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
Step 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,
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.