ALPHA MALE: Top 5 Trends for Fall
Friday, September 07, 2012
Trend 1: Go grey.
Every guy could start with a base layer comprised completely of grey tones and no one would ever find fault. Using grey is like painting a blank canvas white. It is basic, functional, and will not get in the way of your creative inspiration.
Trick 1: Layers. Utilize different fabrics, textures and shades to create a depth of field for which people have to do a double-take.
Trend 2: Ground your look, literally.
Find a good pair of shoes. Ditch the sneakers, canvas kicks and moccasins of the summer for something more substantial. A pair of Chukas, a Brogued boot or even a nice wingtip with a heavier sole can infuse a little character into your entire ensemble.
Trick 2: Mixing and matching laces for every pair you own is also an easy and effective way to differentiate yourself from the pack. Think brighter colors during the dull winter grey months.
Trend 3: Accessories are still your statement.
Bright socks, textured ties and even multi-colored backpacks or shoulder bags bring an air of individuality to your look. Accessories allow you to say something without seeming obnoxious or too loud. If you are going to make a statement, make it with class and thoughtfulness, and accessories are the way to do it.
Trick 3: A great pair of patterned and colorful socks peeking out from under an understated trouser is a perfect way to show off your personality without asking for attention.
Trend 4: Do not bulk up, layer up.
Every guy can throw on a winter parka or puffer coat. The guy who stands out is one who layers without overstuffing his look. This takes a little trial and error to find garments and styles that work for you, but if you do it well, there is nothing that ends up looking more natural and effortless than several layers that conform to your body and keep you warm at the same time. Form + function = the ultimate style.
Trick 4: Size down. Keep trying on items in layers—even outerwear—until the fit is snug yet comfortable. Look in the mirror and relish how good you look in that Medium when you always thought you were a Large.
Trend 5: Ladies in Menswear.
Okay, Okay, we threw in a softball. Ladies, you almost ALWAYS look better in our gear than we do. And here is a little secret. We approve wholeheartedly! So steal our favorite shirt, or tie, or hell, go shopping in the Men's Department. Chances are, you will impress us with your style and creativity and maybe even give us an idea or two to help us step up our game.
Regardless of which trends you adhere to this Fall, keep in mind one thing. Make your look your own. Trends come and go, but personal style is not learned from a list. It is discovered by trial and error. Don't be afraid to fail and discover looks that work best for you.
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