Time and money.
Two precious commodities.
Have you ever wasted them on underused clothing?
You know what I mean.
That expensive suit you bought 10 years ago that sits in your closet.
Or the red suede Italian loafers that come out once in a blue moon.
A one time wear was hardly worth the price.
What if you had some simple formulas to follow to ensure you never wasted money on clothes again?
What if there was a way to get the maximum usage out of every minute and dollar spent shopping?
There's no need to wish for it.
I created them!
This article is going to cover the 7 style laws that every man must know to make certain that he builds a wardrobe that gets the most mileage possible for his time and money.
Because those are too precious to waste.
Style Law #1 Timeless Style Equation
Style as a math equation?
It sounds a little odd, but nothing could be simpler. The truth is style is more a science than an art and I'll prove it to you.
There are three basic elements of the timeless style equation:
It's really that simple. Timeless Style = Fit x Function x Fabric
In order for an outfit to be timeless, all 3 must be present. If one is missing then the outfit does not live up to its fullest potential.
Why is this equation important to know? It helps you understand where to focus your energy when making purchasing decisions. It also takes into account your lifestyle. If you're a truck driver, a suit isn't very functional is it? You can apply this equation to any aspect of life when shopping for clothes.
Style Law #2 Style Law of Fit
Not all F's (Fit, Function, Fabric) are created equal. If you had to pick one to focus on, “fit” is the most important.
Why? It's the most visual. You can get away with wearing less expensive fabric if the fit is perfect.
Example: Let's say you're going to a wedding. Wearing a lower quality tailored suit is a better option than an expensive Italian billowing tent.
On the same token, outfit functionality is more important than fabric. Always dress for the occasion.
Style Law #3 Style Theory of Value
Does your clothing go the distance?
How do you measure the value of clothing? Just because you spent $500 on a pair of shoes doesn't make them valuable. Value doesn't equal price.
How often do you wear them? Do you feel happy and confident when wearing them?
Value is measured in these two areas:
- Clothes you feel great in
- Clothes you wear often.
In fact, I would argue that you'll feel the best in clothing you wear often, feel great in, and spent the LEAST amount of money on. In that case, the less money you spend the higher the value 😉 Make sense?
Style Law #4 Style Law of Interchangeability
I've talked about interchangeability before. This is an integral law to have under your style belt.
The basic premise is not to focus on individual pieces when building your wardrobe but the versatility of your wardrobe as a whole.
Navy suede moccasins may go great with an outfit or two in your wardrobe, but a better choice would be brown oxford semi-brogues. They can go with every pair of trousers and jackets in your closet.
With an interchangeable wardrobe you can focus on the quality of clothing, and build unlimited outfit options that fall into the fit, fabric, and function formula (see the connections yet?).
Style Law #5 Style Theory of Constraints
What holds the majority of men back from building their wardrobe?
Both of these affect men on some level. Whether it's one or the other, they are constraints.
Let's break this down a little further. Men either have both, none, or one of the two:
- Plenty of time, plenty of money
- Plenty of time, no money
- Plenty of money, no time
- No time, no money
There are still ways to build a wardrobe for EACH of these scenarios (Yes even no time, no money).
Style Law #6 80/20 Principle of Style
The Pareto principle states: Focus on the 20% of effort on that yields 80% of your results. This rule can be applied to every aspect in life, including style.
Regardless if your constraint is time or money, focus on the 20% that yields 80%. Core wardrobe pieces are more important than accessories. Fit, fabric, and function are where your efforts should be focused.
If you only have an hour to spend shopping, don't spend that hour finding the newest watches or sunglasses, buy the light blue button downs or the charcoal gray suit.
If your constraint is money and you only have $200 to spend, concentrate on the gray flannel trousers, not your fourth pair of sneakers.
Focus on the items that make sense, not what is trendy or the latest fad.
Style Law #7 Style Law of Inertia
Isaac Newton's first law of motion is the law of inertia. It states that an object in motion stays in motion.
The style law of inertia means exactly that. To take action. Once you get started building your wardrobe you won't want to stop.
When you begin to take action there are several levels you could be starting from. 5 to be exact:
- The Beginner
- The Lance Corporal
- The Apprentice
- The Journeyman
- The Style Expert
Each point represents a different level of your style journey. Chances are if you're just beginning to upgrade your wardrobe you will be somewhere at the start.
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