Where do I start? Tips for launching your fashion journey
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a friend asking me to provide fashion consulting advice to a man in need of the basics. He is seeking help with understanding what to buy and wear and what to avoid – those things I write about on this blog. It got me thinking. How do I prepare someone to go shopping, search out the right clothes and leave satisfied without breaking the bank? And, what advice would I give to someone needing to simply get started?
When starting your fashion journey, I want you to think through three areas. Each holds importance like the legs of a three-legged stool. Without all three legs, you fall on your butt.
The more you read my advice, the longer you will hear me talk about properly fitting clothes. You could buy and wear a magnificent, glorious, high quality suit, but if it does not fit, you will miss the mark. I would almost rather have lower quality clothes that fit me properly than too-big or too-small high quality clothes. Take as much time as you need and make it a point to examine clothes for fit.
Better fabrics and construction look better, feel better, and last longer. You will find this especially true of suits and ties. These items should cause people to say, “Wow, sharp suit,” or “where did you get that tie?” Higher quality clothes hold their shape more appropriately, maintain their stitching, rip less frequently, and stand firm under the pressures of regular wear. Across the board, it remains true – with shirts, pants, belts, socks, suits, ties, shoes and more.
3. Appropriate attire
Each occasion requires a particular outfit – such as a swimsuit to the beach or a suit to an interview. So, take special thought to what you need to wear. Then, look at the outfit as a whole. Stand in front of a mirror. Does it look good? Do the colors match? Do the shoes combine well with the pants? And so on. When starting out, keep it simple. Don’t begin your fashion journey trying to match two different kinds of plaid. Focus on simple combinations and the classics. As time goes on, you will learn more beneficial principles to help you combine clothes in a well-rounded way. For more on this point, please read Assembling outfits made easy.
With each of these legs firmly holding up your style chair, you will find more compliments heading your way. When starting, the best thing to do is to jump in with both feet. Sure, you will slip up and stumble into mistakes. So what! When you realize your fashion car has turned down a dead end street, kick it into reverse and head back to the highway of the tried and true. In the coming months, I plan to expand on each of these areas.
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