Milano Fashion Week Men’s begins with new proposals for the male wardrobe.
Before examining the must-have of the upcoming collections, let’s begin by asking what are the must NOT have for man.
After the success of my post about the must NOT have items in the female wardrobe, it’s the gentlemen’s turn.
Here is the black list of items that should not appear in the male wardrobe:
SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT
Shirt is an essential item, perfect for any occasion. However, I wouldn’t say the same about the one with short sleeves. It’s not suitable for the office or free time. Also rejected for the beach.
POINTED TOE SHOES
Of course, a slightly thin toe shoe softens the foot and it’s generally more elegant. But shoes and, even worse, pointed toe boots are impermissible, both for work and other occasions. They remind me the characters of Vanzina’s movies.
Every year, there are few brands that regularly offer mirrored sunglasses. The problem is that, regardless the frame, these glasses would make even the Prince of Wales look crude an undignified. And if the mirror is also colorful… well then there’s no hope!
Dear friends particularly attached to traditions, listen to me: gifts from baptism, communion and confirmation, should be stored in the memory box. No, the golden chain is not manly. It’s Scarface or The Godfather stuff. As if to say, it doesn’t seem the case.
WHITE, SHORT SOCKS, ECT.
Sometimes it could be a small detail, but socks say much about the man that we face. You should use knee-high wire Scotland socks for work and formal occasions; colored stripes socks for the free time. Unclassified: rolled-up socks at the ankle, white, faded, with holes, short.
Are you a model for Dolce & Gabbana? Ok, go to the next topic.
For everybody else, tank top is a no! Nor a white undershirt that is barely visible under the shirt, or for sleeping. In general, I wouldn’t recommend if you’re looking for a girlfriend.
FANNY PACK, SATCHEL AND MORE
Phones, tablets, wallets, agendas, … I know, you have many things and you don’t know where to put them. But this doesn’t justify the use of fanny pack or satchel (with a shoulder strap, maybe). Don’t you even try: the one with logos just make the situation worse.
I’m talking in particular about sandals in brown leather, presented as elegant “to go out”. Even in this case, logos (Paciotti, Hogan & co.) don’t help.
I personally appreciate short pants for men, paired with a linen shirt and a pair of loafers. But Capri pants don’t belong to this category: it has that unmistakable length between calf and ankle, making an ideal pants for… fishing.
MEN’S BIKINI SWIMWEAR
Sometimes, on the beach, it happens to see some bold men, who show off bikini swimwear. Assuming that it’s an embarrassing item, the real problem is another one: it doesn’t look good on slim men, nor on overweight ones, or on very muscular ones. It looks good only on David Gandy.