Beware of Style Trends

Dad caps, joggers (these may actually stick around), wearing ill-fitting clothing, basketball jerseys — all of these have one thing in common, they are/were trends in male fashion.
If I can advise young men and older men alike of one thing, that would be to stick to the staples and do not focus on what is trending now, focus on what will stick around for years to come.

Lean wardrobe example.

Some of these elements are:
  • Classic color button down dress/casual shirts
  • Classic color polo style shirts
  • White/black fitted v-neck shirts
  • The blue or gray tailored suit
Essentially what we want our wardrobe to be is lean and to be able to produce a multitude of combinations from the smallest quantity of clothing we can, learn more here.
Bottom line:  Trends come and go; however, some style staples stick around for a lifetime.

Be Confident in YOUR Look

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.

What your appearance says about you

Style is quite a fickle thing isn’t it? Some colors and trends look great on one person while on another person might look horrendous. However, no matter which way you turn this your style not only affects your physical person —  but also everything that you touch.

From your home, your car or your office cubicle — your style runs across all realms that you touch.  You can tell a lot about how one’s house may be kept by simply taking a look at their style and personal dress.  In addition, if a person presents themselves neatly and well dressed, might it be safe to assume that that person’s house is just as neat? Theoretically, the answer to that question is yes.

So your style does not stop at your ankles my friends; it is all throughout your life.  Your presentation tells a lot about many of your stylistic characteristics.

Looking Your Best

I have long been an advocate for dressing your best and always trying to look your best.  This is not in an effort to impress those around you; but to bring your esteem to new levels.  To quote the old saying, “When you look good, you feel good,” this is so true.

One thing that some have a hard time accepting is that looking good does not always require a lot of time or a lot of effort if you build it into your routine.  Below are a list of daily things that should be done before you leave home:

  • Hair grooming
  • Face wash/detail
  • Preparation of clothing for the day
  • Bodily grooming
  • Mind grooming (preparing yourself for the day mentally and having your confidence secured)

A routine is important not just because it can make larger tasks seem simpler; but because it forms a habit.  Before you know it you will have a self checklist etched in your brain that will help you look and feel your best before leaving your home.

Welcome to TopNotch Male Style Tips

As you may or may not know, TopNotch Male Style Tips got it’s start on YouTube.  I, Dexter Johnson, created this web-series because I wanted to potentially form a community that centered around men’s fashion, style, and grooming.  So over the past year and a half I have created videos that can help and guide men towards fashion and style elegance.  Not only has developing this series helped those that watch; it has also helped me by ensuring that I am always at my best.

Please enjoy new content and site pages to come.