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How to: Dress Like a Man

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Although I'm not a fan of androgyny, I have decided to do a series of posts about how to dress like a man. A lot of people have asked me if I write posts on men's style too, but so far, I've yet to indulge in this tricky matter. Mainly because a) I'm not of the male origin and b) any advice I've previously given men on style has quite happily been ignored (such is life!). But now I've had it with the inadequacy of 'men' my age in their ability to put decent clothes on their backs (and I'm not talking chinos and a tight fitting shirt either). Buckle up, lads (how punny!) because this one's all about you!

It's time to pull your socks up

Many men of my age who are, shall we say, less fashion conscious, are still in that awkward phase of transitioning from boy to man when it comes to their clothing. In fact, most see it as an affliction only gay men undertake for themselves (which to me just seems completely pathetic and juvenile). If you do, indeed, take yourself too seriously to consider what you put on your back in the morning, consider this- first impressions count. You don't know who you're going to meet today, tomorrow or next week but what you do know is that if you put the time and effort in now and invest (:o wait... what did she say?!) in your wardrobe then you won't have to worry about this at all. If you 'don't care what people think' (pull the other one, sweetheart), then by all means- stop reading now. I'm sure we'll see you in 3 years time wearing exactly the same pair of jeans your mum bought for you last Christmas...enjoy!

For those of you who are sensible enough to care what you look like, then here is the first thing (and part one of this series) that we are going to consider. Brace yourself- it's shoes.

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Now, I don't profess to know a whole lot about shoes myself, but let me break this down for you. The first thing I'll notice about a man is what shoes he's wearing. You may think that aloof and very shallow of me, but believe me, it's a pretty good indicator of how you're going to be (and indeed, whether you're even worth talking to). If you don't want people to get the wrong end of the stick about you- invest in a pair of good shoes NOW. The basic rule of this is if you're not going running, don't wear running shoes (and for the smart Alecs out there, that includes flat-footed, low-grip trainers too).

Here's a good lesson from the man himself- Ryan Gosling (god praise his stylist).

 

If in doubt, go for black leather shoes with a slimmed point at the end. They'll go with anything (even some nice jeans!) and will smarten up any outfit. 

Put a Sock in it
Another very important thing to remember here, is socks and what an impact they can have on your outfit. For now, take my advice and retrieve all the harsh white tubular socks from your draws and either burn them or save a few pairs for when you're at the gym. Apart from that, I never want to see a man wearing those kinds of socks. Ever. Again. There's nothing that screams 'teenager' more than a pair of bright white socks your mum has soaked in sodium crystals for 3 hours, poking out from under a pair of light-denim, ill fitting jeans. I implore you; do yourself a favour.

Why not march yourself down to M&S and invest in some good quality, thick cotton black socks? Not only will they look good with everything, they'll make sure you avoid the hole-in-your-sock syndrome that epitomizes adolescence. And don't forget to replace them every time you get a hole in them either.

Once settled into the more stylish side of gents' fashion, you could even branch out into some wacky patterned socks. Some guys even like to match their ties, hanker chiefs and socks all together (one way to make a statement!). Be bold. There's nothing that says your comfortable with your sexuality more than dressing well- trust me. 


Next time... we'll be discussing jeans, trousers and shorts. Prepare yourselves!


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