The great thing about men’s style is that you can get great instant results after a few days (just enough to buy your first stylish clothes). You know… you get that stylish dress shirt that matches perfectly with the new vest, the cool brogue shoes or that slim tie… you feel like a new man.
But then what? Is it over?
Absolutely not. Getting the first initial results from style is just the beginning. Enjoy the thrill of being looked at as a new man, then go back to the drawing board because… there’s plenty more to do.
It’s up to you to define your own path to mastery. It’s up to you to know in which direction you’re going with this. The main thing is not to give up and do something every single day to take you closer to your goals.
What do goals in men’s style look like?
I know you’re thinking: OK, George, I know my goals when it comes to relationships and money… but what kind of goals should I have when it comes to fashion?
The thing about your personal fashion and style is there are a few variables. One is the fact that it’s not enough to get a few stylish clothes – you have to change ALL your clothes – in time. The other thing is that clothes have a lifetime of their own so you have to buy new clothes periodically. The last thing is that your sense of style will change in time, and you’ll end up wanting to wear different clothes as you mature and grow old.
This is why you need to goals. The nice thing about men’s style is that you don’t need long-term goals. You don’t care what you’ll wear 5 or 10 years from now because it’s impossible to know what your taste for clothes will be like then.
But short and medium-term goals work like a charm and will keep you well on your way to style mastery if only you make them and apply them.
Since I’m the kind of guy who likes to learn by example, I’m going to give you some specific goals that you can model. These may not be true for you but they are for me, so feel free to let them inspire you.
As you probably know, goals should be written using first person, present tense and affirmative. For instance…
I’m always dressing stylishly when I go out, with clothes that make me feel relaxed, cool and which must have some element of formality (such as a tie or a sports jacket).
here’s another one:
I’m always wearing at least one accessory that’s in line with my personality.
I buy clothes once a month, and each item that I get matches perfectly with 3 or 4 others I already have in my closet.
That last one is very important for me, because I want to give the impression that I have hundreds of clothes by combining them in unique ways.
If you think these are pretty good goals for yourself, feel free to use them. Men’s style is probably something relatively new to you so you probably can’t come up with better goals for the time being. That’s fine, once you’re well on your way on your path to mastery in fashion and style, you’ll come up with better ones.
So my question for you is: where are you on your path to mastery? It doesn’t matter if you got far or not, the only thing that counts is that you’re on it!