4 Components of a Man's Personal Style – Basic Fashion Advice for Men

4 Components of a Man's Personal Style – BasicFashion Advice for Men Hi, Iím Antonio Centeno, the founder of RealMen Real Style.

Today Iím going to be talking about the fourcomponents of individual style.

All right, component number one is your physicalbuild.

Component number two, is both your physicaland your social environment.

Component number three, are your resources.

And this is both time and money.

And component number four, these are yourpersonal wants.


So, let me go ahead and go and do over a littlebit of detail about each of them.

Component number one ñ your physical build.

Now, this is what you were born with ñ howbig you are, how tall you are, how wide you are.

There are certain things that you can controland do fluctuate throughout your life.

Usually, your weight, in terms of how wideyouíre going to get.

Some of us are skinny because we were bornthat way and we eat, we take care of our bodies.

There are some of us, in fact, many, in thiscountry that were just a little bit bigger.

And in that case, you need to choose clothingwhich complements your build.

Now when it comes to height, whether youíreshort or whether youíre taller than average, you want to look for clothing that, in somecases, you want it to make you look taller.

Other times, youíre really tall and you donítnecessarily want to look shorter, but you want to look more proportioned.

And thatís probably the key point ñ is makingsure you choose clothing, which makes you look more proportional.

And thatís all about balance.

Thatís about you understanding that if youíretall and really skinny, you donít want clothing thatís going to make you look any tallerand skinnier.

You want clothing that is going to, in a sense, give you a little bit of weight, cut you down the size, and make you look more proportional.

Make you look more normal.

If youíre short and stout, you know, thereisnít anything out there that is going to make you taller and thin.

But you can choose clothing, which isnítgoing to make you look fat.

And thatís where you go from monochromaticlooks, or you go for combinations that donít cut you in half and draw attention to yourmidsection.


Component number two, this is your physicaland social environment.

So, your individual style, oftentimes, isdetermined ñ and weíll start with the social because this is something youíve got to lookat where youíre at in your life, who you hang out with, and what social circles yourun in.

Now, I live in rural Wisconsin.

So, I can tell you Iím pretty much surroundedby farmers.

I have to dress down even though Iím a costumeclothier because in order to, not really alienate, I canít be wearing a suit.

So, I choose to wear raw denim.

I wear Western boots.

I, oftentimes, throw on a sports jacket butI rarely ever wear tie.

And for me, this is my personal style.

And it is influenced by who Iím surroundedby.

I bet, you know, if I lived in New York City, I would have to step up my game quite a bit.

But I donít.

So, thatís how the social circle or the socialcircles I run in.

In addition to, you know, the physical location, all play into.

And when I was talking more physical, Iímalso talking the weather.

So, if youíre in Phoenix, Arizona, you needto choose clothing and go with styles which are going to be cool and functional in thathot weather.

Now, letís say youíre from Vancouver, Canada.

Totally different environment, you get a lotof wet weather up there.

Itís a lot cooler.

The summers are very mild.

The winters are pretty harsh.

Not as bad though, as I can tell you, letíssay youíre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Those winters are just wow.

Weíre talking negative 20, negative 30 degrees.

And if youíre going to be out, letís sayyou ñ in the case youíre a Minnesotan, you need to invest in some really nice outer wear.

Something that is going to, not only be functionaland keep you warm, but something that if thatís what people see you in often ñ and letísmove over to a city like Chicago.

Thereís a lot of people in the city of Chicagowhich commute and use public transportation.

In this city, probably more than Minneapolis, youíre going to want to have clothing that is great for outer wear.

And itís going to do a good job protectingyou.

Again, what Iím getting is, weíre movingfrom city to city, but you need to pay attention to the environment.

And thatís going to have an effect becauseyouíre not going to want to add a trench coat to your wardrobe, if youíre down inthe desert and youíre never going to be able to get anywhere.

And if it doesnít really make sense fromprotecting you from, you know, a rain shower or something like that.

But if youíre in an environment, and whichsuits you, then youíre going to want to add it to your wardrobe.

So, okay.

And that was paying attention to your bothyour physical and your social circles that you run in.

All right, the third component of individualstyle is your resources.

This really comes down to how much time doyou have and how much money.

And Iíll use an extreme example for each.

Students ñ anyone that is going through schoolor hasnít yet made a career.

Somebody thatís just starting off in life, usually you donít have much when it comes to money.

And in this case, you want to be looking foritems that you can afford.

And Iím not saying to buy cheap items.

Donít buy disposable pieces that youíregoing to throw away.

Instead, youíre going to have to look atsecond-hand stores.

Youíre going to have to really keep youreye out for sales.

And thatís because you have a lot more timethan you have money.

Now, letís take a lawyer.

One thatís very successful, one that is incrediblybusy, works 80 hours a week.

Now, for this man, he doesnít have time.

And he wants to ñ instead, he would rathertrade a bit of money to get exactly what he wants.

So, in this case, he doesnít mind going inpaying full retail, but at the same time, he doesnít want to waste his money.

So, this man should also be looking at timeless, classic pieces which are going to last him a long time.

But yet heís probably going to pay a littlebit more because he doesnít have weeks, or months, or years to spend going through thriftstores trying to build up his wardrobe.

The last component of individual style isyour personal wants.

Now, notice I said wants not needs.

Oftentimes, you know, donít confuse the two.

These are ñ this is where youíre going toexperiment a bit.

This is where you want to incorporate thingswhich are a little bit ñ theyíre not always within the classic realm.

And these are the things, you know, to havea little bit of fun.

And this is where, I highly advice if youíreyoung, to experiment.

Go try things.

I mean, who knows? You know, it may turn into your signaturestyle.

You want to try a hat.

Itís better to try it young than too ñ well, Iím if youíre seven year old and you want to start wearing a hat, go ahead.

Go for it.

Iím just saying that experiment and go outthere and find what you think is going to ñ what you think is going to compliment you.

And donít be afraid to go out there and trythat.

But, you know, when it comes to personal stylewants, I did put this at the end.

Because I do believe a man needs to buildup a core wardrobe based off the other components first and heís going to find that by payingattention to those other components, heís still going to have a wide range of options.

Just because you live down in Arizona, doesnítmean that, you know ñ yes, you probably not going to need a heavy overcoat.

But there are so many other things that youcan look to add in to your personal wardrobe that may not have been really cold climatescanít.

You can start looking at headwear which isfunctional for the heat.

You can bring in types of safari shirts, ortypes of linen trousers that those men just canít pull off but you can wear, you know, 10 months out of the year.


So thatís the four components of individualstyle and I hope you enjoyed it.

Take care and go ahead and check out Realmen Real Style.

Look throughout the website.

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