Don’t Try Too Hard

Some guys get caught in the conundrum of being told that they don’t care enough about their appearance. When they make the effort to turn it around, they’re told that they’re trying too hard, so where is the happy medium? This is a common problem and it’s time that somebody addresses it to help the well meaning guys that are trying but don’t quite know how to achieve balance in dressing fashionably. Here are some tips that can help you to find the right look that will let you be yourself and look great in the process.


Trying to be too stylish for the situation can make it look like you’re trying too hard. If you’re going to prom or a black tie party, that’s one thing, but you wouldn’t wear the same attire to a baseball game or for fast food. Match your style of clothing with the type of situation that you’re going to be involved in. It’s just as important not to overdress as it is to avoid underdressing for an occasion.

Bright colors

While it’s okay to wear bright colors now and then, it can make you stand out like a sore thumb. You can wear a Hawaiian shirt and bright colors to a luau or other event where others will be following this trend, but aside from that, keep it tasteful and make sure that the colors that you are wearing complement one another instead of clashing.


A few well chosen accessories can give you an edge when it comes to sophistication and class, but too many can make you look like a walking display rack. A sure sign that you’re trying to hard is over-accessorizing. In general, choosing one accessory that is flashy or catches attention may be acceptable, but going the distance with too much flash such as a neck load of chains, multiple rings, bracelets and a gaudy belt buckle can be way too much. Go sparingly and tastefully on accessories and this will take you a long way towards appearing to be a sharp and confident dresser.

Designer tag dropping

Going for the most expensive designer clothing and pointing it out to others is no better than being a name dropper. You’ll get about the same response for either action. If you want to wear designer clothing, that’s not a problem, just tone it down a little so you don’t appear to be flaunting the fact that you dropped some cash on your outfit and certainly don’t make it a point of conversation.

Now that you know what to avoid, it’s important to know what to do. Do wear clothing that is stylish and complements your personality. Keep it classy and appropriate. You’ll look much better when it doesn’t look like you’re striving for a fashionable look.

Gear for the Gym

Going to the gym doesn’t have to mean dressing down in sloppy sweats and an old wife beater. In contrast, it is the perfect opportunity to look your best for the situation. Going to the gym shows that you care about your health and your physique so your clothing should also reflect this attitude as well. You’ll notice that people will treat you differently as they pass you in the facility. A well dressed guy commands a certain respect from peers and new acquaintances over the guy that looks like he’s getting ready for yard work. The gym is a public place so it’s a good idea to put your best foot forward. Here are some tips that can help you to get started.

Achieve two important goals

The first goal is to find gym gear that is comfortable. Your choices absolutely must be well fitting and made of materials that offer support yet allow you to move without feeling any discomfort whatsoever. It’s possible to look great and feel great at the same time. The second goal is to pick up a few outfits that complement your looks and your personality. You want to come across as tasteful land someone who cares about his appearance. You don’t have to break the bank to accomplish it either. Look for clothing articles that are made of high quality materials so they’ll last a while and those which are somewhat stylish. In addition, choose styles and colors that you truly like as this is a reflection of your personality and preferences as well.

Items that every man should have for the gym

The first item is a well fitting and high quality hoodie. It will serve you well during warm ups and when you leave the gym in brisk weather. If you spend a little extra to get a durable hoodie it will last longer and you won’t have to spend the money on a new one as quickly.

Stylish T- shirts to replace the old ratty versions. This upgrade can change your entire appearance alone. Pick up a few so you’ll have a spare in between washings. Go with the colors that look best on you and make sure that the material is comfortable. Some of the better gym t-shirt options have ventilation options built in.

Versatile shorts

Choose a few pairs of stylish gym shorts that are the best length to accommodate the types of workouts that you’ll be engaging in. You’ll want to be sure that they’re short enough for comfort yet long enough to cover important areas if you plan to do squats or thrusts. Think tasteful when choosing the length. Also, go with colors that match your t-shirts and hoodie.

Workout socks

Not much gets mentioned about socks, but they’re actually an important article for comfort and foot health. Go with lightweight sports socks that can help to wick moisture away from your feet, yet are thick enough to protect from blisters. Choose colors that complement your gym outfits.

Gym shoes

Choose gym shoes that give you the amount of support that you need for the activities you’ll be engaging in. They can help to protect your feet from injury and discomfort. They should be snug fitting but not tight. Getting the right fit can help you avoid blisters or distraction from your workout.


A stylish black fitness tracker can fill two purposes in one. It will look good and it is useful for keeping informed about the progress of your workout. It also makes the statement that you care about your looks and your health which are both attractive qualities in a man.

These are the things that you can do to be stylish at the gym. There is no reason to slack off on your appearance in this very public place. You can be fashionable and comfortable at the same time.

Look Good, Not Uptight

Believe it or not, the clothes that you choose to wear can send a message about who you are as a person, even if it’s inaccurate. While in some instances, you’ll need to look more professional than casual, you can still avoid projecting that “uptight” image. It can be tough to get out of this groove once you’ve landed there, so I have some tips that I’d like to share with you to help you find that perfect balance that tells the world who you are while highlighting your best traits.

Go with your personal style over fashion perceptions

One of the biggest contributors to the uptight look is falling into the fashion mold that makes you blend in with the herd. It’s comparable to a mass produced persona that doesn’t allow for individuality. It’s perfectly acceptable to let a little of yourself shine through so you will be distinguished from the rest of the pack. Go with the style that you embrace and express your individualism tastefully and within acceptable boundaries. You can look great without looking like a carbon copy of the guy five desks down.

Consider what you want to project to others

This can help you to change up your wardrobe quickly. Think about the guys that you see and admire the most, well the ones that don’t look pinched and forced. Do you want to come across as confident yet individual? Is there a fun side you’d like to display? Are you somewhat classy? Your clothing and accessory choices can promote any aspect of your personality that you’d like. A less conservative suit style and color can make you look like a more cheerful guy while not detracting from your professionalism. If you are required to wear a tie, make it a fun pattern and color choice. Consider the use of pattern,color and texture to change up your look. Accessories can also promote a fun or classy side. Add a wristwatch in a style that sends a message.

The style of your clothing can make you come across in a variety of different ways. One of the best ways to discover the best style for you is to look through a few men’s fashion sites to get some ideas of what appeals the most to you and why. If a sports jacket makes you think a guy projects laid back classiness and that’s how you want to be perceived, get something similar.

Be careful with accessories

Accessories can send subtle messages about who you are unless they are overdone. An overabundance can make it appear that you’re trying to hard and it can actually backfire on you so choose just a few understated accessories and call it good. You wouldn’t want to drown from the weight of your jewelry if you fall into the river.

Just a few simple adjustments can make a big difference in how you are perceived. When you recognize your individuality tastefully, you show confidence. When your attire is tasteful, you show class. When you diversify your wardrobe and accessories a bit, you show your fun side, so have fun and avoid the uptight look.