Section: Building Your Wardrobe - Blog
Most of the time, your appearance is the primary way people evaluate you and your potential. If it's true you never get a second chance to make a good first impression (we believe that), it's up to you to make sure every item of clothing pulls its weight and makes you look damn good. Here's tips for revamping your wardrobe to make sure your first impression is always a good one.
Many times, we pass by others without speaking to them. Whether or not we interact with them, they usually form an impression about us based on appearances Don't believe it? Try gesturing wildly with your arms while wearing a ski mask and a trench coat. In the time it takes for the police to subdue you, lots of people probably made incorrect assumptions about your character.
This is unfair; merit, rather than clothing, should be the standard used to evaluate one's character. Yet, life is often unfair so in the absence of words, men's clothing or wardrobes provide the main way for others' evaluations. This is why first impressions create lasting impact.
Hopefully, you own an array of men's suits and business shirts that gives you sufficient control over that all important first impression.
To sum it up, if you dress like a ruffian, you'll be treated like one. Similarly, you'll find doors opening for you when you dress in stylish suits or, better still, personally designed tailored men's suits.
Rebuilding men's wardrobes or buying men's clothing doesn't just start with spending money. Some basic tips are:
Commit to make the change in your collection of men's clothing by giving away those ill-fitting clothes. Go through everything in your closet and evaluate it, garment by garment. Ask yourself: "Does wearing this make me feel and look damn good?" If the answer is no, donate it to a worthy cause and replace it with an amazing item that makes you feel like a million dollars.
Build a network of accountability partners who hold you to your commitment. Ask them to be brutal honest about how an outfit looks.
You may a professional (who mostly wears business suits), a business owner (who dresses in blazers,sports jackets etc.), a man wearing a uniform on account of the nature of his work, or a creative person (who relies primarily on wearing jeans and shirts). Therefore, your clothes should reflect the style you spent years cultivating.
Build your wardrobe a few pieces at a time. Be on the lookout for missing pieces to fill in the gaps in your wardrobe (especially those available at bargain prices) and integrate them into your closet gradually.
This keep your costs down because when you need an item in a hurry, you'll likely spend too much for it. An advantage of purchasing a few items together is you might get a good discount for a large purchase.
While making purchases for men's clothing, remember the wisdom of the words “Purchasing quality is an investment; purchasing quantity is an expense”.
To conclude, we'd like to leave you with a quote by the noted Italian statesman, Niccolo Machiavelli. He said, “For the great majority of mankind are satisfied by appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than those that are”.
It justifies your sense of indignation at being judged by appearances. At the same time, it stresses the importance of the men's suits and business shirts you wear.
If you'd like some help revamping your wardrobe, why not schedule aone-on-one session with one of the experts at Montagio Custom Tailoring? We're always ready to help with fashion and style advice.
Original idea for article from Antonio Centeno, author of the internet's most actionable men's style guide. We recommend a read!
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