16 Ways To Dress Like A Grown Man

Essential fashion tips that will help you dress for the occasion.

1. Now that your mom isn’t buying your clothes anymore, start following the Style Pyramid.

If a piece of clothing doesn’t adhere to the Style Pyramid — fit, fabric, and style — don’t buy it.

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Step 1: Make sure your suit fits.

Most men buy suits that are two sizes too large. Fix that by learning your measurements.

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Step 2: Check the fabric.

It’s quality over quantity, so buy clothes that are 100% fabrics (cotton, wool, etc.). They look nicer and are more sturdy.

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Step 3: Is it stylish?

Your goal is to improve your wardrobe with comfortable, nice-looking clothes. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

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2. High school is over; get a real pair of shoes.

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Potential mates are neither impressed nor turned on by men in sandals, so suit up.

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3. If you’re not going to run, don’t wear running shoes.

Invest in quality. Every man should own a black lace-up shoe (they match everything) and a few slim, pointed ones.

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4. Throw out your white socks, and cover up.

Buy some colorful wool, cotton, and cashmere socks — ‘cause each kind has its own purpose — and make sure they cover your shins.

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5. Holey and unnaturally faded jeans are deal breakers.

And throw your baggy or frayed jeans away, while you’re at it. When it comes to jeans, simple is better.

Tip: Keep in mind that women love fitted jeans that show off your butt.

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6. Know how and when to wear shorts.


How: Find a balance between exposing your knees and covering your thighs.

When: Based on temperature, location, and the event.

Never: Wear cargo shorts (you’re not going on a safari).

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7. Stop buying “small, medium, and large” dress shirts.

Buy slim-fitted, treat yourself to an Oxford shirt, and tuck it in.

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8. Know how to roll your sleeves.

Details matter, gentlemen.

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9. For ties, matching colors and patterns is key.

Your goal is to match a tie with your dress shirt or suit, not the other way around, so buy ties that fit with your whole wardrobe. Check out this guide for a heads-up on essential colors, patterns, and fabrics.

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10. Prom is over, but you still need a tux.

Stay classy with a black jacket and white dress shirt (slim-fitted, as always), and make sure you wear a bow tie.

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11. You’re welcome.

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12. Pocket squares are meant to complement, not match.

So sticking with all-white or going with some color is totally acceptable.

Bonus: Pocket squares direct everyone’s eyes to your chest, not your stomach.

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13. Cuff links can make or break an outfit.

They should be simple and clean looking. Buy two or three different pairs, and you’ll be a true 21st-century esquire.

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14. Get a haircut like the guys from Mad Men.

Say good-bye to your Justin Bieber locks, fellas. Short hair is in, so keep things tidy with a Mad Men-inspired hairdo.

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15. Use the sun to your advantage.

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Finding the right pair of sunglasses can be tricky, but they’re the perfect way to complement an outfit.

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16. Also, real men do their own laundry.

So make sure you know these do’s and don’ts.

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Follow these tips, and you’ll be the next 007.

Without the license to kill, probably.

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