Thursday, March 31, 2011

Guest Post for FRATITUDE: The Do's & Don't's of Guy's Fashion

Everyone go check out my new guest post on Fratitude (www.fratitude.net) about the Do's & Don't's of Guy's Fashion! Here it is below if you didn't get the chance to check it out on his blog!

When I started to contemplate what I loved about my well-dressed friends’ wardrobes, I realized the best way I could describe my taste in men’s fashion is to tell you my major guy-fashion don’t’s. This list mainly exists because I would never be able to take a guy seriously if he regularly sported any of these styles.

The Affliction Tee Gudio
Sorry, Jersey Shore fans. The Guido / hair gel / metallic t-shirt & spray tan look only attracts the girls in a select area on the East Coast. I’m pretty sure I would never date a guy that reminded me in the slightest of Pauly D or The Situation. Any guy who spends more time getting ready to go out for a night on the town than I do is automatically checked off the list.

The Southern Frat Boy
How many of my Alabama Law friends am I going to offend with this one? But seriously, I’m from Michigan (yes, that’s north of the Mason-Dixon line), so let me tell you where I draw the line on the fratty look. I’m okay with the pocket tees and the slightly longer-style frat boy haircut, but only to a certain extent. When you have 3 or more of the following in your everyday wardrobe, we probably aren’t going to click:

1. Pants with embroidered animals covering them (check out nantucketreds.com)
2. Pastel-colored fishing shirts
3. Monogrammed pants with your initials located somewhere near the pockets
4. Short-sleeved button downs (who the hell invented these? Honestly.)
5. Camouflage
6. And of course, the Southern Frat Boy hair swoop. Look up southern-swoop on Urban Dictionary if you don’t believe me; it exists.

The Emo Boy
I feel like in my group of friends (both in Alabama and Michigan), this should be a no-brainer, but for everyone else, I want to make sure it’s said. A guy that wears jeans tighter and eyeliner darker than me is not someone I’m bringing home to meet my ultra judgmental and conservative father. Sorry I’m not sorry.

So now that I’ve crossed some styles off the list, let me tell you what automatically grabs my attention in a good way.

Simplicity is Key
Simple, solid colors and clean-cut lines go so much further than most guys realize. Normal-fitting jeans and a nice polo are always a better alternative to busy-colored pants or a weird-patterned shirt. I would truly rather forget what a guy was wearing than remember that he had on a heinous argyle sweater. Also, I don’t want to remember his shoes either, so make sure they’re plain / not a pair of Timberlands.

Maintained Hair
This goes for everywhere that I can see at first glance. I am partial to guys’ hair that is short and well-kept and I’m even okay with buzzed hair if that’s what it takes to keep it manageable, but I’m not a big fan of the mop look (a big mess of hair that boys don’t feel the need to ever style or brush). This also goes for the grunge look that lazy guys try and pull with their facial hair. I like a little scruff, don’t get me wrong, but once it’s past scruff, it’s time to shave. Don’t forget to pluck crazy-long eyebrow hairs and stray nose hairs either, because if we’re close enough to you after the first date, we can see those things and you definitely don’t want us to.

A Good Dresser
Pretty vague, right? Sorry. But bottom line, most girls know a good dresser when they see one. If a guy knows how to put the simplest of outfits together, it’s an accomplishment. You’d be amazed at the number of guys who make it obvious that they never looked in a mirror before walking out the door. Personally, I’m partial to seeing guys dressed up in button downs, slacks, or even suits. Maybe that’s just the future-lawyer in me (even though I’d rather wear pretty much anything than a suit), but when I have the time, I love to dress to the nines in cocktail minis with stilettos and want my guy to be able to keep up with my sense of style.
 
What are some of your do's and don't's?

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