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Festival Fashion

It’s early summer which means the start of festival season. While the theme and feel of each festival is unique, there are a few things every festival has in common: music, food, and fashion. The fashion I speak of is not the fashion you see on city streets, runways, or magazines.The foundation of festival style is the necessity for ease of mobility and overall comfort, which is why you see so many people wearing looser fitting garments in light weight fabrics. Festival fashion has grown organically over the years and has inspired it’s own genre of style that speaks to the spirit of what festivals and festival culture are really about: being free-spirited and stepping out of society for a few hours, or days.

While you may see people at festivals wearing similar things (girls wearing high-waist-ed shorts, tops with fringe, headbands, flowers in their hair, etc. and men wearing tank tops, swim trunks, Bob Marley tees, etc) don’t feel the need to mimic or copy these fashions necessarily. Festivals are a  place to abandon all rules, go against the norm, and wear whatever your heart desires. Just remember to stick to comfortable,light, breathable fabrics, and strive for styles with good vibes.

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Urban Meets Preppy in Mark McNairy’s Collection

Veteran menswear designer Mark McNairy, under the New Amsterdam label, has created a wicked collection that juxtaposes traditional, preppier menswear styles with trendy, urban elements inspired by the streets. The combination is totally refreshing, screams excitement, and is so in touch with millennial tastes.

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Here are some of my favorite elements:

1. Banded bottoms – inspired by the ultra-trendy, and very urban, sweats and joggers.

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2. Pattern play– placing preppy patterns on urban styles (and vice versa) to crush expectation.

 

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(All images from NY Times Runway Collections)

 

 

 

 

 

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Meggings

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NINE parts polyester + ONE part spandex = the latest trend in men’s fashion, meggings.

As shocking as this trend may be, it is really not at all shocking or unexpected in any way when you really consider the facts. We saw the female legging evolve from a stirrup pant in the 80’s to a workout pant through the 90’s and early 200o’s  to a trendy item worn by the “jappy” populations of New York, New Jersey, and Michigan to a campus phenomenon in 2010 to where they are now, a versatile wardrobe staple for the GenY population. This same evolution is beginning to happen with male leggings. What once was reserved for male ballerinas became acceptable to professional athletes and with young boys aspiring to look and dress like the NFL and MLB players, athletic wear powerhouses like Under Armour and Nike made spandex a commonplace in the gym and on the field. So given the evolution of leggings among women, it was only natural that a similar progression occur among men. However, with that said, I can’t imagine a time that it will be normal to see every other man (and his manhood) on the streets rocking meggings like we see with girls and leggings, but I do think this trend has the potential to take off among hipster and urban GenY populations.

To purchase one of the meggings pictured above, visit MeggingsMan.

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From Hair to Hanger: The True Story of Ombre

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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.

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