This is my first piece about men's fashion and streetwear, and while I am no fashion guru, I do know a little bit about guys' clothing. But, before I delve into the world of fashion – what’s hot and what’s not – let me first just say that being yourself is crucial. I know it is probably the most cliche thing to say, but everyone is different and you can establish your own style without needing to succumb to the latest fashion trends.
Every year new trends come and go, and whilst some people hop on board with these trends like a Saturday night bus to town, others try and avoid them in any way they possibly can. This week I'm going to discuss trends that frankly I just don't think should have ever become trends. Ever...
I'm going to be quite blunt, dressing yourself isn't exactly hard, I learnt when I was about twelve. First goes the underwear, then pants and a top and then some shoes if you're feeling adventurous. But dressing yourself well? That's an entirely different story and sadly it seems there are far fewer people who can do this. Now, I'm not saying that I'm the epitome of male style, but I know enough to have realised that there are certain things people wear that, frankly, just hurt my eyes to look at.
The first trend I honestly despise which seems popular at the moment are these New Balance shoes with the giant 'N' on the side of them. I know the New Balance shoe has been around for years, but it has only recently come back into fashion around when the Nike Roshe brought back the hype of casual sports shoes. I guess my dislike for these shoes must stem from the fact that I had a pair when I was just a small lad, so they feel too childish for me. This doesn't mean that if you wear a pair of these "things" I will automatically unfriend you on Facebook, I just think that no shoe should be that brightly coloured and with lettering that big unless you're a 6 year old kid and they light up when you walk!
This brings me nicely onto my next point: the size of logos these days. I swear the Ralph Lauren logo is getting so much bigger each year that soon there will be more logo than shirt, and to be honest I think they just make it bigger so people can see the logo on your shirt from afar and then automatically make the assumption that you are 'cool', when in reality clothes with logos that big are about as stylish as a fucking brick – and last time I checked bricks are only averagely stylish at best...
My final point for this week has to be about the appropriate level of rolling for pants. The pinch and roll technique has become common knowledge amongst teenagers, and I must say it's my personal favourite. But with this in mind, you CANNOT go over the top with with the rolling, as there is a fine line between looking classy or casual and looking like a complete Geordie shore douchebag. In my humble (ha, humble) opinion, you should only roll your pants up to the point that if you are wearing socks you don't look like your trying to hold them up like garters with your rolled jeans. Seriously though, I swear some people just get so excited by how well their pants are rolling, they keep going until they've cut off most of the circulation to their feet and they're half way up their shins! Socks can be a really cool addition to your outfit as you can get so many different styles (polka dots, stripes, pizzas, donuts or whatever) but that doesn't mean you have to roll your pants up so high to show off off your new socks.
I guess that wraps it up for this week. While there are so many things that 'grind my gears' about what I see on the streets today, I can't go on a rant about everything that annoys me because I'll be writing for days.
Stay classy San Diego,