This is a guest post by\u00a0Alex Outlaw, Co-Founder at TheIdleMan.com\r\nStaying on or ahead of trends can be a real headache for most men. Where do you look? How do you know what trends to follow? Are you too old to follow them? Are all just a handful of questions most men run over in their head when the subject of trends is brought up. To show you just how easy it is to get ahead of the curve without looking too try-hard, we\u2019ve put together five essential tips. Thank us later.\r\n\r\n\r\nFashion Weeks\r\nThe first place to look is fashion weeks, just make sure it\u2019s the men\u2019s version. For the UK, the one to really look out for is London Collections: Men (or LCM). Here the leading figures and brands all take to the catwalk to show us what\u2019s going to be hot in a year or two\u2019s time. But it\u2019s outside the event that you can get the biggest tips...\r\n\r\n\r\nStreet Style\r\n\u2026 which brings us nicely onto our second tip. All over the globe there are thousands of photographers taking to the streets to find the key looks at the moment to give us guys a valuable piece of inspiration for our own style. Every menswear publication, both online and print, will have their own photographers out there and will post them on their blogs\/websites...\r\n\r\n\r\nKnow Your What to Read\r\n...so you need to make sure you know what publications to head to. Not only will they have these images to work with, but they will always do their own trend report for the upcoming season. These are written with a more immediate thought than the runway shows, letting you know what you need to buy now to be on trend, rather than what you need to be buying in two years time when everyone\u2019s caught up with the runways.\r\n\r\nThere are hundreds of men\u2019s fashion blogs out there, so do your research and find one that you think suits you. If it\u2019s too high-end you won\u2019t be able to afford anything they\u2019re talking about and it will be totally unrelatable to your lifestyle.\r\n\r\n\r\nLook Around You\r\nYour own initiative and beady eyes can also be your best friend. If you\u2019re taking a trip to a large city, keep your eyes peeled for other guys\u2019 outfits you like, decide what ones you think you could pull off, then just give it a go! Whatever you go for, you just need to make sure you feel comfortable in it. Talking of which...\r\n\r\n\r\nBe Confident\r\nYou need to be confident in yourself. If you wear something with self-doubt and you feel uncomfortable in it, you will project that feeling to your mates, passers by and that girl you\u2019ve had your eye on in the gym the past few months. Try things on with just you and a mirror to witness at first. Like what you see? Then carry that good feeling on to when you head out to the street to meet your mates, a date or prospective employers.\r\n\r\nYou could be wearing the most up-to-date and prestigious clothing known to man but if you wear it with an air of awkwardness, you won\u2019t pull it off. Similarly, you don\u2019t have to spend hundreds to make something look good, just wear it with confidence and you\u2019ll have a much better shot of pulling it off.\r\n\r\n\r\nIf all else fails\r\nIf you\u2019ve tried all of the above and you still don\u2019t feel right or just can\u2019t keep up no matter how much you try, don\u2019t worry, it\u2019s really easy to look like you know a thing or two about style. This is where you wardrobe staples come in - the pieces that are the key pillars to any man\u2019s wardrobe.\r\n\r\nThey are the more timeless pieces and these can be matched with more or less anything and still look considered. Think denim shirts, oxford shirts, plain sweatshirts, knitwear, crew neck T-Shirts, indigo and black jeans and some classic footwear like desert boots, loafers, brogues, derby shoes and plainer trainer styles. These are the cornerstone to your wardrobe and are a more failsafe way of achieving a great style.\r\nThe Idle Man\r\nAlex Outlaw is the co-founder at TheIdleMan.com a site dedicated to young mens fashion.