Saturday, July 30, 2011

Men's Fashion, 1991

Typically, fashion trends repeat every twenty years. Check out this image of 1991 fashion trends. The "V neck" look is present. The other hot item you will see is a scarf. Sometimes it is hard for a man to pull off a scarf, but try wearing a scarf. The other look that is great, is the layer look. If you are going to wear layers, try doing it with similar colors or start with the basic grey, black and white.

The "V" neck is in... Check out the latest styles for men.

Let me tell you, the V neck look is hot! This does not necessarily mean that men need to show off their chest. I only found a few images, but the first one is my personal favorite. It is the button down shirt with a hooded sweatshirt. I love the "dressy look" with a bit of causalness.
I also love a men's suit vest over a t-shirt. (It's the same kind of "causal-dressy" look). The bottom image isn't necessarily my favorite look, but it shows you some different styles of the "V neck". If you are looking for a few more images, check out Dolce and Gabbana's website.   

Five Fashion "laws" for men.

Last night I was out with some friends. After looking around the bar and speaking to one of my guy friends, I realized how much men love fashion advice. They want to dress in style and they are not always sure how to do it.  They want advice on what to wear.  This afternoon I found some good tips for men to follow/use.

These tips are simple but they are “men’s fashion laws” for looking attractive. No matter what season, no matter what style, following these guidelines will keep you looking your absolute best.
Guy with layers

1. Layering—If you want an eye-catching outfit without resorting to “peacocking” then develop an eye for detail and combinations. Nothing expresses your personality better than 2 or 3 layers of carefully coordinated clothes. I still stand by my own all-time favorite 3 piece sexy casual combination: 1.) button-down shirt, 2.) light, zip-up hoodie, and 3.) sports coat. Just mix and match whites, blacks, and grays to create an interesting outfit (without coming off try-hard).

2. Clothes that fit—I say it again and again, but I still see 4 out of 5 guys wearing baggy clothes that make them look sloppy. I don’t care if you’re 20-30 pounds overweight, you’d STILL look better wearing clothes that fit. Nothing says slovenly existence better than clothing that sags off your body. So, as a rule of thumb, if you can grasp more of a handful of fabric on your shirt or pants that means it’s way too baggy. Also, if ANYTHING is bunched (e.g., pants legs), get it tailored—immediately. Bunchy and baggy is equal to sloppy and ugly.

(Note: And, yes, that includes your jacket—especially your jacket!)

"I personally am not a fan of the button down shirt, but if you are going to wear it. This law makes sense.
3. Unbutton, untucked—Again, another faux pas that seems obvious, but guys are out committing it again and again. Just type “men’s fashion” into Google and see how many pictures feature guys with tucked-in or fully-buttoned shirts. And, if that doesn’t convince you, go out and observe how many guys with hot girls have their shirts tucked or buttons buttoned. YET STILL, at every conference I speak at, on every live program I teach, and every time I’m recognized out, I meet dating advice students who tuck in their shirts in and are fully buttoned up. In fact, if I’ve met you and my first comment was, “Untuck your shirt and undo about 3 of those buttons,” don’t be offended (I say it to everyone); however, heed my advice! Women want guys who let it “hang out”—so do it!

Very Important Law.. invest in some standard expensive staple pieces. They will last and will go far.
4. Quality versus quantity—I doubt anyone reading is attending runway shows or salivating over this year’s Prada outdoor line. Though, buying “cheap” brands because it saves you a couple bucks is just not worth it in the long run. I, too, was once guilty of “bargain hunting,” trying to find all my clothing at inexpensive stores like H&M and TJ Maxx. While you will certainly find some cool pieces there (especially shirts and vests to incorporate into layering), for fashion necessities go with quality brands. For example, shell out a little extra money for jeans and jackets/coats. While it may hurt a bit up front to drop $150 for a pair of Diesel jeans or $400 for an Armani trench coat, you’ll look forward to wearing these items and feel good every time you put them on.

This is great, please try ... It's ok to look different and wear something you might not always pick. You don't want to look like every other guy.  You want to stand out. As long as it doesn't make you look like a clown, wear it and own it. Be confident and it will look good.
5. Experiment a bit—No, I don’t mean that type of experimenting. I mean experiment with some “riskier” fashion items. For example, try wearing a neck tie out or a vest or a button-down argyle sweater. Thumb through an issue of GQ and see what the “very fashionable” male models are wearing and experiment with it. Sure, it may feel a bit “incongruent” at first, but you’ll probably find lots of people commenting on your intrepid outfit. Sure some guys may tool you, but the corollary to that is that some girls will find you irresistibly sexy. Again, let me just reiterate that this is NOT “peacocking” where you wear something absurd simply to get a reaction out of people—this is you being “highly stylish” and in synch with tomorrow’s fashion staples. And who knows, you just may stumble on a “fashion law” that applies only to you and makes you look devilishly more charming than the average guy who’s still going out in graphic print t-shirts and American Eagle jeans. (If that’s you, please stop immediately.)