By Matt Ridge
Elm Staff Writer
Sometimes knowing what is and what is not in style can be difficult to not only follow but to understand. Often times things as specific as the color of clothing and accessories can be what makes something stylish or “last season” as they say in the fashion world. If you’re like me you probably have a wardrobe of clothes that you’ve accumulated over years extending back to the later years of high school. While sticking to certain trademark styles is good for personal identity, keeping a piece of clothing for more than three years can sometimes be tricky. With a few tips, I will help you get a better understanding of how you, too, can figure out what is and what isn’t fashionable by today’s standards.
The easiest way to figure out what the hot styles of today are is by looking on fashion websites and in fashion magazines. Though most websites and magazines are targeted for women and highlight specific styles for them, “GQ” and “Vogue” both offer online and printed tips to help men out with fashion. It can be difficult to look at high-end magazines like these and apply their styling tips realistically in to your life. Their suggestions will most likely stem from expensive designers. Using images and tips within these types of resources as suggestions and references when looking for clothes to purchase is an easy way to apply runway, in-season fashion to your everyday life.
One quick way to find what is falling out of style is to go to retailers such as J.Crew or Express Men (typically more expensive stores) and inspect their clearance rack. While these items aren’t necessarily wrong to purchase and wear, it’s typical for places like this to want to get rid of their overstock of clothes that are soon to be off-season. We all love the clearance rack, but it may not always be the best place to go for the biggest fashion trends. The other side of this strategy is checking out a retailer’s new arrivals to find out what is or what soon will be the clothes that everyone is sporting. Though this means paying full price, sometimes being trendy is worth the expense.
A final, simple way to have access to the ins and outs as well as the dos and don’ts of style is by reading my weekly articles right here in The Elm. I am in no way suggesting that one must always pay attention to what is in and wear only what is popular at this moment, right now. As I said before, some of my clothing stems from my senior year of high school because I feel good in them and like the way that they look on me. Fashion is personal and should reflect the image of whatever kind of man you wish to be in the eyes of everyone. If this is something that you don’t care about, whether you know it or not, it will still come through in your clothes. Your wardrobe is a display of who you are, so no matter how you dress make sure you feel confident in it.