Let’s face it, as men we’re faced with more sartorial limits than our female counterparts. Thus, we are forced to be innovative in order to establish a sense of originality among those who are borrowers of style. Our distinction lies in subtlety: the trim and pattern of a pocket square, the spread (or lack thereof) of a collar, the prints and knot on a tie, most of the time, in the possession of rare garments. When a look is pared down to its bare essentials, the details make the boldest statement.
So, when a day calls for a well curated look, focus more on the items that invoke character and and less on the brands.
Below are some of the gentlemen that display continuity in creativity. These are leaders of the pack — they create and inspire.
Cutaway collar shirts infuse character into a simple look.
Hooded sweatshirts are cool and all, but Mountain Parka jackets…that’s where it’s at.
Details: Matching of tie and pocket square, the peak of the suspenders as sport-coat is unbuttoned, the fit of the trousers.
The attention to color is one facet — socks to tie and shoes to pocket square; the attention to pattern is another — a striped tie against a checkered suit jacket.
Button-down shirt, khaki chinos, and a toggle cardigan. (Anyone can do that?) Top it with a hat — immediately distinguished. (That is if Ne-Yo’s not around).
Turtleneck sweaters used to be a thing in menswear, until they weren’t. Well, pair it with a suit jacket–among other things–and you might be on to something. At least, Marcus is.
Inspiration is limitless.
Pilot-esque look achieved with a Barbour leather jacket, fitted corduroys, and wingtip brogues.
Newsboy cap, shawl cardigan and a vest — odd combinations tend to work well. Not often but sometimes.