Women are masters when it comes to dressing right and wearing pieces that flatter their figures. For many, it’s part of their collective consciousness to keep up with what’s trendy and new for each season. Womenswear designers, fashion magazines, bloggers, and fashion icons are not only very familiar with the rules of fashion, but are always wiling to impart their wisdom onto female fashion lovers. But your female counterparts shouldn’t be the only ones benefiting from this style wisdom. Fortunately, there are a few tips that most female fashion mavens live by that can easily be followed by men too. Here are 11 women’s fashion tips that work for men as well.
1. You can never have enough white button down shirts
Take this classic cue from timeless sex symbol Marilyn Monroe herself. A crisp white dress shirt will always be in style, will elevate your jeans, and instantly and effortlessly dress up your look. Not to mention that it looks good on everyone. Although they may have a short shelf life (be it from staining/yellowing or looking worn), it’s easy to refresh this look regularly.
2. Buy multiples
This is a fashion cue to take from first lady and style icon Jackie O, who had a closet full of sheath dresses. Translation: She knew what looked good on her and what flattered her figure. If you know there are certain pieces that flatter your shape and fit right off the rack, go ahead and by doubles, or multiples. Don’t question something that works.
3. Embrace your stature
About 99% of women’s fashion and lifestyle magazines instruct women to embrace their shapes and stature. Men, you should be doing the same. Figure out where your body type falls, and wear what flatters you most.
4. Make a list of what you want to buy
If there are certain clothing items you’re coveting, jot down a list of what you want and where to get them to avoid overspending. This will help you zero in on pieces that mesh well with what you own. In short, it just makes your life easier if you already know what matches with what in your closest.
5. Keep your closet neat
Your clothes need to breathe and so do you. You should be able to open up your closet and see every item you own without having to rummage. It’s also the optimal way to get a lot of wear out of the clothing you already own. Make sure you clean your closet out at least once a year, and donate items you no longer wear so you’ll feel good in the process.
6. Take a look inside the garment
A garment’s lining is not only often a designer’s calling card, but a fantastic way to judge the quality of a piece. A well-crafted lining is a sign that the piece has been sewn with care, says InStyle. A high-quality item is a good investment that will last you a long time.
7. Keep your mind open to new trends
One of the things that women’s magazines and fashion experts always stress is to keep your mind open to new trends. Although you may know what looks good on you, and think that something wouldn’t look good on you or fit your frame, you’ll never know how you feel about it until you try it, says InStyle.
8. Never buy a boring coat
Not only is outwear important because it’s currently in season, but it also can be the most important item you choose to wear for the day. “Outerwear should never be an afterthought,” says Holmes amp Yang co-designer Jeanne Yang to InStyle. “So many people only see you in your coat — if you’re not wearing something great underneath your trench, they’ll never even know!” In other words, never skimp on your outerwear.
9. Don’t fear color
Even if you don’t like color, including just a hint of it into your outfit can bring your whole look together, and also make it more eye-catching, says StyleBlazer.
10. Your good friend should be your tailor
It’s very important when investing in articles of clothing that are staples in your closet, like suits and pants that you have them tailored. Nothing raises the quality of moderately priced clothes more than having them altered to suit your shape. Build a good relationship with your tailor who knows your body and tastes: It will be all you ever need to remain stylish and feel great in everything you wear, says the Huffington Post.
11. And as always, less is more
The great Coco Chanel advised women to do this everyday: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” It is never OK to over-accessorize. Men, that means picking one piece, such as a watch, and wear only that — leave your stack of bracelets behind.