Stylish dressing is a very New York thing for both men and women but it has it’s pitfalls, especially for men. Men get far less ‘training’, if that’s the word, in looking sartorially appropriate than women do and the rules are way, way stricter. If you work in the finance, consulting or advertising industries there is a rulebook for how to dress but you won’t find it written down anywhere. Just as there is a similiar rulebook if you work in fashion, IT or in a cafe. It is all about context and knowing what to wear in what context, and then knowing how to break the rules within certain limits.
There is this defined ‘New York Look’and if you want to know what that is, then make a habit of staying on top of Bill Cunningham’s column in the New York Times and catch his videos online. Bill is THE fashion maven of NYC bar none. See his video below on men’s winter wear in NYC and you’ll get the drift.
So what does a native New Yorker or more likely some lucky guy who has moved to NYC for a job do when he suddenly finds himself completely at sea when it comes to what to wear. Or he might just not be interested in waht to wear but is sick of getting the stink eye from fellow workers when he wears his green corduroy, generously cut pants to work everyday.
Of course there are now a ton of blogs written by super stylish men who are more than willing to tell you what you should wear. HeSpoke Style, I Am Galla, Closet Freaks and One Dapper Street are among the best. But truly there are heaps. Explore. See the HeSpoke instructions on what ties to wear in the first video.
Some men glory in the whole shopping experience as much as some women do but then there’s the guy who truly hates it but knows he’s got to get himself looking schmick. There are now a ton of subscription or online services that have you covered. Indochino and Black Label will craft you a custom designed suit, Trunk club and Bombshell will send you a box of clothing monthly designed to your taste, measurements and needs. Birchbox delivers monthly grooming aids for men and Shirt Cycle and Stantt make sure your shirts are just perfect.
Some men go even further and craft their bodies into the shape they want, with help from the appropriate medical professionals of course. Pectoral implants which make your chest a living legend have gone up over 200% over the last couple of years and man boob reductions are also increasing at a fast clip. Of course removing love handles, bags under the eyes and hair transplants are also popular. A new injectable regime which removes double chins has taken off with strong sales to men as wella s women.
Stylish NYC men also are very particualar about their hair styling. Ask a mate who’s hair cut you admire who his barber is and then go visit yourself. It’s an essential aprt of the overall l
So pick the blog that speaks to you, save your cents if you want to do a little body scultping, subscribe to the right service to provide clothes and accessories and finally watch Bill online and read him in print and you will have the ‘New York Look’ down in no time.