Friday, April 27, 2012

Quick Friday Style Tip

Style tip: don't over-prep an outfit. Things shouldn't be too uptight and perfect. A casual outfit should express its casualness in how it hangs off your body and how it evolves (or devolves) over the course of the day or night. On the one hand, you don't want to be that guy constantly primping himself, obsessing over having your sleeves rolled just right or having your shirt tucked just so . On the other hand, you don't want to leave the house in an outfit so artfully staged, it borders on a costume.
Example: an untied bow-tie or untucked shirt can look great if it occurs naturally, as the result of something like this:

...but not if it's worn distinctly untied or untucked:

Here, Nelly's wearing the bow-tie purposefully untied as a prop (I assume. I also did the same from my photo-shoot last weekend, as seen here). Don't make your clothes props. Props are for actors. Clothes are for style. A look like this should come about organically, not purposefully prepped before you leave the house. The former is rugged and laid-back; the latter makes you look like a fool (I feel bad hating on Nelly because "Ride Wit Me" was the first song I could rap to, but dude's gotta learn). 
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