How to Stand Out, Without Sticking Out: Men’s Professional Style Tips

Well dressed man in suit with hat, pocket square, and briefcase

Tip #21: Standing out, without sticking out. 

What is the difference between standing out or sticking out? Standing out is looking amazing, the fit is on point, and your outfit compliments. Sticking out is looking sloppy in a poor fit or clashing. Honestly, most of our clients want to look great but not stand out or stick out. We help them create custom-fitting garments but keep them out of flashy colors or patterns. For those who want to stand out, we help them choose garments that fit, complement and don’t break style rules. Here are a few things we recommend to our clients who are looking to make a great impression. 

Add a Pocket Square 

Adding a pocket square to your outfit is a small detail that can make a big impact. A white cotton pocket square is a classic option that is versatile and can be paired with almost any outfit. It adds a touch of sophistication and makes you look put-together. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also experiment with different colors and patterns, but stick to solid colors to start. 

Hemming and Tapering Your Clothes 

Ill-fitting clothes can detract from your overall look. If your pants are too baggy or your shirt has too much excess fabric, consider having a tailor bring them in. Hemming your pants to the right length and tapering them to your body shape can make a world of difference. The same goes for your shirts. Having a tailored fit will not only make you look better but will also make you feel more confident.


Matching Your Leathers 

When it comes to leather accessories, it's important to match them. A brown belt should be paired with brown shoes and a brown watch strap. The same goes for black leather. Matching your leather accessories creates a cohesive look and shows that you pay attention to the details. 

Matching Your Metals 

Just like leather accessories, it's important to match your metal accessories. A silver chain should be paired with a silver watch and silver belt buckle. This creates a polished and cohesive look. Mixing metal colors can look cluttered, clash, and detract from your overall appearance. 


Make sure your tie length lands at your belt, not past and not above. If you are taller or shorter, purchase the right length tie for your height. 


Paying attention to the details is what sets you apart. Adding a pocket square, hemming, and tapering your clothes, matching your leathers, and matching your metals are all small details that can make a big impact. Make a habit of paying attention to the details and you'll soon find that you're standing out without sticking out. 


Derek Burbidge - Owner/Founder of Cardero Clothing

In 2014, Derek rented a suit for his wedding only to later discover the advice he received was terrible and the fit of the rentals was way off. After travelling to Thailand and Europe soon after his wedding he was introduced to bespoke clothing and various timeless styles. As a lover of all things men's fashion, he started Cardero Clothing to keep men from making the same mistakes he did.

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