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MENSWEAR DIARIES: 7 THINGS THAT ALL STYLISH MEN DO

09.02.16

To be truly stylish, it's simply not enough to buy the right clothes at the right time. Achieving great personal style is often not a case of what you wear, but how you wear it. We've put together a list of 7 Things That All Stylish Men Do. From keeping your clothes in their best possible condition to knowing how to nail your wardrobe's foundation, turn these 7 tips into lifelong habits and you'll always be able to count yourself among menswear's best-dressed.

THEY TREAT THEIR WARDROBE AS ONE

Ever heard that old adage 'united we stand, divided we fall'? Yes, it may be a rallying cry for global unity, but it's also pretty solid advice to apply to your wardrobe too.

If you find yourself stubbornly sticking to the 5:2 (no, not the diet, we're speaking sartorially) then you'd do well to loosen up a little. Bring your casual and formal wardrobe together in perfect harmony.

Why you ask? Well for a start, you'll get more out of your wardrobe. Scalpel sharp suiting for example doesn't just make for excellent boardroom fodder, it's perfect for wearing with a sweatshirt and trainers on the weekend. By considering how each item from your casual and formal wardrobe can work together, you'll essentially get more versatility from each piece of clothing.

THEY PAY ATTENTION TO THE SMALL DETAILS

Suspend disbelief for a moment and imagine that your wardrobe is absolutely ideal with no item missing and no expense spared. Sounds pretty much perfect right? Wrong.

It may seem abundantly obvious, but without proper presentation even the most technically faultless wardrobe will fall short of its full potential.

So, follow the lead of the most well turned-out men and always pay attention to the condition of your clothing. That's to say your shoes must always shine, lint must be regularly removed and an iron should have made its way across your shirt each and every time that you wear it.

Simple advice, but all too often neglected.

THEY INVEST IN THE ESSENTIALS

As tempting as it is to splash out on eye-catching designs that promise to add instant cool to your wardrobe, wiser (and ultimately better dressed) men can justify making waves with their wardrobe choices as they've built solid foundations first.

No, that perfect white T-shirt that you can wear with anything may not earn you copious amounts of compliments, but its worth lies in its ability to make whatever else you're wearing look even better.

Make sure you've invested in the best version of the essentials you can afford and build your wardrobe from there.

THEY STORE THEIR CLOTHES CORRECTLY

When men care about their clothes it shows and proper preservation equals proper presentation. Not only will storing your clothes correctly make looking your very best an easier process (less creases), correct storage offers increased longevity for your wardrobe items.

Make sure that you're hanging suits and shirts, folding your knitwear neatly and invest in shoes trees for your most valued leather footwear.

THEY PLAN AHEAD

When it comes to making a stylish impression, men who fail to plan plan to fail. Whether you're getting ready for work, heading out on a trip or simply dressing for a weekend engagement, plan ahead to maximise your chance of wearing your clothes well.

This is particularly important when dressing for the office. Make sure that you know what you're wearing the night before to avoid throwing on whatever you can find in the precious moments before work.

THEY LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES

When it comes to advice on achieving great style, unfortunately there's no one-size-fits-all piece of advice. The best dressed men know this only too well.

Unconstrained by their physical quirks, shortcomings or areas of overcompensation, they know how to dress for their body type and personality.

Always suited colours rather than monochromatic clothes? Stick to vibrant shades. Look less than impressive in a bomber jacket? Avoid like the plague no matter how appealing they may look on the hanger.

Experiment with what you wear by all means, but sometimes it pays off to admit defeat.

THEY UNDERSTAND THAT CUT IS EVERYTHING

All stylish men know that cut is of paramount importance when buying their clothes. No matter how plain an outfit is, with the perfect cut the mundane can easily become memorable.

Right now, menswear is tending towards slim-fitting clothing, so make sure that your wardrobe isn't harbouring any excess fabric. And, as far as tailoring is concerned, make sure that your suit gently follows your form and doesn't swallow it or stick to it.