Frankly, I’ve never been much good at fashion. I’m a guy who grew up on a farm where nice clothes were far more likely to get muddy and torn than to get you attention. However, this year I’ve decided to make a few fashion resolutions that I think other men could adopt to help them be a little more groomed.
In preparation for this article I’ve been reading a few mens fashion tips that all seem to advocate spending the majority of my annual salary on a pair of shoes. I’m somewhat more traditional than that so I’ve decided to do things that won’t cost a fortune, so while these ideas may not have you looking like something straight off the catwalk from New York fashion week, they may help you simplify things and make your personal style a little bolder and more interesting.
Firstly, I’m not going to wear jeans as often as I currently do. If I’m not at work then I am usually wearing jeans or sometimes a pair of shorts. Starting New Years I’m going to try and avoid the jeans while hitting the town and try some khakis, cords or dress pants, you know something a little more stylish.
Speaking of jeans, I think its time that I got rid of some of the more used pairs I have in my closet. New Years day, after I’ve had my hangover and Advil, I’ll take a look at some of the more offensively used pairs (think holes in the crotch, pockets and other areas) and get rid of them. I may be proud that I wore holes in all my jeans but sometimes there are just too many to be considered reasonable, sensible or decent.
I think the next tip comes in at being a little nasty for some people – laundry. While this is not fashion per se, I would like to make sure that instead of looking in the closet, realizing there is nothing clean and then grabbing something pre-worn from the basket, I’ll set a day and time to do my laundry that I can stick too and avoid having to go basket digging for my favorite shirt.
Along with laundry I’m going to clean my shoes a little more often. Maybe I’m strange but I often think that shoes can make or break an outfit and too many of mine seem to stay dirty. My new year’s resolution is to clean them whenever they get dirty so that the next time I’m wearing them I’m not constantly trying to hide the muddy bits. I have several pairs but the chances are only one is ever clean.
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