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The Gentlemen’s Edition: Identifying Your Personal Style

By Yvonne Ejiofor 16 October 2017   |   6:30 am

Getting dressed, like many things in life, would probably be easier with an instruction manual. We all know too well the struggles of getting dressed in the morning and the problem usually lies with limited choice and having to make do with what you have at the end of the day.

As men of the modern day, it’s important to realise that people do judge you by how you look, as shallow as that may sound. So, you have to give off the right first impression. It doesn’t matter what line of work you’re in or how old you are, you can always benefit from a few men’s fashion tips to help you along the way.

Note your favourites
You know the circuit of outfits you rotate between on a daily basis? Take note of them. They’re the staple shirts and jeans you reach for on first dates or even the statement tie and pocket square combination that makes you feel like Ebuka Obi-Uchendu or Yomi Black in a Tuesday status meeting. These wardrobe MVPs are the centre of your wardrobe, which means they serve as the template to alter and amplify as your style evolves.

Perfect your signature pieces
Do you reach for the same tapered trousers or white sneakers when you want to strut your stuff? Once you have a recap of your style, look towards an outside opinion. Ask your friends/mum/significant other about what they see when they imagine your style. You might not realise that you gravitate towards a certain cut of clothing until your best friend can describe your go-to outfit from memory.

Experiment
Locate those outfits in the back of your closet and the pieces that don’t quite fit in with the rest. Say hello to your experimental foundation. Start slow, incorporate those pieces into your core looks then branch out with bolder or trendier looks – just don’t break the bank on a style you’re only testing out.

Capitalise on compliments
Is there something people compliment you on? Whether it’s your toned back, ginormous biceps or your very masculine physique. Wearing clothes that play up your best assets always looks stylish, no matter what is trending at the moment. Find out more about which pieces flatter your physique. Consider those compliments, then find their commonalities. See if you can combine those pieces in new, interesting ways or tailor more of your clothes in the most flattering fit.

Find your sweet spot
Take a step back to describe what your favourite looks and most complimented pieces have in common. This is your underlying style definition. Since you’re so much more than just one look, it’s important to keep your experimental side in mind too. Try identifying your preference when outlying your unique personal style. Simplicity is key when you’re building a stylish wardrobe. Going too overboard with colour, detail and pattern can throw off your whole look, and we can’t have that!

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