Elevate Your Casual Style: A Guide for Men
When it comes to fashion, it's often said that "clothes make the man." While we may not want to judge a book by its cover, the way that you dress can speak volumes about your personality, confidence, and attention to detail.
If you're a guy looking to up your fashion game and level up your casual style, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll explore a few simple ways to enhance your casual style–without breaking the bank! Read on:
1. Find Your Signature Piece
Is there a stylish man that you particularly look up to? Whether it’s James Dean or Steve McQueen, you’ll note that most men that have their style on lock possessed–and frequently wore–a signature piece that set them apart. For James Dean, it was a timeless leather jacket; for Steve McQueen, it was his iconic Persol sunglasses. To elevate your own casual style, finding your own signature item is an absolute must.
But how do you find a signature piece? It should be something that resonates with you, expresses your personality, and complements your daily wardrobe. Here at FJewellery, we particularly recommend the Figaro chain. It’s easy to make it your own, and people will immediately think of you when they see it.
What is a Figaro Chain?
A Figaro chain is a type of jewellery chain that is commonly used in necklaces and bracelets. It is characterised by its unique pattern of repeating small, circular links followed by one elongated oval-shaped link. The pattern is typically repeated throughout the length of the chain.
Distinctive and versatile, a Figaro chain looks great when worn alone; however, they are also known for their strength and durability, which makes them a popular choice for men who want to wear a pendant, for example. Here at FJewellery, we have an extensive collection of Figaro chains in various lengths and styles, from the whisper-thin to the flashy and chunky.
This 9 carat yellow gold Figaro chain from our catalogue is 1.5 millimetres thick, which makes it an excellent choice for the fashionable man looking for a subtle accessory to jazz up his daily outfits. It also looks nice with a pendant–find one you love from our catalogue of pendants!
Looking to stand out and make a statement instead? Consider this 9 carat yellow gold Figaro chain that is 7.5 millimetres thick. It’s the ultimate baller piece!
2. Invest in Quality Basics
Casual style isn't just about flashy accessories; it's also about having a strong foundation of quality basics. A well-fitting white t-shirt, a pair of dark denim jeans, and versatile sneakers are must-haves in any man's wardrobe. They serve as a canvas of sorts–a backdrop that can help other garments and pieces that you choose to wear stand out.
The key here is not to skimp on quality. You’ll want to put your money towards pieces that are made to last and fit you perfectly. Whenever possible, bring your clothes to a tailor and have them altered to fit your body shape impeccably. You’d be surprised at how many off-the-rack casual wear garments you can actually have tailored, from denim jeans to shirts and jumpers.
When you have a wardrobe full of high-quality basics, you can mix and match them to create a wide variety of looks–all without spending too much time or effort thinking about the task.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorise
Having great clothes that fit well is only part of the equation. Accessories should also be a major part of your wardrobe, as they can make a huge difference on your day-to-day ensembles. When you add accessories to your outfit of the day, you immediately look like you’ve dressed with intention and have put some thought and effort into what you’re wearing.
Use accessories to add some colour to your outfit: with a pair of socks, for example, or a scarf or beanie. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but focus on incorporating accessories into your look that are more conservative. Remember that less is often more when it comes to accessorising. You don't want to look like you're trying too hard. Instead, opt for pieces that blend seamlessly with your attire, enhancing your overall look without overshadowing it.
Another accessory worth investing in is a good belt (or two, or three–in different colours, of course). Belts should be worn for fashion, not function–your pants should already fit you perfectly (see above!), and if you need to use a belt to hold them up, then you’re wearing the wrong size! A slim belt with a gold or silver buckle is always a good choice for adding some polish to an outfit.
4. Master the Art of Layering
Layering is an art form in the world of men's fashion. It's not only a practical way to adapt to changing temperatures but also a means to add depth and complexity to your casual style.
Start with a well-fitted t-shirt or shirt as your base layer. Add a light jumper or cardigan, and top it off with a stylish jacket or blazer. Experiment with different textures, colours, and patterns to create a look that's uniquely yours.
You can also employ the L-M-D method to look more put together, every single time. L-M-D stands for Light, Medium, and Dark: next time you’re putting an outfit together, select one light-toned item, one medium, and one dark-toned garment. You can employ this hack with virtually any colour palette, whether it’s earth tones, warm, or cool.
Fashion is an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery and self-expression. Rules exist so that they can be broken, so don’t be afraid to take risks, even with your everyday outfits! Go ahead and experiment, mix and match different elements until you find the combination that resonates with you. Elevating your casual style is not just about what you wear; it's about how you wear it and how it makes you feel.