10 Casual Style Tips for Guys Who Want to Look Sharp

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men's casual fashion tips

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.

Let’s begin…

1. Stop Dressing Like a Boy, Dress Like a Grown-Up

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.

Just to be clear, that means none of this:

Examples of bright, loud teenager outfits

You want to dress like a grown up. Everything overly flashy like the items pictured here simply become inappropriate past  certain age. Funny or cartoony tees are a definite no-go. Wearing a funny tee is basically like being the guy that makes the same joke over and over and over. It might be funny the first time you see the t-shirt, but t gets old fast. Also, avoid anything with slogans.

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.

Don’t worry though, I’ll give you some more tips on how to do so. Starting with…

2. Give Up the Graphic Tees for a More Mature Look

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.

Casual style tip #2: Graphic tees are for man-children
Case in point.

You don’t want people to see you as a man-child, do you? Then be a man, and stop wearing graphic tees.

Instead, opt for solid, one-color t-shirts, striped tees or henleys. Just look at these examples:

6 men wearing simple understated solid or striped t-shirts or henley shirts
You see how these are an improvement right?

Don’t you agree these guys look much cooler and more masculine than the ones above? These kinda of t-shirts will make you stand out against an ocean of graphic-tee-wearing men.

You might also consider wearing polo shirts or casual shirts. Just because you’re dressing casual doesn’t mean you can’t wear a collar. And a simple white shirt looks great with a  pair of dark blue jeans, which I’ll cover in the next section of this list.

T-shirt Suggestions

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 men 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.

Casual Style Tip #3: Avoid jeans that look like these
These jeans will only make you look like a clown.

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. Learn how jeans should fit properly.

Also, avoid embellishments. That means: No excessive distress, no rips,  and none of that bleaching nonsense.

And finally — 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 clean, dark-blue, tapered jeans that fit like the ones suggested below. Trust me; you’ll look awesome.

You might have to try a few to find which fit works best for you. If you’re an athletic guy with big thighs, the athletic fit might just be a dream come true for you. For guys with a more average build, any of the others work well. (Personally, I’m partial to slim fit jeans.) If you’re packing some weight, straight fit is probably your best option.

Jeans Suggestions

These jeans won’t just look better, but they’re more versatile. Just look at these examples below and see how easily they can be dressed up and down as you see fit.

Casual men wearing clean, dark blue jeans
Dark straight-leg jeans look good on every guy

Note: I have received a lot of questions on this, so let me clarify. I’m not saying never, ever wear faded jeans, ever. . While you should definitely have a straight dark-blue pair of jeans as pictured, you can certainly wear jeans with a subtle bit of fading. Just avoid those that are overly embellished. 

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 one or two pairs of chinos.

Just look at these examples:

6 men wearing casual chinos with shirts, sweaters, cardigans and jackets
Add some pants in different colors to your wardrobe and change things up

All these outfits could be pulled off with jeans, but each outfit looks completely different when worn with chinos, which gives you a lot more variety.

Adding just one pair 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 men do, so it stands out.)

And you don’t have to go for fire-engine red or lime green. You can go for subdued colors like burgundy or army-green. See some examples below:

Chinos Suggestions

5. Class Up Your Footwear (Because the Ladies, They Notice)

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 dollars for a single pair, as some guys recommend.

It’s okay to wear a pair of clean white sneakers in a casual outfit. But if you want to class things up, wear a pair of brown leather shoes instead, and BOOM… You look sharper.

3 celebrities wearing brown leather shoes
Simple looks elevated by brown leather footwear

You have many options for footwear so expand your horizon beyond sneakers.

But if you’re used to wearing sneakers al the time and want to ease your way into something else,  let me introduce you to the desert boot:

Desert Boots

Desert boots look much nicer than sneakers, but aren’t as dressy as some other leather shoes. They’re right in-between, which makes them perfect for casual wear.

Plus, they’re super comfortable.

Get yourself a pair and you won’t regret it.

They’re certainly not your only option though. Here are a few other shoe styles that work well in casual looks:

Other Casual Shoe Styles

6. Decorate Your Wrists (Because a Naked Wrist is Boring)

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.

Personally, I love wearing a leather wrap bracelet with a few bead bracelets as an accent, but even wearing something as simple as a watch will go a long way.



7. Layer Your Clothes for More Interesting Outfits

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.

Casual Style Tip #6: Just One Additional Layer Can Improve a Dull Outfit

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.

And you don’t have to stop at one additional layer. You can wear two, three, even four layer at a time. So play around!

Check these guys out for some examples:

Layering examples: 1) T-shirt, Henley, button-down, 2) Flannel shirt, cardigan. 3) T-shirt, button-down, cardigan, sport coat.

8. Wear a Jacket That Elevates Your Casual Look

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 with a well-fitting blazer.

This favorite of business-casual men can easily be worn in casual outfits too. It’s called smart casual — which essentially means stepping your casual outfit up a notch.

A man in a blazer just looks good because blazers accentuate the male frame like no other garment.

It will give you an easy way to smarten even your simplest outfits up a bit. Plain white tee with jeans? Add a blazer, and suddenly you look pretty damn sharp.

I’d suggest one in navy or grey to maximize versatility.

Jacket Suggestions


9. Ignore the Fashion World; It Will Lead You Astray

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 men 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…

3 ridiculous outfits from fashion catwalks
These aren’t great looks for the everyday dude.

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.

Check out The Beginner’s Guide to Dressing Better for a crash-course on the basics of style.

10. Stop Trying Too Hard, Keep it Simple

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.

  • IndusRobe says:

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  • Salman Khan says:

    Am Buying Monthly Cloths so its very helpful for buying casual cloths

  • Sayed Siam says:

    The information is awesome. Thanks for all this information. Hoping for more..

  • Zoe Campos says:

    Thank you for telling me that a man should not strive to look youthful but instead aim for maturity. My brother is asking me if I can help him dress for his first date this weekend since it will be his first time meeting the girl he met on Tinder. He specifically mentioned that he wants to look effortless (although it’s obvious that he’s nervous), so I’ll try to see if he has some tactical polos in his cabinet.

  • Con says:

    Does anyone know what brand boots Ryan Goesling is wearing with the grey jeans above? Or can anyone point to something similar? Thanks

  • Jatin says:

    Thankyou this helped alot ❤️

  • malaysian says:

    Always been looking for the right clothing..thank you

  • harry gaur says:

    Oh my god these are some really nice tips that usually gets unnoticed and ignored by a huge majority of people in the world. Keep up the good work and keep writing about fashion tips and tricks. By writing about such topics you are really helping in keeping my fashion game up a level.

  • Antonymous says:

    At first I though I agree on not overly flashy and disarmonic, but why can’t men have some color pop? But then I realized you didn’t mean to avoid strong color.
    In many men fashion advice articles I noticed and appreciated the fact that you don’t have to wear socks with shorts in summer, at least with light shoes (with sandals goes without saying), can look even better :). Is it true?
    On manscaping it’s very personal and the choice is vast, I think shaving is good if it’s a look you are confident into, but if you don’t want to, trimming as you said is great advice. I shave shoulders though, I have to :D.

  • Ari says:

    When my husband confessed he wanted to dress better for work but had no idea how to, I realized I have no idea how to help him soo I did what any loving wife would do. I asked my good friend google! We had some really good laughs reading your article and learned a few things. Loved the subtle tips on the shoes and wrist

  • Me says:

    Super article, very straightforward and clear. A bit heavy on some points, imo, but for many – that is needed. Pants, shoes, and layering are all extremely noticeable and easy things to upgrade. Please, though, go easy on the bracelets, gentlemen. Your plethora of wooden beads clinking together shouldn’t be what people hear when you take a drink of water. And watch the thickness of said bracelets with certain outfits; a wide leather cuff against a trim blazer sleeve is plain weird looking.

    I do think that wearing an interesting and inoffensive graphic tee is perfectly acceptable with a pair of plain jeans and nice shoes, depending on the occasion. If a man had a tasteful and fitting graphic tee paired with complimentary items, at a group picnic or something similar, I would not think he was a loser or a man-child.

    • Robert says:

      Thanks for your comment. You’re right that not all graphic tees are equally bad, and some are more tasteful than others. Still, I would recommend men move away from having them as their go-to t-shirt.

      The truth is, I often take an extra-strong stance against certain items (see also: sneakers) just to get a message across and inspire readers to try something new. I believe that once they’ve developed a better sense of style, they’ll be better able to select the tasteful variations over the not-so-tasteful ones.

  • Komal parmar says:

    I loved the puzzle image its unique and informative!

  • Mohit Tuteja says:

    Hey, robert! I love trying new things and experimenting with my looks but many times I just failed because of my poor choices, especially when it comes to jeans but your tip no 3 clear all my doubts about what to wear and what not to!Thanks for sharing such article!

  • Luca says:

    What about simple hoodies?

  • Niro Fashion says:

    Very nice tips for men who are find of fashion and want to look good in every aspect.

  • Michelle says:

    Got your book for my 16 year old son. He read half the first night! Thanks for a great source. Not only is your advice better than mine, he finds it more credible.
    Next hurdle, addressing his questions on manscaping….?

    • Robert says:

      Awesome! And hah! Manscaping is a rather personal thing, but my advice is: Trim, don’t shave, and don’t trim it so close to the skin that you look like you forgot to shave ;)

  • Michelle says:

    How do we purchase your book?

  • Michelle says:

    Great advice, regardless of age! Another tip, don’t let your girlfriend dress you, create your own style.

  • mark says:

    wow ! your the best man! i will follow all of this

  • Ultra says:

    I learn alot of things from you thanks man.

  • tinotenda livingstone says:

    thanks man i have learnt a lot mr i hope i will be an expert like you one day

  • Jayda says:

    Nice article. I wish I could share this with my bf. I don’t like how he dresses. How do I tell him???

    • Mlu says:

      Don’t tell him straight up, be subtle to avoid a bruised ego or conflict. Start off by buying him an item of clothing, it could be a blazer or shoes, then follow it up with a chino or shirt. keep doing it on occasion till you have a complete set to dress him up. Then again be subtle in helping him dress up the items you’ve been buying. That way he’ll change his dress sense without knowing it.

    • J Anzaldo says:

      Just be upfront with him. Men like an honest woman.

  • sanya says:

    Robert,thanks for your article..i’ve got a problem with myself… sometimes I think I know what I am doing only to end up choosing the wrong clothing..help

  • Ashwin kumar says:

    Nice article.. Thank you so much…

  • Brett says:

    I love the advice! The tips on classing up your shoes really helps!

  • muzaffar says:

    Should I turn my cloths to fit or it doesn’t matters

  • Raj says:

    Hi Robert, Its a wonderful article.. Really liked it.. However I wanted some additional help on casual dressing.. I have been restricted to wear jeans (for some time). What would be the best casual dressing style that I can go for in view of such circumstances..?
    Your help will be greatly appreciated.. Thanks Robert

  • Paul says:

    I was looking for casual fashion advice and found your website. These are probably some of the best tips I have seen for dressing your age. I know, I’ve been trying for years. It’s tough giving up those graphic tees though.

  • Dazman says:

    Great advice, just what I have been looking for, thank you

  • Carm says:

    A good pair of jeans, dress shoes and sweater always works :)

  • Jonathan Padilla says:

    Hello, I am 17 years old, I was curious to know if it’s bad that I want to start dressing casual even though I would be the only person in my school doing so? Also if I should pay attention to how others criticize how I am dressed. I go for leather loafers or boat shoes with normal jeans and a plain shirt with sometimes a coat when it’s cold outside, is this bad?

    • Robert says:

      Hey Jonathan, that’s a good question. Often, it’s the other way around!

      Typically, you want to shoot for being slightly more dressed up than everyone else (or, at least equally dressed up.) If you dress casually when everyone else is dressed up, you will appear under-dressed,

      As for whether you should pay attention to criticism, it depends. Sometimes people will criticize your look just because of their personal tastes, other time,s they criticize because you’re just going against the grain (which isn’t a bad thing), and other times they criticize because something actually doesn’t look good on you. If its the last one, you should listen ;)

      Lastly, I think that outfit sounds fine!

  • Trevor Franco says:

    What do you think about joggers?

    • Robert says:

      I love joggers when I’m lounging around the house, and sometimes when I’m exercising, but don’t wear them in everyday life.

  • Aliuddin says:

    Hi Robert
    I am 21 and a college student. How should I revamp my wardrobe so that I look cool.

    • Luke says:

      Buy clothes that fit you. Not too tight, but hugs and compliments you. If you’re a little bit overweight (like me) focus on the layering as mentioned above. Get plain dress shoes that aren’t sneakers and buy an affordable but classy watch. I recommend checking out amazon prime for shoes and accessories, but head over to the mall and ask the workers for clothes that will up your casual game.

  • Rigo says:

    Hey, I really like the tips here. So I’ve recently lost a lot of weight and have become somewhat muscular and I want to change up my wardrobe. I really like leather shoes and have a pair of nice toe cap oxford and want to know how to pair it with something that will be casual and still look nice. Any suggestions?

    • Robert says:

      Toe cap oxfords are a little more towards the dressy side. They’re best worn with dress pants and a shirt at the least. You might be able to pull them off with chinos. You might consider brogues instead for your casual wear.

  • Ujjwal Rajput says:

    Hey…really this is better tips for changing my style and look better than previous….thanx….

  • Bork says:

    Looking like everyone else without a hint of personal flair or uniqueness is utterly dull and drab. Why wear a plain shirt and plain leggings ? I guess it sends a message about who you are based on social stigma and associations of clothing versus income or maturity. But what if i dont want to be like every1one else…. Does that make me a rebel or a hipster ? It seems whichever path one chooses you are bound to be labeled with a certain moniker without even opening your mouth to speak. So then you are left with ..again…boring clothes…which is what the world comes to expect of you.

    • Robert says:

      Th beauty of simpler clothes is actually that they can be easily paired with more stand-out items. I’m all for adding personality to an outfit, but if you go about it by wearing four items that clash with each other for attention, it just doesn’t work.

    • Fashion Reform says:

      I think I would have agreed with you–for the last 20 years, and up until a few weeks ago. I felt much the same way, and when I abandoned your position, I figured all fashion was bunk, so why bother? I think what we are actually talking about here is style, not fashion. There is stil room for flair and differentiation. The distinction is that there are rules to foundation and differentiation. As the author notes, sure you can make a whole outfit that is radical, but most folks can’t pull it off, even on the runway many male fashion trends look suspect. For most of us average folks, this is about looking our best, good personal style can do that, and allow one to express personality, but ones foundation must be strong. That starts with proper fit, and a good collection of he basics. This was the trap I fell into. I would see a single piece (a tie, a shirt, even a non standard suit color) that was by itself interesting or beautiful. Then I would realize it didn’t mix and match with very much else in my wardrobe. I had a decent sized wardrobe of one off’s, and untailored clothes. The reformed, more mature wardrobe has flexibility.

      • Fashion Reform says:

        (Continued response to Bork): now lets say I want to add some flair. Red specifically. I could wear a red suit, but how much utility does that have? And do you really want that kind of clownish attention? Maybe when you are at a gala in your 20s for a record release, but if you are grown up, not so much. So, how do we inject red into the wardrobe? How about a red tie on a navy suit, and a red (not matching tie pattern or color precisely) pocket square. There you go. Flair. Make it fit, quality fabrics, fine silk pocket square. That is a differentiator.

        I’m still working on the casual wardrobe. My goal is to look my best, be comfortable, and project confidence. I don’t want the clothes to be noticed per se, I want them to enhance ME (perhaps another way of saying, “wear the clothes, don’t let them wear you.”). Build the base–jeans that go with everything, stylish shoes, and be able to look good is a well fitted classic T, but the author did encourage you to experiment with flair. If all you ever wear is tribal Ts, trust me you won’t stand out. You will just look like “one of those guys.” If you don’t like basic clothes, I would suggest you don’t have the right outfits, fitment of the clothes, or the right accessories (another flair opportunity) to finish the look. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and modern leading men get by just fine without a wardrobe full of statement pieces and print Ts. The confidence and manliness comes from within, the clothes made them look stately…even casual ones. Good luck! I’m still learning.

  • Rahul says:

    Hey..Robert really very useful and nice tips..and I appreciate your tips…I will always remember these tips when buying clothes…. thanks…

  • kushal says:

    good work helped .and inspired a lot thanks

  • Shubham says:

    U have explained it the best way bro… . Ur really awesome.. thanks for everything

  • Subh Sandhu says:

    Very Nice Tips Robert. Thank you

  • Amar shah says:

    What about the hair style?
    What do you prefer about hair style in dressing styles that you had suggested.
    Because it also matters alot while u deessed wel

    • Thomas says:

      A classic men’s style is always best. Short on the sides and back a little longer on top and a side part. The look is always smart and mature.

  • Amar shah says:

    I also wanna ask about coats and leather jackets that which one suits better on the dressing style that you had suggested

  • Smith says:

    This is by far the worst dressing sense blog.. WTF u mean by go for plain jeans.. we men also do fashion…we r men not old retirees who cant wear bleached jeans and all..GImme a break…
    Everything goes with a combination and occasion and Mr Author u failed to do that.

    • Robert says:

      Hi Smith,
      you’re welcome to your opinion. But going for dark blue jeans doesn’t mean you can’t look fashionable. This idea stems from the misconception that every item in your outfit has to stand out. Dark blue jeans are a lot more versatile than your bleached jeans, as you can dress them up and down as you see fit. I’m okay with jeans having some subtle fading, but these overly manufactured jeans with artificial bleaches and rips and holes is something that a man should outgrow. I’m not saying men can never pull off bleached jeans (I never say never), but they’re appropriate for few men past the age of 25. Many just wear them because they don’t know anything else. Their sense of style doesn’t evolve from their teenage or college years. Dark blue jeans without bleaching or excessive distressing just look classier and more mature. You’re welcome to disagree and keep wearing bleached jeans.

    • Larbi says:

      I’m 26, and I dress just like he said, its true that colored bleaches ripped jeans are childish for unprofessional people. u can’t say its the worst, coz he’s right.

    • Quinton says:

      Sorry buddy, but bleached jeans are for dummies. You cannot be stylish in one of the most unstylish types of clothes. This author did not fail. You failed to take good advice. Enjoy your true religion and ed hardy

  • chris says:

    Robert, Im 39 and have always dressed in Tshirts and baggy jeans and sneakers. I just got a job in the corporate world making good money and realized my CASUAL wardrobe needs an overhaul. what would you suggest to a guy trying to revamp his wardrobe and basically start from scratch that wont break the bank?

  • Ali says:

    I really like your blog. It’s Amazing.

  • Sonya Gaona says:

    Enjoyed reading this as I am a stylist/clothier for Trumaker in Denver. Great tips! http://www.trumaker.com

  • Mike says:

    I find it very difficult to find the right style and clothing that I like. I spend so much time looking for shoes and clothes and sometimes end up buying nothing.

  • Boris says:

    Thanks for the article. I read this and some other article on other sites about dressing well for men. I can’t sort out some thoughts in my head…what is your take on these issues:

    A. This advice is only for those working an office-type environment and common industries in order to be successful within those fields by complying with the unwritten codes and etiquette of those fields. I am a contemporary visual artist, and dressing by these tips, wouldn’t be congruent with who I am. For artists (art-making is not a “professional” or group activity in the same sense as a lawyer is professional, but one of expression, creativity and a bit of entertainment. Think Pollock, or rappers) it’s about being different and expressing your individuality first and foremost. Selling art is a professional activity, but not making it. Yet I believe a lot of collectors just want to see an authentic artist, someone who is also different. A rapper can’t dress like this because the fundamental spirit of the genre is necessarily going against authority and expressing individuality over group type thinking. Hence baggy pants that convey a disregard for/screw “rules” and status quo attitude. When I go to an art opening, artists just wear creative or thrift store type things, not suits. Can you help me out and explain this contradiction?

    B. All these rules and theories of dress are overridden instantly by social proof, charisma, confidence, competence, and, or ability to converse and flirt well wether in business or dating. Not to mention people want to experience something exotic and ladies are drawn to punk rock band members that hardly comb their hair, more than sharp looking professional men, unless they are strictly looking for committed long term husband type relationships. There are players who dress crappy and can instantly seduce a lady and men who dress well but can’t attract one. Definitely for dating apps where there are lots of hot high-value women, it would be hard to match with anyone unless one followed these rules.

    C. Is the reasoning behind not wearing embellishments simply to separate yourself from the younger crowd?

  • Eric says:

    Hey there Robert! Great article – very useful notes on the jeans and tshirts. I had already started applying these ideas until I moved country. I’m stuck in Greece and, during the summer, jeans or chinos and a t-shirt is a recipe for self-baking in the heat. Consequently, my style has been reduced to shorts and a t-shirt, usually with sneakers. At 27 years old, I feel I want something smarter (especially for shoes that aren’t flip flops) that won’t cook me in the summer heat. Any advice?

    • Robert says:

      Hey Eric,

      glad to hear you liked the article!

      Yeah, dressing in hot weather can be a bit tricky. There’s nothing wrong with wearing shorts or T-shirts though if it’s too hot. I’m 32 and I still I wear those too; just make sure you don’t wear the immature kind (e.g. graphic tees or board shorts).

      You might also try linen pants and shirts.

      Check out my article on dressing for summer for more information.

      • Eric says:

        Thanks! I’ll check it out! :)

        • Amar shah says:

          Hi this is amar from pakistan
          I read your article and much of that i really liked too but i wanna ask you about hair style because dresses not only make a personality our hair style matters too

  • Elham says:

    Hi Robert!
    Well, you are brilliant. I loved the way you explained some misconceptions I see in my dressing. I had a question, I’m a 15 years old boy and I do love my sneakers and buggy jeans, I still have to wear them? Or to try using leather shoes and fit jeans?

    • Robert says:

      Hey Elham,

      at 15, you’re more fine with sneakers. Try going for sleek pairs though, almost full white or black and without all the bells and whistles on them. Think: Converse, Stan Smiths or LaCoste.

      You might also consider getting a pair of desert boots though… But I’m guessing at 15, you might not have the budget for multiples pairs of shoe :0

      I would definitely suggest you get used to more fitted jeans though. They don’t have to be skinny jeans or anything, but straight jeans should be fine. You will look a lot better!

    • Anas Ramzani says:

      Hiii Robert ,
      can you please tell me which type of combination I wear in my School Function…

  • Merson says:

    Dress to show maturity Not to kill

  • Joshua says:

    Hey Robert,

    Do you have any recommendations on were to shop. I’d rather go into a store than online.



    • Robert says:

      It’s quite hard to give recommendations because the right shop for you depends a lot on how your body is built and on your personal tastes.

  • Jacob says:

    Darnit – I really like my graphic tees. ah well…so much for wearing what you REALLY want to wear lol. Men’s fashion can be a real party-pooper lol. Great and informative article, nonetheless.

  • Wahab says:

    Hi Robert,
    I was fed up with my casual jeans outfit. Today, I went to do some shopping but I had difficulty getting jeans, shirts & t-shirt. I mostly wear slim suit to work which looks great but when it comes to casual then I am not good at all.
    I am in my late 20s and I want to look mature when I wear jeans not a teenager. I found your article very interesting and I took some notes as well for upcoming weekend shopping.
    Thank you :)

  • Jamie says:

    Nice tips. I like straight dark blue jean. It looks awesome and is a perfect to be worn with light/dark shirt/t-shirt. I still wear graphic tees, and I think I giving up those would be the toughest if I had to follow your advice.

    • Naomie says:

      What is ur suggestion if im wearing jeans with polo t ..so i need to tight in or not

  • David says:

    Great article, I have started this a while ago with myself and I love it…..I will add that a great resource for outfit ideas is Pinterest. Seeing how the outfit looks on someone else and all put together gave me a better idea of what colors would look good together and what types of pieces to buy.



    • Robert says:

      Thanks for the comment, David.

      Yeah Pinterest can serve as an inspiration for good outfits, and it is a good way to find nice-looking color combinations.

      That said, I don’t think it’s something you want to rely entirely on. In my experience, just look at pictures and trying to recreate it, doesn’t always work. Just because one outfit looks great on a model doesn’t always mean it looks great on you as well.

      IMO, you should understand the basics of style — understand how to make clothes work for YOU, and then magazines and Pinterest and stuff like that can be a good source of inspiration :)

  • Michael says:

    Do you know a good website or place to buy a good t-shirt that’s not too pricey? Because I have a hard time finding t-shirts that look good. Oh and thanks for the tips ?

  • Adam says:

    What about facial hair? Trimmed and cut to make your jaw line more prominent?
    Great article! I always have trouble getting a smart casual dress shirt, I either go to flashy or to loose… Any tips here?

    Took shirts in with a nice belt or let them hang? Personal preference?

    • Robert says:

      Hey Adam,

      facial hair is totally fine. In fact, I’m sporting some myself.

      I’m not really sure what to tell you in regards to your shirt problem, as I’m not sure what you mean with “flashy” vs “loose.” If it’s a fit issue, then you can just get your loose shirts taken in a bit by a tailor. I recommend it. It’s an eye-opener!

      But there’s no shirt that’s specifically made for the smart casual look. You can wear both formal and casual shirts in a smart casual outfit, depending on the outfit.

      As for tucking in shirts or not… It depends on the outfit as well. if I’m wearing just a shirt, I usually leave it untucked. If I’m wearing it layered under a sweater or jacket, I always tuck it in.

      But then, you can’t leave all shirts untucked. if it feels like it’s too long, tuck it in.

      Hope that helps!

  • Nash Rich says:

    I’ve heard girls check out guys’ shoes a lot. I don’t get that! That’s pretty bad for me, because I like to wear my shoes for a long time, and they’re pretty worn down. I do have pretty decent formal shoes though, but even they’re getting old. I guess I should lose the graphic tee’s too. Turns out I’m not as cool as I thought.

  • Gaurav says:

    I am 22 years old…a college student
    I want some dressing tips sir
    So guide me plz..

  • pavan sai says:

    i dont think tee like in this web site look great but some tees look too nice for casual ffor teen like 16-18 like white full hands and this website only give me hint how 2 dress to look decent but i want some dress u recommed for party wears collage wears ect because we cant use blazer for collages right that what my question and
    one thing can we use boots with colour match with shirt which i wear but not pant and
    chain ect

  • Adil Azeem says:

    Hair styles ?

    • pavan sai says:

      buddie its trend now use as per face shape which exactly looks u great right but dont use of hair jell which makes ur hair harm like makes hair hard
      i think what is u r face shape is pear shaped use funky hair styles

  • Faateh Sultan says:

    Please suggest some dressings for me, a 16 years teenager….

    • Robert says:

      Most of the tips apply to a 16-year old as well. You might not really be ready to wear a blazer, and you’ll probably better off with desert boots than dressier shoes, but you still should try to dress more maturely.

      Note that dressing maturely doesn’t mean dressing old.

  • badmus says:

    I hope to be a designer smday but av been struggling on aw to make mature outfits……… But this has helped me a lot.Thanks a lot

  • Jawad Iqbal says:

    Nice WebSite

  • Vishal says:

    I have just touched 40 year mark and found the suggestions given here are 100% right. Espacially I will give up wearing printed t-shirts. Thanks for the suggestions it will definitely change my dressing sense.

  • Innocent Melato says:

    I loved and appreciate the advice, thank you.

  • Wesley says:

    These tips are dead accurate. It’s made me think about my wardrobe and I definitely need to go give it a makeover. Thanks! Now… how do I explain to my wife why I’m buying more clothes than her…

  • Matt says:

    Thanks for the tips
    help me alot

  • Jay says:

    just wanted to say first thanks for the tips….. some of these tips I think I knew in the back of my mind.
    Second I deal with the public as part of my job…..and I’m an authority figure to the public. I find that I’m subconsciously more respectful and and more responsive to other men that dress the way your speaking of in your article here……or at least I take them more seriously. I did not realize it until I read this article especially when you were speaking of the maturity level.

    • Robert says:

      Hey Jay,

      thanks for your comment. I’ve found that often, as I was learning this stuff myself, I would read something that felt like it was in the back of my mind all along. Like I just needed someone to verbalize it for me. Funny how that works :)

  • Chris says:

    Ok not to be mean but loafers aren’t for me. I’d kick my own ass. Is there a different style shoe I could get?

    • J says:

      leather or suede oxfords are a better choice imo, I too dont like loafers

    • Robert says:

      Certainly, loafers aren’t your only option. They were just a suggestion ;)

      Desert boots, as the article suggests is a nice casual shoe. But you can also go for brogues, monk straps, chelsea boots, and plenty more options!

    • Jacob says:

      Boat shoes are Great I wear those quite a bit. (Sperry)

  • Frank says:

    One you missed is dress for the occasion, for example if you are going to events that may ruin your clothing e.g) concerts/festivels wear a fitted t-shirt,old jeans and trainers. No point ruining your good jeans/boots/shirts same goes for going to the bar gauge the situation e.g)Neighbourhood or area as lokking good/well dressed could lead to you being mugged.

    • Robert says:

      Thanks for the comment, Frank. People should definitely dress for the occasion. I feel like that pertains to style in general though, and not just casual style ;)

  • Thanks for sharing, useful info.

  • Edward says:

    Hi Robert,
    Firstly, thanks for the great articles!
    Could you give me an example of the following sentence (in the 3. tip):
    ,,Also, they should not pool around your ankles.” I have some idea, but I am not sure. Does it mean that the jeans is too tight around the ankle?


    • Robert says:

      Hey Edward,

      actually, it means that they shouldn’t be too large and bunch up around the ankles ;)

      Hope that helps!

      – Robert

  • rahul says:

    Thx robert…
    It really help me..

  • Martin Kaloki says:

    Brilliant advice. It’s nicely laid out, simple and really easy to take up and maintain. Keep up the good work bro, thumbs up!

  • Saqib says:

    Your explaination is amazing robert .i understand that what i am doing wrong.

  • Pete says:

    Thanks for the read….
    I was pretty clueless on where to begin so I appreciate it.

  • Manish Singh says:

    Thank You so Much… You just explained the things very clearly… You are really a good teacher… I was irritated by browsing almost 50 website and I didn’t found single post useful. But you helped me so much..

  • xyz says:

    hi Robert :)

    you are indeed an awesome teacher !
    I love the way you explain things in a simple and effective manner
    good job and wish you the best :)

  • Brandon says:

    Coming from a college kid looking to drop the graphic tee look, great article for an intro into dressing well. Appreciate it!

  • Srikanth says:

    Nice post…I found this site after i browsed through numerous pages of styling shit which made no sense to me or would have made me look like a hep.

    The only one i found logical and useful is this one..

  • sidaya says:

    it helps me a lot! i’m 15 years old, and my teacher said that i was looking more adult!
    thank you!

  • cliff says:

    just from the sample chapters i felt like a proffessional
    This article about dressing well in casual is top notch
    thanks Robert

  • George says:

    you are a don. thanks a lot

  • Chris R. says:

    Once again Robert, great info condensed into something short and sweet. I’m forwarding this to a buddy who has recently started dressing his age because he just turned forty.

  • Bad Vlad says:

    All-in-one essentials in a brilliant manner, as usual! Thank you! From Russia w/love, Vlad.

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