Are you in the mood to give your wardrobe a sexier, more stylish look? What if I were to tell you that you can do just that and much more without the need to spend a dime?
I (Andrew) am about to give you some advice I personally follow to achieve that goal. Trust me, you will feel a huge difference once you’ve learned about these tips and put them to practice yourself. You will gain more confidence as a result, and people will start to give you more compliments as well, guaranteed!
Without further ado, I leave you to my “How to Dress Well on a Budget for Men” guide.
Take a Closer Look – Examine Your Options
How many times have you opened the doors to your wardrobe or pulled your drawers out, looking for something different to wear, even though you probably already know every single piece you own? Or do you? It’s hard to come up with new ideas once you believe you’ve tried it all, I know. But that’s where the key is. You may not have tried every single combination your closet has to offer.
By this point, whether you realize it or not, you are most likely already used to putting together the same outfits over and over again. I don’t blame you, having the certainty that a specific attire will make you look as sharp as the last time you came up with the same idea is comforting.
Well, I disagree. In my case, I eventually get bored. I am of the kind that likes to innovate, to come up with new ideas and test them.
So, I encourage you to take a closer look at what you have in front of you and come up with at least five new outfit ideas you’ve never tried before. However, it is crucial that you try them on, too.
Overcome Laziness – Don’t Just Grab What’s in Front of You
It is hard to break the habit, I understand, but only good habits lead to success.
This is an easy one to tackle, actually. If you’ve read my tip above, then, see this as the next step. Not only have you created new outfits with what you already own, but you should also have exposed a larger range of options. Be creative, place yourself in front of the mirror and decide which ideas you’ll keep and which ones you’ll discard. Don’t be discouraged, though, as there are many other possibilities right at your hand’s reach.
I can also suggest going online to look for even more ideas. Take what you have, see what others are doing with similar items, and try to follow suit (no pun intended). The aim here is not imitating others, but rather giving an already existing idea your personal touch.
Remember, it’s about finding your style, expressing yourself trough what you wear.
Take Your Time – Plan Ahead of Time
For me, this was one of the most difficult aspects to change about my routine. For the longest time, I couldn’t get myself to plan the night before what I would wear the next day, and I can’t recommend it enough. You can do this before going to bed, for example. Think about what kind of activities you’ve got prepared for the next day, and plan out an outfit accordingly. This is such an effective way to ensure you won’t be running against the clock the next morning. Not only will you succeed at looking more stylish than ever, you’ll even have more time for your other morning activities.
One of the best ways to start off the day is by having a positive mentality, and this truly is one way to manage exactly that. Give this a try for a couple of weeks, and I assure you this will change your mornings for the better.
To be honest, I struggled with this at the beginning, but I have now made it a habit of mine, and I could not be any happier about it. The fact that I now have more time during my mornings also makes me feel more energetic, and I can accomplish more throughout the day. I’ve become more productive.
I’m telling you, you will see great results for this.
Donate or Sell – Do You Really Need All of It?
I think we’ve all been there. How many times have you ever said to yourself: “Oh, I didn’t remember I still had this! I guess I’ll keep it for later, I might wear it some other day.” Now, be honest, have you actually done so? If yes, congratulations, you are one of the few. But for the rest of us, the best idea is to get rid of those clothes.
You’re probably still disagreeing with me at this point, but hear me out. Are you really going to wear it some day? Or do you keep repeating that to yourself to avoid having to say good-bye to it? I mean, there’s a reason why it’s been kept “hidden” for such a long time, right? Yes, and I get you, we sometimes get too attached to our clothes, but a much wiser decision is to free some space in your wardrobe. You want to keep it clean and be able to take a better look at what you have much quicker so you can come up with new ideas, as we’ve already discussed before, and become more efficient at the same time.
Donating to charity is always an excellent idea. You’ll bring a smile to someone else’s face.
Selling is another option. Sometimes, we buy things we don’t even end up using. If this is the case for you, you can always re-sell as an alternative to donating.
A third possibility is hand-me-downs. Either to a friend, a family member, or to your neighbor, they will appreciate your consideration. I have received hand-me-downs from both my siblings and cousins, and I try to make the best use out of them. There is nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, I feel lucky to have such good people around me.
It Really Isn’t About the Money
As you’ve learned thus far, there are many, many ways you can give your wardrobe a twist and, consequently, treat yourself to trying out new looks and gaining more confidence along the way. You can definitely still rock your clothes in ways you haven’t done so before, and money does not have to be a part of it.
It is all about being creative and thinking outside the box. In other instances, you just have to stop and take a deep breath before you continue.
“Think ahead. Don’t let day-to-day operations drive out planning.” – Donald Rumsfeld.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my advice on “How to Dress Well on a Budget for Men.” Now, let me know in the comments below, what would you add to it? What did you like and dislike about it?
I’ll be more than happy to read through your thoughts and opinions.