Men's Style Tips - How to dress casually and still look sharp - 4 Menswear Guidelines

Uploaded by RealMenRealStyle on 13.07.2011

Hi Iím Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real Men Real Style. And weíve got a question
weíre going to be answering today. Basically itís about how do you dress professionally
but still dressed casually. So the question goes, ìI rarely wears a tie, itís not the
uniform of my profession, high tech enterprise system software development. Even at the executive
level. But we do wear them occasionally. What Iím really interested in is learning how
to dress well for both casual weekend and especially how to just, just appear a step
above business casual really. I think I read or I read that youíre from Austin, Texas.
And so youíre familiar with the step down casual culture there where people are still
judged how they, by how they look but itís much more casual. Over the years Iíve fallen
to the trap of dressing like the rest of the poorly dressed crowd. Youíve inspired me
to change all that.î Well, thank you very much. ìand Iím learning a lot from your
website, writing and videos. Thank you.î Well, thank you. I really appreciate it guys
when you send me kind notes like that I mean we actually put a lot of work in the all of
this. And it means a lot to me. Well, let me get to the question. So, how do you dress
professionally but still dressed casually? Well, look at me right here. So I got a jacket
on, Iíve got a dressier. No tie, I have to admit Iím not really much of a tie guy. Even
though Iím a custom clothier by trade and when Iím not having to wear one, I donít
wear one. I think if you want to step up your business
casual or your casual dress and when you go back to the three pillars of menís style.
And in case you havenít heard me says it before. Fit, fabric and style. And each of
those, I mean I could write an entire, and I have probably written an entire article
on each of them. So letís talk about fit. So go through and immediately look at your
clothing and if youíre wearing anything that doesnít fit you take it and put it to the
side. And ask yourself, can this be adjusted to fit me better? And if it canít, you need
to get rid of it. And you need to buy clothing that fits your body for how it is.
Often times I get men that coming and theyíre like ìoh well, Iím going to lose you know
30 pounds here on the next three months.î Well until you wear, until you lose that 30
pounds if you ever lose that 30 pounds, you have to have something to wear today because
you canít be walking around naked for three months. So, I guess you could but youíre
going to get arrested or unless you live in a nudist colony. But what Iím getting at
is dress for how your body is now. And if youíre bigger, if youíre thin, there is
a right way to dress for your body type. And I talked about this elsewhere but just make
sure your clothing fits. Take it to a tailor, itís one of the least expensive things you
can do to really up your style. The next F is fabric. Okay, when I mean by
fabric I donít mean like finding some special fabric which is going to solve all your problems.
I mean pay attention to fabric. Go for quality items. Thereís a difference between an Old
Navy, Polo shirt. And a Polo shirt thatís coming at of a luxury department store which
is made from a very firm like a super Pema or an Egyptian cotton thatís just feels beautiful
to the touch, is actually made to fit your body type better, isnít going to you know,
isnít made to fit a square body type if you ñ well, if you have a square body type then
thatís the kind of clothing you want. What Iím getting at is pay attention to the
different types of fabrics and how some fabrics, smoother fabrics solids. Those are pure, more
formal. And thatís what you want if you want to step up your game. Avoid the clothing that
well, it looks like itís made for a teenager. It looks like itís made for a man and his
ñ well, not even early twenties in my opinion. Start dressing and finding fabrics which look
better on you because black fabric is not the same. I mean thereís cotton, thereís
tropical wools, thereís gaberdines. Go out there and learn about the different fabrics
and then find something, maybe pay a little bit extra. But every time you wear those you
know grey flannel trousers, they look great because a lot of the times if itís a casual
environment, whenever wearing jeans. Well why not step that up maybe go with Rod denim.
Yes itís going to cost more but it looks a lot, it looks a lot I think dressier than
a lot of wash or worn denim. If you want to really step that up and everyone
is going to be wearing you know, khakis or Leviís or Dockers, how about look at some
grey flannel trousers. And theyíre different that dress trousers because these actually
have a little bit of a ñ of a texture to the fabric. So pay attention to fabric.
Last thing, Fit ñ Fabric ñ Style. So look at the style of the item and perhaps, if youíre
always wearing really you know the same ñ if you find that youíre wearing the same
dress shirt again and again and Iím talking to start where you got the pocket on here,
where you got the point collar, I mean thereís nothing exciting about it.
Perhaps look at a higher end designer dressier. Something may buy a let me think, a Zegna,
or something Brioni or one of those, the Italians theyíre always good to look to when it comes
to good quality and kind of cutting edge style. You donít want to go with something thatís
really fashionable that youíre not going to be able to wear next year. But something
that is classic but little details about it make it stand out. The style, maybe itís
got a little bit spread collar or itís got a collar with a little bit of a contrast collar
on the inside. Or maybe the style, maybe the buttons are unique. There are a little bit
heavier buttons, mother of pearl coming out of maybe Australia that are a bit thicker.
Little things like that are going to set you apart.
So how do you still be casual and set yourself apart and go to the next level, itís not
the ñ itís not the big things. Itís paying attention to the small details because you
add up those small details and they make a big difference. I forgot to mention but pay
attention to your shoes. Iíve written about shoes, there are books on shoes. Men need
to invest in some good quality footwear. I mean look at some Italian Markinsonís, some
tassel loafers. Something like that is really going to up your game. It may look a lot better
I mean you see everyone pushing out Converse and things like that. Thatís okay if youíre
in your early twenties but if youíre a man in his early 30ís, late 20ís, early 40ís,
50ís, a pair of Italian Markinsonís saddle shoes, those are really going to set you apart
and believe it or not itís almost as important if not, I mean you stand on those. Thatís
your foundation so pay attention to your footwear. Maybe I should have said thatís the fourth
thing because Iíve talked about it for a while.
Any case, hope that helps you, set yourself apart in a casual atmosphere. And now if you
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