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5. Confidence Booster
Maaaaan listen! Superman has his cape, I have my double breasted blazer. Something happens within me when I adorn a DB or anything dapper for that matter. I go from being an average joe to turning heads. That kind of attention, I'm not going to lie, does feel good. When people stop and stare, or double tap your picture or when a random PYT compliments you and much more, add up to building your confidence. You walk different, you talk different, the confidence affects your mannerism which make you look even more confident and people and opportunities tend to be attracted to the confident ones among us. When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good you exude that positive energy into the world which in turn comes back and boosts your confidence even more
4. The World Treats You Different
I've stepped outside with a t-shirt and sweatpants and I just blend in with the crowd. I stepped outside all dressed up and I get alot of head nod acknowledgements, "yes sir", "good day sir", doors opened etc. By all mean you can live in a world where you think people shouldn't judge a book by its cover and that's fine but the reality is perception is reality. People make quick assumptions about you within seconds of seeing you, long before you open your mouth. The way I see it is like this, if the world is going to perceive me a certain way based on how I dressed , why not make that work for me than against. Imagine going to a job interview, going to a business meeting, meeting your girl's parents for the the first time, meeting that person that can take your career to the next level, the way you dress can have an impact, I say choose a positive impact.
3. Dress My Age
Yea I was the guy wearing those oversized air brush bugs bunny/scarface t-shirts in the early 2000s, oversized throwback t-shirts with the super baggy pants. I was young and dressed like my contemporaries in my environment. But I'm 31 now. What I look like wearing ill fitting clothes just to be accepted? The older I get the more conscious thought I put behind what I wear, believe me everything I wear I thought long and hard before I wear it, even my sprezzatura moments. I enjoy dressing my age, we all had our young and wild phase but there comes a time you trade in the jordans for a pair of monk straps, durag for a fedora and show the world this is is grown folk bidness!
2. Gives Me A Chance To Express My Creativity
I truly believe I'm an artist. My body is the canvas and the clothes I put on are the tools i use to paint the picture. I love putting pieces together, it's one of the perks of having a versatile wardrobe. When I was at Men's Wearhouse, in our down time, me and my coworkers would put together outfit combinations from formal to casual to see who can outdo the other. What if you wear this tie and this pocket square? What would these loafers look with a suit? Throw an odd vest in a suit to give it a unique three piece look. Does black anf blue go together? How does a fedora change this look? I'm so obsessed with putting pieces together I have a mannequin in my house just so when I get an idea I can throw it on that. Alot of the clothes I wear on IG I first tried it on the mannequin. You don't have to be stuck up to dress well. Let go, have fun, know the rules but also know when to break them.
1. Always Room For Growth
Throwback Thursday on IG has been popular for years and You know the men style enthusiast on there love to show their humble beginnings. The bottom line is this, this is a journey which you'll never reach the apex. Even the gents in the bespoke fine tailoring genre talk about things they learn everyday. I certainly don't appreciate the ones who act like they came out of their mother's womb all dapper, no! We all start somewhere and for those that look up to us and aspire to step their game up, it is important to show them that you didn't have it all together at one point, and probably still don't. I think I dress better now than I used to but it excites me to know that the pics I post today will one day be my Throwback Thursday, who will I be then.