“So, okay. I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all, but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair — ew — and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re supposed to swoon? I don’t think so!”
Cher Horowitz spoke these immortal words in 1995’s “Clueless,” but they still ring true today, boys. I know we’re in college and these are our last years to be lazy but it’s time to get it together and start putting some thought into your daily dress so real life doesn’t hit you harder than it has to.
If you’re completely clueless as to where to begin, start with figuring out your personal style. Are you preppy? Grungy? Surfer? Something in between?
To stay current, make sure your outfits are tailored, as the runways have dictated. Tailored does not mean you’re wearing a suit to class, but it means that you should look put together and clean-cut and, in terms of personal hygiene, showered. Greasy, matted down hair is hard to work and looks more appropriate on lead singers than on collegiate men.
If you’re a fan of the preppy look, Ralph Lauren has nicely designed, high-quality sweaters available for the winter. Their Vintage Fleece Cardigan, available at the label’s website, is great when paired with a dress shirt, which can be either casual or more elegant, depending on what kind of pants are worn with it. Classic preppy footwear like the Sperry Top-Sider are not only for yachting on the East Coast but actually translate quite well for those who dwell solely on shore.
For men with more alternative styles, the clothing line Ever has great winter wear, including the Ukraine long sleeve tee and the Ever Hoody, available in a variety of colors. Manufactured in America, Rag & Bone is at the forefront of the men’s denim craze, specializing in raw denim and fitted styles, like the RB15 5 Pocket Slim 2 Jean in indigo. All of the items can be found at www.activeendeavors.com, as well as other stylish menswear.
Surfer style can often be pigeonholed as clothing that rarely changes — big sweatshirts, baggy shorts, Rainbows – but thanks to the design team behind the relatively new, Orange County-inspired line Trovata, surf wear has become a little more upscale while still maintaining its casual essence. The label offers everything from pants, dress shirts, T-shirts and blazers that can be found at Blue Bee in downtown Santa Barbara.
Even if your closet tends to be more eclectic, the rules still apply to those who are fond of mixing-and-matching. If you find an old plaid V-neck sweater at a thrift store and it hangs loosely on your frame, pair it with tighter bottoms to maintain a sense of cleanliness. If you’re up for accessorizing, a bandana tied around the neck or around your head is a fresh and slightly satirical take on the Old West.
Whatever your style, remember to dress confidently and appropriately for the occasion you’re attending. Keeping things modern and clean will definitely earn you an A+ in the fashion world. Even Cher Horowitz would be proud.