LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Mad About Plaid

Let's Hear it for the Boys

When people are asked what the most fashionable cities in the world are, New York, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Paris are just some of the places mentioned most often. New Orleans is not a name that is typically associated with fashion but the more time I spend in this city, the more I think it should be. NOLA recently became home to its very own fashion week during which, emerging and established designers are able to display their work. I’ve been amazed at the number of local boutiques that I’ve found all over the city with high concentrations on Magazine Street and right by Tulane’s campus. One of the best parts of the New Orleans’ fashion scene though, is the vast number of thrift shops. There’s numerous stores selling vintage and pre-worn clothing with designers of every popularity. Near campus I’ve found stores selling lightly worn high fashion designers for a fraction of the price and I’ve even found Free People dresses for as little as $10.

The Fashionisto I chose to photograph this week told me he’d found his bold plaid shirt at a local thrift store. He had taken the time to explore some of the fashion options that this city had to offer which is something that every student should do. Regardless of the school you attend, there’s most likely some kind of thrift shop around and if not they can be located in your hometown. Thrift shops are a perfect place to find recycled trends such as bright plaid shirts that are back from previous decades.

This stylish student made his colorful plaid shirt the focus point in his outfit by pairing it with light chinos and black sneakers. His facial hair also made a unique addition to his outfit. I’ve noticed an increase in mustaches and beards around campus and on the red carpet lately so boys, take note that facial hair can be yet another interesting element to add to a look.

Hint: Street style from fashion weeks around the world showed new trendy patterns for men this spring. We saw polka dots, florals, camo and a variety of other prints. Instead of a typical plaid shirt, give your spring wardrobe a modern update with a printed button-up. The short sleeves will help keep you cool amidst rising temperatures while the tropical pattern makes you feel like you’re on a vacation instead of finishing up the last weeks of school.

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