Perhaps we can't all be as well-groomed as Fred Astaire, but it goes without saying that well dressed cannot exist with bad grooming. The tuft of nose hair or dandruff on the jacket collar will ruin a look. An elegant man must be clean and trimmed as well as polished and pressed, with unlacquered fingernails that are short and clean; an attractive scent that's discernable only at very close quarters; and a beard that's shaved as many times a day as necessary.
It's never too early to form good habits. Most men bathe and brush their teeth. It takes only a couple more minutes each day to clean a pair of shoes, steam the wrinkles from the day's jacket and trousers and select a clean shirt.
Complement daily tasks with some scheduled maintenance every week, whether it be a visit to the barber, having spots removed from a jacket, or replacing the run-down heels on a pair of dress shoes.
Before leaving home in the morning, conduct a grooming checklist in front of a full-length mirror. And if you don't own one, make it the next addition to your wardrobe.
Be well groomed.