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. 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…
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.
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:
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.
Speaking of which…
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.
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 excessive 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. Just look at these examples below and see how easily they can be dressed up and down as you see fit.
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 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 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.
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 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. 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.
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.