For many men, the struggle to find clothes or shoes that don’t look the same as everyone else can be a challenge, unless you’re prepared to really push the boat out and experiment with a few crazy styles. If you don’t want to be the centre of attention for the wrong reasons, then you need our simple tips on how to stand out from the crowd, in a good way of course.

Try before you buy to get the perfect fit

Don’t compromise, only settle for perfect fits. This is true for suits, jeans, blazers and shoes – you need to shop around and try things on before you take them home, where they’ll either hang forever in the wardrobe unworn or when you do actually wear them, you’ll always feel slightly uncomfortable.

Shoes maketh the man

Invest in some top quality footwear to really set yourself apart from the masses. Instead of the expected brown brogues for work, why not lace up a pair of these Barker Benedict shoes with contrasting colours and materials? Or for a night out on the town, leave the tan Oxfords at home and step out instead in a colourful pair of Barker Grant brogues available in a number of different colour and material combinations.

Spend what you can afford

When you want to stand out from the crowd, it’s not always about having the most expensive labels or brand names on show – but quality really does matter. A bespoke suit will sit differently than an off the shelf version, but you don’t need to bankrupt yourself to look great – there are plenty of alternative options out there for you to invest your money wisely on.

Be aware of trends but don’t follow every fad

Yes, it can be tempting to jump on the bandwagon every time a new trend comes around, but some of them are just ridiculous, and you don’t want to stand out from the crowd because no one can quite believe you thought you could pull that look off. Pick and choose key themes from each season’s trends to stay fashionable – a particular colour theme is always a safe bet, and brands tend to cater for most skin tones and colourings so you’re sure to find a couple of options to suit your particular palette.

Wear whatever you chose to wear with confidence

The best thing you can do to stand out from the crowd no matter what you’re wearing, is to wear it with confidence. Head up shoulders back – it immediately changes your whole appearance. Check out this brilliant article on how to carry yourself with confidence if you ever feel like your self-esteem has taken a bit of a knock.

Interesting accessories make for more eye-catching detail than over the top dressing

A colourful pocket square or a quirky pair of cufflinks are subtle touches that really help set your look apart from everyone else. A belt is also a great way to add interesting flair to your chosen outfit – this burgundy belt is an unusual but not ostentatious option for an easy way to get yourself out of a style rut.