Men, Less Is More When It Comes To Style

Men, Less Is More When It Comes To Style - Don't Get Me Started!

Men are no different than women when it comes to what they wear. They fancy themselves Johnny Depp and wear a porkpie hat with a goatee or they see the Abercrombie and Fitch boys and starve themselves until they can wear a t-shirt with some faded pattern of something on it that makes their upper bodies look concave. We're all victims of the marketing dollars that are spent to make us think we have to look like this or that from the images we see in the media and movies, just the same as women (though some men are loathed to admit it). But there are several men out there that take in all those images and just get it wrong. And I seem to see all of them. Men, less is more when it comes to style - Don't Get Me Started!

I'm sitting at the airport and I look up to see a guy taking a seat a couple seats away from me. Immediately I was caught by the curled up straw cowboy hat with the feather in the hatband that I realized at once was supposed to look as though it had been worn for years by a cowpoke riding the range but was really from some store like International Male - (gay iconic clothes for boys who want to be noticed and seem almost butch but aren't - read that blog here... ) He had on jeans and there they were, boots. But not really cowboy boots, more like the boots you'd see at Wild Pair in 1987. They were smooth black leather but the leather was scrunched at the top of the boot that was mid-calf to give it that, I don't know, "I'm a woman and if I were a woman I'd be wearing leggings shoved into these boots so that you could see the top was scrunched up leather). To complete the look, he had a black biker looking jacket and holey jeans. If you haven't guessed by now, yes I was saying to myself, "Oh my God, the Village People just threw up on this guy." Less is more especially when you end up looking like the "borrowed" part of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. The guy looked okay, I guess but what struck me was that none of it really seem authentic or his true self. (Especially when I heard him on his cell phone and he sounded like he was trying to sound like a surfer dude on top of everything else.) The poor thing was confused and I know there are a lot more out there where that came from.

As I looked across the aisle at the airport there was a man sitting with his girlfriend or wife. He had to be in his early fifties and he was well groomed with his khakis and button down oxford shirt on. His hair was something you'd see from the "Dad" posing in underwear page of a JC Penney catalog. And then I looked down at his hands. At first I did a double take because the rest of his "look" didn't go with what I saw. He was one of those guys with rings on every finger. And I'm talking the chunky skull heads on one finger a big thick band of silver on his index finger and some Celtic looking thing on his thumb.

To the untrained eye, these men seem as if they are expressing themselves through their personal fashion but I can tell you that both are victims of fashion that someone else did right (in most cases six years ago or more) that they misinterpreted and held onto long after the parade passed them by.

Here comes the advice portion. It's okay to buy the entire outfit you see on a mannequin in a store provided that store is one that is age appropriate and when you get it in your size and on you it looks good. But let's start at the beginning with you as the blank canvas and artist all at once with a simple exercise. Every guy can get away with wearing jeans and a white t-shirt. (True, some may look like a Calvin Klein ad while other may look like Schneider from One Day At A Time) but on the whole, the look works for everyone. No need to worry about too much there - if it's a cooler day, add a short lightweight jacket and boom, suddenly you're James Dean. Or add a navy or camelhair sports jacket and you're ready to take on casual corporate America. The jeans and t-shirt look is one that you might see from someone at Starbucks or at a club depending upon the color of the denim and the quality of the t-shirt. And while you certainly can't wear this everyday, it's a good way to get your feet wet in discovering your personal fashion sense. From here, start adding a different colored t-shirt or a long sleeved something or other. Shoes make the man - dress shoes with the jeans (night out), tennis shoes (casual). The thing that always kills it for us guys are the accessories, we add too many. It's suddenly a knit cap with lots of silver jewelry and dangling earrings. The famous words of CoCo Channel still ring true, when it comes to accessories, before you leave your home take one thing off. (Yes, this may include a cowboy hat or a skull shaped ring). I know its difficult out there (especially when we see the boys in the catalogs and think we can look just like them when we can't because we haven't been airbrushed within an inch of our lives and are living on wheat grass and gym visits) And that's what advertisers depend on. I say, keep it simple guys and remember... men, less is more when it comes to style - Don't Get Me Started!

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Guru-C 9 years ago

Hi, Scott, You wouldn't have watched "The Pickup Artist" but I think those guys did. I think we're going to see a lot of strange birds flying around because of the advice to "have a look that gets noticed". lol. I'm excited that "Runway Challenge" is on the way!!!

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somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Believe it or not, I DID watch a couple of episodes and I would love to know where Mr. eyeliner and fuzzy hat picked up anything other than an STD! And I agree...bring on Runway and maybe then I can be loving Tim Gunn again, forgiving him his trespassing of his show that really sucks! :)

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Guru-C 9 years ago

Yes, yes, yes! I tried watching his show, and paused so many times, I managed to clean my whole apartment before I could stand to finish watching the show. It's as if he were saying, "Make her work." But I love him on Runway.

Guyot 9 years ago

Wait...  are you gay? 

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somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Only on weekends and special occasions like Flag Day!

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