Time to Dress Your Age: 4 Tips for Grown-Up Style

For many of us, the way we view life is a series of achievements, milestones, gateways, what have you. You take your first steps, you get your first kiss, you graduate from school, you get married, have a kid, retire, etc. So when you’re working toward your next big milestone in life, shouldn’t you be taking into consideration the other parts of your life that come with that?


Sure, we all know from Spiderman that with great power comes great responsibility, but from the looks of it, not many guys realize that with graduation and the power of a full time adult job comes the responsibility to dress like a full time adult man. That means it’s time to ditch your worn out college sweatpants that you hold so dearly and start picking out some clothes that actually suit you. You don’t have to start dressing like Don Draper on your 23rd birthday, but it never hurt anyone to pick out some nice staple pieces for his wardrobe. Let’s take a look at a few ways in which you can easily upgrade your wardrobe for “grown-up” style.

Stop Wearing So Many T-Shirts

This might be a no brainer, but it’s worth reiterating nonetheless. When you’ve entered the working world, you should be moving past your tendency to wear t-shirts in public. If you’re wearing a suit and you’re particularly prone to sweating, sure, you can wear a t-shirt under your real shirt, but otherwise? Try to avoid it whenever possible. Go for a solid button down or a polo, but leave the t-shirts to sleepwear and the gym.

Ditch Your Branded Apparel

You’re a grown-up, and that means it’s high time to grow out of your branded apparel. As much as you might have cherished a prized logo in your youth, the times have changed and it’s no longer an asset as much as a signal that you don’t know how to dress yourself. Hell, even Abercrombie ditched their logo. And that polo pony that everyone used to love? It’s not the 90’s anymore and no one is impressed by an embroidered horse on your shirt.

Your Socks & Underwear Matter

While your outwear is the part that gets you notices, your underwear is the part that gets you remembered. Your leftover boxer shorts from high school might still fit, but they definitely aren’t scoring you any points with the fairer sex. While you might be reluctant to spend a little extra on apparel that doesn’t see the light of day, it’s a worthwhile investment. Try VK Nagrani limited edition underwear for designer underwear that might actually impress someone, not to mention for a major upgrade in comfort and material. While you’re at it, go ahead and check out the socks that they’re known for throughout the style world. In the words of Mario Bisio from luxury Portland retailer Mario’s, “I would have never thought that a pair of socks would make me re-think the entire merchandising of my store. The attention to detail, the story and the consumer’s love affair with the VK Nagrani brand made me want everything in my store to have the same effect.”

Actually Dress for the Season

Ok this one has a few areas to focus on, but the biggest thing we’d like to get out of the way is footwear, and in particular the unfortunate trend of wearing boat shoes throughout the entire year. Unless you’re living on a yacht in Charleston, there’s really no excuse for wearing your topsiders in the middle of January. There just isn’t. Get a pair of boots, or just a regular pair of lace up leather shoes if you’d prefer, but we don’t want to see your topsiders if the weather is under 40 degrees outside. Need some help picking out shoes that fit the winter weather? Men’s Health has a whole selection of lace ups for winter that all look great.

Follow these four simple guidelines and your adult style is sure to impress anyone who crosses your path.

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Aleksandar Tomovic
Editor in Chief

French photographer (of Serbian Origins) lives and works in Los Angeles. Known for his celebrity fashion editorials and recognized around the world for his european esthetics and american efficiency.

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