Men’s Fashion Basics – The Benefits Of Having A Uniform

Once you've spent several years profoundly submerged in the realm of men's design and style, you begin arriving at a couple of ends.

Right off the bat, there is a colossal distinction among design and style, with the manners in which they can be fused into this present reality differing altogether. Besides, regardless of the amount you need it to occur or how hard you attempt, you will never have the capacity to restore Reebok Classics from the grave. I know, tragic occasions. Thirdly, having a go-to uniform isn't really the enormous 'no' you used to think it was.

Not just that, with the measure of attire choices accessible to folks nowadays, I can totally comprehend the inclination to dunk your toe in each fashion pool you can discover. Be that as it may, there are a great deal of positive things to be said for having a uniform.

Your Signature Look

A more accurate name for a uniform in the world of style would be ‘signature look’ – an outfit that once people see you in it, they immediately identify it as ‘you’.

Personally, I find the major benefit of having a signature look is that it allows me more time to think about the parts of style that I enjoy most, such as textures, colours, patterns and shoes. What I don’t enjoy so much is spending ages trying to figure out what to wear in the morning. By investing in pieces that I know fit into my look (chinos/seasonal fabrics trousers, shirt and waistcoat/jacket) I can be ready in a matter of minutes.

For others it could be that it means you remain stylish but understated or that you always show up as the best dressed.

However, one of the key aspects to developing a signature look is experience. If you’re new to this game, you should go crazy. It’s pretty much the only time you’ll get to, especially if you’re in your twenties or younger (controversial I know). Spending time experimenting with new styles means that you get to understand what suits not just your body shape, but also your skin colour, hair colour and lifestyle. Allow me to give you an example…

My Signature Look

I enjoy dressing up on the formal end of the style spectrum; it makes me feel confident and is suited to my profession. Nothing fits this description better than a suit. The great thing about a suit is that it’s already 60 per cent of your outfit done – all you need is a shirt, some shoes and a tie.

However, I have a nightmare with suit trousers. I have big thighs so I tend to have to buy larger waist sizes and then get them tailored to fit me. This can get expensive and, again because of the thighs, I tend to get a lot of crotch wear, which means I need to replace them about six months later and go through the whole process again.

This problem is often due to the thin material the average suit trouser is made from. With this in mind, I simply swap the trousers for either thicker seasonal versions or durable cotton chinos, but keep the tailored jacket. It means I feel a lot more comfortable and confident in myself and ensures I don’t spend every penny I earn on trousers or sacrifice my preferred formal, tailored approach to dressing.

Furthermore, due to being slightly bigger than your average male, I tend to stick to darker, neutral colours for my outer layers, with colour injected via shirts, ties and pocket squares. This comes from years of experimenting with different coloured items and finding that wearing darker colours on the outside of my outfit flatters my size, rather than emphasises it.

Mix It Up

I’d like to point out that I’m not suggesting you wear a strict uniform EVERY day. Develop a signature look that you wear one day a week or perhaps a couple of signature looks that you wear to the office every other day.

I’ve found that by wearing variations of my uniform to work most days, when it comes to the weekend I really do put some thought into what I wear and make the most out of what’s in my wardrobe, in a way that I never used to.

An All-Day Look

Having a signature look allows you to do something that I’ve always been a big proponent of: wearing what you put on all day. Once you know what suits you and what works, it’s a lot easier to wear your clothes from the moment you step out the door to when you hit the sack in the evening.

Sure, you may have to lose a few pieces or add a layer as the temperature drops, but you’ll be confident and comfortable throughout because you won’t be thinking “I can’t wait to change out of this when I get home”.

Uniform Lookbook: Smart-Casual To Formal

To help illustrate my point, I have provided some lookbook inspiration. The ‘uniform’ we are focussing on today consists of three key pieces: a blazer, shirt and pair of trousers (could be jeans, chinos or tailored versions).

The lookbook below shows how these three key pieces can form the foundation of a wide range of looks, from smart-casual to business-casual to formal:

Final Word

So there you have it guys, just a few thoughts that I’ve been having recently on the benefits of picking a look and sticking to it. Think of it as a grown up uniform for a grown arse man.

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