A Designer’s Guide On How To Upgrade A Men’s Look

The start of a new year brings a feeling of freshness. With a new decade, there’s an even bigger sense that you should update yourself. Your style should match your new outlook. If you don’t know where to start, you’re going to want to keep a few things in mind. You’ll be confident in bringing the new you for the new year.


When starting off, the best thing to do before going out and spending any sort of money. To go through your closet and evaluate what you have to work with. Things you want to ensure when going through your wardrobes are what items of clothing do you have that is still in style and what is out of style. Look for what items fit appropriately and what are not your size, whether that’s items that are too big or too small. Maybe your weight or body shape has changed recently, you’ll have to account for that. Of course, only do this with items that are drastically different in size, the last thing you want is for you to not have any clothing if your weight fluctuates.

Made to Fit

Speaking of size, long gone are the days wearing anything ridiculously oversized. We’re not talking about weight changes, but the times where wearing a shirt three times your actual fit are long gone. If we’re being honest, the experts at CanoeClub.com agree that was never a good look. If you have any shirts or pants that are more than 2 sizes over your normal body fluctuations, those items should be gone yesterday. It’s important to know your body size because it is also important to note you shouldn’t be wearing anything too tightly either. Good fashion is also functional fashion, so let your body breathe and be comfortable. For higher end items, look into getting a tailor for things like suits and jackets. They can give you your measurements, which will come in handy for buying off the rack.


First impressions matter, and your outfit needs to be impressionable from the top down. You can be well clothed in a fancy suit, or a fashionable outfit, but if your shoes don’t match or are looking dingy, that impression will be as scuffed as your footwear. Wear the appropriate footwear and keep it clean. You may need to keep extra care of shoes than you do clothes as they are susceptible to extra dirtiness, and wear and tear everyday.


We’ve touched on suits, buy suits and coats do require their own category. Unless you’ve got a very favorable body type, you’re going to have to get a tailor to ensure you have the right fit because buying off the rack won’t always pass. It won’t matter how great a suit looks, if it doesn’t fit you, it won’t look good. You’ll also want to have different suits and jackets for different occasions. Your daily work suit might not be the suit you want to wear to a wedding or funeral. If where you live has some frequent weather changes, you’ll want to account for that as well. A suit or jacket that you wear for a summer wedding during midday will be different in color, style and material than a suit you wear during a winter evening. You don’t have to go crazy and have a suit for every different occasion, but it is a good idea to have a couple different suits, and at least one suit that can pass for everyday use. Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match jackets and pants, a black pair of trousers or slacks will pair well with most jackets.

Formal, Semi-Formal, Casual

Have a couple different looks in your closet, as your events may range from fancy corporate dinners to happy hour with some friends. Jackets are great for transitioning from work to the pub with simply popping off the tie.


It doesn’t matter if you’re trying for a corporate or casual, a timepiece is a great way to compliment any look. Just be careful to match the watch with the look you are going for. You don’t need the gold watch if you’re in a T-shirt and jeans. Great starter or versatile watches are minimalist watches as most minimalist watches can work with any look.


Although not part of your wardrobe, you’re going to want to make sure you have a barber or stylist you can trust to give you a clean and updated look. This is similar to having good footwear. Because no matter how modern, fashionable, or even pricey your wardrobe is, your outfit and look can be ruined with dirty or unkempt hair. Keep it clean.

Over everything else, the important thing to keep in mind is to keep quality over quantity. That notion might not only save you money in the long haul, but ensure you keep quality, long lasting and timeless pieces in your closet, and help you steer clear of anything you’ll regret as you get older as well.