Style tips for single men to dress to impress

Women like men who dress like men. Combine clean lines, powerful fabrics and classic details, with a burst of charisma, and you've got a winning fashion formula.

Before deciding on the look that's going to work for you, ask yourself: do you feel like James Bond; or James Dean?

The former requires the tactics of a gentleman as smooth as the olive in a martini glass, while the latter requires cheek and rebellion.

Translating your character into the appropriate fashion language requires equal efforts of tailoring, fit and proportion.

The following sartorial themes are sure to gain the right kind of admiring glances.

Sleek suits

Suits.

This is the oldest 'weak in the knees' tactic on the planet. A suit is a gentleman's modern day armour, has the same effect on women as lingerie does to men.

Gentlemen are accustomed to having a 'personal uniform', which may be more relaxed, modern and personalised. So when you do want to seduce in your suit, make sure you have an air of 'je ne sais quoi' about you. That is, wear it and then don't care about it. You're ice cool as you crack open that bottle of Veuve.

Sportswear

Calvin Klein.
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Nothing projects sex appeal more than a man fresh from pumping iron or finishing a fitness program.

The upward spike in men's sports luxe is helpful with this ongoing look that is suitable outside the gym. Look no further than American sportswear, which adapts an active lifestyle with undeniable class.

Military chic

Valentino military.

Once upon a time you could only get the basic print of camouflage in menswear from a Salvo's store. Today, the top fashion houses such as Valentino (above) have adopted the strong cuts and fabrics utilised to accommodate any shape or silhouette.

The military look had advanced with collaborations within the value retailer and high fashion houses, such as Balmain x H&M, are affordable and highly sought after.

White collars

Beckham white shirt.

Finding the perfect white shirt is like searching for the fountain of youth. When you find it, it's magic.

The simplicity of the minimal, crisp and perfect white shirt will make women want to steal it.

Little extras

Tom Ford details.

A man who understands his style has no trouble adding in a few accessories to complete his look. Women are built to identify detail.

Before you've closed the door she's scanned your entire outfit, approved your well-fitting trousers, noticed your polished shoes, perhaps even those quirky socks, and seen that you've managed to fit in a haircut the day before your date.

Boots to boot

Hugo Boss boots.

Almost as masculine as the military look is the rebellious motorcycle rider. Let's call him James Dean. He's cool, illegally good looking and has a line up of suitors around the corner wanting his attention. Motorcycle boots are now in every menswear collection, and they take courage to wear, taking precedence and focus.

Labels such as Balmain, Saint Laurent, Kenneth Cole and Andrew McDonald at the Strand Arcade are some great boot makers and will not let you down in this category.

Experience within retail trend analysis companies has earned Louise Edmonds cred in the luxury menswear sector. The founder of MenStylePower.com utilises her passion and understanding of fashion to deliver a fresh, edgy take on men's style.

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