Unique and interesting menswear is usually contained to the runway and fashion week. It seems that much of the innovative styling that takes place for men is depicted mostly online rather than on the streets and in person. However, it is becoming increasingly more common to find gents eager to show off their individual styles as part of their everyday look when going about their business. If you would like to join them in expressing yourself through style, keep reading.
Retro and Vintage
Clothes that consist of patterns and fabrics popular a few decades ago tend to return to society’s attention in cyclical motions. For example, corduroy, deep orange, and shaggy hair from the 1970s are experiencing a resurgence, as well as brand names made stylish in the 90s that are worn on sweatshirts and windbreakers. Previously uncool sneakers usually worn by dads have been a hugely popular trend in recent years. Here are some ways to shop for retro and vintage items:
- Visit thrift shops and vintage stores regularly. Items will be donated and sold, so coming back means potentially finding a rare gem.
- Accept hand-me-downs from relatives who might have original pieces from the decade in question. If they are in poor condition, learn to sew and repair them to extend their lifespan.
- Research online to see if someone is selling their vintage pieces to the highest bidder.
The maximalist movement is a response to austere and cold minimalism. Bold colors, clashing patterns, mismatching shapes – maximalism is about adding more and more. Odd shoes, oversized coats, uneven pant legs, and anything else you can think of would be appropriate for a unique and impactful maximalist look. The secret to maximalist success is how deliberately you combine different effects, rather than simply throwing on everything you own and hoping for the best.
A timeless menswear style comes from notions of the Wild West and the relaxed pace of the country. For some, this might mean adding a bandana to an otherwise contemporary look, whereas some might commit to the style and opt for sturdy denim and a wide-brimmed hat. Add some cowboy boots for men and you have a complete look. The great part about this style is its versatility – it can be turned up or down in extremity, depending on how much you want to throw yourself into it.
Neat clothes, tidy hair, and clean shoes typify this style. A few years ago, ‘geek chic’ had a popular moment and has now grown up into a more sophisticated academic look. Smart coats and orderly patterns such as plaid and pinstripes create a solid style that is fun to subvert with bright colors or unexpected accessories. Some academic basics include:
- A crisp shirt under a fine-knit jumper with wool trousers and brogues,
- Understated suspenders and muted tones such as burgundy, beige, and charcoal,
- Blazers and waistcoats with interesting linings.
Use these unusual menswear styles as a jumping-off point to inspire your own look. Fashion is about expressing your identity and creativity without obeying all the rules.