Guys, this message is for you!
Let’s be honest; all men want to make more love and money.
A study out of the University of Texas revealed that men will make an average of $230,000.00 more in their lifetime if they pay more attention to their personal style. That means, a conscious effort of time and dollars devoted to wardrobe, accessories, grooming, and posture.
As far as sex goes, every woman I know would rather spend time with a well-groomed, well-dressed guy rather than a sloppy schlump. Attention to personal style shows self-respect and respect for whomever you are with. Chicks dig respect. Employers demand it.
What message would you like to send about who you are; Confident, smart, sharp, successful? You have to dress the part. If you look clumsy and awkward that’s what we’ll think you are until you prove otherwise. That could take a long time.
Attention to the details of your personal style can help you feel cool, confident, intelligent and interesting, improve your love life, and help to increase your income.
Here’s seven solid suggestions for starting the process of creating your killer look:
1) Cultivate a Core Wardrobe. This will take some thought and bucks. So save up because you want the best quality you can afford. It will be worth it. Here’s the wardrobe pieces you’ll need to acquire:
great fitting jeans, casual collared shirts, good quality sweaters, hard soled shoes, wool trousers, a tailored sport coat, dress shirts, a tailored suit, heavy and lightweight outer jackets, good T shirts, belts, cool leather sneakers, casual leather moccasins or driving shoes, two ties in colors that flatter your skin and eyes.
2) Focus on fit. Don’t wear dad jeans from Costco except to clean out your garage or mow the lawn. Clothes should skim the body, not cling nor sag. No baggy shirts or slacks. Pant hems = 3/4″ from floor. Shoulder seams should line up with your shoulders. Sleeves should end 3/4″ from wrist.
3) Know what you want before you go shopping. Know what styles you like by looking in magazines like Details, Esquire, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New York Times Mens Style Magazine, Wall St. Journal. Cut pictures out. Know what stores sell the kinds of clothes you want. (More about shopping in # 7.)
4) Take pride in maintaining your clothes and accessories. Hang everything on good hangers. Sweaters get folded neatly on shelves. Whatever is in your closet needs to be clean, wrinkle free and odor free. Even shoes. Brush your clothes to get the lint off.
5) Get a current haircut from a cool hair stylist at a rockin’ salon. This should cost you more than $50.00, unless you live in Iowa. Bring a picture of a famous celebrity with a great hair cut like what you want. Ask for styling tips and buy product. Ask how to use them.
6) Wear colors that flatter your skin tone and eye colors. If you have brown hair, wear brown pants, black hair, black pants, and so on. For jeans, dark wash is best. If you have blue or green eyes, for crying out loud, wear shirts, sweaters, and ties the same color as your eyes. Get lots of them in different shades of the color of your eyes. Women love that. If your eyes are brown, get shirts in the same colors as your undertones of your skin. That will be either golden, earthy colors, or wine colors, either/or. If you’re not sure, get a color consultation from an expert image consultant.
7) If the whole idea of shopping and putting outfits together is the last thing you want to do, contact a certified professional personal image consultant in your area. Looking for an upgrade in the appearance dept? Call a professional, like me. You’re not going to have your kid’s baby sitter do your financial planning, right? Don’t leave your personal and professional appearance in the hands of a sales person who was selling lattes at the corner coffee shop the week before. If you’re in the Denver area, visit my website, then call to book a Men’s Style and Wardrobe Package. I don’t sell any products, so I won’t try to sell you shirts or suits. I just want you to look your absolute best, so you’ll get a color chart, your closet edited and organized, the wardrobe analysed, hairstyle and eyeglass recommendations, and a shopping list created. Then we hit the stores. In just a few short hours you’ll have great outfits put together for work and weekends. Then I come back next season and solve some more wardrobe problems. Sound good? Let’s do this now.
Marian Rothschild, AICI FLC is a Certified Personal Image Consultant, president and founder of Look Good Now in the Denver, CO area. Color analysis, wardrobe styling, personal shopping for men and women. Visit her website, then call 720-933-9247.