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Daniel: Dressing well makes life easier

A close up of Daniel's disticnt style; mixing patterns and layering up. Photography Sarah Brown
A close up of Daniel's disticnt style; mixing patterns and layering up. Photography Sarah Brown

Along with the series, “Realistic Inspirations,” I’m also going to be focusing a bit more on men’s fashion.

Daniel says that dressing well makes his daily life easier.
Photography Sarah Brown, Model Daniel

Men’s fashion seems to get lost alongside the high profile of women’s fashion. However, as I’ve said before, fashion has the ability to transform and shape identities, whether male or female.

Daniel, a Visual Communications Art Design, Specializing in Illustration, has an acute sense of fashion. He says that his style is a representation of himself as an artist, “Getting dressed in the morning is an expression of the art work I do,” Daniel explains.

Not only does Daniel express his occupation through his dress, but he also says that when dressed well, “it’s easier for me to do my daily life well.”

Reinforcing previous Fashion Photography articles, Daniel says “People notice fashion right away, before they notice your face. If you take life seriously and have a creative outlook on things, it’s going to show itself.”

Daniel explains that men have a “lazy, careless reputation. Fashion is a way to step out of that stereotype.” However, he also says that men’s fashion is difficult because there are not a lot of sources and it’s hard to find reference points.

Although men’s fashion is difficult, Daniel personally finds inspiration in older fashions (1930s/1940s) and likes to add a modern twist; toned down colors with a splash of color.

His personal style is, in his own words, “whimsical”. He doesn’t like dressing rigid, like not buttoning his buttons all the way up and not wearing wear full suits.

Daniel suggests that men looking for fashionable pieces try H&M, Express or Old Navy, but “it’s hit or miss. It [collecting fashionable pieces] is a collective process.”

One common shop spot is none other than Goodwill. Daniel’s favorite Goodwill item – ties, “I have a huge collection and use them as an accent to my outfit. I think a tie can do as a harsh contrast and add a lot to a guys’ look; bright against dark.”

As Daniel shows, fashion is realistic for both men and women. And one doesn’t need to have lots of money or designer names. “Style is totally a personal thing,” Daniel says.


Get Daniel's Look:

Brown Messenger Bag- Goodwill
Gray Dress Coat- Goodwill
Gray Jacket- Express
Brown Vest- Goodwill (Target brand)
Blue Plaid Shirt- Goodwill  (Christian Dior designer)
Jeans- Old Navy
Boots- Aldo
Black Gloves- Walmart


  • Aubrey 5 years ago

    Sarah- nice article! One thing I noticed when I was in Europe over spring break was how well put together men in Europe are. Even their casual dress is 10X nicer than the way men dress in America. I need to snag me a foreign man :-)

  • GaBe 5 years ago

    hey...i'm happy you wrote something on men's fashion as well...a liked the article quite a bit. you lucky americans who have cheap stores such as goodwill and etc,...=[]

  • Sam 5 years ago

    I love men's fashion! It's fun shopping for my boyfriend :)

  • Skyee 5 years ago

    Thank you for writing this :)

  • Chris 5 years ago

    I love the article this examiner clearly has a phenomenal grasp of style and brings to the table an applicable and easy to use guide to help guys like me dress for success.

  • Amy 5 years ago

    Your model has such detail it's intriguing. Great job on the article.
    In spite of guys' limits, when a guy dresses on purpose(well performed whether at a gym or a dance) it makes him stand out.
    ...Subtly is usually best(appears quietly knowing vs. proud/ loud).

  • Sue 5 years ago

    You write about Goodwill in almost all your articles ;)

  • A Fan 5 years ago

    I love your writings.

  • Jonathan 5 years ago

    Thanks for te ideas.

  • Samanatha B. 5 years ago

    I hope you write more soon :).

  • dave 5 years ago

    I really liked this article. If i were interested in updating my wardrobe where in your opinion would be a good place to start?

  • Sarah Brown 5 years ago

    Thanks, Dave!
    It depends on what you're personal style is, but before hitting the big name shops, I would recommend going to your local thrift store or Goodwill. If you can find what you're looking for there at a cheaper price, then you've hit the jack pot. As for affordable name brands for men, Express, Banana Republic and Gap have good selections. Especially if you're looking for business attire or more of a classy look. Hope this helps! :)
    And thanks so much for stopping by.

    -Sarah Brown
    Dayton Fashion Photography Examiner

  • Pooki 5 years ago

    I think he looks like a homeless man...

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