Death Cab for Cutie - aside from being a fantastic band, musically, they pull off "effortless" very well. Or at least their stylist does for them.
The look of a sweater over a button up. A cardigan over a button up. It seems almost too easy to look great, Yes?
Sometimes it really is that easy. Looking effortless, not overdone, muted - all of these things are actually fantastic for men who want to look stylish, but not stand out overly.
I really enjoy the button up on top of button up, as seen in Photo #1. Interesting.
On a grooming level, which is very important, their neat hair and well cropped facial hair also looks great. Comb your hair (wash it first). Trim your beard. This is also not a large hurdle to master. Hair is my thing, it is what I do. They look like themselves, and it works with what they are wearing.
Fashion does not need to be a largely complicated situation, at all. A great look doesn't need to take several layers, have flashy accessories, or take 10 minutes to put on. Luckily, when you are a man, it is as easy as putting on a crisp shirt and a great sweater. Get a great fit in a great color - build the basics on your wardrobe.
No excuses. You now know how easy it is.