“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art ”. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Some people have a strong, distinctive sense of their own style and stand out. Sometimes their idiosyncrasy is even admired and emulated. If you’re one of these people and you’re happy with it, stick with it. There are six billion people in the world – we don’t all need to be the same! Others, however, are less self-assured or more conservative by nature. If you’re one of those who are uncertain what image to project, the best advice is that you will never go wrong portraying clean-cut smartness. This is best expressed in good tailoring and subtle, compatible colours – the so-called “timeless classic look”. Those with darker complexions are lucky in that they can take a stronger palette of colours than their fairer peers and still look elegant. Whoever you are, it is certainly true that you can upgrade your feelings any time by upgrading your image.
Your dress code is obviously extremely subjective and many of us are oblivious of how we actually project our image on the stage of life. At the same time we can be cruelly judgmental about what others wear. If what others think worries you, observe your immediate peers and the public at large of similar age to yourself. Classify people according to their attire and ask yourself how does their dress selection project their image. Who looks clean, unpretentious, elegant, smart and refreshing while remaining casually comfortable? Who radiates confidence that promotes their social goals?
Flip through your entire wardrobe and, with resolve but no tears, throw out all those outmoded fashion relics of the past and donate them to charity. In particular, throw out all the ill-fitting sports apparel of yesteryear. It’s easier to dress well when your wardrobe is devoid of clutter. Remember, clothes tailored for young bodies look weirdly out of place on those that are no longer perfectly sleek and graceful. As for colours, while kids look cute in the boldest hues and patterns the same could easily be inappropriate for adults reaching pensionable age. People might think, as the old expression goes, you are “mutton dressed as lamb”. Accordingly, it’s better as you age to wear slightly looser fitting designs, fabricated from single or subtle coloured, easy to maintain fabrics.
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