15 Quick Fashion Tips for Men

I’m sitting here enjoying a hot cup tea, trying to get the creative juices flowing for this next article. Since everyone loves top lists, I thought I’d give you guys something you probably don’t see too often, a quick list of some practical fashion tips.

Here are 15 Quick Fashion tips:

1. Fit is King – The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style is to make sure everything fits impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too large. Make sure everything you wear is almost hugging the shape of your body – without being tight. Bad fit is an epidemic. We call it “Bad Fit Disease”…

2. Keep it simple – You want a wardrobe that looks great on you, but don’t overdo it. Don’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Don’t dress like a rock star unless you’re in a band. If you want to be flashy, a simpler but stylish look would be sporting a black striped dress shirt with a white blazer, a dark pair of jeans, a dressy belt, and your sharpest dress shoes. You could also add a flashy watch or a simple accessory like an interesting necklace, but nothing more. Check out out our article on basics to refresh yourself on what are essential wardrobe items.

3. Change the way you see casual – casual doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun with collared shirts, or take some inspiration from those who approach casual a bit differently.

4. Pay attention to your supporting pieces – Some sweaters are lean and others are big and chunky. The first rule of thumb is that your top and bottom halves need to match. If you’re wearing a big, chunky, rugged fisherman knit sweater, your bottom needs to be rugged, too. Don’t wear a fisherman’s sweater with a beautiful silk-and-wool suit pant. Instead, wear it with something as casual as cargos or jeans, or dress it up with a Harris tweed blazer.

5. Never go shopping alone – Most of the time, it’s tough to trust the sales people because they usually work for commission. Shop with a friend who will give you their honest opinion. Also, read about shopping on a budget.

6. Stay a notch above – Don’t overdo it to a fault, but dare to take some risks. It’s always better to be a little bit overdressed than underdressed in any setting. All you have to do is think about where and who you’re going to be with and just step it up one notch. But make sure you’re not better dressed than someone who is more important in a certain setting, like your boss. 7. Never underestimate the power of details – The last thing on is usually the first thing noticed. So mind the details instead of throwing together the main parts of your outfit. “Details” can include a scarf, a subtle pocket square, or the way you tie your tie knot.

8. Invest in a superb pair of shoes – If it’s one thing that women will notice, it’s your shoes. Especially how clean and sharp they look. It’s easy to wash and press the rest of your clothes to keep them looking new, but most guys disregard their shoes. Show that you’re a man of taste by getting a great pair of shoes and keeping them in pristine condition.

9. Fashion Tees with logos – When you’re going around with a big logo on your shirt, you risk looking like a walking billboard. Lose the lame Coca-Cola shirt and go for a classic v-neck tee or something artsy (check out threadless.com).

10. Disregard trends – Beware of buying something just because it’s “in” right now – stick to what you truly like. A lot of people rush to get in on the latest trend and end up with a bunch of clothes they don’t wear. It’s better to learn to build a versatile and timeless wardrobe first – then bring in your own twists with some of the new fashion. This one tip will save you so much money! Read up on our compiled list of 40 Common Men’s Fashion Mistakes for extra info.

11. Don’t be a sucker for brand names – Don’t be a Patrick Bateman. Before you decide to purchase an item, ask yourself if you are buying it simply because of the brand name or because you love the quality and style. Ask yourself,  “Would I buy this if there was no logo on it?” Check out our article on how to look designer for less.

12. Continually cultivate your image – Invest more time and money into your image. Cultivate your fashion sense. Your style is a huge mode of communication, and is worth caring for as much as your education, career, and relationships. Sign up for our free crash course on knowing your own style. Oscar Schoffler, longtime fashion editor of Esquire once said, “Never underestimate the power of what you wear. After all, there’s just a small bit of yourself sticking out at the collar and cuff. The rest of the world sees what you drape on your frame.”

13. Ask for real feedback – Most of your friends and family aren’t going to go out of their way to tell you what looks bad. You have to ask for it. In fact, ask anyone and everyone you trust to tell you the truth. Ask your hairstylist, ask your best friend, ask your mother!

14. Upgrade your shave – Even if your fashion is golden, an unkempt beard can be an attraction killer. Achieve a perfect shave by trying a shave brush & old-fashioned double-edged razor.

15. Experiment with style – The only way you’ll really learn, is if you go out there and try new things. I make an effort to try something completely out of my comfort zone whenever I’m at a store – many times you’ll end up loving something you never thought you would. If you make mistakes, life goes on. So many guys are afraid to express themselves through their style, don’t be one of them. Check out our article on how to put an outfit together.

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  • January 26, 2008
    Thomas W.

    GREAT POST! I wear a lot of sweaters (being from wisconsin) so the advice was great! Would love to see some more post for men 🙂

  • February 16, 2008

    Thanks for the tips! I am guilty of a few of these myself…. especially 11,12 and 13. I”m slowly beginning to put together a sense of style for myself, but it’s just not easy guys. There is not that much information outthere, so every bit helps.

    p.s. I’ve always wanted to try a manicure but have been too shy. I gotta give it a go!

  • March 6, 2008

    Fantastic post. Simple, yet very good advice….especially the sweater tip!

  • May 30, 2008

    These are great tips.

  • June 21, 2008

    Old post (on this blog), but a good one. It’s really hard to find information that is CLEAR and has pictures.

  • July 30, 2008

    the sweater tip is great!! i bet 8 out of 10 men have done this mistake.. ha ha ha.. cheers..

  • August 4, 2008

    I’M a man of high fashion, and those tips i tell you were very good.

  • August 11, 2008

    love #4 & #11 – this article (and website) is definitely a life saver!

  • September 9, 2008

    hi please please can you help my husband, hes fashion has really improved from the 90’s he was trapped in, and is in a band and looking cool,great! however, he has added to his wardrobe or should i say not removed from his wardrobe, an approximate 1995 bomberjacket! luckily for him it isnt the pilot style but however it smells like the 38 tonne lorry that he wears it in! evan when hes not in the lorry! please help him as he actually looks abit annoyed when we try and help him to discard the jacket, as i feel hes a good looking chap and hes shoddy old coat is spoiling the painting! any suggestions on how to encourage him to be more fashionable! thanks!

  • September 12, 2008

    I have the urge to go and burn all my logo shirts right now. It’s so true that these are nothing more than walking billboards.

  • September 13, 2008

    These tips were great and I don’t mind getting a pedicure it’s my parents that think tha “real men” dont get them I think they don’t get me, I’m trying to look good.

  • October 1, 2008

    I have a friend who always does those extremely low v-necks with plain jeans. It has to be the most disturbingly trashy look. I need to share this list with him haha.

  • October 7, 2008
    Ralph E.

    This is a great list – if only I had this website 10 years ago….

  • October 9, 2008

    Love the tip about building a timeless wardrobe – I’m learning that lesson the hard way after wasting thousands on following the latest and greatest. If I had put together a solid wardrobe of classic pieces, I would have been so much better off.

  • October 12, 2008
    Kevin Thompson

    It’s so true that the details can make or break an outfit. I’ve seen so many people who try to pull off brand new expensive suits, but their shoes, or some little tacky detail undermines their entire look.

  • October 14, 2008

    The first useful men’s style blog that I’ve come across in a long time…

  • October 15, 2008

    I like all the tips cept the rockstar one, I’m not even that into rock and I want to dress like a rockstar. It’s fun, rings and mult-colored shirts and skinny fit jeans, leather jackets. I like all of that.

  • October 27, 2008

    i can now upgrade my boyfriend’s style.i’ve learnt enough to help me.it’s agreat article u have up here.

  • November 19, 2008
    Vincent Edward G. Binua

    you got yourself another one loyal subscriber here!
    worth digging dude! thanks…

    keep up!


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  • January 3, 2009

    Great site.
    I am a 41 years old newly divorced male with a bit of “extra” round my middle. How about an article for me. I haven’t dated in 20 years!!
    I don’t, as a habit, go out. Therefore, I have not bothered to think about wardrobe. I prefer a good shoe. But I have been a colored pocket t-shirt and jeans guy. I need help. I am sure there are many others like me out there. I am subscribed…so here we go.

  • January 8, 2009
    Chris Calo

    Great list, I completely agree.

    Could I add one more that might be helpful to your readers?
    Make sure your clothes is clean and ironed. A wrinkled shirt can make a $80 shirt look like a $10 one, same goes with pants.

    Well ironed pants will look newer than pants you just took out of the drier.

  • January 30, 2009
    Charlie Engelhardt

    ok is there a way i can upload a pic on here to see if my wardrobe is considered good casual wear???

  • March 15, 2009
    Michael S.

    this is a great list of helpful ideas for men to keep looking good for themselves and the people that have to put up with them everytday..

    although i dont agreee with 13 and 14..

    i have been modeling since i was 15 and i wear v-necks and skinny jeans or what have you in public…

    its not always about style and looking good, as much as it is about feeling good, and feeling comfortable in what your wearing, if you have more confidence in yourself, and the fact that you look good, then other’s will pick up on that vibe

    also a clean shave may look good but some guys look great with a little rugged-ness added to there outfit, call it an ‘accessorry’ =]

  • April 11, 2009

    not gonna lie i break rule 13 all the time, ill wear jeans with black/white plaid shoes and a white vneck under a black/white sweater and i get alot of compliments on it

  • May 3, 2009

    My husband found this post and I had write to thank you. Your tips are invaluable.

  • July 13, 2009
    Conrad Dixon

    Great list,

    Another to add is wearing accesssories like necklaces, rings, piercings etc… all adds to your attractiveness.



  • October 10, 2009

    Hey. Great job. I did not expect this. This is a great story. Thanks!

  • April 13, 2010

    Hey great tips i take fashion seriously,so 95% of these tips i do practice but i must say there’s one i truly benefited from thanks and keep up the good work.

  • September 7, 2010

    “It’s always better to be a little bit overdressed than under-dressed in a situation.”

    Live by it like it is the law.

  • November 23, 2010

    incredible and useful tips, thanks a lot!!

  • January 2, 2011

    These tips are so amazing!I loved all the tips!

  • January 5, 2011

    hi kinowear. i hava went through the tips given above. those are absolutely useful.thank u for that.

  • May 27, 2011
    Richie V

    Your socks should always match your pants, one of the main reasons I recommend you to use this fashion tip is because in matching your socks to your pants it makes you appear TALLER.

    Also said by Hothchner, from Criminal Minds.


  • July 13, 2011

    Great tips that will hold true 15, 25, 50 years from now.

    I’m sometimes guilty of #11, it’s an excellent question to ask yourself.


  • October 27, 2011

    Great tips and details sharing. Thanks for sharing ….

  • February 12, 2012

    Thank’s for the tips 🙂

  • July 11, 2012

    Thank’s for the tips

  • July 14, 2012

    Whilst I may be four years late in reading this- the advice given was brilliant and whilst i already go along with a lot of the aspects (despite perhaps the brand thing) it has reiterated the fact that I need a new pair of shoes to go with my clothes!

  • July 26, 2012
    Glamorous Dresses

    Awesome tips here Jay. In my opinion, the second tips – keep it simple is the most important to be fashionable. Don’t try too hard to look cool by wearing unnecessary.

  • August 20, 2012
    Mostafa Nabil

    Nice work to all fashion maniacs, God bless 🙂

  • August 25, 2012
    Sameer khan

    Thx dude for valueable tips

  • August 31, 2012

    Thanq for nice tips:):) but i need sone more tips about wearing some attractive dress which suits me:)

  • August 31, 2012

    These are some really awesome tips! Thanks again.

  • September 29, 2012
    sandeep jain

    Your socks should always match your pants, one of the main reasons I recommend you to use this fashion tip is because in matching your socks to your pants it makes you appear TALLER.

    Also said by Hothchner, from Criminal MindsYour socks should always match your pants, one of the main reasons I recommend you to use this fashion tip is because in matching your socks to your pants it makes you appear TALLER.

    Also said by Hothchner, from Criminal Minds

  • October 10, 2012
    amit agarwal

    thumbs up!

  • October 21, 2012
    ali nawaz

    thanks for such amazing tips

  • December 9, 2012
    Chris Bell

    Do you have any top favorite websites you shop for clothing?
    If so can you email me or post a few up so I’ll have somewhere to start because I am a college student that is trying to find myself and all I wear is basketball shorts or sweatpants everyday and it gets old after a while and I know it can’t look to good with the ladies lol but please if you can, help me out thanks!

  • March 3, 2013

    Great post!
    Your tips are seriously too useful and it’s work.

  • March 20, 2013

    Great post. i love all the idea specially upgrading the shave and experimenting with fashion. it was a nice reading.

  • April 10, 2013

    wow its so useful guys…..!!
    v.good post

  • April 13, 2013

    Glad you found them helpful Deven!

  • May 13, 2013
    Lise Martin

    Help, I need help from an men’s fashion expert! My husband just bought some dressy yet casual slim leg pants and we are wondering on the length these pants should be. They definitely need to be shortened but we’re not sure how short or how long they sure be. Should they be just where the shoe starts. We were at the tailor’s who tried pinning just above the shoe sole and that looked weird. Cigarette pants I believe are worn shorter but I could be wrong. Looking forward to an early response. Thank you.

  • September 3, 2013

    Its a ‘Thumbs Up’ 🙂

  • September 9, 2013
    Nicolas - Kinowear

    Thanks 🙂

  • September 9, 2013
    Nicolas - Kinowear

    Thanks 🙂

  • September 18, 2013
    Orlene Dunie

    http://www.beauteologie.com has a wonderful article on men wardrobe essentials with lots of examples and links to suggested item! So useful

  • May 4, 2014

    Props to all us guys out there reading this! People like us who take the time to check tips like these tend to look the best!

  • May 19, 2014
    Nicolas - Kinowear.com

    Hey Alesio !
    Thanks for you support 🙂

  • May 20, 2014

    Great advice thanks a lot

  • June 26, 2014
    Prince Pandey

    great and helpful tips…. great thanks Jay Song…

  • July 14, 2014

    Its really helpful. Nice post.

  • July 15, 2014

    this is really good tips

  • July 16, 2014

    The fashion tips you shared will help me in finding the perfect outfit combination! I’ve been searching my closet and wardrobe to find the right outfit for me but I can’t seem to put it in place. I might get venture out of my comfort zone too and start discovering new styles that might be well suited for me 🙂 Thank you for this!

  • July 25, 2014
    Hitesh Bhalla

    There are some truly fantastic suggestions you have put forth which I completely agree to. Very often people get beguiled by brand names. Your tip may atleast help a few back to their senses. I also agree that it is always better to go shopping with someone.

  • July 25, 2014
    Jeremy At Kinowear

    Thanks Hitesh, appreciate your comment!

  • August 3, 2014

    “Lose the lame Coca-Cola shirt and go for a classic v-neck tee or something artsy”

    Yeah that’s it! That is what I always do. Just hate those utterly distasteful tees with numbers and words making no sense at all. Love v-neck tees, either short or long sleeved ones in white, dark/light grey, ochre and all hues of blue, although white is all-time winner. No patterns, no silly slogans, just the base color for tees. Well, perhaps some very thin stripes, but nothing more!

    Feel fortunate to have stumbled upon this fantastic site. These 15 tips are like 15 golden drops every man should collect and keep always with him. I’ll be visiting this site quite often from now on.

  • August 4, 2014
    Jeremy At Kinowear

    Glad you found us Ned. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

  • August 14, 2014

    Nice post, i liked it very much.

  • January 8, 2015
    Jeremy At Kinowear

    Hi, Brian! Here’s an article about to dress when you are a large man:


    Hope this helps!

  • January 8, 2015
    Jeremy At Kinowear

    That’s right!

  • March 5, 2015
    I am who am

    Yo… Dress the way u want and express urself. Do not be a sheep that follows only the trends that are goin out there. Be creative, besides fashion is art. Nothing more guys. 🙂

  • March 13, 2015

    What type of shirt to be weared on ballonfit jeans for an occasion

  • March 13, 2015
    Jeremy At Kinowear

    Hi, Aj. Not sure about the balloon fit being the best fit to go for, but here’s an article that may help you pick the right jean cut and fit for you:


  • March 16, 2015
    Jeremy At Kinowear

    Hi, Udit. The information that we have in the Kinowear Bible can only be found in the Kinowear Bible. None of it is accessible through our blog posts.

  • April 6, 2015
    Madhav Sekar from Wardrobe Dom

    The advice in this post is great, but simple at the same time. If men commit to following these, I know their style will improve a ton.

    The two that resonated with me the most are not wearing logos and paying close attention to the details. In my case, I almost obsess over the details and consider them the most important.

  • April 8, 2015
    Jeremy At Kinowear

    Hi, Madhav! Thanks for the feedback. Glad you liked this post. 🙂

  • June 5, 2015

    What kind of sneakers can I use when I use a t-shirt and shorts?

  • June 10, 2015
    Jeremy At Kinowear

    Slip-on casual shoes like boaters or loafers should be good.

  • December 1, 2015
    Frank Williams

    Never go shopping alone!!! This cannot be stressed enough.

  • January 30, 2016

    I hope you distribute copies of Kinowear Bible on paperback. Please. I’m begging you. HAHAHAHAHHA

  • March 7, 2016
    Jason Brook

    Obviously the best advice! Thanks for sharing the great information.
    (absolute digitizing)

  • March 29, 2016
    Michael Francisco

    I’ve just recently become obsessed with a black leather monk strap oxford. There are a few online at varying costs, but for a serious men’s 14 I go with Florsheim. The more I read about the rules of men’s shoes, the more I see that I can’t take the strap seriously. I’m no CEO, and I don’t work in an office, but I’m 30 and I’m starting to dress better. I think a double strap in black leather, (buffed leather, and black, of course), is fine for a black shoe event. It isn’t as serious as a cap toe, but when billionaires wear jeans to work I think it’s acceptable to break rules, and this is one rule I want to break, then frame. One, no one has time for laces, no one. Two, in brown leather, or a brighter cognac, its a shoe for walking in the park, only black leather does it. And three, I saw 50 Shades of Grey, black leather straps on your feet is like Hugh in a velvet maroon smoking jacket. It’s ok, it works out.

  • June 11, 2016

    points are seriously helpful. I also believe in paying attention to detail.
    Which shirt will look better with greenish vintage cut jeans and which type of
    sneakers will work with it? Please suggest

  • July 23, 2016
    Jamie Saunders

    You are right casual doesn’t have to be boring. Awesome tips, thank you for sharing

  • July 27, 2016
    Jeremy At Kinowear

    Thanks, Jamie!

  • April 27, 2017
    Jeffrey Arvel

    I’ve seen some interesting people wearing beard that is either thick and untrimmed, or hasn’t grown enough for it to not be taken off or merely reduced to a small stubble (hell, it’s not less manly to have a shorter beard.. I mean, like.. look at David Beckham..

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