TVG Style Guide: How to build an outfit

You can’t be sure of much in life, but what you can be sure of that each and every day you will wake up and put on clothes. Getting dressed can be painfully frustrating, the shirt is never ironed, the socks are never a pair and the tie you leant to your friend has never made it’s way back to your rack. However, it can also be pain free and fulfilling, where everything seems to work and one swift look in the mirror is all you need to get on with the day ahead. In the next 400 words we’re going to explain the 3 best ways to build an outfit, you might want to print this off and stick to the inside of your dresser because it’ll help you get through the most difficult of mornings.

1. Pick 1 item you want to wear and work around it.

Whether it be the pants, shirt, tie, socks, shoes, whatever – choose and choose it early. If it’s your new mint green chino’s then pull them on and don’t take them off. This rule applies most to items that are going to stand out, ie a patterned tie, a coloured chino, a paisley shirt. Often such items require a subdued background to work off, meaning try not mix bold with bold – bold looks a lot better against a neutral canvas.

2. Doing simple well is better than doing complicated poorly.

Okay so this is a proverb you could apply to almost everything you do in life, but it’s particularly pertinent when getting dressed. This isn’t about being boring, it’s about wearing something that fits and makes you look better than the guy wearing his new floral shirt. No one will let you get away with wearing the ‘out-there’ shirt twice in a month, however you can pull off the khaki chino, white shirt, blue blazer and brown oxfords look everyday of the week and no one will say a thing. Don’t confuse simple with boring, boring is to lack detail.

3. Get your own style and own it.

Every guy should have an item of clothing, or a particular style attribute, that separates him from the others. Whether it be a certain pair of shoes, sunglasses or the way you wear your hair. Individuality is key and once you ‘own’ that particular look or style those around you will recognise it and appreciate it.

Hamish Bowles (Editor-at-Large, Vogue) – His interesting and quirky style has turned heads for decades. (Source: Varon Mag)

Feature Image by Rose & Born //

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