Lifestyle, Style Advice / September 3rd, 2013

How to Discover Your Personal Style | A Man’s Guide

As a complex species, humans tend to have a set of unique characteristics that define them, such as the type of music they listen to, the food they eat along with many other personality traits.

What makes each of us unique is not specific to these traits only. Style is personal as well.

In regards to style, some people enjoy the classic and sophisticated look while others prefer more trendy, modern styles.

No one way is considered right or wrong over others. However, we all should be able to find a style that describes our personality and aspirations correctly in order to become completely comfortable with ourselves, which in turn, builds self-confidence.

So, how do you get from point A, determining what your own unique characteristics are to point B, putting it all together to create your own unique style?

I am not going to lie, this is not an easy task and there are no quick fixes, however, the results once you accomplish them, make it worth it.

Part A – Discovering Your Personal Style

To begin the process you will need to ask yourself and answer a few questions. All questions are straightforward but will cause you to put your thinking caps on to answer them accurately.

What are your life aspirations?

First things first, you will want to determine what you are passionate about and what your life goals are.  The possibilities really are endless when answering this question. Would you want to always be in the public eye? Do you want to be a trendsetter? Want to be really wealthy? These questions (and answers) will be different for everyone so feel free to ponder and experiment with them as much as you can.

Who is your role model?

Believe it or not, looking to celebrities and the roles they play can be a great way to determine who you are and what you strive to become. Are you a big James Bond fan? Admire the charm of George Clooney? Really take some time to evaluate celebrities and try to find that “He is how I want to be” type of role model.

What are your pet peeves?

Does messiness really get on your nerves? How about things that are made cheap? These questions may seem small and insignificant, but can really play a part in determining your personal style. For example, the answers to these questions can help you determine if you should purchase high quality products or go for more frugal options.

Part B – Putting It Together

After you have successfully answered the questions in Part A, you are ready for the next part. Part B, putting it together, is the easier and more fun section of the process in finding your personal style.

As mentioned, there are an infinite amount of styles to choose from. We need to find a way to narrow this list down to one that is only applicable to us. A great way in achieving this is to come up with words that describe you.

Based on your choices from Part A, try to come up with words to describe your ideal style. To kick start your own list, I have provided a very small selection of attributes that you can leverage and build off of for your own unique style.

  • Sophisticated – Considered more of a refined style. Someone who sees themselves as sophisticated in their style usually dress with the “tried & true” looks. A safe but great style.
  • Elegant – A high quality and luxurious style using more safe colors and patterns.
  • Innovative – Experimenting with new looks and garments to come up with completely new styles. Someone who is innovating is not afraid to try new types of materials and coordinating it to there existing wardrobe and accessories.
  • Modern – The modern look takes what works from classic and timeless style and incorporates new details such as fit and construction.

The shorter the list of words you come up with that describe you and your style, the more personal it will be to you. Hopefully, you will have a better understanding of what your style is with this narrow list of words.

As mentioned in the beginning of this blog post, there is no right or wrong way in the style you choose. If you can be fully comfortable and confident in the image you display to others around you, you are well on your way to be considered a stylish man.