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A guide to help the average man... look less average

Keep it simple

Mark Kwak

Why is this web series called "simpler man?"

Well, in my opinion, one of the most important aspects of style is simplicity. Loud colors, trendy accents or highlights, and unconventional patterns can certainly have a place in fashion. However, I say these types of things don’t belong in a man’s wardrobe until he has at least got his bases covered with the simple stuff.

What do I mean by the “simple stuff?” I mean your staple colors (greys, navys, blacks, whites and browns) and your classic, essential pieces (wool suit, denim blue jeans, oxford cloth button down shirts, etc.). Just as a FYI, I’ll make sure to put up a future post outlining my short, but exhaustive list of what I consider the essential man’s wardrobe.

Stay away from anything “trendy” or “fashionable.”  Graphic T’s, ripped jeans, or studded belts may interest you now, but will likely go out of trend in the years to come. A plain navy blazer, though, will never go out of style. You can hold me to that one, since I can pretty much guarantee it.

The interesting thing is that even if you find simple pieces boring or too old fashioned, if they fit well on you, I bet you that they’ll look better than anything else you have in your closet.

The point is this. Classic pieces or colors never go out of style. As long as your clothes fit well, the simple pieces will be the only pieces in your closet that stay for the long haul. Additionally, you can mix and match easier, you can wear things more often (because people probably won’t notice you wearing that same white button down twice in three days), and you can stop worrying about fashion trends, since we know that they rotate way too often.

This is probably the most important aspect of style, and once we’ve got this covered, we can move forward... gentlemen.