The best way to learn how to dress is by observing well-dressed men. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many around nowadays, so many style enthusiasts have gone online for inspiration. The internet, however, is mostly filled with clips from lookbooks, street style photos taken outside of fashion tradeshows, and images of store window displays.
To some degree, these things can give good instruction. They may make you notice how certain colors go really well together – such as grey and green – or how appealing a certain fabric’s pattern can be. However, they should not be taken too literally, as most are purposely over-the-top. Lookbooks and magazine photoshoots are over-stylized in order to be provocative; most street style photos today are just of peacocks in the fashion business; and store window displays are meant to showcase a retailer’s seasonal wares, put together in the most eye-catching way possible. Thus, most of these images have people (or mannequins) who are over-accessorized, over-layered, and often doing some new gimmick that’s meant to draw attention.
If taken too literally, they can make you to think it’s a good idea to put some bauble in your lapel hole, pop your sport jacket’s lapels, roll up your jacket’s sleeves, invent some new way of wearing pants, and layer some denim jacket underneath a bubble vest, both layered underneath a sport coat. One can argue whether these things actually look good online (I think sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t), but they certainly don’t in real life, as they come off as incredibly contrived and affected.
So, take what you can from the internet, but pay attention to what works in real life, and what looks unnatural. If you actually look like you stepped out of a fashion photoshoot or store window display, you’re likely not be very well-dressed.
Despite the fashion industry’s love of cultural appropriation, from white models wearing tribal face paint to fashion editors donning Native American headdresses for no apparent reason, true diversity, it seems, remains nothing more than a talking point.
Case in point: The Fashion Spot examined 44 major print magazine covers from around the globe, and found that in 2014, white models occupied five times more covers than models of color: “Out of 611 total covers (this includes issues that had multiple covers), white models appeared 567 times, while people of color made 119 appearances."
love us a good fashion magazine, but the Vogues and Elles of the world
have a tendency to feature the same faces over and over again — and
often overlook the outspoken change-makers who are really inspiring
young women. Who do you think truly deserves a major fashion magazine
cover next year, and why? Let us know!
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A peek into my ever growing collection of fashion magazines and books. Featured are some of my favourites such as LOVE mag, CR Fashion Book, and fashion photography coffee table books featuring the likes of Tim Walker, Patrick Demarchelier for Dior Couture, a look into the stylists impact at Vogue US, backstage look at McQueen shows, and the first years of US publication W. Not pictured are my Vogue’s and other misc. mags. Through photographs beauty is truly immortalised, and this bookcase is home to my own personal copious collection.