Archive for November, 2011
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Look, I’ll cut you guys some slack in the summer. Baseball game? It’s gotta be the local team on your cap. Golf course? I hate the visor, but I’ll give it to you. The beach? Please by now tell me you’ve moved on to the fedora. How old are we?
Winter, we need to get a little more selective. Are you one of those guys rocking the giant Dr. Seuss candy-cane striped hat? Or how about the one with the giant pom on top. Really? Do I have to address this?
Having said that, we don’t need to freak out quite yet. Developing discerning taste doesn’t mean you need to abandon all sense of fun and wintry excitement. The key here is to find something functional and befitting your personality. Do you work in the North Pole? Or is your exposure to the elements limited to the 5 minutes you spend outside begging your girlfriends dog to pee? Certainly the plaid loggers hat isn’t right if you are a wall street exec. Does that mean you need to eliminate anything that stands out? No. Take a few risks (just not with my money, got it?) and break up the power tie and power suit with a little ear-flapped number. Hey, you just might be mistaken for, I don’t know, fun?
a mans dilemma; winter hats
You don’t have to look the goof-ball part anymore (well, not so much)
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Winter and fall have always been my favorite seasons to dress for. Don’t get me wrong, spring and summer are great months, but in terms of clothing there aren’t that many options (for men at least). Women have an abundance of options to choose from during spring and summer. From cropped tops to jean cut-offs, the ladies don’t have to worry about not knowing what to wear (even though they generally do). But for the fellas all we have to choose from during the warmer months are shorts, t-shirts, and polos. I usually get pretty bored during the summer because there are only so many combinations of these three items before my wardrobe starts to become bland. However this is not the case for fall and winter.
These seasons bring my favorite phrase back into my vocabulary: layer up. During the winter and fall months a guy’s wardrobe goes from the boring t-shirts and shorts to jeans, cardigans, sweaters, blazers (a personal favorite), jean jackets, and button-down shirts. With this new expanded closet men are given more chances to show off their style and swag.
With all seasons there is one article of clothing that comes back from the fashion archives to make its reappearance to the world. For this fall/winter season the one staple that is making a comeback is corduroys. Not just any old corduroys either. They are coming back in new fits and bold new colors like burgundy, olive green, and mustard yellow (for the ultra-confident). To some, wearing corduroys can bring back memories that are best kept where they have been stored away.
I know that when I was a kid my mom would make me wear corduroys because they would keep me warm, even though I HATED them. They were just weird to me. The one feature that I couldn’t get over was the exterior texture. It felt like the granulated cardboard. In addition, the colors that my mom would choose for me reminded me of throw up. As a kid I just wanted to stick to my trusty jeans. But now that I’m older and my eye for style (and function) has improved I can proudly say that I am glad that this trend is coming back.
I agree that these can be tough to pull off but worn in the right way with the right shoes and shirts and the perfect fit, anyone can get away with rocking a pair of cords. My favorite fit is from Levi’s. They have a slim fit that makes the cords fit more like your favorite chino than an ill-fitting dress pant. Pair them with a button down shirt and a crew or V-neck sweater and you are good to go. Wear them to a holiday party or on Friday to the office, corduroys can either be dressed down or up. But no matter how you wear them you are guaranteed to be warm (like Mom says!) this coming season.
Nate Perkins currently studies Communciation Arts at Gordon College. In his spare time you can catch him putting together looks for his peeps on Polyvore, hopelessly window shopping online, and NAPPING. His real name is Nate, but more commonly goes by ‘Jeb’, a name his best friend changed his name to in her phone so that her mom and aunt wouldn’t call him. No one expected the name to stick but it did. He’s now convinced that no one knows that his real name isn’t Jeb.