So you want to level up your style game — awesome! But, you’re going to want to know what you’re getting yourself into. Sometimes, when we give ourselves a style overhaul, it doesn’t go quite as we planned. Often, it’s because we had the wrong expectations.
Here are 5 Common Style Misconceptions — so you know how to avoid the trap.
- Price = Quality — WRONG. Just because something’s expensive, doesn’t mean it’s high quality. Brand names come with a price tag, and a lot of that is due to the prestige of the brand. People buy overpriced brands because they think other people will notice and perceive they are successful (they don’t). Instead of grabbing high-ticket items and assuming they’re stylish, take a look at the construction of the garment. Is there attention to detail? Quality stitching? Or, what is it made out of? Is that shirt 100% cotton or a synthetic? These are things to be thinking about. Some expensive brand names are of very high quality (Creed, Ted Baker) while others… well… you’re just paying for the name (*cough* Supreme).
- If A Celebrity Wears It, It Must Be Stylish —Well, maybe. But, I can tell you I’m not out rocking Blake Shelton’s all-denim look anytime soon. Plus, some celebs dress in very trendy styles that may work today, but won’t work next month or next year. They can do this and get away with it — they’re celebrities. We are not. That said, if you do see an outfit that you think would be killer, compare yourself to the celebrity rocking it (height, weight, hair color, body type, etc.). If you’re features are similar enough — and you can afford the price tag — give it a shot!
- Copying The “Cool Kids”At School or Work —In the same vein as #2, just because something works on someone else, doesn’t mean it will work on you. Your style game shouldn’t be a carbon copy of someone else. While you can get inspiration on style from other people (how to match patters, a blazer with denim, etc.), your style should be a representation of you and what you are about. Express yourself, not someone else.
- Expecting Excessive Compliments — People don’t just walk up to strangers and tell them how great they look (ladies, I know this actually does happen but I promise he doesn’t care about your new shoes). If you level up your style game, be in it for the long haul. People will perceive you better, I promise. You’ll eventually notice how people react to you differently, and more importantly how you feel differently. Heck, you might even get a few compliments from your friends who know about your style journey. But, for the most part, you’re not going to start getting a ton of direct compliments. Do it for you, not other people.
- Trendy > Classic — Classic styles don’t equal boring. If they do, you’re doing it wrong. Trendy styles are in one year and out the next. So, if you want to make sure you’re looking stylish at an important event, date, etc., sticking with classic style is a great way to make sure you’re looking good. Make sure it’s tailored to perfection and you can add some extra flair with some accessories (pocket square, watch, a ring, etc.) — just don’t overdo it. You’re not Elton John — when you’re a legendary musician, then you can get away with it.
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