I’ve been thinking about writing a post about fashion since forever but I don’t know what’s been keeping me away from writing about it. Maybe it’s the constant change of trends, or maybe it’s the not-so satisfying feeling of not being with the fashion “in-crowd” or maybe because I know for a fact that I’m not the most fashion forward guy there is on this planet; but I’m just gonna share my beliefs and philosophies – if I can call them that – about fashion.
Not something you want to do in real life – becoming a billboard for the brand you’re wearing.
Brands are great. They make you popular if you own them – especially when you have the new items the brands have for sale. But here’s the thing that irks me about brands: People misuse them almost all the time. The misuse of brands come in so many different ways:
a. People think that by donning themselves with branded items all over themselves, they’ll be super fashionable and super-in.
b. People who own fake brands but believe with all their heart and soul that they’re original. Even if they’re of grade A standards, they’re still fake honey – like you.
c. Owning brands does not automatically make you better than others – PERIOD.
Saving up for a branded item is great once in awhile. Quality jeans like DKNY, CK and Levi’s are great if you buy the original because they will last for a millennium. Original perfumes always smell much better. In other words, original is always better. If you cannot afford originals, just get the counterfeits, or don’t get them at all. Get a substitute, or something that is close to it in terms of style. Branding is a powerful thing in the fashion industry, but you have to remember that not all brands will look great on you. Be selective, and be smart.
2. Mixing and Matching
Some ideas for guys on how to amp-up their style with clothes that they may already have in their closet.
Here’s the fun bit about fashion. People can always tell what and who you are as a person by the way you dress. It really is as simple as that to be judged. Mixing and matching different types of clothing, different brands, and accessorizing really do help in bringing out your personality. Sure some people would go more miles than others when it comes to dressing up, but that’s the fun of mixing and matching. Putting on an array of styles to suit your needs and wants can be very beneficial for you. If it goes right, you’ll stand out. If it goes wrong, you’ll stand out too.
Mixing and matching is my favorite part when it comes to fashion because you can take a pair of ripped jeans from the 80’s, couple them with a pair of black sneakers, and a crew-neck t-shirt, a pair of leather jacket and you’re ready for rock and roll. It doesn’t matter which era your clothes come from or their brands, the most important thing is you mix and match them up to create a look that is you.
You can always style the same things in different ways too! It helps you to be creative, and it also could potentially help you to save up some storage space for more new clothes.
Same denim jacket, different ways of styling it.
3. Dressing for the Occasion
I’m gonna exclude themed parties because ya know, that’s a whole different type of occasion. But what I’m going to talk about is basically how we would somehow dress way beyond (or way below) necessary. Weddings in Malaysia for example; some guys would attend a wedding ceremony wearing slippers and jeans and t-shirt and that’s it. I mean this is.. c’mon. At least have the decency to wear a shirt and nice pair of khakis with shoes. It doesn’t matter if the wedding is at a kampung somewhere, dress appropriately. It’s like how girls would wear dresses meant for dinner parties to malls. That’s just wrong.
Dinner tux, date look, and working man style.
Whatever the occasion is, make sure you have the appropriate attire to bring out the best you can offer. First impressions are always important, so make the wisest choice when putting on clothes to fit the environment you are in.
Here’s what most people think: It doesn’t matter what I wear, as long as I am comfortable. Sure. You can be comfortable in your jammies at home, or you can be comfortable and still look fabulous. The trick is to find something that is great looking, but at the same time that provides you with comfort. You don’t have to torture yourself to look great all the time. Find something that makes you look good and feel good and people will definitely see your confidence shining on through.
No ladies. Don’t wear this when you’re going to the mall.
Some essential items of clothing for men.
Always have shirts, dresses, shoes and accessories that are ready made for a special occasion like an interview, dinner or for a first date. Equip your wardrobe with essential pieces that will surely up your points in the style department. A lil LBD, or classic plain black or white crew-neck t-shirt, a pair of jeans, a nice pair sneakers – anything that’s essential, get them!
The LBD is something of a must-have for every woman of every shape, every size and every cultural background.
6. Be Effortless
Some people just try too hard to be fashionable and chic that it just totally destroys them. Be cool and relax when it comes to picking a style. Trying too hard to impress shows. Instead, pick something that you are familiar with, and try to accessorize your outfit with different accessories. Better yet, just know what works best for you and stick with the style. When you feel like you want to change your fashion-game a little bit, fuse the style you know with the style you want to emulate. The point here is to dress-to-kill without you having to look like a serial killer.
Look how effortlessly chic and fashionable Lana is with that white plunging-neck t-shirt and purple-bluey cardigan.
So the above are some of my philosophies when it comes to fashion. What I truly believe is that we are all individuals with different principles when it comes to dressing up. Living in Malaysia, getting along with trends is a HUGE thing. But I guess it happens to every where else in the world. I try not to follow those trends, but instead, I will try my best to make fashion a very personal thing for me – kinda like my very own project. So I shop at bundle stores most of the time because you get high quality shirts and even t-shirts and jeans, and shoes, for such a cheap price. I definitely have a style going on with me (my friends and family point that out) and I guess that’s what fashion is all about really – making things work for you instead of the other way around.
*All images are taken from Google*