Men’s Style

Men’s Style

One of my male readers requested that I write a post on men’s style. Well that’s the clean version. What he actually wrote was ‘I want to elevate myself above the level of “sloppy douchebag”‘. Right. Well lets start with the basics then shall we? In boy language so we’re all on the same page…

* For God’s sake wear pants that fit – Sloppy pants are terrible. Do you want people to think that you wear nappies? Are you perhaps using the excess room for storage? Are you hoping to grow into them one day? No? Then burn the bastards and get some pants that hug the parts we ladies so admire. Your bums. Not the other things… Never wear pants that hug those.

* Don’t be afraid of accessories – Hats and scarves boys. Hats and scarves. Both at the same time if you’re feeling a little devilish. I find the difference between a well-dressed gent and a stylish one is usually as simple as a hat or scarf.

* Don’t be afraid of colour – If the colours of your wardrobe are black, grey, brown, green and blue it’s time to start thinking in technicolour. Think red, orange, pink (carefully) and yellow… That’s right I’m talking all the colours that hang on the wrong side of the colour wheel. Little splashes of colour in your belt or your shoes is all it needs. A funky red watch, some crazy neon yellow trainers or a thick dark pink leather cuff. Seriously you will be beating the ladies off with a stick. Actually the men too because they’ll be trying to steal your fabulous man accessories.

* Dress to your body shape – If you are 6 foot 4 and built like a pre-pubescent girl wear skinny leg jeans like a mofo. If you are a gym junkie wear long sleeve collared shirts rolled up to your elbow to show off your amazing forearms. If you are short and cuddly go for tailored shirts untucked with well-fitting pants and a hat to balance you out. It’s not rocket science just look in the mirror and figure out if what you are wearing is flattering. Take a bitchy girl shopping with you. Sisters and mothers are ideal.

* Get your clothes tailored – Don’t give me your ‘I can’t afford it’ sooky-la-la bullshit. It costs $20 to $30 to have a shirt taken in at a tailor and around half that for having pants taken up. Quit your whingeing and just do it. Is $30 (the cost of a few beers and a burger at the pub) worth it to have a shirt that fits so well that ladies will caress it as you walk by…? I thought so.

* Add your own funky twist – Dye your hair a funky colour or wear lots of rings. Maybe wear a short beaded necklace or a long string of leather wrapped around your wrist? If you could send one message to the world what would it be? Try to convey it through your clothing. You don’t speak to everyone you see so give them a visual message about who you are and what you stand for.

* Get over it – I know you love your stinky grey hoodie. And that t-shirt with the marijuana symbol on it that you wore every weekend in year 10. And your first ever $100 suit that you wore to your cousins wedding. Throw it all away. Right now. Anything faded, stretched, sans elastic, too big, too small or half devoured by moths has to go. Anything with Loony Toons, Ren and Stimpy or South Park should probably be confined to bed wear. Unless you want to get laid.

Be observant. Next time you see a guy whose style you admire try to pin point exactly what it is that you like about it. Try and figure out if the look will work for you and experiment with different things. And check out these street style sites that regularly feature classy men in their natural habitat. Here are a few looks that I love…

Hel Looks

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His braces look fantastic and they match his shoes. Uniformity on a man makes me weak at the knees. He is also a well built guy with short legs and the braces paired with straight black elongate him making him appear taller. And check out the beard and moustache combo. What an extraordinary man he is.

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Hat and scarves! Hats and scarves! Okay I admit the pants are a little scary and perhaps you shouldn’t try them at home but look at how much the red scarf lifts his ensemble. He has combined accesories AND colour. This guy is a genius.  

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Skinny leg jeans look fabulous on skinny guys. His t-shirt and jeans fit perfectly and his accessories are awesome. Obviously this look may not be quite right for you but he is still sticking to the general rules. 

Face Hunter

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This look is fabulous. Clean, well cut and lovely use of muted tones with a splash of rich mahogany. And look at him working his body shape! Oh yeah!

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Now this look may be a little Edward Scissorhands for you but he is still working the rules. Well fitting pants, chunky shoes to balance his body shape, fabulously unique hair and excellent use of accessories. The slightly arrogant charm is also working wonders for him.

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Great use of colour and very brave accessories. Is anybody else impressed that a guy can pull this off and not look totally homosexual? I mean he could be gay of course (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but the point is he manages to rock a rather feminine look while keeping his sexuality elusive. The saucy devil.

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Simple and clean lines to work in with his body shape. The shades are all kinds of perfect. The jeans are a little saggy but I forgive him because of his delicious olive green coat.

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Why not double layer two hoodies on a cold winters day? Start thinking out side the box babies! No matter what kind of jeans you wear make sure they fit well! And what a wonderful way to wear a tie. You could almost get away with this in an office job.

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Love the pants and the orange vest. The tailored jacket is divine. His confidence is also incredible.

And what’s a men’s style post with out a little Depp? (Ladies this one’s for you…)

Johnny Depp

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Most Stylish Men

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USAToday

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People

Oh Johnny. No other man can ever compete. Okay I can hear the cries of protest from you lads out there wondering what is so special about the way he dresses. I know he sometimes looks like he is wearing pajamas but all I have to say is this…

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Meet Vanessa. Johnny’s partner. She’s French. Just something to think about…

Oh and if you choose to ignore my advice and dress any way you damn well like I beg you to do it well. If you are going to spite me make it REALLY SPECTACULAR. Like these fancy fellows…

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Hel Looks

I will leave you with a quote from the beautiful Diana Vreeland…

‘Never fear being vulgar, just boring’

Dedicated to Arran.

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.

16 Comments

  1. Azz 7 years ago

    I yam chuffed. thinking about hats and scarves…..

  2. Azz 7 years ago

    I yam chuffed. Thinking about hats and scarves…..HATS AND SCARVES!!!!!

  3. gilda 7 years ago

    well said! i’m a designer and can’t wait to dabble in menswear.

    oh, and johnny and vanessa, i don’t think they’re married. :)

  4. Lady Smaggle 7 years ago

    Perhaps you are right Gilda! I shall be checking this one out…

  5. Lady Smaggle 7 years ago

    Gilda! You are correct! Thank you for pointing that out it has now been changed to ‘partner’. :-)

  6. glam-o-holic 7 years ago

    SHOES! YOU FORGOT SHOES!

    Get decent shoes. And for god’s sake when HOLES or CRACKS start appearing in the bottoms of the soles REPLACE THEM.

    Men are stubborn. I had a friend who wore shoes until they literally BROKE IN HALF and fell off his feet. Good lord.

  7. Lady Smaggle 7 years ago

    Oh god yes. Shoes. My man’s brother has issues in this departmnet. Thankfully Mr Smaggle likes shoes.

  8. Natasja 7 years ago

    i’m terrible with shoes too, but only usually with Chucks.And I’m a girl. I know, I know… it’s bad. But they become like a part of my body and I can’t bear to throw them out.
    but anyway, what is WITH a bandanna on your knee? are you really trying to keep the flies off your kneecap or something?!
    what’s going on!!!

  9. Lady Smaggle 7 years ago

    Natasja – I’m guilty of the same with an incredibly worn pair of Dunlop volleys. They have been worn canyoning, they’ve burnt by the fire and vomited on a few times. But I love them and still wear them. Though rarely in public. I LOVE the bandana knee thing! I used to do it myself like Punky Brewster!

  10. Sally 7 years ago

    I am obsessed with scarves, on girls and guys.
    They just add and air of sophistication.
    Also those cute mafia hats are so awesome they look good on just about everyone.
    Greeat post!

  11. Lady Smaggle 7 years ago

    Sally – I’m going through the biggest scarf phase at the moment. Thankfully they appear to be going out of fashion so their are heaps around on sale at the moment.

  12. cuffedsk 7 years ago

    “A funky red watch, some crazy neon yellow trainers or a thick dark pink leather cuff.” My lady would love to see me wearing a pink leather cuff, so I think you are right on that point. =)

    http://www.smagglestyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/20070818_01.jpg This guy has an awesome cuff. I want!

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