“12 things you need to know about menswear“. Indeed. I was looking through the trite articles on offer on a Norwegian fashion news site this afternoon and almost every title was click-bait offering to reveal some number of somethings you desperately need to know to know about making an outfit faux pas, or not making the impression you should be making, or generally avoiding living a meaningless, miserable life.
So I thought I’d leap onto the bandwagon and come up with my own list. A list of things to keep in mind if you’re into menswear or fashion. My list might even contain a few nuggets of truth. I wanted to say wisdom or valuable insights, but I’m not that full of myself.
So here goes, 12 things you desperately need to know:
- If you’re buying clothes, buy what you like, not what you think others like. Or what will gain kudos from “the guys on the forum”.
- Clothes companies are not producing garments as gifts to you, they are a business and if you buy everything they make it means their business model is doing great. And you’re a total sucker.
- If you buy quality garments you can use them a long time or pass them on to someone else. If you buy rubbish it will quickly find it’s way into the garbage.
- If you’re wearing what everyone else is wearing you’ll earn recognition from other followers of this individual style.
- There is a reason things are on sale. There is no element of this being a blessing of any sort.
- On the other hand, if something you have had your eye on finally goes on sale and is sold out in your size, that is because you are cursed.
- Do you seek the approval of fellow garment enthusiasts online when you have scored a new piece? This is the sort of promotion companies would pay lots of money for, yet they get it for free.
- Quality shoes will last a long time, can then be resoled and will last even longer. Cheap shoes will be thrash in months. And then you’ll buy another pair. And another pair.
- Brand names command a premium price that is usually not reflected in the quality you actually get.
- Expensive items made in low-cost countries mean it’s not only the garment that’s been taken for a ride. Always check the tags!
- Beware of blogs that re-post and hype PR mail-outs. They are part of the industry.
- 50% is the beer googles of menswear (thanks to someone on Twitter).
- And finally: As long as your clothes are relatively clean and undamaged, no one really gives a shit about what you’re wearing.
So, how did I do? Did I miss any? (And yes, I realise there are in fact 13 points 😉 )
(The photos here are random photos thrown up by Google when searching “mens fashion tips”.)