The MAN

Posted on March 4, 2010

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With the excitement that sweeps about during the major fashion weeks, it is a wonder the lack of coverage the men’s shows get. In our society today, men who focus too much on their appearance are wrongly deemed metrosexual, polysexual and the various permutations of sexuality you may come across.

                                               Filippa K SS10

Women are allowed to shop at will, we are singlehandedly bringing our countries out of the recession. We are wired to spend on clothes, makeup, food, hair, grooming so why should men be left out? Perhaps I am flogging a dead horse and men really do not care?

I decided to get a male perspective on dressing, from one who is neither fashion conscious nor trend led:

 

E for Glamtings: Why do you dress?

J.A:  To cover up

E: Do you think of an outfit before you go out daily?

J.A:  Planning an outfit is a chore because I don’t want to look conventional. I have a vision of how I should look but because I can’t be bothered to do it all the time, it becomes a chore. When I go out shopping, I buy a look which means I probably would wear it only once.

E: What are the characteristics of the clothing you buy? What do you think about?

J.A:  Comfort, style, impact…..it has to be memorable

E: Would you like to dress better? Does your style reflect who you are?

J.A:  50/50

E: What would it take for your style to represent you completely, where your vision meets execution?

J.A:  Budget.

His answers were as I expected, most men want to look their best. They may not be particularly interested in fashion, but they want a style that projects their vision and does not compromise on comfort.

In order to make it less of a chore, there are basic building blocks which may be tweaked to suit individual tastes in the hope that over time, a personal style develops.

 

  • Outerwear

 L-R: Burberry Prosum; Jil Sander; Jil Sander

L-R: Burberry Prorsum, Burberry Prorsum, Bottega Veneta

 

  • Suit: Watch words are cut and fit, a well tailored suit doubles as an instant diet. The same applies to a blazer: cut and fit.

 L-R: All items Varvatos

 

  • Trousers: Besides the trademark black, experiment with other colours and textures

L-R: Dior Homme; Burberry Prorsum; Bottega Veneta

 L-R: All items Burberry Prorsum

 

  • Shirt: While it does not have to be tight, having a fit as opposed to a boxy piece of cloth is a step in the right direction
  • Jeans: Get a pair that suits your shape rather the current trend

L-R Blue jeans – Acne £190; Long sleeve shirt – Maison Martin Margiela £285; Grey jeans – Acne £160

 

  • Shoes & Socks:  While you may not be able to wear tights in abundance like us girls, coloured socks work for men giving a much needed injection of colour. Head to Pantherella for mid market ranges or the high street for alternatives.

Clockwise from top left: Cream Brogues – Tween £184; Mid-brown Brogues – Berluti £530; Black pin-up socks – Tom Ford POR

 

  Clockwise from left: Suede deck shoes – Bottega Veneta £265; Tan lace up boots – Office £99.99; Red socks – Sock shop £3

 

While it may not seem like news and most men have these items already, getting them in the right shape for the body can make all the difference. The more confident we become, the more we explore with our choices, try new colours, shapes etc. The key is remembering the fit and quality. Who says dressing for men can’t be exciting?

                                                                                                                           Miss Delilah

Thanks to Jide Alakija for answering my pesky questions, check his work out at alakija.shutterchance.com and www.alakija.com

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