Like any sartorially-minded man out there, you probably hope that 2019 will be your most fashion-forward year yet. The good thing is that this dream is highly achievable, and we are here to lend a hand and give you some tips on how you can amp up your style game this year. Before embarking on a new style journey though, the first step will be to let go of any bad habits in your life. Not letting go of clothes you have never worn, buying clothes impulsively, and then questioning your decision, later on, are all habits that you should leave behind as you enter 2019. You have to raise the bar this year, and your fashion sense has to pass the highest standards.

Start to let go of what you don’t need

We are sentimental beings, and that is totally acceptable. So, it can be a little challenging to throw away a piece of clothing that brings you a lot of great memories. But don’t let a little sentimentality doom your sense of fashion this year.

With that in mind, don’t hesitate to throw away any old clothes you no longer need. If they are not helping you look your best, then they really have no place in your life. This is especially so if they take up a lot of valuable space in your closet. Some people will even hold on to things for decades without wearing them even once.

Therefore, take time to reconsider keeping or letting go of fashion items you have not used in several years, and let go of what you obviously cannot wear anymore. In fact, when you come to think of it, even favorite clothes have an expiry date when they become too old, or too out of style for you to wear, regardless of how you loved them initially.

Therefore, letting go of clothes you don’t need any more should not be such a huge challenge for you. Keep clothes that you are certain will serve your fashion interests best, and let go of the rest so that you can explore a whole new world of sharper and more refined personal fashion in 2019. You owe it to yourself.

In the end, if there is an item you won’t wear anymore but still want to hold on to, you can have it framed by a professional similar to what you would do to a painting. Voluminous items can be stored in glass or plastic boxes, similar to museum items.

Explore a little

You might think that being loyal to a particular brand (or precise aesthetic) makes you style-conscious. But in truth, the fashion house is the greatest beneficiary to such an outlook on fashion. Even though you might love a particular brand to bits based on some mind-blowing clothing pieces they have made you own at one time or another, it is always worth seeing what else is out there.

All the time, there are new and great fashion styles coming up from other brands. Some of these brands might give you clothes that might do wonders for your wardrobe and take your fashion to the next level this year.

This is especially so for people who think that to look great you have to spend a lot of money on clothes from world-famous brands. However, there are many affordable clothes that can make you looker sharper than you ever have in your life.

So, don’t close your eyes to these styles; a lot of fashionable people have discovered this and use it to make themselves look great all year round. Even designers recommend mixing and matching items from various brands. Besides, some fashion houses might not give you all the variety you need to stop looking like you are going through the same clothes over and over again.

Understand that variety is sometimes overrated

You might think, and a lot of people do, that in order to be sharp and stylish, you need to have different kinds of clothing styles in your wardrobe.

It is understandable that nobody would like to look like they are wearing the same clothes day in day out. But that is not what we mean here. The point is this – find a style that suits you perfectly and stick with it. Sometimes, having fewer clothes can be a great thing. You don’t need a million items in your wardrobe, but rather pieces you can mix and match together for various occasions.

You can base your style on a certain aesthetic (sporty, business, quirky, country, etc.) or on something like a color or color scheme, etc.

Accessories are also a great way to express your style: you can say a lot about yourself by adding a very personal tie, wearing some cufflinks that let others know what your passions are or putting on an interesting scarf.

A discount is not always a good thing

As soon as some people see a great discount, they cannot help themselves; they immediately pay for the clothing item and feel so lucky to have stumbled into such an undervalued gem. You have to rise above this misguided way of stocking your wardrobe. Price alone should not decide what you end up wearing.

Before all else, ensure that the clothes you are buying do justice to your sense of fashion. There is no need to buy discounted clothes that make you look sloppily dressed or end up taking space in your wardrobe because you cannot bring yourself to wear them.

And to be honest, making such purchases is a big waste of money and time. However cheap something is, if it does not help you maintain your top notch fashion standards, it is a complete waste of your money.

Some people fall into this trap because the discounted clothing item comes from a popular fashion house. Designer clothes are great, but only if they look good on you. There is no point in wearing an oversized suit from a big brand when you would look more thoughtful in your style if you put on a better-fitting suit from a less known brand, even if you had to pay the same price on both of these clothing products.

Buy something that will last

There is one fashion woe that seems to get even the best of us – buying something to wear for a special occasion. It could be a party or an outing. While it does feel great to wear something new when going to get new experiences, we often make a lot of fashion mistakes in this manner.

Wearing something new and exciting is not a problem. The problem is that we might not wear that piece of clothing ever again. So, putting on a t-shirt whose writing perfectly fits the occasion might seem like a good idea at the time. But afterward, you might have to deal with how inappropriate it would be for any other occasion and then it ends up in the bin or in the wardrobe where it never gets worn again.

One way to avoid this is to use clothes that are already in your wardrobe, clothes you already love. Don’t buy something so trendy and exclusive that will be totally unsuitable for another occasion. Alternatively, if you really feel like getting a new piece of clothing is what needs to be done for the sake of the event you are attending, keep your usual fashion guidelines in mind as you do your shopping.

In particular, get something that can be worn on more than one occasion. So, for example, instead of wearing a t-shirt with funny writings that might work for the occasion and not any other, you can get a great t-shirt that you can wear even after that event has passed. Instead of getting that custom t-shirt or sweatshirt, you can try something like Versace clothing, which often have a great vibe that will be stylish for years to come and that can provide you with great lasting alternatives to custom seasonal clothing. Moreover, going for something from a big label is almost always sure to be made from a lasting, quality material.