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“I hate shopping. These clothes are so boring. There just isn’t a good selection.” Come on fellas! We know you might not get the same rush from shopping as women do, but it’s not that bad. There’s no reason to mope. As long as you know what to look for, shopping can be a rewarding experience. You never know, you might just enjoy that same shopping trip women love when you find that item of clothing that is just what you wanted. However, if you are like most men I encounter, your opinion of men’s fashion is that it’s a pretty sad place with a few shirts and some slacks.
You might be surprised to know how expansive the world of menswear really is. With many styles for every personality and preference, the road to becoming a cleverly clothed man is just a few easy steps away. I’ll be your guide — these are some specific landmarks you’ll want to look for: classic fit, creative texture and personal preference.
A leading style statement of all seasons is a great fit. After talking to many fashionable men from all around the world, the most frequent advice I hear is that fit is everything. Knowing the right fit that suits you will instantly add an air of style and a boost of confidence. Some of this season’s popular fitted statement pieces are the ’60s style slim cut suit, the slick double-breasted jacket and well-fitted jeans or trousers. My personal favorite, seen on the streets and the runways, is a double-breasted jacket with a slim-fitted trouser and a classic shoe. This sort of outfit has been featured by the likes of Etro, Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo, YSL and many more. You can do so much with this sort of outfit. You can go all monochrome for an edgy ensemble appropriate for work, or you can go with a patterned jacket paired with a colored trouser for a day out. Since there are so many ways to mix and match this classic look, I would consider it one of the season’s most versatile outfits.
The second mod trend takes just a little bit of courage and a small amount of know-how — combining textures. How does one go about combining textures without looking confused or overdressed? Easy. Just know the right textures to combine and for what events to combine them. The three most prevalent texture contrasts and combinations are chambray shirts with dark denim jeans, leather jackets with cotton henleys and tweed suits with herringbone additions. The first two options are very casual weekend or night outfits, and the last option is a dressier outfit perfect for work or a classy date. Since tweed and herringbone are a popular winter combination, I’m going to suggest trying it out. The easiest way to work with layering textures is to choose your main suit piece. I’d suggest going with a tweed — since that is the big pattern of this season — in a warm brown or a rust red tone tweed. Once you choose your tweed, try pairing a herringbone skinny tie in a grey tone to cool down the warm colors of the suit or blazer. You are sure to receive compliments on a classy outfit like this.
Finally, the details — probably the most important part of any outfit is the personal details. Individual additions can be as small as a creative tie, patterned socks, an interesting shoe or even a special piece of jewelry. Exploring the options of outfit additions that make your clothing you is one of the best parts of getting dressed. Without personal influences in your outfits, it can end up looking stiff like it came off a mannequin. However, a problem that can arise from adding individual preferences to an outfit is taking personal touches a little too far and looking overdone. Perhaps, instead of putting on a check shirt with a floral bowtie and colored pants, try toning it down. For example, take the check shirt, add an olive-colored blazer, a pair of well-fitted trousers in a neutral, and maybe pop a floral in either a pocket square or a pair of socks. You have the same outfit idea, but it is more welcoming and less fussed. There are always ways to make an outfit work; it just takes a little tweaking.
Overall, fit makes an impact, texture catches the eye, and personality makes it you.