- Classic color button down dress/casual shirts
- Classic color polo style shirts
- White/black fitted v-neck shirts
- The blue or gray tailored suit
I have said numerous times over and over again that confidence should be the first thing that you should put on in the mornings, that’s before deodorant, a t-shirt and boxers. Be un-phased by questions that others have or inconsiderate looks, especially if people are hasty in those notions.
We all grow in style little by little each day and each year, take pride in your appearance and always try to put your best foot forward. If that means that you consistently dressing better than your friends, or people in your office — then so be it. As the old adage goes, “When you look good, you feel good”, which is very true. One important thing to remember about clothes is that they are clothes, they should exemplify the qualities that you already have and shouldn’t compensate or make up for anything that you feel like you are lacking.
Guys, have fun and don’t let anyone rain on your parade. Dress with confidence and work hard to look your best day in and day out.
To start off, I work with a diverse group of people — which is fun and interesting in it’s own respect. One of my co-workers (Darrell), who is one of my workout partners, has always tended to ask me questions regarding style and fashion — this peaked my interest. Always joking I would say, “I’m going to put you on TopNotch!”.
That day finally came and the spoils were great.
For some background, Darrell is a bigger guy, who has lost almost 100 pounds and counting, is looking to incorporate more stylish things into his wardrobe.
This is where you begin to identify the things that are wardrobe staples (essentially the items that comprise any outfit, in simple terms). Those would be shirts, jeans/pants and shoes. Of course belts, socks, jackets and scarves are important; however, this is just the beginning.
So, what do you do when entering stores that you’ve really never shopped at? Find your size. Due to our rigorous gym routines, my co-worker has a stronger athletic build and needs form fitting clothes to excentuate what he’s been building in the gym. So, I suggested three main stores to find perfect fitting shirts:
- Banana Republic
With the above three destinations, there is no way that anyone can go wrong with a purchase at either location. Our goal was to walk away with at least one full outfit; however, we walked away with many because of the number of shirts that we got from Express. Next, we moved on to shoes. For some reason, he was intrigued by Chelsea boots (which aren’t a bad choice) — my advice: You like them in pictures; but, try them on for yourself. Needless to say, we walked away with one pair of great looking boots that can either be worn dressed up or casually.
All in all, it was a successful outing. But don’t believe me, a picture speaks 1000 words:
A simple brush can really alter the way your clothes look in a meaningful way. Not only does it help remove lint and buildup from the fibers in the material it also gives the fabric a refreshed appearance.
So, before you go out and start brushing away, there are several steps that must be taken while doing so or you might ruin the fabric you are trying to restore. I have adhered to the following and have had remarkable results:
- Lay the article on a flat surface, such as a table or ironing board
- When removing debris from the fabric brush against the fabric grain/texture
- Brush with the grain to restore the fabric to it’s normal conditioning
The clothes brush is an essential piece to any wardrobe that will help you keep your clothes in peak condition longer than you can imagine.
TopNotch Male Style Tips makes it’s return in Season 4 with an episode on a shaky and weird subject — on nose hair. This is something that we all have and something that for some can be unruly to tame and keep in order. On this episode you will get all of the information you need!
Feeling great is at the core of dressing stylish; think about it, who wouldn’t want to feel good in the clothes that they are in? Whether you are building a new wardrobe or just adding and/or removing a few, make sure that you are comfortable with what these pieces are. There are look books and guidebooks on the internet relating to men’s style;however, you should incorporate the ideas presented in the resources in your own way.
Whenever you can add a bit of your own flavor to the mix, your personality and confidence will shine through; let it.
In addition, be on the lookout for my latest episode of TopNotch Male Style Tips, which will be uploaded later today.
Tie Tuesday is a common workplace term. However, is it something that is used for the correct reason; heightening your workplace dress – or just to have a tie on with absolutely anything? Ties should not just be worn on Tuesday, they are excellent pieces to be worn at any day of the week, Sunday through Saturday. Do not wear a tie if the rest of your outfit does not work with it; simply adding a tie to an outfit that isn’t dressy or “hip” just makes your addition a detriment.
- Can you wear a tie with jeans? Yes. A tie with jeans can look fantastic; however, a tie instantly dresses up an outfit so in order for it to theoretically “work” you will need to wear it more relaxed with the top button unbuttoned.
- My favorite tie is a Bugs Bunny tie. Can I wear it? No.
- Can I wear a tie other days of the week? Yes, absolutely, in fact I try not to wear ties on “Tie Tuesday” just to be different. Primarily because of my stance on the day itself.
Wear your tie to add style to your outfit; not only as part of a workplace gimmick.