July 28, 2021

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MEN & FASHION: FIVE REASONS GUYS NEED TO STEP UP THEIR GAME

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By Shola-Adido Oladotun

Probably as a result of social construct, girls often grow up to be conscious about what they wear and how they look. This requires them to take more time to carefully plan and select an outfit. While guys, on the other hand, not so much. The male gender has been defined in such a way that they are is given the liberty not to follow certain fashion rules, giving members a free pass to explore some terrible clothing options.

A form of apathy exists among guys regarding what they wear, most especially how they combine their clothing items. It is almost as though most guys do not take time to think about what they wear. A typical male selection of any outfit would be; sticking their hands into the wardrobe, grab whatever their hands can find, and put them on. While this selection process yields a positive result for some guys, for the others, not so much. This is why it is very important for guys to also be conscious about what they wear, hence the need to dress well.

In this article, we are going to change your apathetic mindset if you have one, by discussing five reasons we believe you, as a guy, should dress well.

1. Make the best first impression

When it comes to defining who a person is, our first contact with that person influences our entire perception of him/her. This is why we need to make the best first impression, and one of the best ways to do that is through our clothes. As a man, beyond having an amazing personality, your sense of style is also something people look out for when they meet you for the first time.

Imagine this scenario; You walk into a room filled with many notable personalities, wearing a somewhat torn shirt on faded jeans paired with dirty sneakers. Anyone who sees you immediately assumes you are unhygienic, and for this, they choose not to associate with you. Though you might have a logical explanation behind your obnoxious look, no one is going to allow you to explain yourself before they judge you. 

If you want people to have a good first impression of you, dress well.

2. Impress the ladies

No one wants to admit this, but one of the reasons we wear nice clothes is to impress members of the opposite sex. Guys, listen up, every girl has a dream guy, and one important trait every girl looks out for in a guy is a good sense of style. Every girl wants a guy who looks presentable and can reflect positively on their physical image.

3. Boost your confidence

Remember that time when you walked into a room and felt like everyone was staring at you. You got nervous, wondering why they were all staring at you, this “probably” made you feel insecure about how appearance. To make things worse, perhaps, there was a group of people pointing in your direction, laughing and making some crude remarks about your dressing. As a result of this incident, it’s likely your confidence reduces, making you feel uncomfortable and unsure of yourself when you walk into a room. This is why you need to dress well, because dressing well eliminates any form of insecurity, and allows you to walk into a room feeling and acting like you own the place.

4. Self-expression

Fashion is art, and art is all about self-expression. Fashion provides its users with an opportunity to express themselves in their unique way, conveying their intended message through clothing items and accessories.

Recently, I asked a guy the reason he loves to dress well, and he pointed out the ties he owns as a major factor that influenced his decision. Each tie according to him, has a story and he chooses to tell that story through his dressing. So, dressing well is not only about looking good, it’s also about telling a story and staying true to who you are.

5. Adds a touch of professionalism

We all want to be taken seriously, especially at work or among our classmates.  There is no better way to do that than dressing nicely. Wearing the right clothes, accessories and footwear add a sense of professionalism to your entire outlook. People, particularly your employers tend to see you in a new light, trusting you with duties and responsibilities due to their perception of you, which your style partially shaped. 

Imagine this: you have a colleague at work who you know you are better than and more qualified in all areas. But, when it comes to selecting who would represent your department at various conferences, he is always chosen. After many months of unfair treatment, you walk up to your boss, asking him the reason for his nepotism. You are shocked when he admits that you are better qualified than the other guy, and the reason why you are not chosen is that you show up to work almost every day in tattered jeans, plain shirts, and socks worn on slides. You will then find out where things went wrong after seeing the other guy showing up in a neatly ironed shirt, fitted trousers, and polished shoes.

STYLE WRAP

There you have it, gentlemen; our five reasons you should (Scrap that: why you must) dress well. You can read more fashion articles to get tips on how you can step up your fashion game. Till next time. Hope you enjoyed reading this article?


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