When it comes to personal style, the current landscape of menswear is one that’s both freeing and empowering. From ruggedly relaxed and classically dapper to performance-influenced athleisure and streamlined minimalism, there’s no one way to look good these days. What’s more, you don’t have to spend a fortune on your clothing—just make sure you look and feel good in what you wear. Looking good doesn’t cost as much as you think. It’s simply about sweating the details and putting in the effort. We reached out to one of the smartest dressers we know to get his point of view about rising to the sartorial occasion. David Coggins is a well-suited, worldly raconteur and author of “Men and Style: Essays, Interviews and Considerations.” We asked him if dressing well makes you a better man. Here’s what he had to say.
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I don’t think men have to be overly formal, but they should be comfortable dressing up. There are occasions, whether you like it or not, where you communicate a sense of celebration or even gravity by what you wear. A good sport coat and a sense of ease goes a long way.
Just because you don’t wear a suit a lot doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a good suit. Chances are if you’re called upon to wear one it’s an important event—whether it’s your nephew’s bar mitzvah or your accountant’s trial. Who are you cheating when you’re the most casual dressed man in the room? Certainly not your date.
So be the man who rises to the occasion and sets the standard and makes others recognize that you’re the man of the hour.”