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Shakespeare listed seven ages of man in As You Like It, but happily we only have to dress for one age or two of them at a time!

There’s a dignity to dressing your age that cuts both ways. A balding man with a gray beard who wears board shorts and an Abercrombie polo is just kidding himself, but so is the college student attending lectures in a $3000 bespoke suit. Both of them are reaching for something they can’t attain.

I don’t want to lay out absolute brackets here, and I wouldn’t expect you to take it seriously if I did — there’s no rule that says you turn from a ‘Young Man’ into a ‘Professional’ at the stroke of midnight on your 25th birthday. You don’t need to throw out your whole wardrobe and buy a new one!

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Let’s start things off at the beginning with the young man.

How To Dress Your Age As A Young Man: 18-35

A full head of ungrayed hair and a body that stays in shape with ease goes a long way in fashion. Take it from an older guy, enjoy these while you have them.

Apart from the physical advantages, the “young” look is defined by experimentation, variety, and a touch of aggressiveness as far as bucking the traditional look goes.

However, knowing when to experiment and when to fall back on timeless, reliable options becomes more and more important as the young man grows. A college boy of 19 is far less likely to need a sharp-looking suit and the practice to wear it confidently than a young professional of 32.

How To Dress Your Age: Casual Dress for the Young Man

Young men can usually wear just about any style as long as they’re willing to really own it. That means no half-measures — funky, bright-colored trousers mean a mix-and-match look in the rest of the outfit; don’t pair them with plain black dress shoes and a pressed white dress shirt. You’ll just confuse people.

#1 Pick One Theme

When you put an outfit together, you want to aim for a look that can be described in one word. (This is good advice for all ages, but especially helpful for young men, whose experimental wardrobes tend to be more varied). Do you look outfits with ‘preppy’ or ‘grunge’ theme? How about a ‘hipster’ look? If you’re looking like a little from each all at once you probably need to change some items around.

#2 Vary The Look

Youth is about experimenting, figuring out the kind of image you want for yourself. If you’re a college student who wears khakis and a polo every day, I highly encourage you to go outside your comfort zone. Play around a little. I’ve never met a stylish young man who didn’t have a wide variety of tops and trousers (to say nothing of accessories) in their closet.

Varying the look from day to day keeps you from being pigeonholed. Dress sharp one day with a tucked-in dress shirt, slacks, and a dark blazer, then switch to bright corduroys and a henley under a denim jacket the next. And so on.

#3 Accessorize To Make The Look ‘Deliberate’

What’s the difference between a guy in jeans and a hoodie versus a guy in jeans and a hoodie with a leather bracelet?

Quite a bit, actually.

Having an eye-catching accessory somewhere in an outfit makes it clear to people that you have self-control and you’re wearing a deliberate ‘look’ rather than some mismatched pieces grabbed at random out of your closet.

This is especially important for casual outfits, which can look like classic youthful sloppiness if you’re not careful. Sharp-looking accessories mean that even if the older generation doesn’t like your style they have to concede that it is a style.

Casual Clothing For Young Men 

  1. Dark, well-fitted blue jeans, the always-acceptable casual staple. Go ahead and invest a little extra to get a pair that fits well and is a nice, deep indigo rather than light blue.
  2. A light-colored blazer and a dark-colored blazer, nice and casual.
  3. Some brightly-colored pieces, anything from T-shirts to trousers and jackets. Try not to wear them all in the same outfit, but use them to liven up an otherwise-conservative outfit.
  4. At least one pair of plain khakis or slacks and a dress shirt that you can wear when you go to church with Grandma (or whatever other casual-but-conservative events come up in your life).
  5. Belts. Wearing trousers with belt loops and no belt just looks sloppy.
  6. A couple pairs of funky shoes. Colored canvas sneakers, decorated leather brogues and saddle shoes, espadrilles, moccasins — whatever you feel like. But some options that aren’t sneakers or plain black/brown dress shoes are key.
  7. Some brightly-colored or patterned socks never hurt either, while we’re on the subject of feet.

How To Dress Your Age: Business Dress for Young Men

As you get out of school and into the business world, the need for conservative trousers, dress shirts, and blazers increases. At least one actual suit becomes something of a necessity as well, for interviews if nothing else. In many cases, these are unfamiliar articles of clothing — a good fit and attention to the basics are key to looking like a grown man, rather than a schoolboy in his dad’s old suit.

#1 Good Fit Above All Else

Ready-to-wear suits are made deliberately big. This lets stores sell them to the maximum number of men, but is bad news for younger, slimmer men. A loose, baggy suit jacket paired with a young face is the easiest way to look like a kid in borrowed clothes.

Whenever possible, shop for jackets and trousers at businesses that offer in-house adjustments. If necessary, take them to a tailor as well. The fit should be closer than an older man’s. Don’t wear anything so tight it pinches, but avoid any loose cloth hanging off the body when the garment is properly buttoned.

#2 Keep It Simple

There’s such a thing as a business-dress suit with a distinct pattern or unusual features, but on a young man it’s likely to look more like an error made in ignorance than a conscious style choice.

Stick to basic styles like the two-button, single-breasted, notch-lapel business suit in a dark solid. Leave the three-piece, padded-shoulder, peaked-lapel, pinstriped suits for men who have the gray hairs to carry them well.

#3 Err On The Side Of Overdressing

A young man who wears a suit and tie when everyone else is wearing sports jackets and open collars look like he’s striving to impress. A young man who wears a blazer and khakis when everyone else is in suits looks like a kid who can’t be taken seriously.

You’re always going to be better off looking like you try too hard than looking like you don’t try enough. When in doubt, wear the suit. You can always take your necktie off and tuck it in a pocket if you find yourself badly overdressed. If you show up underdressed, there’s no remedy.

Business Clothing For Young Men 

  1. At least one suit. A simple, single-breasted model in charcoal gray or navy blue is best, and the fit should be adjusted to keep it close to the body.
  2. A navy blue blazer. It goes with everything and is always respectable. It can also be paired with unusual shirts or trousers for a funkier look in the evening.
  3. A plain white dress shirt, spread or point collar (not button-down). For the most formal business settings.
  4. At least a few collared dress shirts, lightly colored or patterned.
  5. A minimum of three or four neckties, including a few conservative ones in dark colors with modest or no patterning.
  6. A pair of plain, shined black oxford balmoral shoes. A second pair of brown leather oxfords or bluchers is also worth having for more casual business wear.
  7. Medium gray wool slacks. They’re the navy blazer of the lower body — versatile and functional with almost any look. And, of course, they can indeed be paired with a navy blazer.
  8. A plain black leather belt and a plain brown leather belt. Your leathers should always match, and a ratty belt ruins the fanciest suit.

How To Dress Your Age As A Professional Man: 25-50

Alert readers will already have noticed that our age bracket for ‘the Professional Man’ overlaps with the age bracket for ‘The Young Man’.

That’s deliberate. Surely you’ve heard of young professionals?

But there is a transition point; it just comes at different ages in different men’s lives. At some point you go from being a man who’s trying different careers, interviewing often, and experimenting with life to someone who’s got a path pretty well figured out and plans to keep working at it. Fashion changes accordingly.

Don’t break out the walker and stairlift just yet. Being a professional man doesn’t mean it’s time for high-waisted stretch pants and retirement home brochures. What it does mean is a transition from more aggressive younger men’s styles that say “look at me!” to the restrained elegance of a man who knows what he likes and feels confident about his place in the world.

Instead of “look at me!” a professional man’s clothing should say “I know you’re looking at me.” It’s all about confidence of assumption.

A little honesty also goes a long way. When your waistline starts to expand and your hairline starts to recede, change your style accordingly. Trying to wear the clothes you wore fifty pounds and a different hair color ago is unlikely to flatter you.

How To Dress Your Age: Casual Dress for the Professional Man

Days and evenings off aren’t entirely free time for most working men. You never know who you’re going to run into, and appearances still matter. Stocking the closet with comfortable casual clothes that actually look good — rather than relying on work jeans and T-shirts — keeps you prepared without having to work at it.

#1 Raise The Standard

Training yourself to dress well is easy: it requires you to only have good clothing.

Easy, right?

Most men’s default wardrobe can use a raise in standards. A pair of jeans or two is fine (especially dark, fitted jeans), but you should have just as many cotton slacks, and just as many wool trousers beyond that. A variety of colors keeps you varied as well as dressy.

Shirts should get the same treatment. Once you’re past 25 or so, there’s really no room for T-shirts outside of exercise and physical labor. It’s time to show some maturity. The majority of your casual shirts should have collars. Your stepping-outside outfits should almost always be something that would look good if you threw a sports jacket on over them.

And speaking of that, a professional man’s closet needs casual jackets. Several of them. A tapered shape is going to flatter your body, and by stepping up the formality a notch you’re showing everyone that you can afford to dress well for pleasure as well as business.

#2 Moderate Your Colors

Neon orange corduroys are a young man’s indulgence. As you age and settle a bit in life you’ll want to tone it down a notch.

That doesn’t mean you should stop wearing a variety of colors. In fact, a professional’s wardrobe can still benefit from some of the best color combinations for men (it keeps regular workwear from looking uniform), but the colors shouldn’t be the focus of the outfit.

Casual clothing doesn’t need to stick to the blues and grays of business wear. Explore shirts, jackets, and even trousers in subdued but rich colors like burgundy and forest green. Or, for a more muted look, try pastels like coral pink and sea-foam green. Either of these color palettes turns a potentially basic chinos-and-collared-shirt look into something unique.

#3 Layer Up

A complex life deserves a complex look. Don’t be shy of visual ‘noise’ in your casual outfits.

Sports jackets over collared shirts are a good default outfit, but hardly the sum of a professional’s options. Invest in turtlenecks, cardigans, henleys, vests, overcoats, and other pieces that add complexity to your upper body.

Texture also adds visual depth that gives a simple outfit a little added gravitas. Visible weaves are great in jackets and trousers, as are decorative elements in shoes and belts. You’re wearing it for fun, so have some fun shapes in there.

Casual Clothing For Professional Men 

  1. A couple of patterned or textured sports jackets. Throw them on over any outfit with a collared shirt and long trousers for an instant upgrade.
  2. Pocket squares. You’re old enough to be paying attention to details, and you should have one of these in the breast pocket any time you wear a jacket.
  3. Gray wool slacks. Think of them like you used to think about blue jeans: default pants for every situation, to be dressed up or down as needed.
  4. A good collection of casual long-sleeved dress shirts and polo shirts.
  5. Shoes that make a statement: brogues, saddle shoes, chukka boots, or whatever other interesting options catch your eye. Tennis shoes and plain black/brown dress shoes should be reserved for playing tennis and business meetings, not worn for fun.
  6. A few neckties with an interesting color, pattern, texture, or shape (bowties are an option here). Wearing a tie every time you wear a colored shirt is stodgy, but wearing a tie for fun once in a while shows you’re in control of your look.

How To Dress Your Age: Business Dress for the Professional Man

Your business dress needs are partially going to be determined by what the profession in your “Professional Man” is — lawyers need a wide selection of suits; car mechanics don’t. Every man can use at least one suit in the closet for interviews, weddings and business meetings. Beyond that, use your judgment and focus on buying the kinds of clothes you wear to work regularly. But there are a few rules that work at any level of formality:

#1 Be Realistic About Fit

Don’t kid around with the fit of your good business clothes. Get them tailored specifically to you, always, and be honest about the measurements. Counting on losing those ten pounds next month is just kidding yourself. Lose the weight, then have your clothes adjusted.

At the professional age, the fit of your clothes is a major sign of success (or failure). Someone in a slumped suit, or a sports jacket that’s too short for his arms, is someone who looks like he can’t afford or doesn’t care to look better. Neither one is going to inspire much confidence in your friends and peers.

You’re better off owning fewer clothes that fit better instead of lots of clothes that fit okay. Prioritize getting everything in your business wardrobe looking sharp and feeling comfortable over adding items for the sake of having a full closet.

#2 Set An Example & Exceed Standards

Think about the basic dress requirements for your job, whatever it may be.

Now plan on exceeding them.

In business, there’s no reason to blend in. If you work for someone else — a boss or an employer — it shows them that you’re comfortable where you are and don’t plan on advancing. If you’re self-employed, it shows clients and business partners that you’re getting complacent.

So plan on going a small step beyond the “dress code” at your workplace, whether it’s an official set of rules or not. If khakis and an open-collared dress shirt are the norm, alternate casual jackets and neckties as ways of exceeding standards. If everyone’s already in suits and ties, invest in good dress shirts and neckties, and make sure you’re always sporting a pocket square.

#3 Nail Every Element Of Your Outfit

Wearing a good suit, or a good pair of slacks with a nice blazer, is only half the battle. The devil is in the details.

A professional man needs to strive for professionalism in all of his business clothes, not just the big pieces.

Dress shirts should be of good quality and fitted properly around the neck, with no loose collar standing off the skin. Cuffs should be visible a half-inch or so beyond the end of the jacket sleeve. Pocket squares should be present, bags should always be leather briefcases and not cloth backpacks or messenger bags, and leather and metal accents should always match (no silver watches if your blazer has brass buttons, etc.).

The difference between a man in a nice suit with no accents or sloppy details and a man in a nice suit with all his smaller accents in place is a striking one. Once you’re getting out of your 20s, it’s a difference you should be able to manage every day.

Business Clothing For Professional Men 

  1. A proper suit, preferably a made-to-measure or bespoke. 100% wool, good fit, dark color, and a reasonably conservative style keeps it appropriate for all business occasions.
  2. At least one pair of gray wool trousers. When your suit is too formal, wear these with a blazer instead.
  3. A navy blue blazer. You’ll need one of these at pretty much all ages, in fact. Add more blazers and sports jackets if you’re at an office that doesn’t require suits but does expect “business casual” dress.
  4. Lightly patterned or textured sports jackets for business-casual events. Throw them on over your dress shirt and slacks rather than stopping with just the collared shirt.
  5. Lots of neckties if you wear collared shirts to work on a regular basis. Nothing signals ‘stuck in a rut’ like the same half-dozen ties over and over again.
  6. A couple of plain white dress shirts, without a button-down collar, for the most formal meetings and occasions.
  7. Plenty of lightly-colored or patterned dress shirts for more casual business wear.
  8. Black leather balmoral oxfords, in good shape and well-polished. A similar pair in brown for slightly less formal suit-and-tie occasions.
  9. Good belts and a quality wristwatch. If you’re not wearing a watch at this age, you look a little careless.

 

How To Dress Your Age As A Mature Man: 45+

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By the time you’re in your 40s, people expect you to take life pretty seriously. You’re also getting old enough to start seeing hints of ageism in how people treat you, especially if you’re looking for a new job.

Dressing in your mature years means finding a balance between dignity and stodginess. Timeless styles are increasingly your friend; not so much trend-based fashions that fade in and out. It’s also time to simplify a little, leaving the intricately detailed outfits to younger men and opting for simple elegance whenever possible.

How To Dress Your Age: Casual Clothes For Mature Men

If you don’t want to be taken for a fixed-income pensioner, don’t give up on your casual style. Stretch pants and sweatshirts say “done with life.” Have a little more crispness than that as you welcome your silver (or vanished) hairs.

#1 Outdress The Younger Men

One of the joys of old age is that you no longer look like you’re trying too hard if you wear a suit for fun, or are the only man in a crowd wearing a blazer. You’re an old guy. You get to do things like that.

Casual suits are one of the underused joys of American menswear. Have a few — in striped seersucker, plaid wool, pastel linen, or anything else that strikes your fancy. When you’re not in the mood for a suit, go for slacks and a sports jacket instead. An open-collared dress shirt or a turtleneck underneath will always say “I dress this way for fun.”

The key thing to avoid is anything that smacks of laziness rather than studied casualness. You want to be viewed as a leader, a mentor and a man of wisdom. Your outfits should look like they took a little thought and work. There are a lot of young men out there eager to dismiss their elders as “tired-out” and “over the hill” (often so that they can feel better about ignoring good advice). Show those young men you still have plenty left to teach them.

#2 Incorporate More accessories

It’s surprising how many great pieces of clothing some men never bother to wear. Hats, gloves, scarves, cufflinks — these are the refinements that an elder gentleman can use in his everyday wardrobe.

While younger guys might look overdressed, you’ll look like a VIP guest or the owner of the restaurant or theater you are in.

A few beloved hats are something every man should own by the time he’s 40. If you don’t have them yet, work on finding them. Colored leather gloves (anything from a sedate burgundy to a stylish yellow) are a three-season piece that almost nobody thinks to wear anymore, setting you firmly apart without being anything but the soul of dignity.

Smaller accents like French-cuff shirts with casual cufflinks, colored pocket squares, and neck scarves all complete the image of a man with both the time and the skill to out-dress everyone, even on his day off. The only touches worth avoiding are ones that evoke a specific past era, whether they’ve come back into style or not — an elder gentleman wearing a cravat is going to look like an oil painting from the 19th century. Stick to timeless classics.

 #3 Add Personality

The older you get, the more people will want to pretend you’re invisible.

Don’t let them.

Wear the unusual, the interesting, and occasionally the downright startling when you’re on your own time. Got a favorite old tweed jacket? Pair it with a pair of brightly-colored cotton or linen trousers to go from ‘aging British squire’ to ‘urban sophisticate’.

Mid-forties and up is also the age at which it finally becomes acceptable to wear fun, playful ties. Don’t make a habit of it, but don’t shy away from the occasional startling necktie that shows you have a zest for life. Break the stereotype of older men being somber and reserved. It’ll put a smile on people’s faces when they’re looking at you, and that’s always a good thing.

Just a sharp-looking pair of shoes can be enough to draw the eye in an otherwise-relaxed outfit like slacks and a heritage fisherman-style sweater. Whatever it takes to remind people that you’re there and, if necessary, that you’re older and wiser than them. Even what you carry in your pockets can come in handy here; young people these days are always impressed when someone in their 60s pulls out a smartphone and opens its web browser.

Casual Clothing For Mature Men 

  1. A few non-business suits. These can be casually patterned or made from traditionally casual materials like linen and seersucker.
  2. Vests and waistcoats are a great way to look dapper without wearing a jacket (they’re also a nice way to slim any expanding waistlines). Have a few in the closet, either as part of three-piece suits or on their own.
  3. Lots of wool slacks and sports jackets. The more colors, patterns, and textures you have in the wardrobe, the more mix-and-match looks you can create.
  4. Good, casual sweaters: cardigans, Guernsey or Aryan Island sweaters, etc. Nothing baggy or shapeless.
  5. Comfortable, well-shined leather shoes in a variety of patterns and colors. A few pairs of dress boots wouldn’t hurt either.
  6. All the little elements: hats, gloves, walking sticks, scarves, etc.
  7. A good knee-length trenchcoat or similar overcoat. More than one in varying colors is no bad thing.

How To Dress Your Age: Business Clothes for Mature Men

Business is a whole different world for older men. If you’re coming into a new job it’s going to be important to prove you can keep up with younger workers; if you’re in charge of your own employees it’s vital to demonstrate gravitas and wisdom.

Happily, business suits never look better than when they are paired with gray hair. You have access to the widest range of business styles, and no one will dare challenge your right to wear the sharpest of them. Enjoy.

#1 Have A Suit No One Else Owns

Single-breasted, two-button suits in plain navy or charcoal are for young strivers. An older man has the dignity and the weight of experience to carry a double-breasted suit, or a three-piece suit, and he doesn’t need to shy away from elegant pinstripes either.

You don’t want to violate good business dress here, of course. If you’re wearing a suit for serious and formal business it should be dark, sober, and restrained. But a dark navy, charcoal, or black with pinstripes more than qualifies, and the added elegance of a full waist covering (either a waistcoat or the fold of a double-breasted jacket) is hard to argue with.

If suits are a regular business necessity, invest in a variety of business-appropriate styles. Any sign of habit or routine can be mistaken for complacency in competitive firms, so don’t be ‘the guy with the double-breasted suits’ day in and day out. Mix it up for maximum effect.

#2 Invest In The Best Materials

Subtle differences are the key to any older man’s wardrobe. You don’t need your suits or blazers to be remarkably different than a younger man’s — but they should be better.

High-quality cloth and tailored fits are the best way to achieve that subtle superiority. Two navy blazers in the same cut and color can look markedly different if one is made from thick, rich wool and cut to the wearer’s measurements and the other is unadjusted and in a thinner, cheaper cloth.

Having clothes that are just a little better than everyone else’s is worth a bit of an investment in your later life. And it gives the younger men something to strive for, which they can always use.

#3 Less Is More

All that said, an older man doesn’t need flash in his business dress. Restrained elegance is the key. Good fabrics, fine suits, and all the details right — and then stop there.

Flashy watches, designer labels, and aggressively tight silhouettes are for younger men. Your clothing should look fine, dignified, and comfortable. That puts you above the fray of any subtle one-upmanship.

In suits and jackets, this can be achieved with softer shoulders and a less distinct taper at the waist. In more casual outfits, sticking to darker, softer colors and avoiding stark blacks and whites achieves a similar effect.

Business Clothing For Mature Man 

  1. Some really great suits. Seriously, this is your time to shine. Do not be shy about living the good life in your choice of suits.
  2. A few crisp white shirts for the most formal business settings. For an elegant touch, wear ivory or cream rather than pure bleached white.
  3. Enough neckties to always have just the right one for an outfit. You’ve been collecting them for twenty-plus years now; you should have plenty.
  4. A navy blazer and a pair of gray wool pants in high-quality material, preferably tailored to your measurements.
  5. Black leather balmoral oxfords, well-shined. Leather soles are an added touch of elegance (and very comfortable to walk in, once you get used to the feel).
  6. Pocket squares, cufflinks as needed, and a simple, dressy wristwatch.
  7. A good wool overcoat that hits at least the back of the thighs. Dark navy or charcoal are good colors, and camelhair or khaki make a good choice for a second coat.

Style is not restricted by age. But that does not give men free license to dress as they please.

Embrace the new opportunities to try different styles as you age. Don’t be afraid to completely change your style as you move from one decade to another.

At the end of the day, always bear in mind these philosophies on dressing your age:

  • Have fun – it’s okay if your outfit doesn’t hit the bullseye at first (it’s part of the process).
  • Love yourself – stay true to yourself and use clothing to represent the best version of you.
  • Be confident – feel as youthful/mature as you look and don’t let the clothes wear you

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

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When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

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The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

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Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

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As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

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You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

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Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

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Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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