As Cher Horowitz so eloquently put it in the 1995 film Clueless, “I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all, but I don’t get how guys dress today.” And while the exact styles that a lot of boys choose to throw on have changed pretty drastically since Cher’s time, this sentiment still persists. For some reason, a lot of college boys don’t realize that by putting on a real outfit, they can instantly increase their standing in girls’ minds. Now, a nice outfit does not just mean choosing a piece from Ralph Lauren and calling it a day. No matter what brands of clothes are worn, proper fitting and taste level is more important when it comes to catching a girl’s eye. Dressing up will not only help you out in the girl department, but it will also better prepare you for the business world, where looking good is a crucial part of the interview process.
The first step in planning a killer wardrobe is working with color. Finding a color palette that you not only like, but that complements your skin tone and eye color is imperative before purchasing any physical pieces.
For lighter skin, dark greens, light blues, and dark khakis are great colors for playing up your skin tone rather than washing it out.
For medium skin, greys, pastel yellows, and greens are all a good place to start.
For dark skin, cherry reds, light purples, and creamy oranges will make heads turn in the best way.
When it comes to matching eye color, there are plenty of avenues to take. Make blue eyes pop with a grey, tan, or pink tie (or any other accessory). If you have green eyes, play up this rarity with a pop of green or red. For hazel or brown eyes, try a lavender or charcoal piece in your look.
On the other hand, fit is a whole different story, and it usually requires a tailor to get just right. But try bringing someone who knows their menswear to check the fit of your clothing next time you go shopping if you don’t have the luxury of getting your clothes tailored, as most men don’t. Here are some charts for reference though, if you can’t rely on those other two methods.
Once you have your colors and fit all figured out, it’s time to decide on the actual pieces. While the phrase “nice guys finish last” has been tossed around, that is far from the truth in the clothing category. Girls love guys in suits, khakis, and other professional-looking pieces. These looks show the world that you are put together and responsible, and furthermore adding in some color shows that you are not afraid to take risks. So toss out the saggy pants and the bro tanks, leave your sweats for the gym, and see how it feels to class up your look.