LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Back to Basics

Let's Hear it for the Boys

College students are notorious for their lack of effort in dressing themselves – sweatpants to class, anyone? – and have a whole range of excuses for their sloppy dressing. Many men, in particular, seem to be particularly prone to being lazy when it comes to fashion, and have their own set of reasons why this happens. There are two excuses in particular that I hear a lot for why a particular guy doesn’t make any effort in style – that “fashionable” clothes can be uncomfortable, and that it is too hard to be put together a great outfit. However, as I was walking home from class, I spotted this Fashionisto, whose outfit was able to put these arguments to shame.

The first common excuse is comfort. Especially in the case of men, it is often the case that if the clothing is too tight or restricts movement, they are not willing to wear it. However, this Fashionisto shows is that comfort does not need to be sacrificed in the pursuit of fashion. He is wearing classic jeans that fit well, and he has a great black jacket that is both warm and stylish. If the aspiring Fashionisto does not already have a great black jacket, he needs to invest in one, because this piece is crucial if he wants to look good and stay warm during the winter. There are many options available at many different price ranges – you can check out two of my favorites here at J.Crew and ASOS.

The other common excuse made is that it takes too much effort and expense to pick out a nice outfit for every day. Again, this Fashionisto shows that this is not the case, and that an outfit does not need to be super complex to be fashionable. His outfit is made entirely of basics –jeans, a classic button down, the go-anywhere black jacket, and brown dress shoes – and he still manages to look great. All these items are essentials, but the piece that really elevates the look is the crisp button-down. This Fashionisto opted for a solid button-down, but in order to add some more style to a simple outfit, dare to try a fun printed one. This final look is classy and stylish, and most importantly, is really easy to put together!

So, there is no excuse guys. Remember, when it doubt, just go back to basics!

Hint: While price is obviously a big factor in many college students’ shopping decisions, the basic jacket and button-down are worth spending a little more money on. You will be wearing these pieces all the time, so shop around and find a great jacket or shirt that you can use forever!

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