Street Style: Ian

Usually when I post a photo of a man, the comments either criticize how A) boring or B) crazy/outlandish he looks. I am starting to feel like I can’t win. And by extension, that men can’t win at fashion.

I present to you this photo of Ian, whose photo I originally didn’t post because the shots are slightly out of focus. I took this photo the first day I ever took my Canon 60D out, so that’s a cool piece of random trivia. Ian looked good enough for me to photograph him though. Admittedly I still don’t entirely comprehend male fashion – and what good men’s fashion looks like – and therefore I offer Ian’s picture as a sort of mea culpa.

My favorite male fashion bloggers’ outfits look nothing like the designs worn on men who walk the catwalks at the men’s RTW collections. It’s more like there’s a standard American guys’ look, and the only thing that changes from season-to-season are the proportions and color, and even then only slightly. That’s what confuses me. Women aspire to look like the supermodels on the runway, but it doesn’t seem to work that way with guys. I never see young fashionable guys in Chicago rocking skirts (a la Rick Owens) or pastel-on-pastel (a la Versace). In contrast, you can quite clearly see the trickle-down effect that the designer collections have on womenswear all the way from Barneys to Forever21. I’m never going to get men’s fashion so I’m just going to let my readers (and your comments) guide my understanding.


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  2. I think Ian looks great. Would love to see more guys walking around with his simple, but well pulled together style.

  3. With's something guys either have..or don't. With comes as second nature..with others..they're forced to work on it or in most cases..simply don't care in fear of being percieved a certain way. Men can win at fashion, some just choose not to..or rather..choose not to find ways to win. I can get into detail but I'll spare the long post for another time..that's just my .05 cts..for now.

    That being regards to this outfit..everything fits well. I like the overall concept of the look. Not a fan of the color palette + the shoes. Need something to make him..stick out a bit..accessorized w/maybe a tan shoe? Bracelets? A patterned tie w/tie clip? Just something so it's not so..bland.

  4. :sigh: it's a shame more guys don't dress in a similar direction. what a cutie.

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