This article may strike a nerve with all you men out there who want to make a “statement” with your clothing, and aspire to become fashion clones of flamboyant male fashionistas, like Andre 3000 and Pharrell, but still consider yourself heterosexual beings. You know who you are. Men who love fashion, (often referred to as metrosexuals) love this blog called Street Etiquette , which purports to “push the boundaries of Black style,” and I must say, they are pushing it all right. This style of dress is great for a fashion spread, and can even be pulled off by a performer or entertainer, but much like runway fashions for women, heterosexual men would look ridiculous if they actually sported this stuff in public. I can appreciate the effort, but floral print shirts and pants for guys, are a no-no.
First, let me just say that women do appreciate a man who can dress himself properly, but let’s not get carried away! These overly exuberant colors and jewelry clad men would definitely scare me away, and maybe that’s their intent. But, men who are looking to attract women, should take these wardrobe suggestions with a grain of salt. Furthermore, if I’m rushing out of the house one day, and it’s possible that, in haste, I might grab one of your shirts instead of mine, there’s definitely a problem.
After reading an article about Street Etiquette in the New York Times , which talks about the creators, Travis Gumbs and Joshua Kissi, whose style is described as ‘Prep with a Twist’, I had to see what all the hype was about. After all, these gentleman, and their unique fashion blog have been featured in articles for GQ Magazine and Urban Outfitters, and on average, receive about 20,000 hits a day. Needless to say, the writing is awesome and the advice about fit and color coordination are excellent for men who are clueless about style. BUT (you knew it was coming), I don’t know that I’d want to date a guy that dresses this way. They look like characters straight out of a period piece (film about a certain era or period of time), and put entirely too much thought into ‘what to wear’ with accessories to match.
Personally, I think men should keep their accessories to a minimum. As a matter of fact, one ring and a watch, or a bracelet and a necklace might even be too much for a conservative girl like me. Not only that, some of the pieces shown are also “female friendly,” meaning I could see myself wanting to borrow a shirt here and a bracelet there. This is not cool.
The highwater trouser look would guarantee rejection by the average woman, but some of the shirts paired with jeans or slacks could work. Men should wear these pieces sparingly, and should not wear too many “statement pieces” at once.
Guys, I know we women complain a lot about your frumpy, unimaginative style, but all we really ask is that you 1) match 2) avoid skinny jeans and 3) wear clothes that fit. Further creativity, as evidenced in Street Etiquette, could have you kicking rocks after the first date, if you even get that far.
Ladies, would a guy make it to first base if he approached you in any of these getups?
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