I am an 18 years old boy in High School. I am more old fashioned than new trending mode. And as I wear old clothes they tell me that I appear to be strange. I need some tips how to combine my clothes to be more cool and look like a gentleman.
Another problem is with my face that I don't know how to manage my hair, and facial hair. Usually I cut them shortly as possible but now I am leaving them like more long. The problem with my hair that it is damn straight and it can't be managed well. Another thing that I want to tips on is some reactions or habits that one gentleman should own. I want to make my look more masculine possible. I am posting some photos of me so you could give me any advice possible ... I have a strange problem too ... Acne appear and dissapear very quickly. Any tips ?
I agree with the advice given already, and I truly think you should find the look that best suits the lifestyle you want to lead. If you want to experience more polished aspects of life, buy some peices in your wardrobe that fit those aspects. Also, in your planning, give yourself some broader experiences like eating out at nicer places so you will actually utilize the peices you have added to your closet. Feel free to contact me anytime to talk about style and such since it is my interest and what my new business focuses on.
Well Bruno, as I see it your body and head are trim and the ideal platform to look quite gentlemanly. Your hair and head seem quite suited to take on a side partition, probably best on your right side. Keep your hair as long as it is, or a little longer to look more playful.
As for dressing: The last picture is very good for a man your age. Anything more might be misconstrued as 'trying too hard'. The only thing is that the fit is a bit of, so you look smaller and thinner than need be. For what I can see your shirt is too large. If you're buying a shirt you won't be wearing with a tie (and let's be honest, you won't be wearing a tie), try buying one collar size too small. This prevents the 'droop' of the collar as we can see now.
Furthermore, the jacket seems a tad large. Someone who's as trim as you benefits from a jacket that's quite tight in the shoulders, and nicely taken in in the middle. Don't trust the people that sell them to you! They usually are out to sell you a 'comfortable' jacket, in stead of a perfect looking one. There's usually one or two sizes between them.
Never ever think a larger jacket will make you look broader or stronger. It'll actually make you look smaller.
Thanks a lot :)
I've condensed my thoughts and some of what I read in previous comments into a few sentences.
Make sure clothing (especially something more formal) fits you well. Wearing a jacket especially that is too loose makes it look like you don't belong in that attire, because you don't want to look like you're borrowing an older relative's clothing.
Also look for something classical. The best thing about not following the trend of what other high school aged people are wearing is that when you look back on these photos they won't be dated.
There's also an article on AOM called, "style tips for college men" or something to that effect. I think that would all apply.
How long was that mustache growing? If longer than 3 to 4 weeks I'd suggest shaving as it looks a bit sparse.
As to your clothes what you're wearing in the pictures is just fine although the pants in the last one are something I'd not be caught dead in (but that's me). I'm not fond of patterned pants of any sort. Nice jeans with the shirt and jacket would be 'modern' enough to pass as everyday wear. I'm also not a big fan of patterned shirts whether they be polos or dress shirts unless they're vertical stripe on long-sleeved button ups. Basic colors such as black, brown, blue, or green.
Last thought, Hit the gym. You seem to be physically fit, at least you're hiking in some of those pictures but you look a bit skinny (I tell my 16 y/o son the same thing so don't take it personal).
Your pics remind me of myself fourteen years ago when I was your age (baggy jeans back then of course). Since I can relate, here are some of my thoughts. Most agree with other posts:
Lose the facial hair unless you can grow something more substantial now. It will be possible in a few more years if it's not now.
Wear well made clothes (not necessarily expensive) that fit. You look like you could handle a fitted shirt (not tight!) pretty well. Bigger clothes tend to make a guy seem less mature. I agree that the man makes the clothes, but it's pretty amazing how much more confidence I have when I get dressed with these things in mind. I discovered this in grad school when I traded in my baggy pants and L/XL shirts for pants that fit (not skinny though...) and medium shirts.
Go to the gym. You don't have to be a gym rat though. 30 minutes of weight training every other day can result in some good muscle tone but not bulk. Do free weights with a buddy or weight machines on your own. Push-ups and pull-ups also accomplish a lot and they don't require a gym. I did not start working out until near the end of college but wish I had started earlier in retrospect. Aside from appearance, it gives you more energy and tends to lead to more confidence in whatever you are doing...which is noticed by everyone.
As one commenter already noted, a well-defined part on one side may suit you pretty well. Your pics look like you could easily have a part on the right side. It just needs to be cleaned up a bit. Take a look at the guys on Mad Men for ideas and notice how visible their parts are.
In terms of management, AoM advocates the use of old-school hair grooms. I switch between Brylcreem and Groom & Clean, which you can find in the shaving aisle of your local drugstore. They are not in the aisle with the rest of the salon products. Check out Brett's article here.
I had a similar problem. Unfortunately, high school is very awkward for guys who want to dress nice and neat. I've resorted to wearing button up shirts (plaids mostly), khakis (or jeans), and boots. In my school, I stand out enough for the ladies to take notice (this is a good thing), but not so much where I get made fun of (which is also a good thing).
For the facial hair... I'd shave it. It's fine when you can grow a full beard or whatever else, but our little teenage patches just look silly. I have to shave pretty much everyday, it's annoying, but it looks so much better.
The hair... I like Paul's idea about the Mad Men style. It seems like it would fit your hair well. My mane is very thick, otherwise I'd be doing it. I have to go with more of a James Dean approach instead. The only problem with the Mad Men style is, it might look overly mature(?).
I agree after High School is a great time to step up and figure out one's style. In this case I would look at Brooks Brothers college catalog to get an idea and direction. That is not to say you need to pay Brooks Brothers prices but they have a good look for College People who want to dress well.
Thank you for giving me this kind of advice ... One thing that I have learnt that it is not a matter of how you look people will like for what you say ... I have changed my look and shaved my facial hair just for hygiene and I feel alright with it... Thank you
Pick up heavy things and put them back down until you gain 20 pounds.