People are always watching. People are always looking, judging, criticizing, admiring, envying, and taking notes. Being the man who still walks around in nothing but sweats and a hoodie when work is adjourned is way past its prime. In fact, the whole, “Sweat suit look” should be only for athletes and lazy high school and college students. Don’t get me wrong, I was always the last kid rolling into class with his sweats on, his hood up, and looking like he just rolled out of bed after a rough night (because I usually did). But hey, I grew up a bit since then.
Dressing with style does not mean having to throw on a suit and tie at every occasion It means being able to look and feel good in the attire that you do choose to wear. You won’t often hear people say this, but comfort is a major factor in style. Whether those jeans are too tight, you hate wearing a tie, or your suit is too skinny, It is written all over your face when you are uncomfortable. That simply takes away a lot of credit to your attire. You can’t be stylish without feeling stylish.
Street style is important in today’s day and age especially when living in a city like New York, LA, Boston or any other city that has an above average population. Find ways to mix and match your clothing so that you feel your best while looking the way you want. If you’re aiming for that casual look, throw on a pair of tailored jeans or slim chinos. Depending on the weather, match them with a nice button down of your choice, a slim stylish hoodie, a polo that has coordinating colors, and be sure to juice up your shoe game. Don’t just throw on your PF Flyers and call it a day. Remember that there are sneakers that are stylish. I can’t give a huge list, but go out and find them. Tretorns, New Balance, and Nike are starters. I try to avoid wearing actual sneakers unless I’m heading to the gym, but some people can pull off the right shoe with the right attire.
Wearing a suit to work or to play can be done in dressy and casual ways. A suit is something you should be able to wear at any moment for any occasion. Dressing up? Throw on a tie, nice spread collar, a pocket square, some nice dress socks with a nice pair of dress shoes and call it a day. Looking for a little more casual of a “Suit look”? Ditch the socks if the weather is permitting and throw on a pair of less dressy shoes like Sperry’s, Lacoste, or some Clarks. Lose the tie and unbutton your top two buttons. Some suits allow you to roll up the sleeves and look more casual with your undershirt rolled up with the jacket. I have yet to attempt this move, but I have seen some athletes do it and it looks pretty good. Do your hair a bit more messy than conservative and now you look cool, casual, and comfortable.