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

Filtering by Tag: classics

Throwback classic sneakers

Mark Kwak

In the last several years, classic sneakers from Nike, Adidas, and New Balance have been hitting the shelves with high velocity. We're talking throwback sneakers from the 70s and 80s, looking a little something like this:

Cool huh? The moment these things started to show up on peoples' feet around town, I knew that I needed to get myself a pair or two. What I like about them is that they retain the comfort of a running shoe, but still remain fairly appropriate as casual street-wear. They can even be dressed up a bit, maybe worn with an oxford cloth button down, some dark denim, and a jacket. Hell, magazines these days are pairing these types of sneakers with suits (not recommended).

I got myself a couple pairs (New Balance & Nike), both in suede, and I love 'em. They're especially great for me because I recently got a new day job at an office with the slickest floors I've ever walked on. So leather-soled shoes out, fashion sneakers in.

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Nike Vintage Pre-Montreal :: New Balance 565

I love the suede sneaker look, as I feel the fabric/material really classes up a shoe that we normally would not wear to most places outside of the gym. Now, you can pair these types of sneakers up with some denim, a casual shirt, and a crewneck sweater, and still be styling all fall.

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.