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HisCanberra: Dress Yourself

Calum Stenning

You should like the clothes you wear.

You don’t have to be passionate about fashion, or be trying to push the boundaries of it, but when you get dressed, you should be pleased with the end result.

Here’s a little help for those wanting to get more out of their wardrobe.

Fit

Make. Sure. Your. Clothes. Fit.

Really, this is important. You can be wearing the most expensive clothes you can find – if they don’t fit properly, they won’t look the way you want them to. Cheap clothes that fit well will look better. If you’re inclined to buy more expensive or designer pieces, it is always worth spending a little extra to have it tailored. That is the reason clothes look good in magazines, catalogues and websites.

Function

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Image via www.dmarge.com

Where are you going, what are you doing there and what will the weather be like? This should always be your starting point to help you dress for the occasion. It is always better to be overdressed than under, but if your day might hold a range of activities, layers are easily added and subtracted to help your outfit suit your purpose.

Style

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Image via www.dmarge.com

This is personal choice. Often the style you gravitate towards will have something to do with the activities you participate in. If you’re quite active, your wardrobe will reflect that. If you’re lacking for extracurriculars to model your wardrobe around, look for inspiration in the movies, tv and magazines you enjoy.

Wardrobe Staples

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Image via www.dmarge.com

You want to have a few pieces in your wardrobe that you don’t need to think too hard about how you wear them. These will be your most versatile and utilised options.

  • White shirts: Have a t-shirt, and have a button down. Keep them crisp and clean. The button down, in particular, can be dressed up or down, whether your destination is the office on Monday morning or brunch on Sunday.
  • Dark wash jeans: Preferably indigo. Another super versatile option. A good pair will age like fine wine as you wear them, and only get more comfortable.
  • Charcoal suit: Many men need more than one suit, but if you’re just going to have one, a dark grey or charcoal is a great option.
  • Beige: Earthy tones are easy to match to other colours, and are easy to wear.
  • Desert boots: A light tan desert boot will work well with most colour palettes, and will definitely look sharp with your white shirt and jeans.
  • Dress shoes: Oxfords, derby’s, wingtips – take your pick. You’ll probably want to go with black, though I’m partial to brown leather footwear.
  • Grey crew neck sweater: The right shade of grey will go with just about any colour.
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Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author

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