Okay, you don’t have to tailor EVERYTHING, but definitely try to tailor staple items — like coats, blazers, and/or work attire. Whether it’s a coat/suit from H&M or from Armani, Europeans live by getting staple items custom tailored.

Very often, at least in the U.S., we believe in the “one-size-fits-all” mentality, or we buy clothes straight off the rack and are satisfied with the fit since it’s “good enough.” Well, that attitude doesn’t really fly in Europe … custom-tailored jackets, suits, blazers, etc. are common among both men and women.

This small investment will do wonders for your wardrobe! Getting coats and blazers tailored to your unique body shape will really improve how they complement your silhouette and make your clothing look more expensive in most cases. This is definitely something I would recommend if you want to step up your fashion game.

2. Invest on staple items.

This all depends on your own, unique style, but here are some items I believe every guy and gal should invest in: a trench coat, black boots, simple slacks, and a nice dress shirt/dress.

These items are what I see most often worn on all sorts of occasions around Europe; from going to work to going for a casual stroll, it doesn’t matter. Europeans are all about wearing staple items and adding accessories to express their own unique styles; they build their style around a few unique pieces.

Therefore, it is much smarter to buy a couple, very nice clothing items instead of buying a lot of cheap, poorly made pieces.

So instead of going on a mass shopping spree at Forever 21, go to a nice retail store (this can vary based on your budget or style) but I like Zara or Topshop since they are not TOO expensive and have nice staple items in comparison to other retailers.

Then you have items that will last more than a couple of weeks, as well as lessen the size of your closet.

3. Less is more.

 

(Photo:best prom dresses)This was a HUGE lesson I took away after living in Europe — a simple color palette will get you far! Bright colors and bold patterns are something that only children or younger teenagers wear; adults generally wear very muted colors and keep their outfits simple.

One local told me this was because it is seen as more professional and that only “very loud individuals” like rocking the bold colors. In general, many Europeans don’t like being the center of attention and wish to blend in (again, this is very general).

And if this isn’t your style, no worries! I have also met local Europeans that wear bolder colors (like bright reds, or neon greens even) and they still look elegant! But they pair these bold colors with more monotone colors, so only one piece stands out.

Fashion is all about having fun with what you wear, so find what fits your unique style first and foremost!

4. Black is always the right color (or, colour).

This does NOT hold true for every European country, but it is still a popular color choice in a lot of European countries. I lived in Denmark for six months, and every Dane wore black year-round (whether it was bright and sunny or cold and rainy). Black is a favorite among every gender since it goes with everything and is very simple to accessorize.

Now, when I went to Italy, less people wore black and preferred more pastel colors and/or grays; so it really does depend on the region. However, a lot of European clothing items are offered in black, so it is easier to come by.

So if in doubt, rock black is always a great color choice!Read more at:prom dresses uk cheap

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