To round-up the ‘becoming the well-dressed man’ series, we’ll be looking into different style personalities and help you determine your personal style. Remember, the first and most important part of becoming a well-dressed man is how your clothes fit followed by your natural colouring and what colours suit you and finally your style personality.
Your personality, attitude, lifestyle, hobbies, cars and even the holidays you like to take all have an impact on the clothes that you choose. This defines your style personality otherwise known as your signature. Understanding your signature will make you realise why you like to dress in a certain way. It’ll help you look at ease in whatever you choose to wear and also make putting your wardrobe together much easier and in a cohesive manner.
During your lifetime, there will be many influences that will determine your signature at that point of your life– for instance, age, lifestyle and budget are some of these influences on your clothes. I remember when my elder brother and I had almost all the colours of Timberland boots available, including the latest air force ones. Now my perception of these footwear is different, they still look good but I’d rather wear something lighter and slicker. Borrowing an idea from Shakespeare’s well known words on the seven ages of man makes it possible to demonstrate how the different stages of your life influence the way you dress.
The Seven Ages Of Man
- Schoolboy: During this time of your life your upbringing has a major influence on your wardrobe – your parents buy your clothes and you have little say in what you wear. Your individuality starts to show usually in your early teens when you are subject to peer pressure.
- College boy: Freedom at last right? There is no one telling you to wash your hair, clean your shoes or even get out of bed. This is the time when you’ll probably be at your most creative in your style dressing.
- Rake: Now you have started earning an income of some sort and you have to make decisions on how to budget. For instance, do you spend money on what you wear to work, or on what you wear at the weekends and out socialising? You may even start to look at men’s magazines and blogs for inspiration on options available and learn what is fashionable.
- Lover: You now want to attract a partner and grooming will have become an important part of your daily routine. You are more likely to hang up your clothes rather than dump them on the ‘dump chair’ (we all had that dump chair in the room where everything you’ve worn previously lays to rest) because you have invested more in them.
- Parent: With the demands of parenthood, your income and budget for clothes may once again be limited. In addition, your clothes may need to be more hard-wearing and practical to withstand the traumas of messy babies and toddlers.
- Businessman: With a taste of success now knocking at the door it is time for you to consider how others see you. Perhaps you’ll want to think about spending a little more of your income on yourself and your wardrobe. Also, remember that your body might not be in the same shape as it once was.
- Retirement age: Retirement brings the opportunity to be the real you without the constraints of considering what to wear to work. For many men, this can be a formidable challenge. All your life experiences will have influenced your style and you need to ensure that this look is now completed rather than being a mishmash of many different stages of your life.
There are basically six style personalities you could fall under – you could also be a combination of more than one style personality.
- Creative: You have an individual look, which varies from day-to-day. You may feel challenged in a formal business environment.
- Dramatic: You love to shop and buy the latest fashions and gadgets. You like bold and strong colours that make a statement – you also probably change your hairstyle often.
- Metro-sexual: You have a sense of security in your look and are not afraid to make others aware of your interest in looking after yourself. You care about your grooming and invest time and money in it.
- Classic: You are a man of tradition – you are comfortable with your look and see no reason to change it. You don’t like taking risks, particularly with your clothes. You are well-coordinated and rarely experiment with different colour combinations.
- Natural: You have a very relaxed attitude to virtually everything; you are the typical laid-back man. You like your clothes to be comfortable and easy to look after. You’re the one who struggles the most with formal business wear.
- International: You may feel you’re a bit of all the other looks. This the true international look – adapting your style to suit your location and the occasion. Even though you may be on a budget, you tend to buy only to complete your capsule wardrobe.
Your style personality or signature will be the catalyst in bringing your whole wardrobe together. Complete the style personality questionnaire below as honestly as you can (you can select more than one answer you feel appropriate for each question) and in the comments, either copy and paste your answers or let me know how many times you have answered A, B, C, D, E and F for each question. For an example, 1abc, 2a, 3cdf, 4abcd and so on. I will reply with what your dominant style personality is based on your answers. Know yourself, know your style and stay fresh.
Style Personality Questionnaire