As compared to women, men’s clothing is quite limited. Although, over the period of a few decades, this has changed. Men are more conscious about their clothing than before. This shift of mindset towards a better style has led to men taking care of their personal presentation.
According to several surveys, the majority of men are ready for change, but they don’t have a clue how to get there. They know that they want to change their outward appearance and how that change in style will bring change in their life, but they don’t know how the process will work or if the change will be successful.
Some people might say it’s because men don’t like change, but that’s nonsense. Men like to travel and try new foods, so they buy new cars and homes, move from dating to marriage, and become fathers. Men are open to change and often look for it.
No, the real problem isn’t the change itself; it’s the anxiety they feel while making the change. And the longer this awkward period of change lasts, the harder it is to make a change that will last.
The key to successfully changing your look is to make the transition as easy as possible. So how do you change the way you show the world who you are? Here are six effective strategies to follow to make sure your wardrobe makeover is a success.
Make A Promise to Change the Way You Look
Once you’re sure you want to change your style, make a commitment to doing so. There are many ways to make a promise, but one of the most powerful is when a man tells his close friends and family that he is going to make a change. And don’t just tell your wife or significant other.
Telling your friends makes it more likely that you’ll keep your promise, and making a written promise with a set date can increase the chance you’ll keep it. Of course, you run the risk of not reaching your goal, but that’s the whole point: we try to keep our word.
Prepare a Plan for Rebuilding Your Wardrobe
When you’re trying to improve how you present yourself, you need a plan to know how you’re going to make the change. Try to get rid of confusion by writing out the details of your plan of action step by step. Include the exact types of clothes you want, the order in which you’ll buy them, and how much you want to spend.
Now that the decision to change has been made, all that’s left to do is find a trusted merchant and act. You can do your own research via articles and blogs on menswear.
You can get an idea about how to dress for work from such research. Lastly, when getting specific, know what you need and don’t forget how important it is to learn about menswear. Contact clothing stores that provide free style advice or men’s image experts that specialise in making you appear your best.
Remove Obstacles to Change
We often get in the way of our efforts to make things better. If you want to dress better, get rid of small things that might get in the way. Try to make a path that will improve the trip and make the process easy. Here are only a few examples of how to dress well.
- Set out your clothes the night before. If everything is organised and in the right place, you won’t have to think or look for things in the morning. Even if you are running late, it won’t take long to look good.
- Set aside time on Sunday evenings to polish your shoes. If you have three pairs, you should be able to get through the week with just a touch-up brush.
- Iron all of your shirts at once. It takes as long to set up the iron and board as it does to iron one shirt. If you iron six or more shirts at once, you’ll save 15 minutes a week compared to ironing each shirt separately.
- If you feel that you can’t iron them at once, then take help from iron shops. You can give on a day before you need the shirts for all week long.
Focus on your Strengths and Create Something New for You
Build your personal style around your best qualities and add style elements that will make the clothes truly yours. Are you a huge fan of the Lakers? The inside of your sports jacket should have a purple and gold lining. Since you were a kid, have you been a fan of the New York Yankees?
Then wear pinstripe suits and work like Americans. A little crazy? Yes, but if you have fun and try to make your clothes fit your personality, you’ll be more likely to wear them and feel better when you do.
Sometimes, you may not know what style to try on, in that case, you can take help from personal stylists so that you know what exactly you like and how to transition to a new style.
Change Your Mindset
Logically, we know that dressing professionally makes better and stronger first impressions. However, emotionally, we don’t want to trade in our khakis and polo shirts for dress pants and sports jackets because we’re afraid of how our colleagues will react to our more professional look. And most of the time, the emotional side will win. The key, then, is to use your emotions to change your mind.
A decision may be based on logic, but tying it to an emotional anchor makes it much stronger and more stable. Example: Instead of dressing well to get a promotion, dress well because you want your wife and son to see you the way you see yourself: as a leader with a lot of potential. The motivation to dress well to set a good example for your family is stronger than the motivation of a possible pay raise.
Just Get Started
For many of us, the hardest part is just getting started. We wait, think about what to do, and then wait again. But know that not making a choice is also a choice. If you don’t buy that custom suit six weeks before the interview, you might have to settle for an off-the-rack shirt that doesn’t fit well four days before the big day.
Set a deadline for when you have to make a decision. Use the information you have to make a well-informed decision, and then make your choice. Chances that aren’t taken are just that: missed. You can begin your makeover journey by having a single outfit perfectly tailored and ready.
The hardest part is getting started. Once you know what sizes fit you or a tailor has your body measurements, you can order everything you need and be sure it will fit.
Changing your appearance isn’t that hard. What makes it hard is that we don’t want to deal with the change in a clinical way. Once you’ve decided to dress better, you’re more likely to succeed if you have a well-thought-out plan with small, doable steps and the right lifestyle. The above-mentioned tips will help you achieve your goals faster and make your transition smooth and easy.