Fashion + Men = Success. How?

 

We always hear the phrase, “Men have no style”. According to many women and even some men, the combination of men and fashion is a “recipe for disaster”, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s quite possible for men to shop on their own and dress themselves nicely. Believe me, when I’m in the mood to be fashionable- I look DAMN GOOD. So, where do I shop? What do I buy to ‘look good’ Well, when I wear fashionable clothing (AKA, not a pair of Roots sweats), it usually comes from at least one of the following four stores:

 

Zara | Love This City TV

Zara | Love This City TV

Zara- This popular retail chain sells clothing and accessories that will have you drooling.  It carries fashionable shoes, belts, wallets, t-shirts, suits and jeans. You’re probably thinking, “all clothing stores carry these items or else they would be a crappy stores”. I agree with that thought, but you must be aware that this retailer is different from many as it carries clothing and accessories that are of higher quality. Everything that I’ve bought from Zara has lasted awhile and most of the items I’ve purchased from a Zara location are still considered to be ‘in’. Even though I shop at a lot of places, everyone has their ‘go to’ store and Zara is definitely mine because I know that I will always find what I need there. It’s also affordable, and for any University student, that’s a plus!

 

Lavish&Squalor | Love This City TV

Lavish&Squalor | Love This City TV

Lavish&Squalor- If you don’t like having the assurance that you’re going to find the clothing you’re looking for and have the ‘don’t know what I want’ type of mentality while shopping, then Lavish&Squalor (L&S) is right for you, especially if you consider yourself rather ‘trendy’. Despite this retailer being $$$, you want to make sure you hit up this Queen St. W hotspot (remember, you must treat yourself sometimes!). Everything that they have in the store is unique, such as their hipster knapsacks, funky wallets, specialized t-shirts and fitted jeans. I can’t lie, sometimes you’re not going to find what you’re looking for at L&S, but if/when you do, you’re going to fall in love with whatever it is that you’ve purchased and that’s why, you gotta give it a chance.

 

Topman | Love This City TV

Topman | Love This City TV

Topman- When it was revealed that Topman would be coming to Toronto, everyone was so excited, but I had no idea what it was. So, naturally, I didn’t care that it was coming to my city. However, when Topman introduced itself into select stores at The Bay, I became so excited as well! Why? It’s different in the sense that it expresses a different culture- British culture. I never knew anything about British culture before Topman came to Toronto, but this store has definitely educated me on what is considered to be ‘hot’ in Britain, which has made an impact on what’s ‘hot’ in Toronto as well. So, what does Topman sell? Expressive jeans, ‘out there’ sweaters, suits, shoes, sunglasses, blazers and wallets- all of which are crafted to express ‘cool’ British culture. Topman is not for everyone, but I suggest that you take a look around and see if you find anything that speaks to you.

 

Urban Outfitters | Love This City TV

Urban Outfitters | Love This City TV

Urban Outfitters- It has been argued that this fashion retailer is ‘trend heaven’ and truthfully, I agree. Urban Outfitters always makes sure to carry to the ‘in’ clothing and accessories, I would even go as far as to say that this store has the ability to create trends as well. Whenever this retailer displays something ‘different’, it ‘blows up’ in the sense that everyone rushes to buy this ‘new thing’ and soon after ‘it’ is released, whatever ‘it’ is becomes ‘trendy’. So, what does Urban Outfitters carry? Like many of the other stores mentioned, it carries all of the clothing and accessories that one can think of- hats, shoes, underwear, jeans, socks, khakis, etc. Despite Urban Outfitters selling all of the items that have previously been mentioned, it also sells a lot of things that you would not expect to find at a clothing store such as, comforters, lamps, phones, record players and shot glasses. It’s safe to say that Urban Outfitters has labeled itself as not only a trendsetter for clothing, but for other random items and accessories as well.

 

So, that’s my take on men’s fashion! Not to sound cocky, but I get questions like, “Where did you get your shoes?” and comments like, “I like your sweater!” regularly. I don’t think I would if it weren’t for the stores mentioned. So, if you’re a guy and looking to ‘look good’, please check out the stores listed above! And remember, I only get compliments when I decide not to throw on my Roots sweats.

 

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