Do you get your jackets tailored? Make sure you wash your whites separately? No? Then your style might be suffering as a result.
Having probed the grooming industry’s leading experts on how well-groomed men scrub up so well, we thought it fitting to ask some of menswear’s key opinion-makers to tell us the habits shared by the best turned-out men.
1. They Know The Basics – And Stick To Them
“From Steve McQueen to James Dean, all the fashion greats have kept it simple,” says Georgia Boal Russell, Senior Stylist at free online men’s personal styling service Thread.com. “They rely on basic uniforms and don’t worry about making a statement if that’s not their style.”
According to a recent survey by, British men, on average, wear just 13 per cent of their wardrobes. “My hunch is that guys return to their basic pieces time and again,” suggests Boal Russell. “Which makes it worth investing in quality staples that will look good after many wears and work with a lot of things in your wardrobe.”
Cover your bases with a well-fitting white T-shirt, sky blue Oxford shirt, grey sweatshirt, quality wool overcoat and some sturdy dark denim in a slim or straight fit.
2. They Shop Offline Too
With thousands of brands at your fingertips, no queuing, and the ability to stay lounging in your sweats while you do it, shopping online has revolutionised the way we stock our wardrobes. But could we be missing a trick by steering exclusively virtual?
“As popular as e-commerce is, I still love popping into brick-and-mortar boutiques,” says Jian DeLeon, Deputy Style Editor at Complex. “You get a feel for new brands that might pique your interest and have the ability to try on clothes and feel fabrics in person. Also, stylish and knowledgeable sales associates can be a boon in helping you think of different ways to wear the same thing.”
Not only that but you’ll also get to try the items on, saving you the hassle of coughing up for multiple sizes to see which fits best. Nor will you have to endure the special hell that is waiting in line at a post office on your lunch break.
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