Let's Hear it for the Boys

One of my favorite style combinations is grayscale with a pop of anything—maybe a colorful scarf, a pouty red lip or anything else that stands out against more subdued colors. In my own wardrobe, I have a go-to gray cardigan that I pair with leggings and contrast with a moody red lipstick. This ensemble has become my standard outfit for long days in the library. It is a casual yet style-conscious look, radiating coolness and confidence in every stride.

This Fashionisto styles the color in a more novel way, pairing his gray transitional jacket with a pink and white striped shirt. While the jacket itself stands alone as a modernly fit piece, the juxtaposition of the striped shirt against the jacket provides a combination that is interesting and attracts attention. There is merit in his simple dark black skinny pants as well. A staple to any contemporary male’s wardrobe, they are a slimming color and one of the most versatile pairs of pants next to a sturdy pair of dark wash jeans. These dark skinny pants contrast nicely with the lighter hues of the gray and pink, and give his look an overall more elevated look than if he had gone with more casual jeans.

In addition to his garment choices, I was drawn to this Fashionisto because of his choice of accessories, which establish his presence as a busy male. His black leather watch suggests the need to effectively manage his day as he goes from one priority to the next. In addition, he sports a gray messenger tote. Not only does it go with the color palette of his outfit, but it is also a trendy way to carry necessities and it conveys a sense of importance. Indeed, he’s got things to do and projects to finish, so he needs a sturdy bag to get him through his daily tasks.

Hint: In the market for a new bag? Upgrade your backpack to a messenger tote if you want a little bit of change.


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