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How to Dress Like a Man | Part III

Saturday, 28 December 2013

How to Dress like a Man is a new series of posts on What's Alexandra Waring in an attempt to understand male fashion better and to define the basics of good dressing for men. This week, gentlemen, we shall be conversing over the topic of shirts and T-shirts! If you didn't catch the first half of this new series, you can catch up here and here... 

Tee-ase me

The first rule when it comes to tees is to keep it plain and classy. Nothing screams 'GET AWAY FROM ME', more than slogan tees designed to make you stare so that men can get an eyeful. Bloody disgusting.
Secondly, a tee needs to be fitted (if you're very skinny, don't be afraid of fitted tees- they'll look ten times better than an ironically 'oversized' tee, drowning you in material and in fact, making you look skinnier). One thing I will say is....if you're pumped, then please avoid tees that look like they've been sprayed onto your torso. I take one look at you and know I will never be able to compete with your pecs for your attention... and I'm out. You don't need to wear something like that to attract anybody!
Another thing to note about tees is that they can be easily dressed up or down. A slightly baggier tee (this can be an exception!) with tighter jeans looks quite casual, especially with pumps or nice loafers. Dressed up, under a suit jacket will look swish enough for lunch with the parents or a smart-casual meeting, especially with smart jeans and a nice watch to accessorise.

Time to get shirty
A shirt is a timeless classic that can easily be dressed up, down, underneath jumpers, draped over tees, tied round the waist- one of the most versatile pieces in a male wardrobe. To that end, it's vital to have a good variation of them to compliment your different looks.
Obviously, every man will have their preferences and how far they'll push themselves style wise. Why not make like my babe Joseph Gordon-Levitt (above) and prove your manliness with a wacky print shirt and tie? Or dress it down at the weekend with a preppy denim shirt (and push the boat out there with double denim!). 
Also, give different looks with shirts a try. Buttoned all the way up, all the way down, a few buttons done up etc. Accessorise with different printed handkerchiefs in your top right pocket, roll your sleeves up, try out some cufflinks... they're incredibly versatile!
The best thing to do is have a bit of an experiment and try things on that you like in shops. Don't be afraid to have a go- remember, first impressions count, gents!
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