Men’s Fashion Sharon Mosley
hen it comes to style, men have it so easy. Men’s fashion trends don’t change as often, or as drastically, as they do for women.
However many men stumble into some of the same fashion pitfalls, according to Sherrie Mathieson, fashion expert and author of the Baby Boomer’s guide Forever Cool: How to Achieve Ageless, Youthful and Modern Personal Style. The fashion stylist urges men to reevaluate their physical size occasionally. “Do you really still have a 34-inch waist or is it closer to 40? Men often cling to formula dressing that should have been retired long ago.” She also calls for caution when it comes to borrowing ideas from the younger generation. “Think twice before you indulge in the excessive or outrageous,” she says. “The goal is to find comfort and style in a look that is simple, unaffected and masculine. It’s not about being a fashion plate — it’s about simplicity in both color and style.” While you may not be ready to step out in the latest trim swim trunks or a colorful pair of suede wingtips, there are definitely some ways to update your wardrobe this summer. Here are some of Mathieson’s tips: • Skip the bold, overwhelming colors. Look for more understated hues to July - August 2012
combine in both sporty clothes and suits. Tone-on-tone charcoal and blue are two of the most popular color combos this season. • Make sure clothes fit. There’s nothing worse than baggy T-shirts and shorts that make men look older than they are. “No piece of clothing should be too tight,” says Mathieson. Experiment with hightech fabrics that offer form and function in casual clothes. And while the “skinny” jean has loosened up this year, trousers and pants are still on the narrow side and can be much more flattering than pleated, slouchy styles. Front pleated denim pants are neither jean nor trouser. They belong in no-man’s-land. • Steer clear of “problem prints.” We’ve all seen these — from the other end of the mall. Hawaiian floral prints are still around but very toned down in more subtle colors. And there are plenty of other newsy “prints” out there in more sophisticated checks and plaids. • When it comes to accessories for men, Mathieson’s No. 1 pick is a watch. “It’s as good a clue to his personality as handwriting analysis,” she says. “The watch you choose can scream, ‘I’m wealthy’ (think gold, encrusted with diamonds) or it can
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