The trend that flooded hair salons with girls trying to look like runway models and the Kardashian sisters is now trickling into men’s (and women’s) fashion. The subtle fade from dark to light, known as ombre, is doing the same thing for clothes as it once did for hair; the dying trick gives depth and dimension to something that was once monochromatic and plain.
My prediction is that like the hair trend, this probably won’t survive more than a year to a year or two, so don’t let yourself overspend on this trend. Choose basic items like t-shirts, pullovers, or button-downs at reasonable price points. There is no need to spring for a $300 ombre cashmere sweater only to have it be out of style the following year, but that’s just me.
What used to be reserved for hunting, fishing, and redneckery is coming out of the woods and entering the mainstream. So either people using camo to portray a hunter/farmer/rural image, or our perception of and reaction to camo is changing, or both.The most ironic and comical part about this is that the camo trend is most popular among urban and preppier crowds, which traditionally try to distance themselves from anything that might be portrayed as redneck, hilly-billy, or less than luxury. Regardless, this is a trend for the masses; companies from H&M to J.Crew to Prada as well as smaller brands and designers are picking up on and pushing out hard. Even if you want to avoid it, you are going to be forced to see it in the stores, on the streets, and even on the runway. So chances are you will inevitably be forced to blend in(pun intended) and rock the once grudge-inducing camo print.
Before you get started…
1. You MUST be confident wearing it…this is especially true if you’re the first of your friend group to try it out- chances are high that they will rip on you… until they eventually learn to embrace it.
2. Start small and subtle. Maybe a camo wallet, socks, pocket square, or phone cover. Get comfortable with it before you run out and buy a camo jumpsuit. (That was a joke) NEVER buy a camo jumpsuit…don’t do it.
Now, the fun part. Here are a few (tasteful) outfit ideas that incorporate camo:
You can find these items and other inspiration on my Camo Comback Wishcloud!
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Imagine the craziest most fun pattern you can think of…now imagine that pattern or print fastened into a well-crafted classic-cut neck or bow tie…what you get is Beau Ties. Beau Ties, a Vermont-based company, offers its customer neck-wear in a wide variety of cuts and styles in an even wider variety of fun, bold patterns and at an affordable price with pieces starting at $40.00.
In 1993, Bill Kenerson began crafting a small variety of fun, attractive bow ties for himself out of dissatisfaction with what retailers at the time had to offer. Then he took a risk, put himself out there, and began selling his quality pieces in a one-page mailer. The response was all around positive and as word spread, demand increased, and eventually Kenerson and his wife devoted themselves to establishing Beau Ties as a legitimate brand specializing in neck-wear and devoted to quality and craftsmanship. Even as the company and product line have expanded, and the company changed ownership, the commitment to quality has remained intact in each and every one of their products which now include menswear items, accessories, and a few women’s fashion items.
Reasons to Shop & Love this Brand:
My favorite pieces:
For as long as anybody can remember women have been wearing furs and garments adorned in animal prints, and as of late this trend has become extremely population, especially among college-age women and recent grads. However, animal prints and patterns are increasing their presence among Gen-Y men as well…and I don’t hate it. Anyone who has read previous blog posts knows that as much as I love a classic suit, clean lines, and solid colors, I have a (very large) spot in my heart (pun intended) for prints and patterns as an accessory to the aforementioned solids. Animal prints are no exception.
If you’re like most men and you’re hesitant to embrace anything that may seem different, unusual, or risky, then start small and slow with the animal print trend. The easiest way to start off with this trend is by rocking it in discrete places- try leopard print socks, or zebra boxer briefs. As you start getting braver, try accessorizing a neutral palette of black, greys, browns, and taupe, with a leopard tie or belt. Then when you’ve had a few drinks or you’re feeling really ballsy go for a leopard print shoe, hat, or scarf!
Check out my Animal Accessories WishCloud for inspiration!
Should Men Wear Leopard Print?
(Spoiler Alert: YES, men should wear leopard print!)
1. The “long on the top short on the sides” look is all the rage. Not only is this look super sexy, it works on fine, normal, and curly hair textures, and it can be worn in a slick, gel-ed, combed-back style or is a more casual tussled style. This is the kind of look that hipsters, frat boys, models, and investment bankers alike can agree is fucking awesome.
2. The “clean-cut side sweep” look. This is a slight variation on number 1 as it requires the hair on the top of the head to be slightly longer than that on the sides, but rather and being brushed back or messy and fulled up and forward, this look has the hair combed neatly to the side. This is a look for co-eds, aspiring politicians, and/ or those with a more conservative job and lifestyle.
3. The “slick and sleek” look that covered the runway for ready-to-wear women’s designers was a trend at menswear shows as well and is spreading to the streets for both sexes. It’s a versatile look because it can be successfully executed regardless of hair cut. However, I should note that this look is most easily achieved on those with straighter hair.
1. Confidence is HOT. The male characters in Grease, mainly the T-birds and the Scorpions, were by-and-large not very attractive, but somehow they always had a flock of girls around them. That’s because they were confident; they were cool and they knew it…and girls love that. So be confident in yourself.
2. Changing your look can do wonders for you. In the final scene of Grease, Sandy ditched the poodle skirt and bell shaped haircut, and emerged in a hot monochromatic black on black look with a bad-ass hairstyle (for that time) and a whole new attitude. And everyone can agree new Sandy > old Sandra D. Try something new with your look and be confident in it. If you embrace your new look so will others.
3. Guys can and should dance! Nothing is more attractive than a guy who can dance so don’t be afraid to actually dance, rather than bump and grind, with a girl. Girls associate dancing with sex- if you’re good at the former, there is a high probability you’re good at the latter. Don’t know how to dance? Google it.
1. Take Risks…in your wardrobe and in your life! Go ahead, mix plaid with polka dots, tell your boss about your new project ideas.
2. Start Fresh. Go through your closet and pick out the items that are out of style or looking dingy and abused. Donate these items and treat yourself to a few new buys.
3. Treat Yourself. Be selfish every once in a while. Make a promise to yourself to do something frivolous once a month. Whether it be buying yourself something new, indulging in a filet Mignon at Fogo de Chao, or grab a massage or manicure.
4. Mix Things Up. If you have a routine, change it up- break the pattern, rearrange your schedule. If you don’t have a routine, start one!
5. Commit to Being Healthy! Eat better- start by replacing your morning Joe with a banana, choosing organic, local foods, and opting for veggies and fruits as snacks.
6. Dress Better. Go for quality over quantity. As a guy, you can get away with having just a few really nice dress shirts, rotating them, and incorporating variation through neck-wear! Take advantage of the post X-Mas sales and stock up on staples!
7. Be Confident. Knowing your strengths and liking yourself can go a long way in advancing yourself in professional and social settings.
8. Treat People Better. Forgive those who wronged you. Take an interest in others. Smile at strangers. Spend more time with friends and family.
9. Work Out. Join a gym and register for some classes- try spinning, or Zumba, or a few sessions with a personal trainer.
10. Volunteer. Find a cause you believe in and start contributing. Time is just as useful as money. Volunteer at a shelter, local school, clinic, etc. Not only will you be helping others but you can also add some Pro Bono work to your resume.
Don’t forget to checkout the NYE Style Guide to look your best when bringing in 2014!