Owning a lot of nice things can be expensive and exhausting. Keeping track of all your stuff and keeping it organized can feel like a full-time job. Sometimes, being a well-dressed gentleman feels like your own personal prison. It’s not just because we tend to accumulate stuff as we get older; It’s also the way that we think about our possessions as something to have, rather than something to enjoy. Having a closet full of clothes doesn’t mean you are well dressed; Having access to nice things doesn’t mean you are cultured or polished – all those things represent is how much money you’ve spent on them over the last few months or years. Being well dressed isn’t about owning things; it’s about having an attitude toward them – and yourself – that is intentional and purposeful, intentional in that you choose with intention what to buy and how much to spend if you do so; and purposeful in that when buying anything new, you know why and for what occasion.
Rule 1: Always Buy Quality Over Quantity
First and foremost, you need to make sure that the things you buy are high-quality. You don’t need a lot of things to be well-dressed; you just need a few key pieces that will last. Avoid buying cheap items made with inferior fabrics that will fall apart after a few washes. Instead, spend a little bit more on classic, sturdy pieces that you’ll be able to wear again and again. If you’re on a budget, be patient. You don’t need to buy something right now. It’s better to have one really nice shirt than six cheap ones.
Rule 2: Value Knowing You Look Good
Owning a lot of nice things isn’t about how much money you’ve spent or what you have in your closet. Owning things that you like – regardless of where they come from – is an important first step, but being well-dressed is about more than just what you look like. If you’re wearing a suit that’s three years old, doesn’t fit properly, and you don’t know how to tie a tie, then you aren’t well dressed – you’re just wearing a suit. So make sure that you value knowing that you look good by learning how to properly take care of your garments, how to properly wear your garments, and also spend time cultivating your personal style.
Rule 3: Diversify Your Inventory
Most people have one or two go-to outfits they wear all the time, but being well-dressed is a year-round pursuit. You can’t just throw on a blazer and khakis in the summer, nor can you just wear a heavy overcoat in the winter. You need a full wardrobe of clothes, including a wide variety of different fabrics, weights, and textures. That being said, don’t go overboard. You don’t need 100 different pairs of shoes or 15 different suits. Aim for variety within reason, but don’t try to own everything under the sun. It’s better to own 10 high-quality garments than 100 poorly made items.
Rule 4: Own Just a Few High-Quality Pieces
Owning a lot of nice things can get expensive, and you don’t want to be a slave to your debt. You don’t want to be house-poor, constantly putting more money into your wardrobe than you can afford. You want to own just a few high-quality pieces. You don’t need a dozen suits, nor do you need 10 pairs of dress shoes. You just need a few things that are tailored to your body, fabrics that are appropriate for your climate, and styles that are appropriate for your profession.
Rule 5: Accessories Are Your Best Friend
Accessories can take an outfit from good to great, but they don’t have to cost a fortune. Accessories are a great way to add personality to your outfit, as well as break up patterns in your clothing. Try to get creative and find ways to add accessories to your outfit without breaking the bank. There are plenty of ways you can do this. For example, you could wear a scarf in the winter to keep warm without having to wear a heavy coat. You could also use a belt with a different color to add some personality to your outfit. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to be well-dressed. You just need to know what pieces are appropriate for your profession, your climate, and your body type.
People often think they have to own a lot of expensive things to be well-dressed, but that’s not the case. It’s important to remember that clothes are just a garment. Owning a lot of nice things doesn’t make you stylish or well-dressed. It’s how you wear those clothes and how much you enjoy wearing them that makes the difference. Keep these rules in mind the next time you’re shopping for new clothes, and you’re well on your way to being stylish and well-dressed!