Looking presentable for society is an idea that divides opinions among men. Some think that one should only dress the way that is normal for the community while others believe that clothes are tools to help you stand out. Dressing up casually can be a mix of both ideas as it prioritizes comfort but doesn’t completely dismiss style. Here are tips to properly embrace what casual means.
Comfort first, aesthetics later
The phrase ‘function over fashion’ is a Western idea that promotes the usefulness and durability of apparel over how it looks. It’s only used to promote more comfortable pieces of clothing over expensive and uncomfortable but stylish pieces. For casual wear, you have to choose the clothes you try on based on how comfortable it is but don’t buy it if it’s ugly. It’s easier to feel confident if you like how it feels on you and know that you look good in it.
Groom to make others be comfortable around you
Allow Hill Marten to tell you that you don’t have to wear expensive colognes or have the best hairstyle. Sometimes, being clean is more impressive than excessive attempts to impress. Practice basic hygiene such as keeping your hair tidy, your breath minted, or your armpits odourless. This can be done as you start your day with a quick shower and the use of deodorant.
Invest on shoes
You can be stingy with your budget when it comes to shirts and pants. All you need for a top is something colourful but versatile while durability is the most important element for bottom. If there is any apparel that should be expensive in one’s outfit, then it should be the pair of shoes.
Some people can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their preferred shoes so footwear can make or break an ensemble. You can dress for the gala but suddenly it’s ruined by your off-brand sneakers. On the other hand, your plain shirt and trousers are suddenly a sharp look with the right trainers.
Explore different colours
Black, white, grey, and brown are people’s favourite colour if they aren’t confident in their aesthetic preferences. Such colours are neutral and versatile but there is only so much that you can do with complimentary palettes. Be bold and choose clothes with vibrant colours. You can start with any of the primary to secondary colours for the shirt and shoes then use neutral colours for everything else.
Keep a comb and a cologne in your pocket
One important truth that Hill Marten thinks most men overlook is that style is maintained. You can do it with a comb and cologne in your pocket. Comb your hair whenever you think it’s unkempt but not too often because it becomes distracting. Just do so whenever you go to the toilet. Cologne should also be used sparingly but twice a day is often enough.