Style is all about ease; this guy nailed it.
#They say I go crazy when it comes to fashion, I’m just being myself.
Great outfit with a hard-to-pull-off pair of mustard yellow pants.
Since my “style awakening” about two years ago I’ve always struggled with the concept of wearing socks with shorts. Until recently, I’ve scoffed at even the notion. Socks with shorts? That’s one degree of separation from socks with sandals, which is one degree of separation from sandals and pleated khakis, which is one degree of separation from khakis and a “wife-beater”, which is one degree away from HOLY SHIT KEVIN BACON.
But I digress. The clean lines of the sock-less look are hard not to appreciate. Low cut socks protrude too much from the shoe and usually seem out of place; true style is earned when every element of an outfit has an aesthetic purpose in addition to a functional one. This is hard to achieve with a low cut sock. The functional purpose is readily apparent: to absorb sweat and keep your shoes from developing obtrusive, date-ending, nose-cringing smells. However, the aesthetic purpose is non-existant. They don’t rise high enough to make any particular statement, and, though they are an attempt at subtlety, low-cut socks stick out enough to distract from the overall outfit. Those of you less OCD than I am may think I’m sweating the details here, but details are acutely important to mastering your style.
(Photo credit: Christopher Maksurak)
Camo and white is one of my favorite combinations. It’s the perfect combination of class and edge. The crispness of a white shirt contrasts the chaos of the camo perfectly. I don’t have a camo jacket like above, but I do love to wear my pair of “desert” camo shorts I bought from ASOS.com with a white short sleeve button up I got from Target. Matched with a pair of navy blue Vans, the whole outfit ended up costing well under $100.
I don’t often think of headphones as an accessory that can complete an outfit. One of the only things I’m willing to sacrifice style for is sound quality, so I’ll buy the best sounding headphones as long as they’re not viciously heinous. But hey, maybe I’d take a dent in sound quality for a pair as sleek as these.
Colored jeans were huge this spring. So much so that I walked into my local Gap in April looking for a simple pair of distressed medium-was blue jeans and I found nothing because their inventory had been flooded with light blue, mustard, salmon and “Nantucket red” pants. I know, spring is all about “adding color to your wardrobe.” Retailers overused phrases like “dash of color”, “splash of color”, “explosion of color” “orgasm of color”. For someone who appreciates a more rustic (I’m sorry it sounds douchey), classic style, spring was a rough shopping season. Now, I’m not opposed to mixing a little color into my outfits, but Target’s “color” campaign bordered on nauseating. Life isn’t a giant fucking Easter egg hunt. So, unless you’re on your way to work at Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, you probably shouldn’t be wearing a fuchsia suit.
That being said, you can’t go around wearing grey all the time. Colors can (and should) be incorporated into outfits in ways that aren’t overwhelming. One (maybe two) items of a “unique” or “atypical” color can add an element of fun to your ensemble without abating its sense of sophistication. This balance is particularly well achieved in the photo below. Obviously the first thing I noticed was that this badass is playing an accordion. But, what made the most lasting imprint was his green pants. They add a subtle vibrancy to the outfit; if the pants were black the look would be relatively mundane. The look calls for attention without being flashy — a difficult feat to achieve (and crucial when it comes to not looking like an asshole).
(Photo credit: Christopher Macsurak)