The Art of Style – A Form of Expression

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Appearance may not be the most important aspect of a person, but it should not be neglected either. Men who care for their own image should not be looked down upon. On the contrary, it is a trait to be admired. The fact that a man puts effort into his style is a good indication that he is a neat man, someone who cares for cleanliness.

First impressions happen so quickly. In most cases, a glance is all it takes. This is why it’s so important to have a sense of awareness when it comes to how you look. A gentleman makes it his goal, every day, to look sharp everywhere he goes. First impressions turn into one less thing to worry about. However, a true gentleman does not dress for others, a true gentleman dresses for his own self. You may even say that he dresses for his own entertainment; that is, he adopts his sense of style as a form of expression. Through clothing and accessorizing he reveals what sort of person he is. In every piece, there is a hint to what kind of personality he possesses.

That’s what makes it “The Art of Style”.

No Need for Words

An elegant, polished man is praised for his conscious choice of dressing well. If you follow this practice, you will start to hear things like “you look sharp!” or “that looks good on you!” more often. Eventually, you will also begin to understand how to work around your wardrobe and have it do the job for you. For example, you will remember to wear a specific shirt or pair of pants at a later occasion because you’ve been complimented about it already.

As humans, we are a very opinionated race, and some people don’t hesitate to let others know that their opinions are, even if not requested. Because of this, it is extremely important that you remember this one thing: you, and only you, are your own judge. Placing yourself in front of a mirror to examine your pick for the day or the occasion is a good way to encourage yourself to become better at making smart decisions. You’ll know you look good because you’ll feel good.

One excellent opportunity to gain more experience on this “dress-for-the-occasion” field is by being mindful of your current season. For instance, during summer, you should opt to wear lightweight fabrics. Look for those cotton tags, they are a great option as this is a very light and breathable fabric. Avoid wool, as it is a heavier kind of fabric and it tends to stick to the skin. Winter, on the other hand, presents a great chance for wearing those jackets and sweaters you’ve kept stored away for months. This is also the optimal season for layering. When it comes to fall, a good idea is to pick warm colors, whereas spring is ideal for some brighter colors and lightweight jackets as well.

The art of style is also about making the right choices.

Look Around You

Don’t limit yourself to what you already know. Get new ideas from others. Certainly, more than once you’ve come across other men that make you think to yourself they clearly know what they’re doing. You can take mental notes of the little things that you believe make their outfits look so sleek. Note that not only the bigger pieces are responsible for composing a look. In fact, it is the collaboration of the smaller ones that complete it.

Yes, you can come up with some great ideas by looking around you, but you also have a very powerful tool closer than you might think, which will grant you a plethora of new ideas: the smartphone. Right there you have access to millions of possibilities, and a very popular platform out there is Instagram. This is a great way to get new ideas you probably wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

Let’s say you’re going out tonight, and you have little to no idea about what to wear. You could simply type “brown shoes” or “blue shirt” and you will get thousands of looks you could inspire from. Social media platforms can be used in so many unique ways, and this is one smart approach that gentlemen can benefit from when looking for new perspectives.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

Squared BowtieStep out of your comfort zone. You may be used to doing things a certain way, but going the extra mile and stepping out of that bubble will not only make you see things from a new point of view, it will also help you grow as a person and, of course, as a gentleman, too. You’ll learn to appreciate new ways of thinking and you’ll also end up gaining new knowledge in the process. Well informed, learned men are quite often associated with being gentlemen.

Being the humans that we are, once we find things that make us feel comfortable, we dwell in that state of mind, making it harder for us to actually want to explore and try different things. You shall not fall for this. Be proactive and do research. You’ll find things that you’ll love and things that you’ll hate. But most importantly, you’ll learn more about yourself. In the end, because the art of style is all about expression, you’ll even have a better understanding of what works best for you, and you’ll be rewarded with new ways to express yourself.

Make It a Habit

There is no finish line to the journey of becoming a gentleman. Those around you will start seeing you as a gentleman, and you will get compliments more frequently, but the experience does not end there. It takes work and dedication to get to the point where your family, friends, co-workers, and new people you meet will refer to you as a true gentleman. However, the real test is remaining to be one. Wherever you are and everywhere you go, there will always be opportunities to be that gentleman you’ve worked so hard to become. Putting every aspect of it into practice at any given situation will determine whether you are fit to continue being called a real gentleman. Mastering the art of style is no easy endeavor, but what you get from it is priceless.

 

What It Really Is

We’ve learned that style really is a true form of expression; through it, you give away clues about what kind of person you are; you make it clear that you care for your own image,

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that you are clean and well-kept; you also make others understand that you are a responsible man, ready to take on the world.

Style is also about venturing, learning, and growing just as much as it is about being graceful, respectful and humble. Through style, you set the example for others.

Your style is your signature.

The art of style is a passion.

 

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16 thoughts on “The Art of Style – A Form of Expression

  1. David Reply

    Wow what a fantastic post. This is a must read for all men and some men the way they dress today could really learn from this. Men today don’t understand the impression they give and most of all they really don’t realize it’s what they really think of themselves. Thank you so much for this great post.
    Best Wishes.
    David

    • Andrew Post authorReply

      I’m happy that you liked it, David. I think it is really important not to take one’s personal appearance for granted, as it says a lot about oneself.

      My best wishes to you, too!

  2. Kait Reply

    This is a great article! I am going to show this to my husband, because he could surely benefit from these tips! Like many other men i know, he could really use some help in this department. Thank you for the advice!

    • Andrew Post authorReply

      That is awesome, Kait, and I hope your husband really enjoys this article as much as you have.
      Thank you for stopping by. My best wishes to you!

  3. Karen Reply

    Hi Andrew, I’ve enjoyed reading your post. I think this is something most men need a bit of help and encouragement with. My suggestion would be to maybe add some examples of things that go together (coordinate) and some things that do not (things to avoid). Also, some more examples of where to look for fashion advice would be useful. Pinterest in particular is a great place to find ideas for different looks or occasions. For men who don’t like to shop, StitchFix is a great way to add to a wardrobe and try on things they wouldn’t ordinarily think to try, in the privacy of their own home. The way this works is, you tell them your color and style preferences, sizes and lifestyle details, then for a $20 per month fee, they send you a box of 5 items to try. You keep what you like, send the rest back in their super easy to use mailing bag and they deduct the $20 from the cost of the items you’ve kept. Another thing you might want to do is some research on fabric types. Wool is a winter fabric and cotton for summer (due to it’s lightweight breath ability) and so on. I hope this feedback is of some help. Keep up the good work Andrew, I’m sure many men will benefit from your writing.
    Most sincerely,
    Karen

    • Andrew Post authorReply

      I am so happy that you’ve enjoyed it, Karen. That is one of my biggest goals here, to encourage people find their own style and help them realize they are better than they already think. While my approach is on men’s style, I want everyone reading my words to leave feeling more confident than when they first came in. Confidence can be lifted in a matter of seconds!

      I will be adding more examples and key aspects in future posts, so keep an eye out for it. Also, thank you so much for your suggestions, they are very much appreciated.

  4. Daniel Reply

    It’s always good to look good. As you said do not be afraid to try new things, but for me i don’t know, i am always kind of shy to come up with my own style. Your site is going to help out, on this path.

    • Andrew Post authorReply

      It’s great to know that you’ve found this very helpful. I know you can find your own style, Daniel. Remember, it’s not about what others will think, it’s all about how you feel and how you want to express yourself. Take your time to find your personal style.

  5. Crystal Lim Reply

    I hope all men could read this (at least my husband should). I agree with your view – most of the time men are just looking for something that is easy to put on and when they continue to do this in long-term, they become less confident on what they are going to put on.

    • Andrew Post authorReply

      You’re right, Crystal, many men forget to give their clothing style the attention it deserves and they don’t realize how, eventually, it affects their mood, their confidence. Sometimes, the answers we’re looking for are closer than we think.

  6. Bo Reply

    Great article! I really enjoyed reading it.

    My style has a lot of room to improve, but I like that you talked about this being “your style.” Not dressing for others and just being yourself. I believe that is the most important thing. People will always judge you no matter how great your style is, but if you love the way you look, that is all that should matter.

    • Andrew Post authorReply

      Exactly, Bo, you define your own style for yourself, not others. We can’t please everybody with the decisions we make, people will still judge us regardless how much work and effort we put in what we do. It’s just as you say, if you love what you do, that’s all that matters.

  7. ecocatherine Reply

    Hi, thank you for sharing this information. Your writing style is really easy to read and encouraged me to keep going. I think that appearance does effect peoples impressions of a person and this information will be helpful to man. However I do believe that a persons behaviours is truly what makes them a ‘gentle’ ‘man’. Will you be writing more on this aspect?

    • Andrew Post authorReply

      I totally see what you mean, Catherine. One’s behavior is indeed very important when it comes to what makes someone a gentleman. I believe so as well.

      Yes, I might write more on this in the future!

  8. Emonne Reply

    This was a great read and an especially motivating one. I too believe that men should take care of themselves by dressing themselves up every now and again.

    I’m into fashion myself, so when I see a guy who is clean and knows how to express himself through clothing, it makes him look more confident and it makes me more attracted to him.

    Thanks for sharing this, all the men out there will appreciate this article.

    • Andrew Post authorReply

      It is nice to see when someone has taken the extra time and effort to look sharp, this says a lot of nice things about that person. I understand what you mean.

      My pleasure, Emonne! I am glad you’ve liked it. Have a great day!

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