New York magazine reports that “men’s espadrilles are having a moment.” Apparently, the style has been popular in European countries like France and Spain, and has now found a place with American retailers. Ordinarily, I would disregard this type of article and think that someone had noticed three guys wearing espadrilles and decided this is now a trend were it not for a conversation I had with my boyfriend just three days ago on the topic. (Full disclosure: he is French.) Keep reading »
has just come out with this promo video for its new line of men’s sneakers. With the cheesy video techniques and pumping electro music, the clip is kind of hilarious—something we’d imagine running in the background of “Zoolander.” Maybe they should have just called this “Guys-too-hot-for-their-own-good Standing Around in Sneakers Looking Hot.” Blue Steel! [YouTube
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In recent years, men have upped their co-optation of certain “feminine” styles (although to be fair, the ladies have done the the same!). Some of these trends thankfully fade into obscurity (see the murse, the kilt/man skirt/murt business). Others have become mainstays of men’s fashion (scarves, skinny jeans), “acceptable” in most circles, and even more so if you happen to travel to Europe. A new limited-edition collection by Topman is bringing the cowl neck to men’s shirts, an embellishment that belongs more to the likes of JWoww and Lauren Conrad. We haven’t seen dudes rock this look yet, but wouldn’t put it past Topshop trendsetters to make it a thing next season. What do you think of the cowl neck style for guys? Refined? Unsightly? Does it matter? [via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
French men are very well dressed. (Take it from me, someone who lives in Paris and often feels like she’s walking in a living version of Sartorialist heaven.) They also just know things about fashion in the way that American guys just know things about football or Mila Kunis. A new study further proves that dudes in France are style-inclined: they have a lot of clothes. Research conducted by the French Fashion Institute shows that these males, “aged between 15 and 29 spend as much on clothes as women of their age” and that “young French men fussed as much over appearances as women their age yet spent less time and energy picking and choosing clothes.” Great, so basically the French manage to be into how they look, but never have fashion freak-outs. Where did we go wrong?
We have to imagine that a man with a huge closet might affect dating dynamics. Have you ever been with a guy who owns a crap load of clothes? Is a male clotheshorse a good or a bad thing? [AFP] Keep reading »
Is the plus-size model debate one-sided? When it comes to talking about how the fashion industry promotes unhealthy female images, the male gaze might be silent, but nevertheless it’s there: Our models’ bodies look increasingly like those of little boys; the petite shape serves to give off a certain amount of commercial sex appeal. So we begin a dialogue about how curves can be sexy, or how plus-size women need more positive exposure in fashion. But did we ever stop to consider that the body image issue isn’t just applicable to females? In the latest issue of Fantastic Man, an indie men’s fashion magazine, one editorial focuses on not-so-slender men, complete with bellies, chunky arms, and rounded bottoms. The shoot’s subhead: “A series of stylistic suggestions for bold summer fashions to be worn by gentlemen of quite marvelous shape.” Keep reading »
Esquire is looking to find the best-dressed “real man” in America, and they’ve narrowed the field down to 25 finalists, all of whom I’d sleep with, given the opportunity. So now you get to cruise the guys — I mean vote for your choice of best-dressed hottie. Right now, I’m liking Noah S., who is not afraid of color, Shawn S., who is one dapper dude, and Jason Y., who is fly. Who’s your favorite? Could your man compete with these dudes, clothing-wise? Keep reading »