Whilst walking past the Topman (London) windows a while back, I couldn’t help absorbing the style details of their mannequins. On paper, menswear may not seem as ‘exciting’ as their female counterparts, but on closer inspection, there are so many little things a man can do when putting his ensemble together to put some pizzazz into his external appearance.
Here are some of my tips, courtesy of the Topman and Mango mannequins-
Get kerchiefs in different patterns and sizes
Don’t ask me why, just get them. Actually, I’m feeling generous today so I’ll tell you why, better yet, I’ll let this Topman mannequin show you-
In summary, kerchiefs are a man’s gateway to Dapper Style. Personally, I would have styled this mannequin with a colourful, paisley print kerchief to contrast with the sombre tones of the rest of the outfit.
I went through a phase of buying my brother silk kerchiefs for every Crimbo present, and personally found that vintage shops had the most unique and interesting selections.
As I said above, I believe that when it comes to layering, its the little details that count. For example, one quick way to take the stuffiness out of an otherwise smart jacket is to ruche up the sleeves which then give an instant ‘cooler’ and more carefree appearance.
There is an art to layering boys and one false move could see you looking like the Michelin Man. This Mango mannequin illustrates that the key is to use light pieces and play with different lengths and textures-
Glasses are Hot
Yes, in your younger years you might have been chased round the playground with chants of ‘Four Eyes’, ringing in your ears. Now you can have the last laugh, by purchasing stylish frames that will show that you mean business. Literally.
Roll up your trousers
Rolling up your trousers by various degrees helps to not only make you appear younger but can bring more attention to what is going South of your ensemble- for e.g. it will show off a quirky (not novelty, leave the Santa Claus socks well alone boys) or colourful pair of socks.