital as the neck. Your sleeves should fit perfectly. They should stop at your wrist. There are no exceptions to this rule. Find out your waist size. Your suit-jacket size is very crucial. Always look fit! Everyone respects a man dressed in clothes that fit him well. When you find your size, you have not only found your fit but you have also found your look. Go to your nearest tailor and find out your measurements. Find a tailor you like and stick with him/her. Know that different brands have different fits. Different material may have a different form on you.
The Ten Commandments
Always remember that “fit is king.” We all know that the standard colors are black, navy, and grey. There is no absolutely no exception to this golden rule. A great fitting suit can be the difference between mediocre and extraordinary.
Always remember that “fit is king.”
Be conscious of the season and versatility of a jacket. It should be subtle but start conversation based on its form and function.
The standard colors are there for a reason. Get a selection of white, powder blue, and cotton-candy pink dress shirts. Everything else depends on the event and outfit. Know your size. Baggy shirts and muscle shirts will never get good reviews.
Be mindful of how the collar looks with a blazer, buttoned and unbuttoned. As for patterned shirts, know what goes well with your height, weight, and overall look. Try medium gingham and smaller plaid patterns first, before micro or large patterns.
Try medium gingham and smaller plaid patterns first, before micro or large patterns.
Ties / pocket squares.
Large ties come and go. Super skinny ties are the same. Find a slim tie that pops because of the material, irrespective of the color. So don’t make the mistake of buying ties and handkerchiefs that aren’t quality. It’s better to create the pocket square effect by taking amazing material and folding a pattern to complete your look.
Invest in quality black and brown shoes. Know the weather you will face the most, and buy according to the season. You want your boots to withstand cold and make a statement. You want your shoes to tell the world you pay attention to detail and care for every piece that makes your entire outfit.
You want your shoes to tell the world you pay attention to detail.
A grey crewneck sweatshirt is the most underrated article of clothing in the history of menswear. Sweaters are a matter of preference. The right v-neck will make an accent of the shirt or body under it, whereas the crewneck sweater may act as more of a staple piece.
A grey crewneck sweatshirt is the most underrated article of clothing in the history of menswear.
Jeans and tees.
Be simple. Be understanded. That good pack of white t-shirts will take your form and can make an outfit what it is. Those simple jeans with mature into an article of clothing that captures your actions, from your wallet and phone to the wear of the wash over time. Every man should invest in a classic light wash, a rich navy denim, and black jeans.
Every man should invest in a classic light wash, a rich navy denim, and black jeans.
This list ends with how it began. We all have our looks. Just be you and make it look good. Never let go of your sense of style.