By Lauren Paolini
and Caeley Whalen
As much as we love women’s fashion, we can’t ignore the fab looks that men are stepping out in lately.
There’s no reason we can’t give a “yasss queen” to our favorite dudes and their outfits, because there’s plenty of them embracing fashion.
We love a guy who takes a fashion risk. A black tux is a timeless classic, but there’s no shame in having a little fun when getting ready for a night out.
First, we can’t talk about men’s fashion without mentioning two iconic forces: Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. Both men were responsible for strutting some of the most memorable outfits during their time, and their bold choices helped pave the way for men in today’s society to have more fun with fashion.
A more modern figure having a fashion moment is none other than Post Malone. Roll your eyes if you want to, but have you seen his custom rodeo suits paired with Cuban heeled boots covered in rhinestones? We have to applaud his fashion risks time after time on the red carpet.
Plus, his accessory of choice is a red solo cup – so he clearly doesn’t care.
Don’t worry, this column isn’t going to be telling you where to buy a leotard to match Mercury’s.
If bright colored western suits with glitter boots isn’t really your thing, try taking some baby steps to begin with. Switching out the grey Champion sweatshirt you wear every day for a lilac crew neck is a simple way to add color to your wardrobe and gear up for spring.
No shade, but the pastel-colored Vineyard Vine polos are getting boring. Another way to inject some color into your wardrobe for the warmer weather is with some prints. If you want to go full dad-on-vacation Hawaiian-style shirt, then you do you. We’re just gonna suggest a top with some bold stripes or a muted floral print, but to each their own.
And what would men’s fashion be without a dose of Jonathan Van Ness?
The “Queer Eye” host is in charge of grooming on the Emmy-Award winning Netflix show, but his expertise certainly isn’t limited to hair. He struts the line between men’s and women’s clothing, proving to everyone that damn, a man really can rock a skirt.
Oh, and he also walks better in heels than all of us.
Men’s footwear is thought to just be sneakers and the occasional dress shoe. JVN can be seen rocking a heel more often than anything else, but that doesn’t mean all guys need to start practicing their stiletto catwalk. Next time you’re getting all dressed up, try a Chelsea boot. The tiny heel and low rise make them super comfortable and perfect for sprucing up a pair of jeans and a button-down.
And don’t be scared off by the “heel.” We promise it’s not even noticeable.
Hopefully, this gave you some inspiration for the next time you’re picking out your outfit – do guys even do that or do they just grab an NBA jersey and walk out the door?
Next time you’re looking in your closet, just refer back to this column and think, “What would JVN wear?”