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.

Style

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.

Over-accessorizing

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.