11 of the most important pieces of sage style advice you’ll ever read

Style is a complicated beast, all too easy to spot, difficult to achieve and close to impossible to define. A handful of men have had a better handle on the concept than most, and it’s their words that are worth paying attention to – case in point these 9 gentlemen:

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

(Orson Welles)

If you want to rock a tartan suit, loafers without socks or a panama hat, do it – as long as you’ve got the confidence to pull it off.

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“Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.”

(Jim Morrison)

Get yourself a good barber and never let him go. Your hair is the only thing you wear every single day, so take care of it.

Required reading: The best haircuts for your face shape

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“A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.”

(Hardy Amies)

This goes back to confidence; don’t keep fiddling with an outfit at every opportunity. Don’t check yourself out in every mirror going. There’s a line between being well-dressed and vanity, ensure you don’t cross it.

“Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.”

(Arthur Ashe)

There’s more to life than unflappable style, but that’s important too.

“To achieve the nonchalance, which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.”

(Hardy Amies)

The Queen’s dressmaker dispensed a wealth of wisdom on dressing well, overly matching clothing is a little too forced. Use complimentary contrasts as opposed to matching colours to the exact shade.

“Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.”

(Charles Hix)

Enough said.

“All it takes are a few simple outfits. And there’s one secret – the simpler the better.”

(Cary Grant)

A man’s wardrobe can consist of about 25 items and he can be impeccably dressed everyday of his life. Fussing over accessories, prints and patterns to excess can be to the detriment of your appearance.

“It is both delusional and stupid to think that clothes don’t really matter and we should all wear whatever we want. Most people don’t take clothing seriously enough, but whether we should or not, clothes do talk to us and we make decisions based on people’s appearances.”

(G. Bruce Boyer)

Your appearance counts for something, it’s as much about respect for those around you as yourself; you’ll be judged more positively if you’re immaculately turned out.

“I can go all over the world with just three outfits: a blue blazer and grey flannel pants, a grey flannel suit, and black tie.”

(Pierre Cardin)

Simplicity, again, is the crux of being well-dressed.

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“It is totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes.”

(Hardy Amies)

They’re the most important part of an outfit for a reason, although cheap doesn’t necessarily equate to price, more quality of construction.

Required reading: The 5 styles of shoes every gentleman needs to own

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“With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.”

 (Jack Nicholson)

Never underestimate the significance of one considered or two considered accessories.

Required reading: Sunglasses that best suit your face

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