FashionApril 9, 2010

Fashion Friday: Dressing Your Man

I consider myself a bit wise in the arena of menswear.  I love dressing guys, all styles of guys, and have had lots of experience having grown up with three brothers and attempting makeovers of boyfriends and my husband (which was a feat, let me tell you).  I myself was kinda bummed to be the only girl as a little kid and did my best to fit in with the boys- rocking OshKosh B’Gosh overalls nearly everyday while playing out the adventures of He-Man at Castle Greyskull, building forts and the like.  Because I wouldn’t let my mom brush my hair, I also had the exquisite opportunity to rock a mullet for many years of my life.  Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly the “essence of femininity” as a kid. But because of all that quality male influence,  I “get” guys.  I love my guy friends, have been accused of “acting and thinking like a guy” and sometimes relate to them better than women. Sometimes. :)

I spent a semester in college working for Joseph Abboud’s headquarters in NYC as a stylist and PR intern so men’s fashion is something I developed an interest in.  Men have a bit easier than women in that their choices are more limited than ours, but that doesn’t mean that guys can just throw on any ol’ thing and look good.  So I put together a few outfits that might help you with suggestions for your man (or you yourself if you are of the 2% of my readership that is male)- and I made sure they are “guy friendly”.  Look,  I can pontificate on the genius of  slim fitting jeans and bright pink shirts all day, but I know that some men won’t even consider it (ahem!). So these tips are very middle of the road- not intended for the super fashion forward (Matthew, I’m talking to you) or the super hipster.

First, my top picks for men (click pics for links!):

1) Plaid shirts- done and done. Something about plaid shirts-western style, military detailed, preppy- just get me all hot and bothered. And right now they are HUGE.

2) Military Inspired Jacket- LOVE. Can’t get enough. Instantly up’s a guy’s “hot” factor by a trillion. I’ve seen it in action, it’s a FACT.