How to Dress Like a Gentleman

by Kelly Townsend

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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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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."

Step 6

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


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

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