A Man’s Beginner’s Guide

Let’s start with shoes. Every man should have a decent pair of exercise shoes. For casual sneakers, typically black or dark grey is good so you can wear them with different looks. A man should also own a pair of black dress boots and brown dress shoes. A cap toe or a wing tip pair of shoes will be fine for any formal outfit. Never wear white socks with dress shoes, men often make the mistake of messing up a good outfit with casual white cotton socks, that is a big no and a turn off to the ladies.

The right pair of pants is essential for pulling off the perfect look. Avoid baggy jeans, they make you look sloppy, plus that era is over and long gone. Although skinny jeans are in these days, I would still avoid super tight jeans especially if your legs are scrawny. When wearing dress pants you ideally want a pair that fits perfectly on your waist and not your hips. The pants should be exact in length, meaning the cuff of the leg should stop exactly where the soles of your shoes start, and it should never bunch up around your shoes. A good choice of attire would be flat front pants or single pleated pants.

Belts should be black or brown and they must always match your shoes. If you are wearing a visible tie clip, make sure the color of the metal matches the belt clip to avoid clashing.

Shirts can be a little bit tricky, because it all depends on your personal taste. You should have various fitted button up shirts in many colors. Polo shirts are a good choice because they look good in most colors. Rugby stripes add mix and matched colors to your casual out fit in a good way. Owning several plain white or black fitted tees are good for a neutral look and working out in. I’ve been told by various women that they like thermal long sleeve Henleys on men, I don’t know why, but this is their preference, keep that in mind. Its also good to own many t-shirts with nice aesthetic graphics as opposed to company logos or phrases on them. Old navy has a good selection of these type of t-shirts.

When it gets cold, layering will not only keep you warm, but stylish as well. I recommend owning many nice sweaters in black, grey, brown, or blue. Knitted sweaters can look good if you pull it off right, otherwise you will look like a retired old man. I would avoid patterns and strips on your sweaters, the more plain looking it is the better. A dark blazer jacket is recommended as well, either in black or grey. Military jackets are becoming more popular as well, a dark Forrest green one can look very stylish. When it comes to outer wear, most men own one or two coats. If you are more conservative, I would recommend owning at least three. One should own a camel colored overcoat that is three fourths in length. Also, a black, navy blue, or grey pea coat is a good choice to own. Finally a tan trench coat is a good piece to add to your wardrobe.

I’m not going to get into suits in this article because that is a whole article to cover all the important points. So for now we will finish off with accessories.

Accessories are the perfect why to add your finishing touch to your outfit. It is great for show casing your personality. If you were caught wearing the same thing as someone else, I bet at least the accessories you were wearing would be different. I recommend having a brown leather strap watch that can be worn casually and formally. For those of us who wear mens bags, a good brown leather bag is good for any type of dressed up look. A rustic brown or green bag goes well with a more casual look. When it comes to sun glass, a pair of black or brown Ray Bans will do the trick. Hats are a good way to spice up your look. I prefer to wear a dark green or black military hat with my casual attire. Also driving caps and casual fedoras are a good way to mix it up. Finally I would recommend following mens magazines to get a good sense of what looks good and what kind of styles you can incorporate into your own.