BY TERRY MWANGI
Okay gentlemen! We get it. Fashion is a burden. I mean, who has time to check if the shoe matches the belt when there is a football game to catch, deadlines to beat and beer to grab with the boys?
Have you ever wanted to walk into a room and look like you are in charge? Clothes will talk on your behalf. I do not think that you should force yourself to care about fashion trends. You should take what is out there and match it to your personality. Your clothes should make you feel completely at home. Buy the best you can afford and dress the best you can for your age.
Here are simple rules that will make you triumph where other men fail.
Invest in good Quality clothes
Opt for clothes that you will covet not just for the year but for the next decade and longer. Finding a well-made piece that you can wear over and over will hold way more value than devoting your budget to every passing trend.
Remember that as much as cheap is expensive, sometimes expensive does not mean good quality. Be keen to check details to the letter; from the stitches, to the fabric and how well the buttons are secured to the garment.
Fit is neat
There was a time when men got away with wearing extremely baggy clothes; we now live in different times where perfect fit is everything. Do not wear clothes that used to fit you when you were 20kgs lighter. Buy new clothes as you plan to update your gym membership. Your current body type is what you need to dress today. If you do not have the right fit, everything else is wasted effort.
Get the details right
A million dollar suit with the wrong shoes is as good as a cheap suit. If you want to look good, you should take care of even the slightest details from head to toe. You could for example memorize the rule ‘the smaller your face, the smaller your collar should be and always wear a belt if your shirt is tucked in’.
These tiny details could go a long way. Consider the colors that work best for you. Always note that dressing all in one color makes you look taller and slimmer. Creases make you look careless; just take time on Sunday afternoon to iron the week’s shirts. Your socks should match your pants not your shoes. If they match your shoes, it will give your shoe an awkward boot look-alike.
Manicure and pedicure should be a good finishing to a good outfit. Ladies notice. It does not mean that you have to go to the salon; a good nail cutter will do the trick
Clothes emphasize social status and a certain level of professionalism. People assume that a well-dressed man is an important person and treat them accordingly. This is a good thing because it opens doors. If you do not care how you look, you will never look good! I understand that fashion is never a man’s strength but let’s give it a try gentlemen!
Writer is Communications Manager at Jumia