The word “fashion” does not sit well with most guys. I get it — you’re a total bro—but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress like a pro. There’s no logic in the daily task of getting dressed, so here at the Avenue we’ve come up with some simple style tips (a less frightening word for “fashion”) that we think every Gainesville guy should try.
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Jeans are a staple in the average male wardrobe.
Although they come in many cuts and colors, you can’t go wrong with a pair of straight-leg, dark denim pants. Dark washes work for almost every dressing situation — almost. Jeans worn in a professional environment or to a black tie affair are some of those exceptions.
Steer clear of bell bottoms or pants tapered at the ankle. Either fit makes your legs look larger in all the wrong places, and are certifiably archaic. And we’re sympathetic: To the male brain, understanding the different names for cuts can be difficult. If you need help with fit, don’t hesitate to ask a sales associate.
Instead of wearing a T-shirt every day, switch it up by throwing on a short- or long-sleeved button-up. Plaids and flannels make for a great day look, while solids or stripes work well as dressier alternatives.
Throw on a crew-neck sweater over your dress shirt for a touch of class. For a more casual style, leave the button-up open and pair it with a graphic tee underneath.
Think males can’t accessorize? Think again. That doesn’t mean it’s necessary to go out and buy a murse (man purse). A simple belt or fashionable watch can be subtle yet effective additions to any guy’s wardrobe.
The pants-so-low-you-can-see-my-boxers look is so 1993. There’s this invention called a belt, and it’s going to solve all baggy-pants problems. Invest in one.
A guy in a watch means business. And it’s easy -- any male can pull off wearing one. These can be personal: If you’re a gym rat, a plastic-banded sports watch is probably a good option. For a more clean-cut look, pick a brown leather strapped watch. It’ll pair perfectly with a pair of boat shoes.
Speaking of color, it seems like most guys are afraid of it. We’re not asking you to blind passersby with a neon shirt or with a pair of fluorescent Nikes. Rather, sticking to neutral-colored bottoms such as denim, black, khaki or navy is just subtle enough to throw on some color on top.
Want a color challenge? Try a splash of pink. Some guys think it’s too feminine, but in reality, pink complements most skin tones (unless you’ve got a rosy complexion) and exudes confidence.
Try complementary colors, such as orange and blue (go Gators!) or analogous tones (colors that appear near each other on the color wheel, for example: navy & light blue). But always keep in mind that when playing with color, avoid mixing too many at once, or else you’ll look like a walking Crayola box.