3 Key Principles To Being The Well Dressed Man

Being Well Dressed And Being Fashionable

Firstly, I would like to point out the difference between being well dressed and fashionable/trendy

To be a well dressed man means to be consistent and understated. It means your wardrobe is simple, classic and versatile.

You will not stick out from the crowd but you’ll always be noticed.

You walk with an air of quiet confidence and comfort.  You’re flexible, open minded and appreciate all aspect of fashion.

95% of the time in social situations, the well dressed man is king.

To be fashionable or trendy simply means you’re up to date with the fashion trends. Fashion trends are constantly changing.

Fashion, unlike being well dressed, can be confrontational just for the sake of it and they can push boundaries that do not need to be pushed. This could result in something fantastic or brutally awful.

This article is for men who is looking to be well dressed, not fashionable (not that being fashionable is bad).

These are the 3 principles

  1. Fit is KING in Men’s wear
  2. Match your colors
  3. It's the whole package

This article will just briefly go through the key principals. I'll be releasing articles with more depth and actionable advice on each specific principal in the following weeks. 


Principle 1: Fit is King in Men’s Wear


To be well dressed, your clothes need to fit. Period.

It does not matter how branded, expensive or stylish your shirt, if it’s too baggy, you look like you just went through a weight loss campaign and forgot to buy new clothes. Or if it’s too tight, you’ll look like you’re in need of a weight loss campaign.

Either ways, it looks bad.

Conversely, even if your clothes are regular, cheap off the mill ones, if it fits perfectly to your body frame, it not only highlights your frame, you’ll look well dressed.

In the following week, I'll be providing useful links and resources on how to get the perfect fit for specific clothing like T-shirt, polo T, jeans, pants, etc

KEY POINT: People care less about your brands than the overall fit and how it accentuate your body and posture.

Principle 2: Match Your Colors


Colors are important. It separates the classic well dressed man and the dude who saw a bunch of different colors, can’t decide and went with all or none of them.

As a rule of thumb, you should not be wearing more than 3 colors….unless you’re a professional clown, then you should not be wearing less than 3 colors.

There are some colors that complements well with each other and some that just don’t. These are rules, and knowing these color combination rules is essential in being well dressed.

In the following weeks, I'll provide a simple color matching principal that allows you to match your colors for every outfit and yet still have variety. Trust me, color matching is simple. 

KEY POINT: Do not wear more than 3 colors at one time

Principle 3: It's the Whole Package


When it comes to being well dressed for men, its the subtleties. This is because men do not have a wide variety of clothing styles to choose from, compared to women.

(its a good thing, you don't want to spend 3 days 2 nights 4 hours deciding what to wear for your lunch on Monday) 

Subtleties mean the whole package. There is no point wearing the most expensive bespoke tailored suit but then you wore a cheap BATA shoe that doesn't even match the color of your suit. 

OR a beautiful bespoke calfskin leather shoes but a baggy ill fitting pants and shirt that are clearly your dads who is 3 size bigger than you. 

Just a single piece of article that is off would ruin the entire package. It's not so much perfection, but consistency. 

In the following weeks, i'll be giving quick tips on the things to note when it comes to being the whole package. Just three main categories for the whole package. Top, Bottom, and Shoes.

KEY POINT: Consistency is a must in being well dressed. Its the whole package. Head to Toe. 


Where there is only one climate in Singapore, being well dress is easy.

The Ultimate List to Find Your Perfect Fit For All Your Clothes From T-shirts, Polo-T, Jeans, Suits, Etc

The 5 Mins Core Color Principle To Be Well Dressed With Colors For Every Outfit in Singapore

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Just useful content on being shoes, being well dressed and walking your own CustomMade Journey. 

Every few years I like picking a uniform so I won’t have to think too much about what to wear,” - Billionaire investor, Chris Sacca - early investor of Twitter, Uber and Instagram

Sacca adds that people spend "more energy" thinking "‘What should I be wearing?’ rather than about more substantive important things.”

The whole point here is to share simple principals so you do not waste time being well dressed, allowing you to focus on your goals and leading an optimized CustomMade lifestyle while looking sharp. 

In fact, smart casual wise, you only need like 2 jeans and 3 tops to be good for the whole year. It's more of what is the 2 jeans and 3 tops, rather than the amount of clothes. 

Donovan's CustomMade Journey

Hey peeps,

As promised, this is a narcissistic rant of my personal journey of how I went from Accountancy student from NTU who knows nothing about shoes to trying to set up my own men formal/smart casual shoe brand with my mum out of my room.

Our mission is to simplify and personalize the shoe shopping experience for men. 

(FYI, i'm still working out of my room most of the time.)

Chapter 1: The Idea of CustomMade

It all started when I was in year 2 of NTU. As i studied in Nanyang Business School (NBS), i require a pair of formal shoes for project presentations.

This began my search for a good looking pair of brown dress shoes....black shoes are too boring for me at that time. 

I headed for the usual suspects when it come to men dress shoes, Takashimaya, Metro, Pedro, Aldo and gasps....even Bata. After days and hours of search, none of them quite fit the bill to what I was looking for.

Either it looks good, but my size is out of stock or it just doesn't look good at all. 

It was frustrating. Somehow, that was always something off. 

Family Vacation to Vietnam

It was during an innocent vacation to Vietnam that my shoe search problem got solved. Daryl, my elder brother and I chanced upon a custom made shoe store there. (one of your local family owned shoe shop)

It was there that I custom made my first two pairs of shoes.

It wasn't so much the shoes that stuck with me, but rather the process of getting the shoes. It was exceptionally simple.

Previously, I had to search high and low and try on multiple different shoes and yet i still can't find a decent pair. Over there, all i had to do was get my feet measured and show them the design i wanted from my phone, and Presto, i got my new pair of shoes.

Innocent Comment by Daryl

My elder brother casually mentioned how such a concept would do well in Singapore...

And I vividly remembered romanticizing about the idea of selling shoes right then.

It was one of those where you get a rush of energy from inside and you can't help but to entertain and play out the romanticism....which i did for the rest of the trip. 

Little did I know that his innocent comment would have changed my journey two years later after graduation......

The first workshop i decided to work with and where the same place i bought my first custom shoe from! Sadly, things didn't work out but find out more...

The first workshop i decided to work with and where the same place i bought my first custom shoe from! Sadly, things didn't work out but find out more...

If you enjoy this short bit, stay tuned for the next part of how i underestimated the business and product leading to a complete failure

Click here to check out The Purpose of The CustomMade Journey, where i explained the 3 main reasons for coming up with this blog! 

In 95% of social situations in Singapore, the well dressed man is KING

Click here to find out the 3 key principals of being a well dressed man for a climate like Singapore.

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As this blog is new, every subscriber, share and Facebook like counts towards our mission. 

Also, it would definitely help a bunch towards my narcissistic side. If you're not interested in my journey, which is totally cool(i may sound boring to you), there will be other stuff! 

I'll be providing actionable style tips (next week), inspiring stories (not just my own) and quick time tested advice from people who have walked further in their CustomMade journey.

Hopefully, i can provide value for people who are on the same journey as i am of being the best version of themselves while wanting to look good. It's the full package. 



The CustomMade Journey

The Purpose Of The Custom Made Journey

Good day people! Thank you for swinging by to this page to check this awesome article out.

To get things started, the purpose of this blog is to provide

  • Inspiring stories of bold creative people who chose to walk their own journey;
  • Useful information to empower people to custom make their own life journey
  • Actionable style tips to be well dressed (hey, looking good is important) 

Yes, shoes and shirts are not the only thing you can custom make.  In fact, these are just the fringe items that complement your custom made life journey.

There are 3 main categories for this blog

1.       Living Your Custom Made Life

2.       The Well Dressed Man

3.       Stories and journeys behind CustomMade brand
(hey, let’s just say I’m a little narcissistic)



We are fortunate enough to be living in Singapore where food, water and shelter are easily found.


Yet in Singapore, we have a relatively low happiness index.


Happiness is dependent on your basic needs like food, water, sex, shelter, etc

But there is an important aspect that people often overlook or ignore.

Self Actualization.

According to Maslow hierarchy of needs, self actualization is achieving your fullest potential.

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Being your best self or in short, self optimization.

In Singapore, where all our lower hierarchy of needs is easily met, we are left with the puzzling need of self actualization.

This is what this blog and category is all about and for.

People who are looking to be the best version of themselves.


While I’m in no way self actualized (not even close to be exact), I’m on my own personal journey to achieve that.

An important realization did hit me.

It is not possible to achieve your fullest potential unless you custom make your own journey. (But what do i know, I’m just a 27 year old kid who sells shoes and never had a real job )

If you are not in control of your own personal time, emotions and self, how do you expect to be your best self and find personal fulfillment.

What is the one thing that is so alluring about custom made, control.  The control to make things specifically just for yourself.

I'll be sharing inspiring stories of people (not myself...luckily) who are on similar journeys as us, key insights and useful advice from them to aid us along our personal Custom Made journey.




Being fashionable is not mandatory, but being well dressed is.

Self Image and how you feel about yourself is important. This runs deeper than mere vanity or looking good.

It is about being the full package. Complete. Being smart AND looking smart.

Well...but if you can't be smart...at least look smart! (trust me, it's way easier)

Many studies have shown that certain clothes or how you look affect your mood and perception and in turn, affect your action.


Conversely, if you spend too much time on your outfit each day like those OOTD Instagram models (Outfit Of The Day for those non hip dudes reading this...seriously, get on with the times),

You will have less mental energy to focus on your goals and dream. (unless your dream is to be an instagram model, then please ignore the last part).

This is an effect called decision fatigue. 

Think of Steve jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. 

They wear the same outfit each day because it is simple

They do not waste precious energy deciding what to wear so they can focus on bigger things.

But does that mean you need to have the fashion sense of a 45 year old uncle who's idea of shoes are Crocs? 

NOPE. (no disrespect to all 45 year old uncles)

In this category, i'll be giving you

·         Short actionable style tips

·         Easy advice on being well dressed and

·         Quick outfits looks

So you do not have to put in as much effort as an instagram model and still not look as bad as Mark Zuckerberg.   

Ultimately, the aim is for you to be well dressed with minimal effort so you will have more focus on custom making your own life journey.


This is a category to indulge in my narcissistic side.

I'll be sharing my personal stories on what led me to get a one way ticket to Vietnam on nothing but an idea or to sell shoes online out of my own room.

Basically, anything to blow my own horn. 

In truth, i want to share not just about myself but the people (big shout out to my dearest mum who dedicated so much time to CustomMade) who helped me along my still very much ongoing mission of building an easy and personalized shoe shopping experience in Singapore. 

Also, i want to show you guys of the human-ness behind CustomMade brand. 

We are just a bunch of cool folks who want to introduce a simpler and personalized shoe shopping experience to Singapore.

Check out my personal story of how an inncoent trip to Vietnam and an innocent comment from my elder brother has changed my journey to start a shoe brand

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As this is a new blog, every little bit helps. If you enjoy reading my stuff, please do subscribe Like and Share. (the button is just to your right...C'mon, it's not that hard!)

There will be not be any promotional emails of my shoes or 346 different angles of my beautifully crafted CustomMade shoes send to your email.

Just useful content on being shoes, being well dressed and walking your own CustomMade Journey. 

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