Many men, young and old, focus too much on building their wardrobe from the top down instead of the bottom up. A proper wardrobe isn’t complete without proper footwear, so let’s start focusing more on the right shoes! Throw out those old nerdy New Balance and sport a fresh pair of leather dress shoes for the day time; it will be sure to spruce up your whole look. While a quality pair of dress shoes may cost you a couple hundred bucks, you should keep in mind that they will offer a certain sophistication that nothing else will and they’ll also last for years — since you most likely won’t be wearing them daily. This week’s Fashionisto leads by example, exuding confidence and sophistication flawlessly.
When looking for dress shoes, remember that leather is the only way to go, and there are numerous colors and styles so pick a pair that suits you. This Fashionisto rocks an elegant pair of wingtips. Wingtips are essentially a variation of an oxford. When viewed from above this toecap style is “W” shaped and looks similar to a bird with extended wings, hence the style name “wingtips.” Wingtips are recommended for less formal events and go nicely with casual trousers, such as corduroys or Dockers. You can give yourself a more edgy look if you wear your wingtips with a pair of classic blue jeans like this CollegeFashionisto does. Contrasting the dark rich brown leather with his washed out blue jeans creates a perfect distinction, resulting in the colors popping more. His jeans are slimmed down to perfection to complement the rest of his outfit. Don’t be afraid of trying a tighter cut than what you might normally feel comfortable in! Slim tapered jeans look great on most men.
This Fashionisto polishes off his sleek appearance by wearing a simple white dress shirt with accented blue stripes. He tops it off with a lightweight dark gray jacket with a tint of eggplant that allows his gray plaid cashmere scarf to peek out. The colors in the scarf not only complement the Fashionisto himself but also bring together the colors and tones of the rest of the outfit. His jeans are nicely cuffed to reveal yellow socks, which give this ensemble a personal touch. The neutral tones of the outfit accentuate the bright yellow. This Fashionisto’s socks catch observers off-guard and add a bit of individuality to the outfit!
Hint: Another great casual dress shoe option is a type of casual oxford shoe called the saddle shoe. It’s distinctive because it utilizes a layer of leather over the instep that is normally a different color than the rest of the shoe, thus classifying it as a casual but stylish choice.