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Fashion is a much maligned, misunderstood beast. It’s a cultural zeitgeist, it’s wearable art, it’s so ahead of its time, and in perpetually reinventing itself, it can be a major drain on your wallet. Criticism is leveled so easily at fashion, and the misconceptions are so easily perpetuated into fact that we at EveryGuyed have decided to debunk some of the most common myths associated with fashion and style.
So with that in mind, sit back and take in EveryGuyed’s 5 Fashion Misconceptions. You don’t have to agree with all of them, but to the average guy, we feel our assessments hold up pretty well.
Criticism is leveled so easily at fashion, and misconception is so easily perpetuated into fact
It Costs A Lot Of Money To Look Good
This is less true than ever now, with brands like Zara, H&M and Topman bringing high fashion trends down to prices well south of $100 on a bevy of items. This ‘democratized design’ movement means that you can get items that rival the looks of designers charging small fortunes for their wares.
Fashion Is Fickle
Oscar Wilde once opined that “fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months”. While it makes for a great quote, it’s not always true, especially as with men’s fashion there is a tendency to rotate around classic items or styles. Check out any of StyleGuyed’s articles on staple pieces (link to articles here) and you’ll have a working understanding of what it takes to create a wardrobe that will always weather cultural whims.
Brand Names Matter
Okay, so this one is truer than some of the others; but only in specific instances. You should always avoid buying a brand name simply because of its ubiquity, and instead look to brands for what they do best, their icon pieces. There’s often a reason companies like Nike are famous for their sneakers, and Burberry for their Trench coat; they do these things very, very well. You will almost always pay more, but these are staple pieces, and they will last you a long time.
You should always avoid buying a brand name simply because of its ubiquity, and instead look to brands for what they do best
You Need To Be Thin
Even the fashion industry is trying to kill this misconception, and almost always this has been less true for men than for women. Yes, there aren’t many rotund gentlemen walking the runways of the world, but in general, once an item hits the store shelves, its usually been restructured with an average physique in mind.
Men’s Fashion Is Boring
Men’s fashion is what you make of it, and yes, although it often lacks some of the flare of comparable women’s pieces, this is because it works. Rarely does a man look better than when he’s classically dressed in relatively simple items. Remember, if you feel the need to inject some excitement into your wardrobe, there are a bevy of accessories and more forward thinking items to be had. Check out any of our articles on accessories to find out how to mix things up (link to accessories articles here).
Rarely does a man look better than when he’s classically dressed in relatively simple item
Though there are dozens of misconceptions about fashion and the world of clothing out there, here are just the five we’ve tackled:
- Clothing shopping can cost money, but patient shoppers with a careful eye can always look good on a shoestring budget.
- Fashion is fickle, but classic items always prevail.
- Brand names matter only as much as you want them to; they’re usually known for a few key items, focus in on those.
- While the clothes in magazines and on the runways might be an extra-small, the ones that end up on the rack are made to fit almost any body type.
- Men’s fashion is precisely as boring as you want to be. Contrary to popular belief, daring pieces are out there, waiting for someone with the guts to wear them.
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