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 Examiner.com 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.
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
Black Gloves- Walmart