We are halfway through 2018 and if you haven't done so yet, it's time to access your personal style. If you haven't been ticking the boxes in the style department, please read on.

Creating and developing a personal style (and wardrobe) isn't so much about keeping up with fly-by-night trends. It's it’s about ensuring your attire and grooming preferences (essentially, your appearance) is right for you at this particular time. As we move into different age groups, re-designing your style is important. Are baggy Billabong surf shorts and skate shoes really ideal casualwear for a 32-year old man? We think not. So here we offer you some basic tips on how to take your first steps to recreating your own look.

1. Update Your Wardrobe

There’s an old chinese proverb “If the old do not leave, how can the new come?” Right on. Get rid of all the things you no longer wear (have not worn in the past 6 months), need or fit to create space for your new clothes. Make it a yearly event. Add favourite tunes and a bottle of beer and it’ll be more than bearable – fun, even?

2. Consider Your Budget

Be realistic about how much you have and want to spend. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to look good or develop your style so if you’re on a tight budget, look out for sales, try markets and second-hand stores.

If money is not an issue, invest in quality! While it’ll cost you more in the short-term, high quality items will last longer, fit better and you won’t have to shop so often!

Don’t be frivolous when shopping – take your time, make sure you really want it (and can afford it) before buying. There's nothing worse than an impulse buy based on pressure.

3. Reassess Your Grooming Routine

Don't just get the same hair cut you’ve had for the last 10 years from your local barber. Try something different. Do your research, have a look at magazines, online or guys on the street (discreetly, of course). Make an appointment with a new hair stylist and take along a few styles you like. Trying a different stylist may mean it’ll cost more, but they’ll be able to give you advice on what is suitable for your face shap, hair texture and type. You’ll definitely leave the salon feeling like a whole new person.

You’ll have varying levels of comfort here. Some won’t be able to fathom a 3-step regime while others will be partial to a facial every few weeks. Whatever your comfort level, you should at the very least, use a moisturiser with SPF protection. Many of the big beauty brands have a men's range, contrary to what you may think, it is very common, so head on down to a department store or pharmacy for expert advice.

4. Attitude Check

A bad attitude will keep you back from making any genuine and meaningful changes. Be warned, you will come up against some mental challenges so it’s important to keep an open mind and let go of silly preconceptions and ignorant stereotypes.

No, pink shirts and going sockless may not be for you, but it might work for the guy next door. Good on him. For now, focus on yourself.

Think about your style
Have a look in the mirror. What is your style now? How do you want to develop it? Do you want it to be more refined and sophisticated? Or more age-appropriate perhaps? If you’re unsure, ask your friends, family or partner. Take their opinions into consideration but ultimately, it’s what you’re comfortable with.

Assess your current style and make the appropriate tweaks. Keep it minor at first so they’re not too far removed from what you already wear. Take for instance, the Billabong shorts and skate shoes. If you prefer to wear shorts and casual lace-ups, opt for a more grown-up version of these styles. Try dress shorts – slightly shorter and a bit more tailored, like Smith Soot Black and for footwear some casual lace-ups like Solana Tan.

Remember it’s simply a refinement of what already exists, so if you’ve always worn plain Oxford shoes, try something with a bit of detail, perhaps an Oxford toe cap or a Derby shoe with wingtip detailing.

Perhaps you’ve always worn black business shoes, why not go for a brown option? An avid collector of black suits? Try a navy or charcoal for a change.

At the end of the day, the most important thing when it comes to personal style is that it’s comfortable and ideal for your body shape. Just because everyone’s wearing slim-chinos at the moment, it does not mean that they’re necessarily suitable for you. Not everyone is the same so it’s important to take the time to think about it.

If this is all too much for you - you’re time-poor or don’t know where to start, hire someone to do it for you! Personal stylists are no longer the fanciful delights of the rich and famous. They’re approchable, attainable and most importantly, affordable so if you have no idea or can’t be bothered exerting the energy, call on them. 

How would you describe your personal style? Do you have any plans to develop it further? Do you have any other tips? Let us know by commenting below.

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