Summer Attire: Stay Away from Plaid Patterned Shorts

Summer is a blissful time: the weather is great (mostly), restaurant patios are open, and its finally warm enough to lay out on the beach and swim in the ocean. It is also a time when everyone can forget about layering their clothes to stay warm. Indeed, in the summer, we shed our clothes and keep everything minimal. Shoes? No thanks. Jacket? No way! Jeans? I’ll save those for when the temperature drops.

Typically, sandals, light shirts, and shorts reign supreme in the summer. And while this may be fantastic for some, to others it can be a little hard on the style eye. Don’t believe me? Lets take a look and focus our attention at the ever popular plaid patterned shorts and examine why these shorts are fit for the pit.

First of all, the pattern suggests warmth. Plaid patterned shirts are typically worn during the fall/winter months because they keep their owners not only warm on the inside, but also looking warm.  Therefore, why would you want your front and backside to stay warm in the summer?

Second: the cut/fit. There are no (or very few) plaid patterned shorts that have a decent enough cut or fit to adequately flatter your particular body type. Most of these shorts are baggy and oversized, making it look like you are not wearing shorts, or pants, but an amalgamation of the two. See below:

Third: the pattern (again). A popular style suggestion to follow is the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid). Simplicity suggests colours that are easy on the eye (white, blue, grey) and not too distracting, so mixed patterns and large logos should be left alone. Plaid shorts immediately draw attention but not in a good way, and they are by no means simple.

Conclusion:

(Image Source: The StyleBlogger)

Stay away from plaid shorts!

Until next time,

Manner of Dress.

Way Overdue

It has almost been seven months since a new post was published on this site, and there are many reasons why things were so quiet. But instead of listing these reasons its time to dive back into the small world of mens style blogs (at least in Atlantic Canada) and get started on posting new material on a daily bases.  First post: Halifax style.

As a university city, Halifax attracts thousands of students each year who come from various cities, provinces, and countries. They may arrive with a sense that Halifax is a small, laid-back city that offers an abundance of smiling faces and a plethora of coffee shops and pizzerias. Indeed, Halifax can boast proudly about an over-caffeinated, cheese-filled happy population, but one aspect that most newcomers to the city become quickly aware of (and openly complain about) is the lack of style in Haligonia.

Untrue. To refute this point, look no further than “Fashion East: A Journal of Maritime Fashion” (address: http://fashioneasthalifax.tumblr.com/) A Tumblr site run by three photographers living in Halifax, “Fashion East” provides crisp photographs of stylish individuals who dwell within the city. While browsing through the site your first reaction may very well be “Wait, this picture was taken on Spring Garden Road?” Yes it was. Take a peak at these photos:

(Photo Credit: http://fashioneasthalifax.tumblr.com/)

(Photo Credit: http://fashioneasthalifax.tumblr.com/)

With daily updates and the ability to submit your own photographs for “Submission Saturday and Sunday”, the Fashion East style blog deserves your immediate attention.

Halifax: too many fish and chips? Maybe. Lacking style? No way.

Until next time,

Manner of Dress.

Labels/Branding

One aspect of an individuals outfit that can ruin their entire ensemble is a big, distracting logo. Even more so if they are draped head-to-toe in designer clothing with visible brand-name emblems, which are either coordinated or not. For example, there are times when you may see someone with a Ralph Lauren shirt, jacket, and shoes that all have the Ralph Lauren logo stitched on each piece of clothing/accessory. Recently, Ralph Lauren released their “Big Pony” collection, and to give you a sense of how large their logo appears on a polo shirt, look at the following pictures:

 

The logo takes up a significant portion of the shirt, and not only does it take away from whatever an individual is also wearing, but it is likely going to be the only thing that sticks out. Forget that your pants fit well or that you are wearing great shoes, the eye of the beholder can’t veer away from that giant eyesore. Check out this Tommy Hilfiger polo:

Style and good dress doesn’t come from wearing brand name clothing (especially if it looks like you are a walking advertisement), but from the pairing of certain pieces and the coordination of fit, colour, and texture. And while it takes time to develop a keen sense of style, one step in the right direction is avoiding brand-name designer clothing with logos that overshadow your look. You will also have more money left over.

 

Until next time,

 

Manner of Dress.

Essentials: Oxford Shoe

In the film, Crazy, Stupid, Love, there is a scene where Steve Carrell’s character (Cal) meets up with Ryan Gosling’s character (Jacob) at a local mall to begin Cal’s sartorial transformation. Before the shopping beings, Jacob asks Cal “what happened to your feet” and the camera pans down to a pair of white, new balance running shoes. Cal responds by saying “these are my 407’s”, which he then hands to Jacob, who promptly throws them off the mall balcony. “Are you in a fraternity…are you Steve Jobs?” asks Jacob, attempting to illustrate a point that unless you’re a billionaire, or, a part of a fraternity, Cal has no reason to be wearing those shoes.

It was a great way for Jacob to make his point, but not everyone has the ability to throw away their (significant or other) friends shoes for many different reasons, none of which will be dealt with in this post. The purpose of this post is to note the following: shoes are one of the most important aspects of a man’s wardrobe. In fact, its one piece that should be given a lot of consideration because A) shoes can either make or break an outfit (Bernhard Roetzel, author of Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion, stated “[a]n otherwise perfect appearance is destroyed, irreparably and at a strike, if a man has an ugly pair of shoes on his feet”) and B) they are usually the first thing that an individual who is attracted to you looks at; subsequently, it can break that attraction.

Unfortunately, there are many different types of shoes available for men to choose from: wellingtons, desert boots, brogues, chukkas, single or double strapped monks, penny loafers, etc, etc. It is only unfortunate because when faced with a wide variety of options, it can become confusing as to which style is best suited to your needs, and usually, most men will revert to the standard sneaker, or, Cal’s trusty 407’s. Luckily, as with most aspects of menswear, there is what could be deemed as an essential shoe that looks great for both formal and non-formal occasions, and suites all variety of style: the oxford shoe.

Normally constructed of either leather or suede, the oxford shoe first appeared in Scotland and Ireland where they were referred to as Balmorals (as a side note, brogues––which are a type of oxford––also originated from Scotland and Ireland, but that is for another post). It is typical for Oxford’s to be laced (as characteristic of almost all English style of shoes), and they usually have a very simple style of stitching. They are not the type of shoe that will immediately stand out; that is because they have a quiet reserved sense of confidence for those who wish to look good, but quietly. Furthermore, they are great for guys who are looking to make the transition from sneakers to “adult” shoes.

 

Here is an image of a “dress up” oxford shoe:

 

Here is an image of a more laid back oxford shoe:

The following is a list of stores in Halifax where you may find a good pair of oxford shoes:

-Biscuit (http://biscuitgeneralstore.com/)

-Classic Shoe Ltd. (located at the beginning of Barrington St. near NSCAD)

-Winsby’s Shoes (http://www.winsbys.com/)

-Dugger’s (http://www.duggersfashion.com/)

Also check out Bass Shoe’s website  ( https://bassshoes.harborghb.com/)

 

Until next time,

Manner of Dress.