How to Create a Unique Signature Look

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Finding and creating your signature style is incredibly fulfilling, especially because you’ve taken the guesswork out of figuring out what looks good on you and what you feel comfortable wearing. A good personal style makes you feel good and almost frees you. There is not a great secret to achieving a distinct personal style. The key to doing so is building a wardrobe with pieces that compliment you, and show who you are without allowing the clothes to wear you. As the saying goes, it’s the man who wears the clothes, and not the other way around.

In short, avoid outrageous clothing items, stick with flattering colors and shapes, and don’t be afraid to wear go-to pieces that suit you, even if you think that they’re not “in style” or trendy. Here are some ways to help you create a unique signature look:

Pick a color

Consider this your go-to color, the basis for your wardrobe. The essence of personal style is wearing shades that compliment your complexion. Esquire say if your complexion is a warmer color (meaning you tan easily and likely have dark blonde or soft brown hair), shades with yellow undertones such as brown, green, tan, or red will suit you. If you have a cooler coloring (meaning dark or grey/white hair, dark eyes, and an olive or pale complexion), any piece with a blue undertone will look good on you. Once you’ve found your go-to color, what works best for you, incorporate it into your wardrobe whenever you can. Make sure not to overdo it, of course.

Accept your body type

Embrace your body, no matter what your body type may be. You are who you are and once you accept it, you will be able to figure out what pieces look best on you. Learn to work with what you have and rock the hell out of it. For example, if you have heavy calves, you should opt for a pleated trouser with a sharp taper; if you have broad shoulders, go for a deconstructed jacket with a nip at the waist; if you’re short and stocky, opt for a jacket that fits closely with a hem that skims your hip; if you’re tall and lean, choose a blazer that covers your behind and nips at the waist. The sooner you learn your body type and what suits your frame, you will be able to almost completely avoid any fashion faux pas. P.S. You’ll always feel good about yourself once you know what looks good on you.

Screw the trends

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This is incredibly important when creating your signature look. Think about a fashion icon, for example: James Dean, with the iconic leather jacket, white t-shirt, and jeans, the quintessential motorcycle cool guy look, and you’ll realize that he had his own distinct style and ignored other trends. By all means, pay attention to menswear fashion, but realize that if you see something you like, try and embrace the trend by absorbing it in a small way. There is no need to go overboard. Simply adapt it to fit into your signature style.

Buy in bulk

If you find a piece of clothing you love, say a pair of pants, and they fit perfectly and you plan on wearing them regularly — why not buy a few to keep in stock? It may sound silly but you’ll be grateful for your purchase a couple of months down the road when your original pair starts to show some real wear and tear. Why risk it? They may go out of production, and then you’ll really have some regrets about not buying a few pairs.

Stick with the classics

They are called “the classics” for a reason, whether they’re white sneakers, slim jeans, or well-cut white shirts, there are certain pieces that stand the test of time because they look good on pretty much anyone. With this in mind, it stands to reason that you should invest in key classic pieces that suit your shape. Build your wardrobe around these types of classic pieces; it will be easier to incorporate trendier items with these classics as your wardrobe base.

Try variations of your theme

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If you’re a motorcycle jacket and slim jeans kind of guy and you know this works on you — why mess with that? Simply try variations of what you normally wear — maybe an interesting shirt with a different color (but still dark) motorcycle jacket and variations of slim pants.

Accessorize sparingly

In menswear (and with men in general), less is more. Take a simple outfit and compliment it with strong quality accessories, such as a beautiful stand-out watch. Think about what a nice pair of sunglasses does to a simple outfit — it ups your cool factor. If you opt for a muted outfit or look, consider an accessory that is subtle, but pops.

Find your style icon

Is there an actor or a celebrity whose style you covet? Let them inspire you. Like James Dean’s white t-shirt, find a piece of clothing that you can’t be without, whatever it may be, and work it into your outfit as regularly as you can.

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