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25 Ways To Spice Up Your Wardrobe

You're not Mister Rogers. Get rid of those 80 pairs of khakis and shake things up.

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1. Go velvet.

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There's more to velvet than its softness. Depending how you wear it, you can vamp up any outfit from casual to super formal. And it gives a little texture to your usual staples.

2. Build your bling collection.

Neckalces: they aren't just for women. Use a short necklace with a collared shirt or a long necklace with a V-neck or simple shirt to add a pseudo-layer. Look, even Gosling is into it.

3. If a necklace is too scary, go for the chain collar/collar tips.

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Think of it as the collar's answer to the tie bar. It keeps things in place while still adding a flair of bling. Find some cool collar tips here.

5. Trade your solids for some patterns.

Stripes are classic, but patterns extend beyond geometric shapes. A simple splash of ornamentation can quirk-ify your style and is also a great alternative for people who aren't into bright colors. Here are some cool patterned chambray options.

6. Meet the tie bar/tie clip.

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Small details sometimes make a big difference. And not only are these little guys practical (by keeping your tie straight) but they also look pretty badass. Learn the do's and don'ts of wearing a tie bar here.

7. Get some pocket squares.

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It can be nonchalant or it can make a statement: it's up to you. Adding a pocket square to your outfit is a great way to spice up your style to the degree of your choice. The only rule of thumb: it should complement your tie and shirt, not match them. Check out some of these bad boys here.

8. Wear more bow ties.

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Don't be scared of them. Yes, they're a little trickier to tie, but once you've got it down pat, you'll be turning heads left and right. As long as your back it up with confidence, it's the perfect way to up the ante. Learn the art of bow tie tying here.

9. Branch out: try a linen blazer.

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10. Opt for a leather or fabric strap watch.

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Forget Hublots and clunky metal: wearing a simpler and slimmer piece of wrist candy makes for a more sophisticated and classic look. And especially this season, striped fabric strap watches like these can add an extra pop to your summer wardrobe.

13. Embrace colored pants.

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You don't have to go overboard and wear neon, but a simple deviation from your standard blue and black is a quick fix to wake up any ensemble. Pastels are good for summer, but maybe beginners would be more comfortable starting with a forest or maroon green pant. Here's how to rock them.

14. Get more fitted T-shirts.

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Baggy T-shirts were cool when you were in your high school band. Now it's time to embrace the more fitted shirt (notskintight). You can definitely still wear a great graphic tee in a more put together and cleaner way. A good shirt should hit right below the waist and have shorter sleeves, like these.

15. Step up your raincoat game.

A reliable, light raincoat is your best friend on those chilly or rainy days when you don't want to deal with an umbrella. Plus, a colorful one can boost your look without overpowering it. Make sure though that you bring a blazer when you try your raincoat on in order to make sure it will fit over your layers. These ones are pretty neat.

16. Pair a suit jacket with shorts.

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Mixing casual with a dash of formal is the new frontier. It's menswear saying, "I'm a cool dad, see?" Besides, if you let your legs breathe a bit, your sweat glands will thank you.

18. Wear wide-brimmed hats.

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The time of fedoras and beanies has passed, and a revival of wide-brimmed hats (no, bucket hats don't count) are on the rise. Hats are often overlooked or dismissed, but hey recall a certain era of classiness that is hard to find in our baseball cap-filled world.

19. Suspenders aren't just for Wall Street.

Some people worry that suspenders feel to costume-y, but they're just an accessory like any other. Go a step further though and opt for a patterned or textured pair instead of a solid color. Go big or go home, y'all.

20. Wear scarves. And wear them low.

It's the modern take on the ascot. You can use it it to make your look sportier and well thought out without strangling yourself with a tie. Not sure how to wear it? Check out this helpful guide.

21. Look into puffer vests.

Not only do these vests keep you warm in the winter, but the various options for thickness give you the choice to layer them over or under your jackets. Go for a lighter color if your winter wardrobe is looking a little monochromatic, or stick to a classic black or blue if you're not quite ready to let your puffer flag fly.

22. Wear a shirt that doesn't have a collar. And isn't a tee.

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It's a men's blouse. It's breezy and is perfect for those days when you need to throw on something light and easy. Small details like embroidery (as shown above) or a small pattern even give it a little je-ne-sais-quoi that says, "I tried without trying."

23. Say yes to leopard print.

It's one of those prints that you've always admired on others (ahem, Kanye), but probably never dabbled in yourself. It looks great as paneling on jackets and an accent on any bag or shirt. You can even wear it in a different color (see above).

24. Set your toes free with leather sandals.

When you think "sandals," you think of Keens or clunky Birkenstocks. What you should be thinking of is simple, open-toed leather numbers that look both summery and elegant.

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