A Simple Tip to Add a Dash of Class To Any Casual Outfit

A bite-sized nugget of truth.

Have you ever put together a simple casual outfit for the weekend, and found yourself thinking it is a bit lacking? Maybe you want to avoid putting much effort into dressing for a quick trip to the shops, or it is a lazy Sunday brunch. You have put on a clean tee and a pair of jeans or chinos, looked in the mirror and felt like it just does not say anything about you. The answer to this is simple:

Put on a collar!

That’s it. That’s the one simple tip. Exchange that t-shirt or long sleeved tee for a polo or a casual button up shirt; long sleeve or short sleeve depending on the weather and your mood. There is something about the way a good collar frames the face that adds an instant dash of class to any outfit. The shirt need not be anything fancy either; a simple cotton shirt with a large plaid pattern or something else equally casual is fine. You do not need to don an elegant dress shirt for this to work! For an example of how adding a collar to your outfit can spruce it up, I have tried to find examples of men with somewhat similar jaw shapes:

The effect is immediately noticeable. Not only will this increase your visual appeal to others, but I guarantee you will feel more confident in yourself too.

Are there any stipulations to this line of thought?

Only one. You need to make sure the collar size is right for you; there is no point putting on a shirt with a collar that is too big or too small for your neck, it will look disproportionate and may detract from your appearance rather than having a positive effect. And of course, make sure your shirt is a good fit!

Are there any exceptions?

As with anything, yes. If you are in great shape, a well fitted tee will be flattering to your body. Or, if you are layering, you may want a tee as your base layer and put something like a sport jacket, lumber jacket or motorcycle jacket over it.

That’s all for now!

Thanks for reading. I hope you got something out of it!

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With content features ranging from appearances on popular menswear hubs (The Rake, StyleForum, Put This On) to French perfume newsletters and university course readings, Sam is a writer, designer and enthusiast in the fields of menswear and fragrance.

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