The other day I was walking through Cherry Creek North just browsing the stores and observing the window displays (I’ll admit I have quite an obsession with them and I usually judge them before I even enter the store to see if I should take a gander).
As I exited one of the stores, a gentleman approached me and asked why I was wearing the sweater I currently had on. I looked at him in a rather confused and slightly amused manner. He stated that it was quite a bold choice, but to me it was just a simple purple sweater.
Then the thought occurred to me: what is truly bold? What is bold to one person is just a basic in another’s wardrobe.
I just told him that I love bright colors and I like to have fun with what I wear; much like a fashionable woman enjoys her shoes and handbags.
He laughed and said, “It is refreshing to meet someone who wears his personality.”
I loved that statement because isn’t that what it’s all about? Expressing who you are on the outside?
It’s always been a mantra of mine to present myself in the way I want people to perceive me. Having fun is never a bad idea. I like to think that I’m just quirky with a slightly color-saturated closet.
So, my advice to you this week, gentlemen, is pretty simple: if fashion makes you happy, wear it.
Here are some simple yet effective ways of adding an expressive touch to your look:
- A POP OF COLOR:
Usually when I style someone, I ask what their favorite color is. It’s my go-to method for personalizing my client’s wardrobe and it ensures they love what they’re wearing. I also ask what colors they lack in their clothing and suggest that they go outside of their comfort zone. A nice vibrant yellow shirt or rich magenta under a gray or navy blazer updates your look and is a great way to inject boldness. A nice burst of color from an Etro paisley shirt or a bold striped sweater from Rag and Bone are just a couple of suggestions to add a fun splash of color!
- GRAPHIC CONTENT (PRINTS):
This is the easiest way to personalize and liven your wardrobe. I’m such a lover of a printed shirt; it’s a great alternative to an otherwise basic Oxford or dress shirt. I’ve seen so many great prints outright! Classic florals from Paul Smith, geometric tees from Rag and Bone, and playful updates on plaid from Marc by Marc Jacobs make for a nice twist to the classics and always keep your look up-to-date.
- (NOT SO) SUBTLE SOCKS:
With the monochromatic uniform of the office, it has become a challenge for men to express themselves with fashion. However, men have found expression through the bright and unique patterns on socks. It seems like an odd choice of expression, but a little element of surprise never hurt. Brands like Ted Baker and Happy Socks provide a fun foundation to bring any outfit to life!