How to Dress like a Grown Man

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Today we have a special post for you all: we are bringing back the chance to guest blog on The Wild Swans. Today, Victor wrote an article with some tips on how to dress up like a grown up, and the rules of how to do so.

but first of all, Let’s find out more about today’s guest blogger: Victor Johnson, 23, is currently a visual merchandiser living in the historic Mission District of San Francisco.

When he’s not working, he follows a passion for street fashion photography and hopes to one day publish a collection of his work.


Words by: Victor Johnson

Edited by: Ronan Summers


So you want to dress like a grown man, do you? Well you’ve come to the right place! High fashion is what The Wild Swans is all about, and in a grown man’s closet, it’s always important to keep it classic, clean, and fashionable! Here are some helpful tips to help you dress like the grown man you are.



.1 / Tailored Suit

Step #1 in dressing like a grown-up is making the biggest fashion purchase of male adulthood: buying the perfect suit.

Sure, as a younger man you may have had a suit or two you picked up on clearance at the mall. But a full, custom-made suit, cut specifically to your body, is quite possibly the most important facet of a grown man’s wardrobe.

Nowadays, you can also find suits on the peg and have the in-house tailor to shorten the hems and making it fit your body.



– Alexander Mcqueen grey slim-fit Check Wool suit

Hardy Amies Unstructured suit

Burberry London slim fit virgin wool suit



.2 / Dress Shoes

Second only to the suit, a pair of leather dress shoes are a must-have in any man’s closet.

Ideally, you should stock your collection with a variety of styles and colors, but a classic pair of black dress shoes, like Dolce & Gabbana’s Patent Leather Portofino Derby, is a great starting point.



Gucci Leather lace-up shoes

Church’s Hong kong leather oxford brogues

Saint Laurent patent shoes




.3 / Polo Shirts as Casual Wear

When you’re a kid, polo shirts are usually associated with school uniforms and dressing up for mom. As you get older, you may think they are reserved for the golf course and casual Fridays.

Incorporating stylish polos, like District Clothing’s Jersey Double Pocket Polo, into casual wear is definitely a part of a grown man’s wardrobe!



Marc by Marc Jacobs Cotton Pique Polo

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo 

Maison Kitsune Cotton-pique polo



.4 / Ties in Assorted Patterns and Colors

Ties are a great way to show your unique style and individuality. There are tons of great options out there these days, from stripes to polka dots, plaids and more!

Hermes’ collection of ties come in all sorts of fun, quirky patterns that are still fashionable and appropriate for any occasion.



Burberry Leaf design Tie

Turnbull & Asser pattern tie

Brioni knitted cashmere tie



.5 / Gym Clothes are ONLY for the Gym
This is a big one. Gone are those college days when you could roll out of bed, throw on a pair of basketball shorts or sweatpants, a t-shirt, and hoodie and accomplish all of the day’s tasks.

Obviously, gym clothes still have a place in a grown man’s wardrobe, and that place is the gym! Having a few options of durable workout attire from brands like Nike and Under Armor are necessities.



Nike Running tights 

Riccardo Tisci x Nike t-shirt

Nike Free OG 2014 Trainers



.6 / Clothes That (Really) Fit
You can fill your closet with all the grown man essentials, but if nothing fits like it’s supposed to, you might as well be wearing those gym clothes 24/7.

For suits and dress clothes, investing in get them tailored will make all the difference. Taking the time when shopping to try clothes on and not just assuming that the size you’ve always worn will fit. Different fabrics and brands fit differently, so make sure that everything hangs right and is fitted to perfection!

Although it is important to keep in mind these useful tips, the main thing to remember when forming your grown man closet is to incorporate your own unique style into everything you wear.

Fashion is all about self-expression, so keep it classy and keep it you!