I salute assertive taste.It simply means one is confident with their superb touch of style. Assertive fashionistas know what they want. Its a rare breed, hence commendable. Strikes confidence and turns out as courageous too. When you are that fired up, your style is resilient enough to turn heads. Therefore gents, how about you “amplfy your style”. The fashionista of this week is an effortless gent, who knows exactly how to pull it off. We have alot of tips! Your ll need a note book for this one. Enjoy!
1.There’s this perception that men don’t need to be fashion-conscious and have a basic style that they are born with and should stick with. Do you agree ?
Mayo:I saw this quote that stuck with me it read:
“style… because your personality isn’t the first thing people see”
So, as men we do need to be fashion conscious because not only do we look good but get to show of our personalities and control the narrative about ourselves and characters.
2.How would you define your personal style?
Mayo: Best way to put it would be “Morden classic”. I like putting together vintage pieces in a modern comfortable manner which makes me look like a quote on quote “gentleman” not my words (laughs). Mostly coats, leather jackets and loafers/formal shoes, sometimes with boots which are my personal favorite. Accompanied by shirts and fedoras/beanies with mostly formal pants.
3.What are some clothing staples that every gent should have in their closet?
Mayo: I personally have a lot but I’ll stick with the essentials.
- Plain T-shirts (always easy to style)
- Jackets/coats (layered with plain T-shirts are always a fashion statement)
- Slim fit jeans/trousers
- A good loafer/boots
- A hat of personal preference
- Last but most importantly accessories like a watch/ring/glasses are always a must.
Diverse Fashionista Tip: Lets talk more about the plain Tee.It’s difficult to imagine that a garment as basic as a plain T-shirt is some thing nice to add to complement your style, however it is. Plain tees are menswear essentials in every sense of the term. This humble base layer has long enjoyed a reign as one of the universal staples of every man’s wardrobe. Yet despite its popularity, surveys show it can still prove exceedingly difficult to find a good one but do hunt it down gentlemen.
Search for the perfect plain T-shirt to complement your style. (works for the ladies too.) It may be an eternal struggle that has, at one point or another, plagued most of you. The reason being; while a plain T-shirt may seem like a simple thing to get right, there’s actually a lot that can go wrong. Poor fit, shrinkage, subpar stitching and cheap fabric being some of the most common issues.It’s all too easy to settle for less and let your style fall flat, but the perfect tee is out there! Now moving on….
4.Its a first date with Miss Fine, what you wearing?
Mayo:Dates are always tricky but depending on the type of Miss Fine you’re into I’d suggest you study her style and time of day she wants to go out. Personally I’d advise stick to the basics but make it classy. A nicely tailored 2 piece suit with a tieless shirt and dress shoes is a confidence booster so that’s a go to but if your lady is the sneakers and jeans type try not to go overboard. Jean and sneaker up, but throw on a shirt or coat just to show some finesse.
Diverse Fashionista Tip: #serious talk, most ladies make a snap judgment of someone at first glance on a first date. This means that before you’ve even opened your mouth, she’s already sized you up. So it’s in your best interest to use the only tool you got in that brief. Dress the way you want to be addressed.
5.Whats that one fashion trend that you don’t understand or unable to relate to?
Mayo: I don’t think there’s a fashion trend I’m unable to relate to because with my style I try to be timeless but mordern which means l can transcend into any fashion era. Although I will never wear all Gucci and be street wise or be very classic I do incorporate a hint of everything to my style.
6. From your perception, what are some of the basic and often repeated mistakes that men make when putting together a look?
Mayo:Men used to not care about style and how they put together outfits but I know these days a lot of men put effort so here are the mistakes to look out for:
- Avoid Colour blocking, simple plain colours are always the best
- Baggy jeans. If it’s your style yes but body fitting style is what I’d advise
- Shoe choice for specific occasions
- Avoid too much print on clothing/wearing labels head to toe.
Diverse Fashionista Tip: lets look at the last one there, overdoing the WEARING LABELS HEAD TO TOE !…(esp the more loud designs like Gucci, Versace etc) .. We dont want you looking like a status hungry fellow (laughs), keep it clean. Wear the label without the label wearing you.
7. Whats that one piece of clothing in your wardrobe you just can’t do without?
Mayo: I can’t do without a lot of pieces but if l were to choose I’d say my watch. It’s the one piece I’d say l wear in almost all my outfits
Diverse Fashionista: Agreebly, the most common accessory with most men is a watch.They may be others accessories such as chains, bracelets, hats etc, but often a watch is this one accessory appropriate for all settings and occassions. A WATCH IS A MUST, GENTLEMEN. Heres an Interesting fact, the only way for a man to separate themselves from another men is through the uniqueness of their watch. Men may wear similar watches so how about you try and get one that eloquently reflects you.
8.Mayo wakes up in the morning to get ready for are day out. Minimalism or Maximalism?
Mayo: Minimalism. It’s easy to get lost in trying to find an outfit….. but if you have few pieces that go well together especially the black, white, grey and natural tone colours, it’s easy.
Diverse Fashionista: This is an interesting one! Individual choices.Readers, i know you might be sitting on a fence for now but after the blog article im sure you ‘ ll have an answer. Minimalism or Maximalisim? Lets hear on the comment section.
9.Shopping on a student budget. Any tips?
Mayo: I was told this by a friend of mine “don’t try too hard”. Keep to the good essentials like plain T-shirts, jeans and sneakers etc. Buy something you know you can style in 5 different ways and get away with it. Withdraw from keeping up with trends because they eventually fade.
10. Theres the saying that goes, ” we learn from the pros” , who are your fashion inspirations?
Mayo: Although there are a few people l can say inspire me l can’t say my fashion inspirations are people but rather I’m inspired by a version of myself that I created in my head. In all things l do I’m inspired by perfection and simplicity and l believe in doing things one hundred percent or not at all.
Diverse Fashionista: Im sure you agree the fashionista knows exactly what his talking about. He does not learn from the pros, he is a pro. Wrapping it up, ild say it seems as though these days most people like new fashion trends across the world. They love to follow the latest styles that are available to them no matter what they are and whether it suits them or not. Everyone keeps running to buy what people say to them about fashion and they do not think once if it will suit them in future (laughs). Fashion should be done in a way that matches with a person’s personality. Strive to create your own fashion rather than to replicate others. Be inspired but don’t copy!
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