Looking Sharp: 5 Habits for Dapper Gents to Collect

There is a select group of well tuned out gents for whom cutting a sharp and stylish figure comes as second nature. For the rest of us, there is a steeper learning curve to contend with if we want to look perpetually suave. We could tell you that there are no shortcuts to looking swish, but that would be a lie. In fact, there are a few style and grooming habits you can pick up relatively easily which will help you nail that impeccably dressed vibe.

Read and memorise these five essential habits for truly stylish men, they'll serve you well over the long term. Don't forget to burn after reading.

  1. Invest in timeless classics

1Trends may come and go, but true style classics are eternal. The truly stylish man invests wisely in classic pieces which will look good for seasons to come. Well tailored, well made and timelessly fashionable is the way to play it.

2. Don't skimp on shoes
2They say that you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes. The bona fide dapper gentleman knows this is true. Scruffy sneakers and busted brogues can bring down the tone of an entire ensemble, which is why cultivating a habit of investing a little more in a better class of shoe is essential. Need some inspiration? Look no further.

3. Care about your silhouette

3A great cut is a true shortcut to impeccable style. The right tailoring will ensure your wardrobe oozes class and style. Collars should be a finger's width from your neck. Jackets should nip in at the waist. Trousers should taper towards the hem. These are the rules. Abide by them.

4. Develop an eye for quality materials

4Without a great cut, no material will look the part. But once tailored correctly, beautiful quality materials will make all the difference to the finish of your look. Materials like pure British wool, quality cotton, cashmere and French-made alternatives will stand the test of time, fall exquisitely and more than look the part. Invest in the good stuff for longer lasting fashion.

5. Dare to repair

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Speaking of long lasting fashion, it's time to find yourself a good tailor or seamstress who knows how to repair clothes properly. Too many garments are treated as disposable these days, but once you find an item in your ideal cut and material, you'll save time and money by getting it repaired rather than hunting high and low for something new that fits the bill.

Weave these five essential stylish habits into your daily life and you'll find your wardrobe developing a clear dapper aesthetic in no time. Do you agree with our stylish habits? Have your say in the Base London Facebook group or start your new approach to fashion by browsing exceptional footwear in the Base London online store.