Each week, DFW Style Daily’s Jim Duran shares key wardrobe tips for guys. Just in time for the weekend, today’s column is all about dressing to impress for a night on the town. Cargo shorts need not apply.
I have seen it a thousand times. A beautiful woman in a cocktail dress and Louboutins walks into a hotspot on the arm of a guy in cargo shorts and flip-flops. Listen, men, when a woman is dressed like a ten she doesn’t want to been seen with a four!
In the interest of preventing such date night tragedies, I’ve compiled three styling hints that will instantly make any guy look more like a gentleman. Trust me, she will notice.
First and foremost, it’s all about the jacket. A great jacket is the easiest way to dress up an outfit, whether it’s an edgy motorcycle jacket or sport coat. But please, guys, do not try to pull a fast one by wearing a suit jacket as a sport coat. I have seen a lot of this lately, and it just doesn’t work. Suit jackets are made of lighter fabrics than most sport coats and they hang differently. Invest in a well-tailored sport coat or stylish jacket and you will se a huge return.
Second, a man with refined taste will tell you the key to any outfit is the belt. Whether you choose a classic braided leather belt or a version that’s simple yet chic in black, keep in mind that the wider the belt, the less formal it is. The gauge of a belt should lessen as the day progresses.
Also, your belt should not be the focal point of your outfit, especially if the buckle features a designer logo. If you are going to wear a designer logo belt, the rest of your outfit should be more conservative. In other words, don’t tuck your Ed Hardy t-shirt behind those giant double G’s, unless you’re prepared to look like a total douche.
Finally, let’s address the shoes. My mother always said that you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes. I know flip-flops are comfortable, but what do they say about you? Nothing good, that’s for sure. If your woman can spend the evening in six-inch heels, then surely you can put on a decent pair of shoes. And if you haven’t reached for those dress loafers in a while, make sure that they are properly polished.
See? That wasn’t so tough. Even if you only use two of these hints at all times, then you will notice a great change in your look and success rate with the ladies. You can thank me later.
(photos, from top: 1. Viktor & Rolf Unstructured Blazer, $1,235 from Saks Fifth Avenue; 2. Salvatore Ferragamo Reversible Belt, $270 from Barneys New York; 3. Prada High Shine Loafer, $570 from Nordstrom)