You don’t realise it, but all men tread the same fashion path. There may be slight deviations along the way, but, ultimately, we all go through these stages.
Some brands just leave a bad taste in your mouth. This could be for a number of reasons: sometimes the company has questionable ethics; sometimes they become over saturated in the marketplace; sometimes they just produce crap clothes.
As with all my lists, this is not definitive, and I’m not saying that these brands don’t produce the odd quality garment now and then. But when they do it’s almost as if by some bizarre fluke – like when you buy a player pack on FIFA and inexplicably get a Messi amongst all the Tom Cleverleys.
You’ll notice it says shouldn’t, not can’t, in the title. If you have the youthful looks and/or physique to pull off any of these items, by all means wear them (at your peril). Some people have a strong sense of style and know what works for them*. That being said, I think when you cross the 30 threshold you should take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror and think: ‘I’m a man’.
All items of clothing were not created equal. If your wardrobe contains any of the below, hang thy head in shame.
Office etiquette is different all over the world, if not in different parts of your country. However, if there’s one thing that prevails across the islands that make up Great Britain (albeit among the minority nowadays) it’s understated British elegance. And nowhere is this more apparent than on your morning commute or during your daily desk grind.
You’ve just seen Ryan Gosling wearing exactly the same shirt as you. But why does it look amazing on him and like a sack of potatoes on you? Admittedly, he did win the genetic lottery in life (and probably has an amazing stylist), but you can guarantee he ticks the boxes on the following points.
So, you know the basics – your clothes fit well, you have a varied wardrobe, and a damn fine collection of shoes. What the next step? You need to start paying attention to the little details which set apart the stylish man from Joe public on the high street.