Happy Birthday, Nips!

Before we get started: Nips is my boyfriend. No, that is not his real name, but it is what I call him. In fact, I use his real name so infrequently that he probably wouldn’t even realize I was talking about him if I used it. Thus: Nips. Moving on…

In honor of his birthday, and in response to numerous requests to write about mens fashion and style, this post is dedicated to all my male poopers out there. Lady poopers, don’t think I’ve forgotten about you; you’ll find this post useful because instead of struggling to teach your man the art of dressing, you can just send him here. If you don’t have a man, don’t worry – I thought about you too: there’s plenty of eye candy in this post! If you’re a woman without a man and you’re into women… well, I can’t please everyone. Please check back tomorrow.

These images are from Pitti Uomo 2011 (aka: the latest men’s fashion week) and are either runway looks or street style shots. The point being: this is the most current and relevant look at how men should dress. Please, be inspired but don’t go out of your comfort zone. It will show.

Here we have a great example of how to work within the confines of the “business casual” dress code. Notice he is not wearing anything crazy (like drop-crotch pants or a snood), just the basics – although his basics are anything but generic.

From the Bottega Veneta runway

If your life calls for a suit, then pay attention to FIT and DETAILS. Observe:

I’m not saying you have to don a silk scarf, but again, success is in the details. Don’t be afraid to play with color and patterns, but if you don’t know how to do this tastefully, then stick to a monotone look (top image). It’s a much easier way to make a nice statement.

Below you will find great examples of casual looks, learn that it’s okay to pop your collar (as long as you aren’t a douche about it), and hopefully have the revelation that there is life outside of jeans, tshirts, and hoodies.

If you deconstruct this look, you’ll find that it’s not at all intimidating. He is really just wearing jeans and a button down shirt, then threw on a great coat and a man-approved scarf. Beanie optional. Don’t forget the details! Cuffed sleeve, popped collar, length of scarf, simple but sophisticated colors…

Great layering, classic color combo, popped collar

For you rugged manly-men: unpolished but still looking good. I think the key is in owning clothes that are easy to mix and match. A few great coats and light-weight jackets, numerous button down shirts (plaid, checked, solid, NOT floral, and if you can’t avoid it all together, don’t overdo it on short sleeve) and pants in every wash of denim and iteration of khaki. Pay attention to fit: don’t wear your clothes too baggy or large. You will look sloppy.

There is nothing more tops than a confident man in classic outerwear. You can throw a coat like this on over (almost) anything and look great.

Now, let’s travel downward and give some attention to footwear. Guys, you have more options than just sneakers and desert boots…

Not a huge stretch from desert boots, yet totally different: same general silhouette, but more structured and substantial. Don’t feel like your pants have to fall perfectly over the boot. Sometimes the best details come from imperfection. You can cuff your pants, as shown here (but not too perfectly!), or just let your pants scrunch or sit however they will.

See dudes? You have options! And it looks good. Dressing well does not mean you have to emulate Johnny Weir.

Another fantastic shoe style and something often overlooked: Socks. They are a small item that makes a big impact. Have fun with them. Be bold. But do NOT embarrass me by wearing any with cartoons or holiday themes.

The following are examples of the integration between fashion and technology, something I assume men can get excited about.

Don’t forget to note the details of his outfit! This is a very well dressed man who makes good decisions with his electronics.

fashion + function

This last one is just funny.


All images via The Sartorialist, Jak + Jill, and GQ


7 responses to “Happy Birthday, Nips!

  1. Who knew you were wise on men’s fashion, too?! So well rounded! Oh, happy birthday “nips”!!

  2. YUM! I think you forgot to mention that dressing like this will bag you some ladies- after seeing the shearling aviator & plaid combo I practically had to mop myself up off the floor. Happy Bday to your boyf!


  3. “I think the key is in owning clothes that are easy to mix and match.”

    Most important thing for a straight man. My roommate tries to do this but he overcomplicates it and fails because he is a homosexual.

    I have to give gay men fashion advice Hil. This has to be some sort of punishment.

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