Easy Style Hacks for the Holidays (and the rest of the year)!

Dressing up is not easy for everyone. Here's a little help.

 

Never Iron just One Shirt – breaking out the iron and the ironing board is a pain in the rear and sometimes we’re just be too lazy to do it so we’ll settle for an old sweater instead of a great shirt.   

Our advice: iron as many shirts as you can in a session.  This will give ample options every morning and the feeling of accomplishment is unbeatable.  So throw on the game or an old movie, set up your ironing board and a nice little spray bottle (for those stubborn creases) and get to it.

 

Wear Brown Shoes – there is no better way to take almost any outfit from a 5 to a 9 than by wearing brown shoes.  The general exception being if you’re wearing black pants or a black suit (although we’ve seen a few sartorial Jedis pull this off to great effect). 

A great pair of brown or cognac shoes or boots instantly boost your style quotient by making your feet part of your outfit.  Make sure you also pair the shoes with a belt in a similar tone. Add a great leather bag to enhance the whole look.  Now you’re making a statement.

 

Layers, Layers, Layers – this is how we separate the sartorial novices from the pros.  Adding a vest or a sport jacket over a shirt is always a good thing.  Both is even better.

This is a simple hack.  One layer, let’s say only a dress shirt, looks like you rushed out of the house.  Throwing a nice cardigan over that shirt says you put a little thinking in your outfit (and no one will know if your shirt is a little un-tucked).  Throwing a sport jacket over that cardigan takes you into the upper echelons of elegance.  Trust us, this works.

 

Great White Shirts -  are one of the simplest style hacks.  A great (tailored, clean & pressed) white shirt can make any suit or sport jacket look like a million bucks.  It allows the jacket to be the center of attention and gives you a timeless, classic look with almost no effort.

Make sure you know the difference between a dress white shirt and a casual white shirt.  These should not be confused and worn the same way.  A classic dress shirt should be worn with a suit or under a dressy sweater or cardigan.  A heavier, more casual white shirt should be worn under a casual sweater or sport jacket.

 

Befriend a Tailor – don’t be afraid of taking your clothes to a good tailor.  It’s a small investment that can make all the difference.

Shortening the sleeves on a shirt makes the arms look much slimmer.  Getting the length right on your pants will make you look taller and leaner.  Taking the seat in on your pants can make you look like you actually have a butt. 

These are just a few examples of the magic a tailor can perform for you.

 

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