MEN’S FASHION WEEK
Posted by Darryl Virgiawan on July 26, 2009
Don’t know where to start when it comes to making vintage clothes your own? With just these few things in mind, anyone can wear vintage successfully.
If you’ve never worn vintage clothes before, it’s not advisable to start off wearing a head to toe vintage outfit. It is best to ease yourself into this new world by wearing vintage accessories like scarves, hats, jewelry, handbags, or belts. But only chose one accessory at a time, as with all things, less is more. Your unique vintage accessory will stand out even more if it isn’t competing with a bunch of other baubles.
Vintage is not a costume
Don’t dress entirely in vintage from one trend or decade. If you don’t end up looking like you’re going to a Halloween party, you will look rather dated. The point of vintage is to take the best of what each decade has to offer and make it work today. Mixing one focal vintage item with core pieces of your wardrobe like jeans, a simple blazer, or with a tee shirt will make your look modern instead of looking like you stepped out of a time machine.
Be open minded and try new things
Vintage items may look strange on the hanger, and you may think "I could never wear that!" or "That’s not for me," but try it on anyways. Vintage clothes are often made a lot differently than our clothes today, but for a lot of people they fit better and are more flattering. Don’t forget that vintage is an adventure! You’re looking to add excitement to your wardrobe, and you’ll never get that effect if you play it safe or rule things out with one glance.
Stay true to your style
As is true with any trend or style, it is best to stay true to what you are most comfortable in and what looks best on you. Realistically, a kaleidoscope print silk Pucci jumpsuit is not going to look good on most people no matter how fantastic it would be to find. This is another example of how mixing vintage with your standby wardrobe is essential to a successful ensemble.
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Men’s Wardrobe Essentials
- A suit (navy or gray) – Even if you only need a suit a couple of times a year, you’re glad to have it on hand when those occasions arise. Navy or gray suits are classic and neutral and can be dressed up or down. You can even wear the blazer with khakis or jeans. This is an item worth spending some money on.
- Black shoes and belt – These can be worn with khakis, jeans and your suit. This is an essential combo. Before buying brown, get black. I think you will find you get more mileage out of them, especially when attending more formal or evening functions.
- White dress shirt (good for day and night occasions) – White dress shirts look good on just about everybody. They look sharp and are versatile but should not to be worn as a casual shirt.
- Solid tie – Solid ties are easy and versatile. If solid isn’t your thing, try a classic diagonal stripe. Having several tie patterns on hand will ensure you are prepared for interviews, weddings and evening events.
- Blue blazer – A blue blazer is good for all year round and easily coordinates with khakis and other items. If that bores you, try a tweed sport coat but also keep in mind that tweed is really only useful in fall and winter. Either way a blazer or tweed sport coat holds a look together.
- Khakis and jeans – No explanation necessary here. Jeans are a staple of the American wardrobe. Khakis are the same.
- Overcoat – An overcoat doesn’t necessarily mean a long coat. It also means 3/4-length or car coat length. This item really finishes an outfit and can be worn with everything including jeans. And everyone needs a coat in winter, right? Well, maybe not if you live in places like Phoenix or San Diego.
- Briefcase – A briefcase does not necessarily mean a hard case. It can be soft, or messenger bag style. In a man is has to carry files and other documents, this is an essential.
- Athletic wear – Even for non-athletic types, athletic wear is great for those lazy Sundays and dashes to the convenience store at wee hours of the morning.
- Casual shirt – A casual shirt such as a polo or button down is a must have to wear with jeans or other casual pants.
- Deconstructed suit – A deconstructed suit is great because it has a relaxed look but is pulled together. Also, the pants and blazer can be worn separately)
Apart from wearing casual shirts and t-shirts, mens also wear beach shirts which are especially designed for it. The beach shirts comes in very comfortable fabrics which makes the trip to beach pleasant and relaxing. The shirts are available in very pleasing designs and patterns which gives the wearer very cool look. The shirts goes well with the pair of capris, pants, jeans or beach shorts and makes the trip of the beach goers pleasant.
Fabrics and Colors
The fabrics used for preparing beach clothing are Cotton, Cotton blend, Cotton silk, Polyester, Lycra, Twill, Khadi, Handloom etc. The shirts comes in both light and bright colors. While the light colors are preferred by the aged people. The bright colors are the choice of younger people and the children.
- The style of the beach shirts are designed keeping in minds the comfort of the peoples.
- Normally the shirts are of half sleeves and are available in both plain and exotic prints.
- The stitches in the shirts are either single stitch or double stitch with different types of collar styles like plain collar, medium spread, wide spread, curved wide spread, round point, cut-away, long collar etc.
- The print on the shirts are floral, geometrical, flora and fauna etc. The print of palm tree on the shirts are very common and it gives a feel of a beach.
- The other styles of the shirts are plain, check, stripes etc.
MEN’S FASHION TIPS
Every man has asked themselves about matching their socks with their trousers and other assorted questions at some point in their lives. Here I have listed six important men’s fashion rules to live by which should at least clear up some confusion about a few things.
- Always match your belt with your shoes. This is a good rule to follow and it keeps things simple. It’s best to stay with traditional colors such a black, dark brown or a rich tan. Other colors will be difficult to match, and generally speaking, should be avoided. If you wear sneakers every day that probably means you are wearing jeans in which case I suggest trying a belt made of fabric or something equally as casual, but please avoid dress belts with jeans and sneakers. If you wear suspenders, I am compelled to ask you why, but I digress. Just don’t wear a belt and suspenders together, it’s one or the other.
- Matching Ties and Shirts. For while the solid-colored shirt with a tie of the same (or slightly-off) color was seen everywhere. This is now a somewhat dated look. Try mixing things up a little and experiment with colors. Ties are great way to express yourself, but keeping it tasteful is your best bet. You can’t go wrong with diagonal stripes, modern polka-dots, plaids and subtle patterns. Just make sure your tie compliments your shirt, suit, sweater or what ever you will be wearing it with. Novelty ties are best avoided since the novelty is short lived.
Note: Ties should be tied in whatever style most strikes your fancy. You should know that there are many different ways to knot your tie, and different knots say different things. I prefer the Windsor or the four-in-hand, but I do suggest that you explore a little just for kicks. As for clip on ties–just say no.
- Pleats vs. Flat-Front. Why so many men have avoided flat-front trousers has always been a mystery to me. Flat-front trousers look better than pleated pants most of the time. Pleats make you look less slim. I have heard guys wear pleats because it’s more comfortable or because flat-fronts are more for athletic bodies. Truth is most men can wear a flat-front trouser. If you want more room then buy them a little big and have them brought in at the waist. This can be done at the store where you buy your clothes or by an independent tailor. And lastly, flat-font trousers are much more fashionable.
- Socks. The more official rule on socks is that they should match the color of your pants, though preferably not the exact same shade unless, of course, you are wearing black in which case it’s okay. However, I personally like to wear socks with patterns, such as stripes in various colors. But I do try to match my socks with my pants and shoes. To quote Glenn O’Brien from GQ magazine, ". . .you will ultimately realize that beyond the valley of rules rises the mountain of aesthetics, the peak of which (if there is one) is always shrouded in beautiful clouds of various hues, many of them resembling certain of my more unusually hued socks."
Note: Although it should be obvious, white socks should be reserved for the gym.
- Watches are the single most important accessory a man can own. I really suggest investing in one good watch that suits your lifestyle and taste. However, if you are someone who likes to own more than one watch, wear the appropriate timepiece for your outfit: black band with black shoes and belt; brown band with brown shoes and belt; and silver band for either. See my Men’s Watch Guide for more in depth advice.
- Eyeglasses are one of the few ways you can really express yourself. I have worn glasses for many years and I love having a few pair in different styles. They don’t have to just serve a function, but can enhance your overall look. Do your best to find a pair of glasses that not only compliments the shape of your face, but also expresses your personality. Ask people who wear glasses for a place where you can get good advice about what shape and style looks best for your face shape and features.