See our 20 rules for dressing well 365/24/7.
1. Always have the right fit. Always.
Fit is everything! Get to know your body type so you can dress correctly for your build. If you are athletic, try a straight cut. Leaner? A slim to bootcut will work well for you. If you have the wrong fit, even the most sophisticated style won’t look great.
2. Dress up with a well-fitting blazer
Get yourself on the best-dressed list in your household with a perfect fitting blazer. Wear it with chinos for work, or pair it with dark denim for a business on top, party on the bottom look.
3. Add colored denim to the mix
Feeling the “blues” in your standard denim? Change up your rotation this year with the addition of colored denim, such as grey or olive, to elevate your everyday style.
4. Get slim….jeans
Slim doesn’t mean skinny or skin tight. Instead of going for jeans that have 3 inches of extra fabric around your calves, go for a pair that skims your leg. These jeans are all about modernizing your look and bringing your denim game up to speed.
5. Take old shoes out of the mix
Always in the same old sneakers? Switch them out with a pair of oxfords. The classic shoe will help you look effortlessly put-together whether you’re suiting up for work, or hanging out in jeans and a henley.
6. Cuff your sleeves for a sharp(er) look
Play with rolling our sleeves on a short sleeve button-up. It is a go-to move for a quick ’50s cool vibe, but don’t overthink it. Add two quick rolls, about 1-inch wide and walk out the door.
7. Score points with athleisure
Yes, you too can dress like David Beckham or Russell Westbrook. All you have to do is upgrade those sweats you wear to bed (you know you have them) and swap in just as comfortable joggers, a sharp hoodie and a performance tee.
8. Find a style icon
Okay, you don’t have to start clipping them out from magazines and start pasting them to your wall. But do keep a few names in your back pocket of whose style you like the most. It’ll come in handy when you’re telling us what you’re looking for.
9. Give a one-color outfit a whirl…
An all-white look might not be the most practical (plus, Liberace? Is that you?) but do give a tonal outfit, like a head-to-toe black, grey or navy look a try this year. Seriously, sleek.
10. But give color a try, too
Break out of your rut of wearing blues or greys all the time and try out a new color. You don’t have to reinvent the color wheel, or your dress code, just add in a different colored shirt to your ordinary base of jeans, dress pants or sweats
11. Yes, you should wash your jeans
No, the freezer trick can’t get you through a whole month of skipping the wash. Wash your jeans at least every 2 wears to skip out on smell and to keep the fit feeling fresh. But do spring for a detergent that won’t cause fade (we like Woolite) on your dark wash jeans.
12. And yes, you should polish your shoes (and wash ones you can’t)
Don’t let scuffed shoes make the man. Get a shoe care kit as fast as you can and polish up those leather shoes that you have in your closet. If you’re more of a sneakers type of guy, scrub those soles with an old toothbrush, warm water and dish soap and spot clean. Good as new.
13. Grab your iron
College was a great time, but skip the “it’s my freshman year”-look and iron your shirts. An iron with a steamer setting is great for when you’re in a time crunch. You’re welcome.
14. Get to know your favorite brands
Find 2-3 brands that you can always rely on for fit, quality and building up your personal style. Know a brand that always makes great shirts? Stick with them, or ask us about our favorites.
15. Don’t hesitate to ask for a second opinion
Ask and you shall receive—especially when it comes to style advice. Grab your wife, girlfriend, partner, friend or us and ask for their thoughts on your new ‘fit. Sometimes they know you better than you know yourself.
16. Know when to match your shoes and belts
Take our Stylist’s advice and match your shoes to your belt for more formal occasions like big business meetings, weddings and meeting the parents (kidding, but you get the gist). For casual occasions, you can skip on matching but try to stick to the same color family (like tan with dark brown).
17. Add layers to your look
Layers can be an easy way to change up your look or earn extra style points. In cooler weather, try a sweater over a button-down and when it’s warm, try a graphic tee under a loose button-up or polo. Just make sure the layer underneath is visible.
18. Add an accessory or two
Nothing says a finishing touch like a sharp belt, a cool watch or a great printed sock. Choose the accessory that feels most like you, make sure it fits well and matches the rest of our outfit, then own it.
19. Give a new style a try
How do you define your personal style? Once you find out and give it a serious shot, try something new! We’re not saying to go out and get yourself a whole new look, just try one piece that you wouldn’t normally go for and try it on. Seriously, you never know what you’ll like next.
20. Get yourself a personal stylist
We aren’t biased (ok, we are) but getting yourself a personal stylist is the easiest way to stay looking sharp 24/7, 365 days a year. Whatever the occasion, whatever your style need, if you get a Stitch Fix Stylist, then buying new clothes is as simple as opening a box and keeping what you like. Sounds pretty good, right?
Schedule a Fix for the New Year and start it off looking fresh.