We have all been there, filled with insecurity, while preparing for an important meeting or getting the nerve to ask out a beautiful girl.
That big moment is right in front of you and you are stuck in a rut of self-doubt and second guessing.
Am I good enough?
Will I make a fool out of myself?
By now it’s no secret that a lack of confidence can put a serious damper on your social and professional life. Guys who aren’t confident can come off untrustworthy, hesitant and weak. While most of us know the basic keys to confidence such as exercise, good posture and eye contact, style is often ignored in the confidence equation.
Truth is, you can’t afford to not pay attention to your image. With the rise of social media and other technology, we are living in an increasingly competitive world where even the little details matter. Fortunately, there are a few style principles that you can start implementing today that are sure to boost your confidence to the next level.
1 – Keep Your Clothes Clean and Well-Fitted
Make an effort to take care of your clothes.
This means your clothes should always be clean, pressed and well-fitted. A wrinkled shirt will leave you looking and feeling like a bum. Pit stains are a sure-fire way to negatively affect your body language. Clothes that are too ill-fitting will make it look like you can’t afford clothes that fit.
The good news is that these are all simple fixes. For example, making sure your shirt is pressed and wrinkle-free is an easy win that makes all the difference in the world. Once these small details are addressed you will see your confidence start to skyrocket.
This tip also extends to what’s on your feet.
A confident man wears clean shoes. So make sure to condition leather shoes on a regular basis to keep them looking fresh, this also includes using the best oil for leather boots. Casual sneakers should always be kept clean as well. White sneakers should be white not a muddy grey.
2 – Wear the Best You Can Afford
You should make it a habit to only buy the best quality you can afford. This includes jeans made out of premium denim. Outerwear should be well constructed and made of quality materials. And only purchasing shoes and accessories made of premium leather that won’t crack or look worn over time.
You should also take the time to learn what is good quality and what is not. Avoid cheap synthetic materials and instead stick to natural materials such as cotton, leather, wool and silk. Not only do clothes made of natural materials look better but they will also last longer, saving you money in the long run.
Wearing the best you can afford allows you to feel confident in the quality of your clothing. Your clothes don’t have to be designer pieces but wearing good quality will help you look more put together and self-assured.
3 – Keep Well Groomed
This should be a no-brainer but it’s still worth a mention because grooming is an important part of style. Every man should get into the habit of self-grooming to look his best. This includes beard care, regularly getting a haircut and making sure you smell nice.
But there are other things that some guys ignore that are just as important. Plucking unwanted hair from your eyebrows, nose and ears for example.
Skincare is another important part of keeping well groomed that is sometimes ignored. There is nothing attractive about dry cracking skin. And feeling unattractive is a sure-fire way to tank your confidence. Instead, invest in some skin moisturizer and use it regularly.
Once you have a grooming routine down you will notice that you will feel a lot more confident when approaching women, talking to clients and coworkers and in your daily social life. Good hygiene is a marker of a confident man as it gives off vibes of trustworthiness, self-assuredness and high status.
4 – Don’t Chase Trends
Trends come and go but great style is forever. This is especially true for menswear.
A navy suit never goes out of style. The same goes for other items such as calfskin oxfords, camel overcoats, and high quality denim. By focusing on classic pieces instead of trendy items you will always look good no matter what walks down the runway that season.
Listen, if jumping on the latest trend is your thing than by all means do what you love. But just know that there is a big difference between being trendy and having a classic timeless style. You can look to iconic men like Robert Redford, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen for great examples of style that have stood the test of time.
Mastering a classic look has an immense benefit to your time, money and overall confidence. Once you know which clothes suit you and which don’t you can spend a lot less time and money shopping for new clothes and worrying about looking outdated.
This is mental energy that is better spent focusing on self-improvement, making money or your love life.
5 – Dress for Your Body Type
Although “dressing for you body type” sounds like a featured article on the cover of Cosmo magazine there is actually a ton of truth to it.
Many guys don’t consider the shape of their bodies when dressing. Unfortunately this can result in ill fitting clothes that make them look bulky in the wrong areas and out of proportion. Besides, there is nothing worse than buying new clothing only to feel self-conscious when wearing it because it just doesn’t look right.
The key to good style is using clothing to emphasize your best physical features while minimizing your worst. Here are some key examples:
- Shorter men can wear shorter suit jackets and pants with a higher rise to create visual height.
- Bigger men can de-emphasize bulk by wearing waistcoats with suits to hide large bellies
- Skinny men can wear patterned jackets and sweaters to help add bulk to their frame.
- Athletic men can wear polo shirts to draw attention to their chest and shoulders.
It’s hacks like these that make all of the difference in looking and feeling your best. By emphasizing your best features you can present a more confident you.