There is a myth, propagated mostly by certain men's magazines, that being a stylish man requires tremendous effort. We must keep an eye to the fashion runways in Italy, to the ready-to-wear shows, to Fashion Week in New York in order to appear as if we care what we look like. Hogwash. The truth is there are dozens of quicker and easier ways to look better, more with it, more stylish – all with a minimum of effort. We tapped designers Billy Reid and John Varvatos, as well as stylist-to-the-stars Joey Tierney, to offer their input on these 25 simple, ready-to-impress tips for instantly upping your style quotient.
Pick practical accessories.
"Less is more with accessories, and I like them to have a purpose," says Reid. That means opting for items that are functional rather than just ornamental. "A tie bar to hold a tie in place, a knit cap to keep warm. These types of things make sense to me," he says.
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