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8 Fashion Upgrades for Your Night Out

Looking your best is important when you’re heading out on a night on the town. There’s sometimes a difficult balance between looking your best and “trying too hard.” You don’t want to be labeled as the guy who’s always going too far to pull off his look, but you also want to be taken seriously with your style.

The trick is to nail your fashion upgrades. Clothing and fashion psychologically affect how you feel. It builds confidence when done properly, and you never know what doors it might open. When you’re going out, who might you meet? It’s always smart to dress to impress. Here are 8 fashion upgrades you can dawn to take your look from the streets to an upscale club. 

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1. Luxury Watch

Having a watch as a man is a must. Not only is it functional, but it’s one of the signature signs of high-quality style. Your everyday watch might be a simple leather band and a quality metal face. However, your nightwear might need an upgrade. 

Luckily, you can find watches for men on sale online, so it’s possible to find a luxury piece that works for you. When choosing a watch, consider what it adds to your outfit. Does it take too much attention away from your new button down or does it add just the right hint of class? 

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2. Suede

For men who are intimidated to try something too “new” and “fancy,” suede is the perfect compromise. Swapping your outerwear for a different material won’t make too much of an impact, but fashion is always in the smallest details. Choose a jacket in suede that isn’t too different from what you’d usually wear on a night out. 

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It can be as straightforward as a sporty windbreaker or a modern bomber jacket. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to look more put together than with your old hoodie or boring coat.

3. Tailoring

You can buy the most expensive clothes you can find, but if they don’t fit they won’t work for you. Pulling off quality fashion comes down to three things: fit, fit, and fit. If your fit isn’t perfect, you’ll look like you just rolled out of the nearest bargain store. 

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It’s always better to make sure your clothes fit right than to buy the most expensive thing you can find. The next time you’re about to splurge for those $300 trousers, save $50 by opting for a cheaper pair and putting that money into a good tailor. You’ll instantly look better.

4. Color Tones

Learning a thing or two about color and how it plays out in fashion will do wonders for your wardrobe. As individuals, it’s easy to fall into the pattern of wearing the same things over and over again. If your wardrobe is full of shades of black and white, you’re not alone. 

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Shake things up by playing with tone. Instead of opting for different colors that you aren’t likely to actually wear, choose colors that are all different tones of the same thing. That means matching your dove-grey shirt with darker grey pants for a classic monotone style.

5. Belt

All men need an arsenal of quality, versatile belts. Your work belt might be fine for the boardroom, but when you’re going out for the night it’s time to ditch your boring classic. Look for belts that offer something different whether it’s a pop of color, funky texture, or weaving. These add a little something extra without attracting too much attention.

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6. Leather Sneakers

In 2019, leather sneakers are going to be all the rage. We already see them populating the runways and beyond, so why not try it for yourself? They pack all the comfort of sneakers without compromising on style. Better yet, leather sneakers go with just about anything. It’s time to upgrade your shoes for something that will last longer and take your style farther.

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7. Core Wardrobe

If you’re consistently struggling to find things to wear, it’s time to reevaluate your closet. You might be missing some of the “core” wardrobe pieces that men can’t live without. These are the building blocks you’ll use to form your overall style. 

What are your essentials? This usually includes a few button-down shirts in a variety of colors, two jackets, multiple pants in different styles and colors, and two ties. If you’re left without these basics, it’s time to go shopping.

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8. Signature Piece

Finally, discover your own signature piece. This is something you wear when you go out that reflects who you are and what you’re trying to say. This one little detail goes the farthest to transform your style, so make sure it’s a good one. 

Find something you love whether that contrasts your everyday style. Popular options are knit ties, bow ties, tie clips, pocket squares, or jewelry. What stands out to you?

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Mastering your going out style takes time. It’s best to experiment with different styles, trends, and ideas until you land on something that feels like you. These upgrades above are the best place to start.

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