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And What About Plus-Size Male Models?

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 »

Who Is The Best-Dressed Real Man In America?

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 »

Introducing … Drop Crotch Jeans For Men

As much as we may bemoan the deplorable influence of certain types of harem pants on the fashion scene, we at least understand some of the logic behind them. Sure, you may walk around looking like MC Hammer’s protégé or Lawrence of Arabia, but at least you’ll be comfortable. We can’t, however, find anything similar to say of these new drop crotch skinny jeans for guys. Basically, they’re harem pants made of denim. We’d say these would probably rank up there in the discomfort zone right next to yoga jeans. [Oak] Keep reading »

Move Over Mink: It’s All About Rat Fur

Pardon me while I throw up in my mouth a little, but Vanity Fair‘s VF Blog reports that nutria, 20-pound river-dwelling rats that tend to thrive in Louisiana, are making a splash (!) when it comes to fur-trimmed menswear items this fall. Cute! And designers are already queuing up to put a super sexy spin on the trade:

“I love the masculinity of it. It’s sort of the bad-ass fur,’ [Alabama-based designer Billy] Reid explains. Gilles Mendel sourced his fall 2010 collection fur in Canada. ‘Tougher than mink,’ he says, adding that nutria’s combination of coarseness and shine lends it ‘a androgynous feeling’ and ‘a certain modernity.”

Well, gee guys, when ya put it that way … As if fur isn’t gross enough, did anyone really need to go there? You have to feel bad for this Billy Reid model, above. Hell, we even feel kinda bad for the rat. [Gawker via VF] Keep reading »

Japanese Men “Bored” With Fashion, Turn To Skirts

We have to give props to Japanese dudes for their willingness to explore fashion options. True, the country’s guido-inspired OraOra look didn’t quite capture us, but there’s something to be said for pushing extremes. The latest trend on the streets of Tokyo is one that’s made a brief comic appearance in the U.S.—skirts for men. And they are seriously going for it. Keep reading »

The Inspiration Board: Kim Jong-Il

Somehow, the fashion interwebs are going gaga for improbable style icon Kim Jong-Il, as we explained yesterday. Frightening? Yes. Hilarious? Kind of. You have to wonder—think he was trying to look cool, or just fell into it? Those glasses seem pretty calculated, if you ask us. His style is certainly simple enough … it’s all about minimalism, if that’s your thing. Check out our product suggestions after the jump. Keep reading »

Here’s One Way To Deal With Male Baldness

Meet Philip Levine, a London guy who said “eff that” to hair plugs when he started going bald, and instead decided to capitalize on his nude head by treating it as a canvas. Since 2006, he’s used the space as a place for artistic expression, bedazzling it with mirrored pieces or Swarovski crystals (once with 1,000 of them!). He also partners with makeup artist Kat Sinclair, who helps him create scalp paintings that are crazily detailed—in the past, he’s had a “Wizard of Oz” landscape, and a nature motif with life-like butterflies glued on to his head. Creepy or rad? Check out some more pics after the jump. [PhilSays.com] Keep reading »

“True Life”: Skinny Jeans Destroyed A Man’s Privates

You have boring spoofs and you have hilarious spoofs. This parody of MTV’s “True Life” series is one of the latter because it hits the ridiculousness of the show right on the nose. Like that kid who was “addicted” to tattoos and had to get one every time he got drunk, the young man in this video can’t stop wearing skinny jeans, even though they wore away his penis and scrotum. I have to say the part about the sagging is so painfully true. I wish dudes would stop sagging their jeans. Check out the video above. Keep reading »

Boyfriend Present: $53 McQueen Man Panties

Before his death last month, designer Alexander McQueen was working on a line of men’s underwear or, as we’ll refer to them, manties. We feel the creations deserve a name of their own, not just because their creator was an awesome man, but also because they’re a bit too snazzy to just be referred to as boxers or briefs. If you can’t imagine your boyfriend disrobing to reveal Hanes ever again, fear not. You can scoop up these super-tight beauties for the paltry price of about $53 each! McQueen manties not enough for your man? You’re also mere weeks away from complementary $555 silk pajamas, too. We’ll assume the PJs come with a Vespa. [The Cut] Keep reading »

Fashion Glasses Aren’t Just For Girls

I’m a recent convert to the fake glasses trend; however, I’m careful about the circumstances in which I wear them. I won’t, for example, wear them on a date, because I’ve pictured the humiliation and implications of being unmasked—I imagine a guy would be slightly weirded out and would start questioning what else about me is fake or deceptive. But, it never occurred to me to imagine the situation in reverse. A dude wearing fashion glasses to a date? Nuh uh.

According to the New York Daily News, however, guys are into fakes as well … Keep reading »

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