So I was asked the other day if I blogged about men's fashion. The thought hadn't crossed my mind, but as soon as I was asked, it was like all the fashion wheels in my brain started spinning at the same time! I had so many ideas but didn't know where to start. Until I talked to Kyle...he was also the one who asked the question and got #mensfashionmonday started. When you hear the word fashion, you tend to think of female models rocking the latest trends. We don't typically think of what men are wearing or where they are shopping.
I'm not sure why we don't...there are some sexy male models out there!!
Men's fashion, like women's fashion, incorporates so many different styles. Men can look great dressed up in a suit and tie as well as in a white t and sweatpants. I still can't fathom how a man can look soooo good when he's in a t-shirt with sweats (or shorts), rocking day old scruff, and a hat to complete the look. Yum.
The goal of this post, and hopefully every Monday, is to get men more involved. Find out what makes them tick when they get dressed and why they pick the clothing they do. So why not ask them directly?!
Since Kyle was the one who truly inspired this post, I decided to make him my first fashion victim :) I asked him a bunch of questions and he answered them...with brutal honesty and some humor.
BornSassyandChic: Kyle, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
Kyle: I’m a blue-collar worker living in upstate New York, I’m a food connoisseur, and take pride in the way I present myself.
BSC: Do you have to dress a certain way for work?
Kyle: Yes, I have to wear khaki pants and a polo provided through the company.
BSC: How would you describe your style?
Kyle: It’s hard to say specifically, but if I had to label it, I would say more European.
BSC: How do you piece together your outfits?
Kyle: The simplest way is really by color. Obviously seasons play a factor, but contrast brings it all together.
BSC: If we were to take a peek in your closet, right now, what would we see?
Kyle: Organization! Everything is separated by category, then by color.
BSC: Where are your favorite places to shop?
Kyle: That truly depends on what I’m looking for because certain shops have either specific styles or a better quality. Favorite shop – J.Crew Favorite Brand – Scotch and Soda
BSC: What is one thing in your closet that you can’t live without?
BSC: What makes an outfit? (Think in terms of shoes or accessories).
Kyle: Both. The type of shoe really speaks for the whole outfit and accessories are that added bonus. But if you over do it, then you become Johnny Depp.
BSC: Do you base your outfit off of a specific article of clothing?
Kyle: When I’m deciding what to wear, it all depends on the occasion or circumstance. If I have to wear jeans, the outfit works around those. If I want to wear my favorite polo, everything else is dictated by that.
BSC: Do you have a style icon? If so, who and why?
Kyle: I have quite a few, and all for different reasons. If I had to say, it would be David Beckham because he’s well thought out when he dresses.
BSC: What is your go-to outfit? (Your favorite thing to wear?)
Kyle: My go to is definitely a white polo, a darker green pair of shorts with boat shoes.
BSC: What do you typically wear when you go out with your boys?
Kyle: On warmer days, my previous statement, on cooler days, I wear my tan Scotch and Soda jeans with slip ons and a black v-neck.
BSC: What is your typical outfit for when you go out on a date?
Kyle: It all depends on the environment. Anywhere from just shorts and a polo to nice jeans with a button down and tie.
BSC: How do you feel about adding to your outfit with accessories?
Kyle: I definitely feel it’s necessary, a nice watch adds to your outfit. I also wear a bracelet and an anklet. Nothing flashy, but it’s the little things.
BSC: Would you say you dress more to impress or for comfort?
Kyle: Honestly, impress because people notice when you’ve put even the slightest bit of effort into your appearance. It goes a long way.
BSC: What is one thing every man should have in his wardrobe?
Kyle: A suit. Bottom line, whether you wear it daily or once a year, every man should own a suit.
BSC: Do you enjoy shopping? Do you shop online?
Kyle: I love shopping. I prefer going to the shops but I have no issues doing it online.
BSC: Do you try clothes on when you shop, or do you just buy them?
Kyle: I try them on. You have to because every brand has a different feel. They both may say slim fit but one could be tighter in the shoulders and one could be looser by the waist. Take the extra 5 minutes, it’s worth it.
BSC: Do you have a shoe fetish? If so, what type of shoe?
Kyle: I definitely use to, I won’t lie. But now, I really just have the necessities.
BSC: Do you notice women and their sense of style?
Kyle: Absolutely! You notice who cares not only where they’re going but how they present themselves.
BSC: What style on women gets them a second glance?
Kyle: For me, when they really dress with the seasons, especially Autumn. My favorite!
BSC: Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction?
Kyle: Yes, I’ve gone to sit down, twice at restaurants, and I had the back-end of my pants rip and the crotch! Two separate occasions.
And then I hit him with some rapid fire questions! :)
BSC: Boxers or Briefs?
BSC: Board Shorts or Chubbies?
BSC: Ties or Bowties?
BSC: Suspenders or Belts?
BSC: Hats or Beanies?
(I then had to call bullshit because he has posted pictures wearing hats. He told me he always does his hair, however if he’s swimming or it’s really hot out, his hair will get crazy so he will rock a hat.)
BSC: Beards or Clean Shaven?
Kyle: Clean Shaven
BSC: Nike or Adidas?
BSC: Anything else you’d like to tell the readers? This is your chance to let your Fashion God speak his mind!
Kyle: Take the extra time and just think about it. It’s much better to be over dressed than under dressed…survival of the most fitted. Oh, and a good rule of thumb? Oxfords…not brogues.
BSC: Kyle, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions and giving us a glimpse into your closet and your unique style!
Kyle: Thank you!!
Anddddd he even snapped a selfie so you can see his style up close and personal. Although I'm sure many of you are more interested in him than his clothes....
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