Knowledge is power?
The RIGHT KNOWLEDGE + Decisive ACTION = POWER
Growth and improvement are not by-products of gathering information.
They are a result of acting on information.
This is as true in the realm of fashion and style as in any other field of life.
Unfortunately, most men act on their personal style only when:
- They NEED clothes.
- During SALE season. Who can resist a good discount?
- On IMPULSE.
These are all poor motivators. They result in unwise choices that lead to buyer's remorse.
Action gives us the confidence to control or ignore our perceptions.
Action is bold.
It doesn't wait for ideal circumstances.
It creates them!
Take Action To Upgrade Your Style
Upgrading your appearance is the first major step to accomplishing your dreams. If you look the part, chances are you will act the part and be taken more seriously.
Action should be directed, disciplined and decisive. It’s the only way to remove the obstacles of poor fashion choices, unnecessary spending, impulsive purchases and buyer's remorse.
Follow these 5 tips to make sure your style-related actions are directed, disciplined and decisive.
Action #1 – Budget For Clothes
Taking pre-emptive action not only saves time, it is also COST-EFFECTIVE.
Set a monthly budget for your wardrobe.
Invest in a good system. Pay yourself first – set aside a set amount of savings every month towards investing in your improvement.
Set aside a couple hundred a month so you have money to spend on quality clothes and are not at the mercy of your bank account.
How do you know you are buying quality clothes?
Value is not reflected in the price of clothing.
Value is measured in clothes you feel great wearing and clothes you wear often.
Identify where you are spending most of your clothing budget.
Set up a smart system that eliminate needless expenditures and instead, save your money for a few top-quality purchases.
Take advantage of companies online that offer free shipping and easy returns
You can transform your style in just 30 days.
Create a sense of urgency.
Taking time to choose is the biggest enemy of action.
Given the wide array of styles, fits, philosophies on fashion, men are pulled in multiple different directions.
Is it the right fit? Does it suit my lifestyle? Can I pull it off? Is there a better deal somewhere else?
The constant barrage of information drives men into a state of information paralysis.
Here’s how information paralysis prevents you from being your stylish best:
- You miss great opportunities.
- Wasted time, as you browse through all available options.
- You see a lot more you like and end up buying more than you need.
Stop mindlessly browsing style websites, forums and magazines. Instead, set a timeframe to start acting on the information you gather.
Waiting and deliberating for too long actually results in irrational choices. Too much information can cloud your judgment.
Strike a balance between research and action and make a choice with the information you have. While hasty action leads to unwise choices and regrets, too much research leads to inaction or inertia.
Action #3 – Attend Events With A Dress Code
Find events where you are forced to dress sharp.
When you attend events with a dress code the clothing in the room creates an atmosphere. When you go to a football game and everyone wears their team's colors, you can feel the camaraderie as you root for the home team.
The same thing is true when you surround yourself with well-dressed individuals, the feeling of elegance is contagious.
A great way to force yourself to up your style game is to attend events that encourage you to dress well.
- Black Tie Galas
- A LIVE performance (Play)
- Charity Events
- Ballroom dancing event
- Art gallery opening
- Las Vegas shows & nightclubs
- A wedding
- Jazz club
- High-end restaurants that require a jacket
- New York City or London (in General)
- Giving a Toastmasters presentation
When you force yourself to take action and dress sharp, you'll see that it's easier than your mind made it out to be.
Action #4 – Develop A System For Purchasing Clothing
The first system you need to create while purchasing clothes is to have your measurements on file.
Decisions take their toll on the reserve of mental energy we loosely characterize as “willpower.”
Action saves mental energy.
Figuring out what to wear on any given day may not seem like it’s a huge task.
One goal of a system that organizes your wardrobe is to make good choices obvious, and bad choices almost invisible. That way you’re not spending time and energy thinking when you could be doing.
Just like costs, this takes some up-front investment: at first, you’ll be thinking about things more, because you’ll be looking for the best way to set your system up.
But as you find things that work for you and they settle into place, you’ll be expending less and less of your mental reserves on basic wardrobe questions, leaving you with a larger pool of “willpower” for the tougher decisions in life.
Action also reduces stress.
When you first start dressing well or even just wearing a new style, there’s a lot of anxiety tied up in the change. Your system should help you acquire the knowledge base you need to dismiss those fears.
By adding to what you know about appearance — and by adding options for controlling your appearance to your wardrobe — you’re taking control of things that were previously uncertain.
Action #5 – Push Your Boundaries
Remember in Crazy, Stupid, Love when Steve Carell's character was wearing clothing twice his size?
He was comfortable in his ill-fitting clothes.
Ryan Gosling forces him to push his boundaries and start wearing clothes that, at first, may have felt odd but actually upped his style game. To the point where Carell's own wife couldn't believe the change in her husband's appearance.
When you get a little uncomfortable – it allows for style experimentation.
We talk a lot about courage in reference to masculinity.
At its most basic level – courage is about taking the actions you know you need to.
Whether that’s approaching someone who intimidates you or finally deciding to improve your style. There are ways to alleviate the challenge if you're unsure about making purchasing decisions.
Need help from an expert for sizing and want to try clothes in the comfort of your home?
Find a company who offers sizing info on their websites or home try-on services so you can be sure about your purchases.
Be The Best Dressed Man In The Room
Have the courage to look like the man you know yourself to be.
The more you read, the longer it will take you to act.
Am I actually suggesting to get off my website and take action?
Knowledge is great, but the RIGHT knowledge acted upon is power.
Chances are, you have already convinced yourself that better style is necessary.
If you have? What’s left is to stop procrastinating. No excuses. No exceptions.
You've got to act. And you have to start now.