Yes, there are a ton of guys at the head of major fashion labels: Michael, Marc, Karl, the list is endless. With the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, one Shecky’s Staffer got to thinking about what your average, everyday guy thinks about when it comes to fashion. Some women say they date guys with a snazzy sense of style; she has never found this to be the case. She weighs in on fashion dos and don’ts.
The Breakfast Club t-shirt—First off, it has THE BREAKFAST CLUB emblazoned on it. And then it features all of your regularly balanced breakfast buds—the Smacks frog and Tony the Tiger, plus Snap, Crackle and Pop (obviously). Perhaps my current boyfriend is trying to invoke the funny, thrift store tees worn by characters like Mac and Charlie on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I will give him points for being clever and having a sense of humor. He also receives compliments on it. So fine—slogan shirts can be funny in the right context.
The stripes and plaid combo—an ex of mine came out dressed for a fancy occasion in plaid madras and a striped shirt. Maybe he read The Official Preppy Handbook and was trying too hard to over-prep-ify in a shout-out to his bank account. His reasoning behind the odd combo was: “They are in the stripe family.” I made him change, since this look is never acceptable.
The suburban cowboy—the whole sexy ranch boy thing could’ve been cute…too bad he was from an affluent community 30 minutes outside of New York City. The plaid shirts, smoking Marlboro Reds and listening to country only added to the horrendous ensemble. And yes, he loved putting on a real cowboy hat whenever he could. I did not make him change, but I think we are no longer dating because I don’t wear Daisy Dukes, bleach my hair and pretend I’m from Texas (to each his own).
Other common guy attire that I don’t really get (the list is endless, so here are just a few):
Wearing jeans with holes. The destroyed look is for dames only, you look like a street urchin.
Excessive use of sports jerseys. Real, bona fide sports jerseys should be reserved for just games.
Dudes who wear “girl” labels. True Religion jeans are particularly a problem. I see you with that loud fire-colored stitching, and I’m reporting you to the fashion police.
Concert tees. I like music too, and I also own a fair amount of these, but when it seems like your wardrobe is all Led Zeppelin (I love them, but…), I will wonder.
Tight jeans. If your thighs are skinnier than mine, you are already a fashion don’t.
Those weird tattooed-up shirts. You know what I’m talking about—fancy, swirly designs. We already discussed that art was fine for your body within reason. This type of shirt…is not.
Chains. They may have been a cool accessory in 1997 when people had beepers, but now they’re just scary.
Purple. I can deal with pink, but this takes the whole feminine fella thing too far.
GIRL TALK TIME: What guy garb do you hate? What man clothing do you not understand? Ever tried to dress your dude? What is his sense of style? What does your guy think of fashion…or Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week?