Mens’ Style Sessions

February 11, 2014

This blog is generally about womens’ clothing, but I have been thinking about mens’ clothing a lot lately.  I posted a photo on instagram on Sunday after the first mens’ session I have had in a long time – I felt energized and excited afterwards because it gave me a different perspective.  I feel like I’ve been in a funk with womens’ clothes, so it was a nice change of pace and a new reference point for me to be inspired by and work from.  It also didn’t hurt that this particular client had a pretty solid wardrobe to start off with (J Brand jeans, Burberry trench anyone??).

(two of the outfits I put together on Sunday)

 (left) Gingham check shirt // Lacoste Sweater (similar) // Chinos (in melted caramel) // Allen Edmonds Boots (similar)

 (right) J Crew Army jacket // J Crew Gingham Shirt // J Brand “Darren” Jeans // Allen Edmonds Boots

A lot of women would be hesitant to let their husband/boyfriend hire a wardrobe consultant because they think that that is their job as the wife or girlfriend (I’ve heard this excuse about a billion times now) – but the bottom line is that an outsider can bring in a level of creativity to the process that would not be there with someone that knows you so well.  A wife or girlfriend will pick things within their comfort zone – not pushing the boundaries.  The boundaries are meant to be pushed!

I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a mens’ blog for a WHILE  now and will hopefully get my figurative sh*t together and finally launch it in the Spring.  It has become apparent to me that guys trust a woman’s instinct, and I think there is a void of women voicing their opinion on what men should wear.  So hopefully this idea will pick up some momentum for me and I will make it happen!

  • Phill

    Did you tell him to buy better hangers? I like the chinos

  • Alison

    I think that is a great point about women and picking things for their men in a comfort zone. There is a huge number of men who need to step out of their usual wardrobe. Love those two looks…esp the one on the right!

  • laura

    heck yes menswear blog!!!! I;m a buyer for men’s sweaters and sleepwear so i’m surrounded with trendy menswear stuff all the time- and can never get my boyfriend to wear it all!!

    (and i also agree with the “better hanger” comment below!hah!)

  • gabyburger

    Well I love both outfits, and I think it’s a GREAT idea! :)

  • http://www.annehoekman.blogspot.com/ Anne

    Lauren, I think this idea is so great! I’d love to see what you come up with, and I think it would be excellent advice… Peter probably isn’t likely to read a men’s style blog, but I would and would put the ideas to good use! He’s good at picking out his own dress clothes (and loves his tie/shirt pattern mixing), but tends to think branching out on casual outfits is not for him, so I’m always stumped on what types of shoes/tops a guy should even look for – especially for things like date night. So while I sometimes would like to get him out of his comfort zone, I’m not quite sure which way to go, nor am I always able to convince him to try. You’re right that outside expertise and encouragement is a great idea!

    • http://www.annehoekman.blogspot.com/ Anne

      p.s. hope you had fun with the wardrobe consult :) I love these outfits – want the female equivalent shirts/jacket in my wardrobe too!

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