When it comes to fashion, us boys do not have it easy. It used to be that we could turn nowhere for advice, although the growth in men’s magazines has changed that. I don’t mean a certain type of magazine by the way – more the GQ and Men’s Health end of things. However, a prevailing issue is how to stand out from the crowd. Short of wearing flip flops with a suit, or Bermuda shorts to a black tie event, there is not a lot that a man can do accessory wise. Women have more opportunities for self-expression in terms of fashion.
A well chosen scarf or tie can help. Trends change over time, but scarves and ties never seem to go out of fashion. Wintertime is for chunky scarves, so why not light up the dreary months with a multi-coloured one? If I am going out socialising there is not a lot of variety beyond the old jeans-shirt-jacket combination, but a coloured chunky scarf might get me noticed. It is better than anonymity, surely.
I run my own business, so a carefully chosen tie with a suit is essential for any networking opportunity (or if I am trying to impress the bank manager). But if I have to wear a suit for something like a wedding, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to buying a tie to suit the occasion. It used to be that all ties looked like they belonged to veterans of military regiments, the type seen in murder mysteries on TV, but walk into the men’s section of a department store and there are dozens of styles on the racks.
I do not want to give the impression that I am some sort of fashion expert. I am most definitely not. But surely we men have to try to stand out somehow?