How to Dress Like a Gentleman

by Kelly Townsend
Actress Krysten Ritter wears a floral dress with a large floppy hat at the Kentucky Derby.

Actress Krysten Ritter wears a floral dress with a large floppy hat at the Kentucky Derby.

Want to look distinguished and like a true gentleman? It’s harder than it sounds. Achieving the perfect mix of class and style is paramount to creating the aura of distinction that permeates a gentleman through and through. This aura is as hard to define as it is easy to recognize. How then, you ask? Well, here are some tips that can help.

Get the right haircut. A short, tidy but modern cut will give the impression that you mean business, even when at the beach.

Find the right suit for you and learn to love it. Getting comfortable in your skin is all well and good, but exuding comfort while in a suit gives the impression you’ve been here, done this. Feeling comfortable in a suit is the first step toward feeling comfortable as a gentleman. Get a suit custom-made just for you, if you can afford it.

Walk the walk in the right shoes. When it comes to shoes, splurge on a top-quality pair of wingtips or oxfords.

Tell time the right way. Sadly, it seems more and more people use their cell phones to tell time rather than a watch. They forget that a watch can add to your image as much as anything else. Select a classic style that you can wear for every occasion.

Learn to dress casual yet distinguished. Gentlemen need to relax, too. A polo shirt and dockers will do the trick. Add loafers and tennis socks for that understated but distinguished look. Think Daniel Craig in "Casino Royale."

Wear the appropriate attitude. Behaving like a gentleman is every bit as important as dressing like one. Use please, thank you and all the common niceties. Expand your vocabulary and knowledge by being well-read to exude the confidence and style of being a true gentleman.

Items you will need

  • Suit
  • Wingtips or oxfords
  • Polo shirt
  • Khaki pants
  • Loafers
  • Watch

Warnings

  • Don't leave the house without a shower and clean clothes.
  • Don't use slang or curse in public.

Photo Credits

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