It may be tricky learning to look respectable, but it’s even harder maintaining that effortless style longer term. Over time it can be tricky to retain those elegant flourishes. Today, we take stock of our position and see what we can do in order to remain ‘top notch’ the whole year through.
Keep your hair trim
Neglect your follicles at your peril. If you think your hair is becoming a little too long your colleagues will have noticed days, or weeks, ago!
Find a great barber and stick to a regular appointment cycle; don’t go more than a month without a trim – unkempt hair will ruin the most dapper looking gent in seconds.
Keep your beard wisp-free
Length isn’t always the issue with growing a beard – containment is! To avoid the feral look ensure you’re keeping your trimmer to hand most mornings. All it takes is a quick cut around the edges to stop your whiskers from invading and taking over your visage.
Spend extra on your key staples
Once again, it’s all about value, never cost. Although you may be splashing out the cash for top quality goods, you must consider you’ll be wearing your key staples every day for the entire season and beyond.
Areas where you should be spending a little more include: overcoats, suits, blazers, sports coats and shoes.
Store your clothes right
To keep your clothes looking ‘store fresh’ use good quality wooden hangers; try to find cedar versions if you can to see off any moth larvae.
Remember to fold your pullovers to avoid stretching and keep garments wrinkle free by giving them sufficient space inside your wardrobe.
Buy everyday essentials in bulk
It’s worthwhile purchasing multiples of your everyday items; that way, when the lifespan of one garment is coming to a close, your backup is only a closet hanger away.
Wait for sale season to maximize value; ‘3 for 2’ on white t-shirts and cotton socks will keep your clothing budgets in check.
Find a good dry cleaner
If you haven’t already got one, make it your priority this week to find a great dry-cleaning service. Find one that offers minor tailoring tweaks if you can – that way your suits will be returned clean with missing buttons reattached, zippers unstuck and minor tears restored.
Don’t go overboard though; dry cleaning is tough on clothes. Restrict your sessions to once a month at the most or, better still, one big session at the end of the season.
Switch your cologne
A personal scent needn’t be for life. Keep your signature cologne up-to-date by switching once a season; find one that matches your skin type and the time of year.
Go for warm-noted fragrances during the winter and lots of high notes during the summer months. Don’t be tempted to experiment too much though – an overwhelming selection of odours can often have the opposite effect to that intended; if you’re too caviler you’ll end up with folk running a mile…