One stroll down the streets of New York during Men’s Fashion Week provides plentiful proof that guys don’t have to dress like slobs. Sure, you probably can’t restock your wardrobe with the latest from Armani every season, but most expectations of fashionable men don’t soar to such extravagant heights. Tidy yourself up by tweaking the little things. Invest in a good chambray button-down, dare to wear colorful chinos, and know when you can get away with shopping at the thrift store. It’s details like these, smart accents to give your normal everyday look a little something extra, that make or break a quality menswear outfit. If you’re still learning the art of assembling an excellent wardrobe without spending painful amounts of money, check out these perfectly put together gentlemen from Men’s NYFW. They’re casually unintimidating and know exactly how to pair up the clothes at their disposal to pull off stylish sexy chic.
SIMPLE BLUE DENIM
Navy blue jeans and a rich chambray button-down are easy to find. If you want to up your sex appeal, drape a bandana around your neck or wear a necklace charm.
BOLD COLORS AND PATTERNS
Scarlet is in, so take advantage of this rare opportunity to wear bright red without criticism. The same applies for checkered trousers. Seize the moment while it lasts.
Yes, men, your wardrobe should include at least one pair of capris. Find some that fit loosely and billow in the wind. If you want to match these spacious pants with a similarly loose-fitting top, try an androgynous blouse.
BLOUSES FOR MEN
If you add a small ascot to your button-down or leave a dress shirt practically unbuttoned, you’re venturing into male blouse territory. It’ so easy there’s no excuse not to try.
THE TUNIC SKIRT
Gender neutral clothing has been a huge trend in 2017. Thanks to prevailing fads and a new appreciation for the tunic, you have the fashion industry’s official permission to integrate a man skirt into your fall wardrobe.
MAN PURSES AND T-SHIRTS
The man purse is still a thing if you haven’t given it a go yet. Why not pair it with a unique graphic tee for some extra trendy contrast?
They told us colorful sweaters were coming back late last year. That prediction is finally coming true. This is the perfect outfit to purchase at a thrift store. Who knows what you’ll find.
Pastel pink and turquoise florals shouldn’t work as an industrial jeans print, but they do in 2017. Floral patterns have become the go-to accent piece in men’s fashion over the last six months. Strange as it may seem, when in doubt, wear something with blossoms on it.
You don’t have to be on vacation to pull off a muted tropical top with white jeans. When it’s summertime in the city, break out your getaway bag and bring some Caribbean jibes into the local neighborhood.
SLIDE ON A SPORTCOAT
If vacation casual isn’t dressy enough for your taste, swap the button-down for a t-shirt and top it off with a simple jacket. You’ll be surprised how quick it is to turn casual into formal.
TUCKING AND FOLDING
Maybe it’s not the most practical decision to button up your jacket only half-on, but don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone when assembling your outfit. Tuck in your t-shirt and button up unevenly. Quirky and strange is totally in this year.
SHOW EXTRA SKIN
Everyone is showing more skin these days. It’s not hard to do. Go without socks to show off your ankles or keep your shirt unbuttoned to expose extra chest. People enjoy a stylish tease.
All in all, street style at Men’s NYFW provides an excellent glimpse into the popular trends of modern male fashion. There are sure to be styles you despise and love, so don’t feel you must try everything once. Simply go for what appeals to you and kick those sloppy careless habits to the curb.
— Timothy Vest