Annoying, isn’t it?
You want to dress better, but most style advice revolves around suiting up or just around whatever’s trendy this season.
But that’s not what you’re looking for.
You just want to make a better first impression on people you meet in everyday life. You just want to look good in your clothes without looking too flashy.
You just want to look like a better-dressed version of you.
And that version of you still likes to keep it casual.
So what you’re really looking for is some casual style tips for guys who want to look sharp outside of a suit and tie.
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
1. Aim for Maturity
Many men approach their casual style from the wrong angle; they aim to look youthful.
But if you want to look well-dressed, you should always aim to look mature.
Because maturity is an attractive quality in men. Maturity, after all, is what separates the men from the boys. Maturity shows masculinity and commands respect, and it’s a quality you want people to see in you.
That doesn’t mean you have to dress like your dad. It doesn’t mean you have to dress old. It just means you have to avoid portraying yourself as a teenager… Unless you actually are a teenager.
You want to avoid looking like someone who hasn’t grown up yet — someone who’s stuck in his past.
You want to stop looking like a boy, and dress like a man.
2. Give Up the Graphic Tees
The first thing you should do to shed your boyish look is giving up your graphic Tees.
I know you love them. I once did too. In fact, I wore them non-stop.
But you want to stop wearing them. You have so many better options.
Despite popular belief, they don’t make you look funny, edgy or original. In fact, because every other guy is sporting a graphic tee too, you’ll just blend into the crowd.
Plus, people associate them with guys who refuse to grow up. (Remember tip #1? You don’t want that.)
Just look at the movies. You’ll never see a tough, masculine action hero or a suave rom-com heartthrob wearing a a graphic tee. The only time you’ll see a graphic tee is when the character is either a man-child, an actual child, or a slacker.
You don’t want people to see you as a man-child, do you? Then be a man, and stop wearing graphic tees.
Instead, try wearing solid or striped tees. They not only look sharper, they are easier to combine. Alternative options are casual shirts or polos.
3. Rock Jeans That Actually Make You look Good
The go-to casual legwear for any guy is a pair of jeans.
And nothing is wrong with that. Many guys come to my site looking to move on from the T-shirt and jeans look. But jeans can look amazing, as long as you´re wearing the right pair.
And FYI, the right pair does not look like any of these.
Avoid baggy jeans. You want to avoid having to pull up your jeans every two seconds. They should keep themselves up without a belt. Also, they should not pool around your ankles.
Also, avoid embellishments. That means: No distressing, no ripping, and no bleaching.
And, this should go without saying, but I have to say it anyway…
Avoid big logos on your ass. In fact no big logos anywhere on your outfit, PERIOD.
Instead, keep your jeans simple. Go for a straight, clean, dark-blue pair that fits like it was made for you. Trust me; you’ll look awesome.
They’ll not only look better, but they’re more versatile. They look good dressed up and dressed down. Can’t fail.
4. Change it Up Down Below
Jeans are great, but they all look kinda the same, and they’re not your ONLY option for legwear.
Add some variety to your wardrobe by investing in a pair of chinos.
Adding one pair of chinos to your wardrobe doubles the amount of outfits you can create. Add one more, and you triple that number.
I suggest one basic pair in camel or grey. And get one colored pair to change things up. (Wearing color below the waist is something few guys do, so it stands out.)
And you don’t have to go bold red. You can go for a subdued color too, like army-green.
5. Class Up Your Footwear
Okay, you may want to sit down for this…
Your dirty, beat-up sneakers will ruin an otherwise excellent outfit. You’ll want to replace them with something more dignified.
And don’t think people don’t notice your shoes. They notice. Especially women.
I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on my shoes from women, and I’m hardly shilling out hundreds of dollar for a single pair, as some guys recommend.
Wear a pair of brown leather loafers instead of your sneakers, and BOOM… You look sharper.
Brown leather loafers still look too formal for you? How about a gateway shoe? Something to ease your way from sneakers to classy leather footwear?
Let me present to you, the desert boot:
Desert boots look nicer than sneakers, but aren’t as dressy as loafers. They’re perfect for casual wear, and they’re super comfortable.
They are an excellent choice.
6. Learn to Love Layering
Want to know an easy way to make a dull outfit more interesting?
Add a layer.
Many guys feel a bit intimidated by layering because they don’t really know how to match clothes all that well. But you don’t have to know all that much about it. It can be done with very simple clothes too.
Imagine a guy wearing a plain grey sweater and jeans. Nothing wrong with that. It’s a fine casual outfit.
But still, it’s not that interesting.
Now imagine him wearing a simple white shirt underneath his sweater. Boom. Instantly more interesting.
It’s a simple fix, and hardly earth-shattering, but it just gives that bit more detail to the outfit that makes it more visually appealing.
7. Smarten Yourself Up
Okay, so you don’t have to suit up to dress well, but that doesn’t mean you can’t smarten your casual look up a bit.
Few guys are comfortable enough to leave their casual comfort zone, but consider venturing into the world of “smart-casual” with a good-looking blazer.
It will give you an easy way to smarten even your simplest outfits up a bit…
Plain white tee? Add a blazer, and suddenly you look pretty damn sharp.
8. Decorate Your Wrists
Accessories are another good way to spruce up a dull outfit.
And I suggest you get in the habit of wearing a wrist-accessory first.
Why the wrist?
Because naked wrists are boring.
You can wear a watch, a leather bracelet, or both. Doesn’t matter what you wear, but wear something on there. It just gives your outfit a bit more personality.
You’re saying, “I don’t have to wear this, but I like wearing it.”
You go from someone who clothes himself to stay warm to someone who clothes himself with intention.
9. Ignore the Fashion World
When trying to figure out how to dress well, men often look towards the fashion world for help. They look to see what’s trendy.
But the fashion world is only good for guys obsessed with fashion. If you’re just a regular guy looking to become a better dresser, knowing what’s trendy won’t help you.
In fact, you should do the opposite…
Focus on getting classic clothes that will look good all year round. Focus on timeless pieces that will still be stylish ten years from now. Focus on looking classy and stylish before you worry about looking trendy.
Trendy done wrong often turns out tacky, after all.
So work on your style sense with timeless wardrobe essentials that never go out of fashion. Focus on mastering the basics of men’s style, and you’ll be a better dresser before you know it.
10. Stop Trying Too Hard
Many guys shoot themselves in the foot by trying too hard to dress better.
It results in them looking like jackasses.
They hear they should wear accessories, and they end up wearing a gazillion bracelets and necklaces. Or they hear they should wear color and they end up looking like a bag of skittles with legs.
Of course, I only know that because I’ve been one of those guys (and it wasn’t pretty).
You stand out, but not in the way you want.
Shoot for subtle, simple, understated outfits and you’ll stand out in a good way instead.
Dress Well and Look like a More Polished, Masculine You
You just got 10 casual style tips that should help you dress better. Plenty more where that came from, but these should be enough to get you started.
So go on and start.
Doesn’t matter where.
Whether you start with replacing your graphic tees, getting nicer shoes or decorating your wrists. Just start somewhere.
And after you took that first step, take the next, and the next, and the next.
And before you know it, you’ll look in the mirror, and you’ll see a guy looking back who looks just like you, except…
A better-dressed version of you.