In a nutshell, the 80/20 rule refers to the fact that 80% of the result comes from 20% of the inputs. The remaining 20% of the result comes from 80% of the inputs.
In other words, some things have a disproportionate impact relative to other things.
For example, diet and exercise matter to losing weight but diet matters much more than exercise.
Most of the returns in a fund come from a small minority of its investments.
80/20 is around us all the time.
Looking good is no exception.
We saw in the previous post what the elements are to looking better and looking good.
These are not all equally weighted. Some have a disproportionate impact on how good you look.
For example, being slim and athletic will impact the overall result much more than having good taste; even though having good taste will help you in your quest, it’s nowhere near as important as being lean.
If you’re slim and athletic, you can wear a baggy t-shirt and still look much better than an overweight guy wearing a well-fitting t-shirt.
In this site, we’re going to focus mostly on the things that move the needle the most, the things that have a disproportionate impact on how good you can look.
Remember what we said in the last post:
What works is:
- Being lean and slim
- Being muscular and athletic
- Having a good haircut
- Being well-groomed (clean hair, clean clipped nails etc)
- Having good clear skin
- Good posture and bearing
- A good smile
- A happy outlook
- Clothes that fit
- Clothes that work together in colour and style
- Clothes that convey quality and taste
This is in roughly descending order of impact on how good you look. i.e. the lower down the list you go, the less the impact.
We can see now that the advice of almost every men’s style blog out there – to get clothes that fit – isn’t the magic silver bullet that they say it is. Yes having your clothes fit well is important but not as important as the factors preceding it.
You know this to be true. Focus on the factors higher up the list first. These will really move the needle.