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Monday edition: The modern man's guide to masculine fashion

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Many of the trends for the modern-day masculine man are not really trends at all. Every manly man will more than likely already own one or more of these on-trend digs but, maybe the question now is, “how do I wear it?” Okay, this one isn’t too difficult to task.

First, let’s bust a common myth typically associated with the manly man, “they could care less about their appearance or fashion.” This is not true. A masculine man is just so comfortable in his own skin that he gives off a certain air of effortless confidence. He simply prefers comfort and style. The great thing about the spring/summer 2014 masculine fashion collections is that menswear has been designed with comfort in mind. Let’s take a look at the trends:

Trending colors are blue, neutral, purple and white. There is nothing too daring about these colors. In fact, they could be used as necessary staples. These colors don’t question masculinity, they show that a man enjoys colors and can easily pull them off.

Trending prints and patterns are block stripes, block checks and camouflage. The block stripe and check trend this season has gone from narrow and small to big and bold, just like the masculine man. They look great on anything from button downs to polos; sweaters to jackets.

Trending textures are leather and snakeskin. While spring slowly makes its way forward, leather is ideal in cooler temperatures, for the cool man. Snakeskin is a little more on the unconventional side unless on a pair of loafers but, snakeskin says this is a man with distinct taste.

Overalls trending. This style makes a bold statement by itself and only a masculine man is brave enough to make it. Overalls are back and in a big way and not just for blue collar worker. What better way to relax and feel comfortable? The plus side to this trend is that it is only one article of clothing-no need to find anything to match except shoes.

So, here you have it, a guide to modern-day masculine fashion. Go for reinventing your personal style and show your brawn while doing it. Blues, purples, neutrals and whites are colors you may very well have-just add some camouflage and snakeskin to be on trend and you are now fashion forward.

Classic- and custom-fit polo shirts
Classic- and custom-fit polo shirts Ralph Lauren

Classic- and custom-fit polo shirts

Blue Polo Ralph Lauren Classic-fit mesh polo $85 and purple Polo Ralph Lauren custom-fit big pony polo $98 (both available in multiple colors).

Block stripe/block check
Block stripe/block check Asos

Block stripe/block check

Stussy block stripe polo $59.20; Asos Buffalo block check shirt $32.92.  Bigger, wider striped patterns and bolder block checkered patterns.

Camouflage polo
Camouflage polo Bonton

Camouflage polo

Polo Ralph Lauren men's olive big and tall short sleeve classic-fit camo mesh polo shirt $165**screen-printed distressed flags and "R.Lauren 6th Div." text at the upper back.**

Leather/snakeskin Asos/Dr. Jays


Asos leather biker jacket $235; Asos varsity jacket w/snakeskin sleeves $160; Cobra snakeskin print vegan leather pants by Akademiks $58 (Dr. Jays)

Diesel Black Gold Overalls
Diesel Black Gold Overalls Ssense

Diesel Black Gold Overalls

Diesel Black Gold Pieve overalls-baggy, tapered leg overalls in faded and stained blue denim $225.  Tears and abrasions for a distressed look.