How To Make Practical Wear Fashionable

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When we think about style, most times, function is just an afterthought. Of course, we still need to dress in a manner that allows us to actually be dressed in public, but beyond that, much is lost in the way of looking good.

While this can most often affect women, such as with high heels and pocketless dresses, the same can be said of guys, too. Not all suit trousers have pockets, not all footwear can be worn in all situations. That’s normal, and it’s what we expect.

The question remains – to what extent can practical wear become fashionable? Is there a balance to be found between dressing well and looking like you’re about to survive five months in the jungle? To what extent is practicality worth prioritizing in the first place?

In this post, we’ll tackle those questions and offer some advice for adding more practical use to your wardrobe.

  1. Define Your Practicality

It’s easy to give a somewhat broad outline of what practicality might mean, but what it means to you is more important. For some, carrying a useful bag is more important than wearing a larger jacket with weatherproofing functionality. But what kind of bag are you looking for?

More and more, men are wearing stomach pouches that can sit well on a hip while also providing access to smaller personal items like keys, credit cards and vape juice from Tablites. Depending on your work, you may also opt for lighter faux leather or practical laptop bags that can be worn over a shoulder easily on a train commute.

Of course, depending on the trade you work in or your general lifestyle, fashion may differ. Large, thicker cargo shorts for those who need to travel often or work in the trades can provide a good balance between practicality and daily style. 

  1. Find Your Fit

No matter what clothes you wear, a healthy fit for your body type is essential to invest in. You can even have current garments adjusted to better match your measurements, as many of us have changing bodies that shift and alter over time.

Finding your fit is about that process, and it matters to get this right. From shopping for your frame to enhancing features you’d like (vertical stripes can be slimming, for example), will help you define your daily style. It may give you the inclination to wear jackets with stronger shoulder outlines than you may wear usually, without feeling bulky or overbearing against your daily comfort.

Fit has an aesthetic value of course, but it’s also a very essential element of practicality. When clothes fit you, they can fulfil their appropriate purpose, be that gentle knee pads in work clothes giving you support in the right area, to simply being comfortable to wear over a day. Find your fit – it will define everything else.

  1. Skip The Brand Names

A known manufacturer or brand name can be a seal of quality in some respects, showcasing that yes, this garment has undergone rugged quality control which means it should last for a while. As such, many people choose to invest in the best clothes they can afford to avoid replacement and to enjoy a better item over time.

This is a wise strategy. Yet it’s also important to note only be bound to brands, while also shopping for clothes that don’t boast them. This way, mixing and matching brand names without causing visual clashes, or purchasing a good jacket from a survivalist shop can mix with your other more formal wear, without it seeming as though you’re improperly dressed for a given occasion based on brand name alone.

Moreover, sometimes function is just about practicality. Purchasing a multipack set of white, grey and black t-shirts doesn’t have to be the most expensive purchase you make, instead, these can give you the freedom to layer up on other outfits during the winter. Sometimes, simplicity is where you find the most utility.

  1. Layering Seasonally

Most people would agree that the four seasons don’t strictly follow exacting weather patterns – many of us have seen snow in the spring and warmth in winter. For this reason, you might not limit yourself to only a singular set of different clothes in each three months.

Layering as appropriate can offer much more versatility, then, and most would agree versatility is similar to functionality thanks to how your options are opened up with good planning. That might involve owning a healthy array of undershirts, sweaters or thicker overshirts, formal shirts, jackets and a main overcoat. If you match them appropriately in line with the logic of a basic capsule wardrobe, but functionally instead of with perfectly matched aesthetics from every angle.

  1. Accessories That Work For You

We’ve already discussed helpful carrying bags or porches above, but you might find benefit in other accessories that help, also. Now, that’s not to say every single bracelet, piece of jewelry or added accessory you enjoy adding to your outfit needs to be a hidden swiss army knife with a million other utilities. Dress in a way that makes you feel good and comfortable in yourself.

If you are looking to add a little more utility, then, it can be nice to consider where that might lie. For example, silicon rings are becoming a nice alternative to wearing a conventional wedding ring, and can be worn in the gym without the chance to cause finger injury. This can also apply if you work a trade job, commit to other hands-on tasks.

Practical wear of this kind is not only fashionable, but it helps you avoid planning your day around your clothing along. Ultimately, the more practical something is, the better it fits into your lifestyle without constant maintenance. 
To conclude, it’s important to remember that managing your fashionable or practical wear isn’t a competition, and you don’t have to pass an examination. Just focus on the approach that feel right for you and your lifestyle. As you’ve seen in this post, several different methods can be employed to give even the most fashion-conscious more autonomy in their wardrobe.