When polled, 58% of the men surveyed responded that a modern gentleman can most likely be spotted wearing a perfectly tailored suit, while 41% said they reckoned they could pick a true gentleman out of the crowd by the way he grooms his hair.
Whereas the term “gentleman” used to indicate the level of a man’s wealth and social status, the modern-day gentleman is an indication of class and respect, and this doesn’t have to come with a high price tag.
Building a Wardrobe on a Budget
When you want to look good without breaking the bank, you don’t necessarily have to shop at second-hand shops.
The key to building a wardrobe on a budget is making well-informed and effective purchases to help build your wardrobe in a meaningful way in the long run.
The first step you’ll want to take is to only purchase clothing you need. Make a list of what the essentials you need to get started and take inventory of your current wardrobe.
If you can, sell the items you don’t need or are out of date in order to purchase newer items that fit your body well and cater to a more current style.
If you’re able to, be sure to make an investment into a good suit. This type of investment will go far in terms of style and the amount of respect you’re asking for by wearing it.
A full suit can be purchased in bits, making it a more long-term investment, but should include: fitted trousers and a jacket made of the same fabric, a light-colored, well-fitted dress shirt, a matching, muted tie and high-quality shoes.
Being a modern-day gentleman has never looked so good for so cheap.
Taking Care of Yourself
While a proper skin-care routine and a well-managed haircare routine can speak volumes for the type of gentleman you’re crafting yourself to be, you don’t have to spend thousands on different products to achieve this look and the status that comes with it.
Develop a quick, simple daily maintenance routine that you can turn into a habit and you’ll be looking as dapper as you feel in no time.
From spa days to fancy treats in the form of a new designer scent, there exist many ways in which you can snag a luxury item at a steep discount.
Get smart about the way you’re treating yourself and don’t feel bad about investing in your health and wellness.
Local coupon or discount websites like Groupon will often offer special deals on self-care products and services as well as local deals at barbershops, day spas and even doctor’s offices for facial treatments and similar look-good-feel-good activities.
Fashion is Just as Important as Respect
Being a gentleman means, really, whatever you want it to mean.
A well-dressed, well-maintained man is only one component of a true gentleman, and you should be looking to earn respect and admiration from those in your life as much as you seek to show it.
Take these steps towards becoming a gentleman on a budget to understand just how easy it is to be stylish and classy without the high price tag.
Photos via: Sastreria Calabrese and René de la Cruz.