There’s nothing in life that can’t be organised into a list, whether it’s a to-do list, a shopping list, or an every-reason-I-hate-my-boss list.
One definitely worth a read, however, is this one by menswear maestro Tom Ford, who has compiled the 15 things every man should do or own to be instantly more stylish.
Granted, some of the items might be harder to acquire than others, but helpfully there are also plenty of guides here on FashionBeans to get you on your way. He must be a fan. As are we, Tom.
A Well-Cut Dark Suit
The first lesson of man school: always have at least one well-fitting suit to hand, dry-cleaned and ready to go.
A Sense Of Humour
It might not be the easiest thing to acquire, but it’s worth working at because nothing will get you through life like the ability to laugh at yourself and tell a good joke.
The Daily Newspaper
Not only will it give you a few conversation-starters, you’ll also look a damn sight more clever on your commute. If world events are too depressing, try a good book.
Because they’re a wardrobe staple, and because Tom Ford says so.
Classic Black Lace-Ups
All men are judged on their shoes, it’s just a fact of life and there’s nothing you can do but play the game. A pair of Oxfords are a good place to start.
A Signature Scent
Take the sting out by opting for a quality fragrance under £20. Just don’t make your “signature” be wearing too much of it.
A Sport That You Love (And Are Good At)
There’s no point sweating away in the gym every day if you hate it. Pick one sport you like, and stick with it.
A Smart Blazer
When a suit isn’t required, equally stylish separates are still a solid choice.
A Crisp White Shirt
The only way you can go wrong with a white shirt is if you don’t have enough of them. All that’s left is to learn what to pair with it.
Because a rogue nose hair will definitely ruin your day.
New Socks And Underwear
No self-respecting man would be caught dead with a hole in his shirt, the same goes when it comes to socks. Ford suggests throwing away old ones every six months.
A Day Watch With A Metal Band
So you can tell the time, and others can tell you’re worth theirs. Better yet, buying one needn’t bankrupt you.
Sunglasses are the easiest way to show off your style (and hide a hangover), so make sure they’re well chosen.
A Dinner Suit
Does James Bond (another Ford wearer, we might add) ever look like he’s come straight from the office? No, and neither should you.
The jury is out on what “perfect” means, but at least make sure they’re in decent enough nick so you don’t have to keep your mouth closed in photos.