Men have it easy in a lot of ways - no childbirth, no blowdrying hair, and no shaving legs, but when it comes to style, they no doubt get the short end of the stick.
The resources for men are simply not what they are for women. Women can hop on Pinterest at any given moment and find immediate outfit inspiration before even having to scroll. Bloggers focusing on women's fashion FAR outweigh the number of bloggers dabbling in men's fashion. Magazines are full of fashion education for women, where as fashion information for men is scattered far and few between.
So, where do men go for this advice? The women in their lives.
After listening to Phil's wardrobe frustrations over the last 5 years, we have come up with five simple concepts that make getting dressed for him stylishly simple.
1. ONLY BUY SLIM FIT - EVEN IF YOU AREN'T SLIM
Slim doesn't mean skinny. Your jeans won't be glued to your ankles - I promise.
I know a lot of people won't buy into this, but don't knock it until you try it. Simply put, slim fit clothing eliminates the excess fabric, which gives off a cleaner, more tailored look. Don't hesitate to go up a size if you need to, I guarantee a "Large Slim Fit" will look far better than a "Medium Regular."
For our wedding we chose slim fit tuxes for our dads and groomsmen. My dad (who does not necessary fall under the category "slim") commented multiple times on how well his tux fit and was impressed with its non-bagginess. Not only did he look great, but he felt great. Score!
2. BUY A MATCHING SHOE AND BELT
It takes ALL of the guess work out. The colors are a perfect match and will leave your man feeling effortlessly put together. Phil is currently loving anything in the color British Tan by Cole Haan.
3. BUY OUTFITS NOT ITEMS
I am an item buyer, Phil is an outfit buyer. I love being creative with my wardrobe and prefer to mix and match rather than wear the same pairings over and over. Phil likes the ease of knowing what goes with what. For him, buying a button down with a coordinating sweater and tie makes getting ready a piece of cake.
4. NO TENNIS SHOES WITH PANTS
This is easy. Just don't do it. It ages you and makes you look sloppy. You'll notice I didn't specify what kind of pant. This includes jeans, khakis, chinos and dress pants. The ONLY pant you can pair with a tennis shoe is an athletic pant.
There are great shoe options for men that provide just as much comfort with 100 times the style. Try them out!
5. BUY MULTIPLES OF BRANDS THAT WORK
When you find something you love, stick with it. If Hugo Boss 'Jenno' shirts are the ones you reach for over and over in your closet, save the money you would spend on "filler shirts" and invest in what you really love. You will get your money's worth in the wear.
Be specific about what it is you like. Keep mental notes on the comfort, fit and ease of every item in your wardrobe. Going forward, it will make adding pieces that you truly love a piece of cake.