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The gentleman’s guide to looking the part

The gentleman’s guide to looking the part

By Jane Sandwood

Now is a great time to be a fashionable man. A recent study found that today’s men are more open than ever to fashion, so there are more looks and styles than ever before for you to try out – but what if you don’t have the money? It can be frustrating to be surrounded by amazing looks and styles that you can’t afford, but don’t worry. There are lots of ways to dress like you’re living the luxurious life, even if you’re on a tight budget. Here is the gentleman’s guide to dressing like you’re rich (even if you’re not).

Know all of your measurements

If you want your clothes to look expensive, you need to know your clothes measurements. Memorise your different measurements, and make a mental note of any body quirks; for instance, some people have one shoulder than hangs lower. This means that you will be able to pick up items that are well tailored to your body, and if not you can take them to a tailor to be re-fit. This is much cheaper than buying a designer suit, and it will look just as good if it fits perfectly. It also means that the items will flatter your body, which is very important today; research has recently found that body image concerns more men than women, so it is important to wear something that you feel comfortable.

Shop vintage

Vintage stores often stock designer items at a much lower price, so it could be worth checking out vintage stores in your area. If you find a vintage piece that is discounted but fairly expensive, you may want to consider investing in a low-interest credit card to make the purchase. This means that you will be able to snap up any great discounts that you find, and if you manage the monthly repayments you will even improve your credit score. Just don’t forget to budget for the repayments.

Look after your clothes

It is also important to look after the well-made or expensive clothes that you already own. Buy a clothes brush for your jackets, trousers, and suits, and steam wrinkled garments to get them back to their original glory. This means that your clothes will last for years or even decades.

You don’t need to be wealthy to dress like you’re rich. You just need to look after the clothes that you own and know your body shape well – and of course, it is always useful to check out vintage shops and designer sales.