photo by Mike Yoder
There is something attractive about a naturally put-together man. No, this does not mean uber-trendy boys walking the streets in runway-esque digs with obvious, over-done cover-up and the drippings of incorrectly applied mascara. Just recognize that Gene Simmons has already claimed that get-out-of-jail-free card!
Also, we’ve long since ditched the “I just rolled out of bed” look from the 90s; still, there can be a happy medium, a balance resulting in nonchalant sophistication. Thankfully this year designers are getting inspiration from classic menswear. Let us welcome a more refined, perfected style with open arms.
Dress down a Dress suit:
My father and George Cloony surely would get along—both resist the necktie’s choke. After years attempting to alter my dad’s anti-tie sentiment, I finally get it. With the appropriate color combination and a fine, tailored suit, a confident man looks incredibly sharp sans tie. A confident, intellectual, tie-less man stands out at any black-tie affair; his comfortable stance and seemingly loose, carefree attire brings admiration out from all of the other men—men who are, quite frankly, tied down.
Dress up Blue Jeans:
This season, clean lines and crisp shapes barrage the men’s fashion industry. The easiest part—your favorite Levis can come along. Slip on an overcoat or blazer for an instant style-lift. Or, even try a v-neck cardigan, button-up Oxford shirt, and a tie. Any fresh shirt will look great worn with fitted jeans for a night on the town. For a fun, laid-back look, cuff your jeans to show off your dress shoes—just mind your socks and belts!
JFK, Steve McQueen, Miles Davis—these fashion icons recognize the impact of simplicity. Simple, clean, Americana. Grab a pair of flat-front khakis, my favorite old trend popping up everywhere this season. With no folds or breaks, tailor your khakis to hit perfectly at the ankle. Khakis and navy-blue sweaters can offer nautical nostalgia; a slim-fit tennis sweater can add color, but a plain white t-shirt—eye-catching yet effortless—is key. Khakis, white shirt: James Dean knew what was up.
The ‘Must-Have’ and the ‘Oh-No!’:
For the quickest, hottest rebel style:
Ray-Bans and Leather Jackets.
Tom Cruise, Bob Dylan, and the Ramones did justice to these items. Instant sex appeal, instant style.
For a fast-track to the land of fashion faux pas:
Beware: The Deep V.
Hairy chests scare women and children alike. Please, boys, keep it inside. If you want to go deep, opt for the aforementioned v-neck cardigan (with an undershirt!).
Extras for impact:
Seemingly inconspicuous accessories make a good outfit great. Add white handkerchiefs to a white shirt pocket; replace the buttons on your sleeves with sleek, sophisticated cufflinks for a more refined look. These additions can also offer subtle insight about your character.
Consider your own style, passions, and lifestyle. Yves Saint-Laurent and Woody Allen are often remembered for their large, oversize glasses. Choose a single signature personal item and stick with it. Make sure it is something classic, classy, and time-worthy. Surely you, too, will be remembered.