Perhaps one of the best things about adopting a modern gentlemanly style is that you aren’t bound by any fashion trends. In today’s trendy world of jogger pants and ugly, clunky sneakers, it’s a huge relief to rely on timeless classics that never go out of style.
While dressing like a modern gentleman may appear effortless and simplistic, the truth is that achieving this sophisticated style takes a significant amount of time. Men such as Bradley Cooper and Eddie Redmayne weren’t born knowing how to dress to the nines – they picked up knowledge along the way to improve their innate sense of style.
If you want to do likewise, it helps to know a few style tips right away. From learning how to pack a suit without getting it wrinkled to mastering your style through the changing seasons, read on for some must-have style tips for every modern gentleman:
1. Take Your Suit from Day to Night
Need to get ready for a stylish evening? Here is a simple way to take your daytime professional attire and upgrade it for the evening: replace your dress shirt with a turtleneck.
The turtleneck underneath your suit instantly transforms your entire look, taking you from boring office attire to sleek and stylish in the blink of an eye. The turtleneck is also a great upgrade for winter because it keeps you nice and toasty on chilly evenings.
Don’t forget to ditch the pocket square when you make this upgrade. The beauty of the turtleneck underneath your suit lies in stark simplicity.
2. Add Some Bling to a Monochromatic Outfit
When you’re rocking all black or the especially daring all-denim look, jewellery is a must. A little bling can break up an otherwise boring outfit and put the finishing touches on your entire ensemble.
If you aren’t a huge fan of bling, start by wearing functional jewelry. This can be anything from a snazzy watch to a stylish vaping device hung around your neck. Just remember to keep things to a minimum and all one metal—no mixing gold and silver!
3. Adapt Your Suit to the Weather (Without Sacrificing Style)
Suits are no problem when the temperature is just right. When it’s freezing cold or so humid that you can taste the water in the air, that’s another story.
Fortunately, there are a few simple style tricks to ensure that you stay comfortable without sacrificing your aesthetic. For example, wearing a quilted vest underneath your suit jacket is a preppy way to add warmth to your ensemble. In fact, it fits right in because the vest makes it resemble a three-piece suit.
For the summertime, why not wear a polo shirt in place of a dress shirt and choose lightweight suit fabrics (think cotton, linen or a blend). A classic polo will keep you nice and cool while looking effortlessly stylish when the heat is on.
4. Upgrade Your Wallet
Most guys are walking around with battered wallets that they’ve had for years. As a general rule, gentlemen don’t carry bulky items around on their person.
Upgrade your wallet by opting for a slimmer version. A slim and stylish card holder will help you carry just enough cards and fit easily within your trouser pocket.
You can also use your slim wallet to show off a hint of personality. Today, men are steering away from traditional black and brown wallets and choosing ones that have a pop of color instead. These can be seen when you stick them in your back pocket and are great conversation starters.
5. Dress Up Your Shorts
If you lean towards gentlemanly-style, shorts may not be commonplace in your wardrobe. Well, that’s about to change.
Once summertime arrives, you can’t be walking around in stuffy trousers all season long. If you want to rock a pair of summer shorts while still giving off a debonair vibe, find a pair of Bermuda shorts that are tailored close (but not too close) to your body, and that cut off just above the knee.
Pair your preppy Bermuda shorts with a casual, long-sleeve dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Complete the look with a pair of loafers and a blazer for a quintessential summertime look for the modern gentleman.
6. Be Strategic with Color
You may already know not to match your tie to your pocket square. However, it’s perfectly acceptable – encouraged, in fact – for men to match their tie to their suit.
A lot of men use their tie to brighten up their suit and express their personality. You can still make your tie pop with a fun pattern, just try to have it be in a similar tone to your suit. This will earn you more style points and give you a distinguished look. Plus, you can still incorporate color with your pocket square or dress shirt.
7. Learn to Pack a Suit
One of the core tenets of modern gentleman style is being immaculate in every sense of the word. A true gentleman is never caught with wrinkled clothing or a disheveled appearance.
Thus, it’s crucial that every man learn how to pack his suit properly. Don’t worry; there is a super simple style hack that you can use to pack your suit in less than six seconds.
All you need to do is visit the dry cleaners and use their bags to keep your suit (and other items) wrinkle-free. Simply lay your suit in a hard-shell suitcase and fold it in half. When you get to your next destination, your suit should look as pristine as can be.
When you’re dressing to impress, the little things can make all the difference to your style. Whether you’re upgrading your wallet or choosing the perfect pocket square for your summer suit, honing in on the little details is what makes a true modern-day gentleman stand apart from the crowd.
With these style tips, you don’t need to tell everyone that you’re a well-dressed man – they’ll see it clearly in your impeccable style.