As I scan the crowd for potential Fashionistos at USF, I often find myself disappointed with their choice of footwear. There seems to be an unspoken rule among girls that shoes should always be chosen wisely, as they are a crucial part of any outfit. It seems that guys must have missed the memo because boring sneakers and flip flops have become the main shoe staples on campus.
But alas, through a mass of regular old shoes appear a gorgeous pair of Yves Saint Laurent dark teal suede desert boots. This Fashionisto adopts the motto “less is more” by pairing his statement shoes with a simple black collared shirt, gray jeans and a tan backpack. Finding a color scheme for your ensemble can be a great tool. This Fashionisto opts for neutral colors, which allow his teal suede shoes to stand out.
Suede boots are a great addition to your wardrobe for fall, especially as the temperature begins to drop. Boots can easily be dressed up with an oxford button-up, chinos and a coat or down with a plain white T-shirt, dark wash jeans and a leather jacket.
Accessorizing is one of the best aspects of fashion and men should be able to get in on the action too. This Fashionisto adds his own personality to the outfit by incorporating a sleek watch and a canvas rucksack with leather accents. Herschel Supply Co. makes similarly cool accessories for guys, including manly utilitarian backpacks, wallets and laptop cases.
Hint: If you’re a Fashionisto on a budget, try swapping these YSL desert boots for a similar pair from J.Crew. If jeans aren’t your thing, try cuffing your chinos with a pair of low-cut boots from Clarks for an entirely different take on the shoe. Don’t be afraid to make them your statement piece with a bold color like navy blue or green.