Casually Explained: Men’s Fashion

So the world of men’s fashion is a wacky, wild and turbulent place especially thanks to the Internet where 10 years ago if you discovered a men’s fashion forum looking for advice, they’d say, “Yeah, just wear jeans and a shirt that fits properly,” and you’d be leagues ahead of your average dad just by doing that. Nowadays while they’re existed to some degree, those fashions and forums have diverged and then grown into huge subcultures. They include things like your mainstream business attire, high-fashion, casual wear, street wear, and all sorts of subgroups under that, including things like your sneakerheads, tech wear, skate wear pale wave, avant-garde and then everything Kanye has been in the same room as On the surface they all seem like completely different and confusing genres but it’s kind of like how there are a million types of movies But they’re all built on the same principles So if you break it down into what the actual purpose or inspiration of the different trends are it starts to make some actual sense So to start with the obvious you take business and formal attire and it literally has barely changed for a hundred and twenty-five years besides the Fat Conductor hats A basic suit looks fantastic all the time And the only way it doesn’t is if it doesn’t fit or you’re wearing it at the wrong place, and that’s the whole point It’s a super simple yet refined outfit That says I’m a respectable put together person representing a respectable put together company so sign this contract and let’s monopolize American steel So is that devolves a little bit you have something like business casual, which is of course much more prevalent nowadays as business has become a lot less face-to-face and a lot more online Some people wear business casual or chic casual outfits all the time but it works better if you’re a bit older because if you’re a high school student or university freshman you can come off as a bit incongruent because there’s really no reason you’d ever need to wear a buttoned shirt other than when your date drove you to prom or that one job interview you’ve had So I might be good to wait until you’ve at least paid taxes before you look like you filed someone else’s So in my opinion this is the point where things get interesting because you get to your casual everyday clothes where you can really express your personality by copying what popular rappers are wearing So by far the most rapidly evolving area of men’s fashion I think the most noticeable shift recently has been the huge prevalence of street wear and designer brands gaining popularity with teenagers and young guys I mean not that long ago The only people who’d spend money on Gucci were rich middle-aged guys buying their wife something for an anniversary But nowadays the barrier for entry is getting like three a’s that semester The part that I found the most interesting about some of the street-wear culture is that a lot of unfashionable items are worn ironically where you’re sort of saying “I know so much about fashion that I’m wearing something I know is unfashionable because in order to identify something so unfashionable you would have to know a lot about fashion” Like a while ago it would be as simple as wearing a pink shirt and putting your hair in a bun because it was the opposite of traditional men’s fashion at the time. Then later It was overalls in a bucket hat because you live in a city and haven’t ever caught a fish And then eventually jean joggers and a NASA fanny pack because you’re emulating that one weird kid in middle school I’m still sour about this because I was literally that kid in middle school and people did not think I was fashionable I did however have a pouch for my laser pointer. Now this sort of ironic incorporation of uncool items certainly doesn’t end there because some brands seem to have been built almost entirely on this sense of consumer irony, and I think the most brilliant example of that is Supreme And they were originally a much smaller kind of skate shop clothing brand, but effectively they said “Alright, we’re a pretty niche shop with a pretty dedicated clientele. Do you think people would buy just a regular white shirt with a box logo on it for $30?” And it turns out they would. And as they got bigger, they said Alright, what about something like a Zippo lighter? And that sold out instantly. But as they kept getting more traction they just said “Fuck it.” Nun chucks? Sold out instantly. Tennis balls? Sold out instantly. Fire-extinguisher? Sold out instantly. And at one point they must have had a conversation that went “All right, what is literally the least useful stand alone item we could possibly sell? And someone said “How about a brick?” Yeah, brick and look Supreme was pretty big at the time and everything was selling out But would people actually pay $30 for a brick? and of course the answer was no, they didn’t. Almost no one would pay $30 for a brick. They’d pay $1,000 for a brick because it sold out instantly. *disappointment in humanity sinks in* So anyway, hit me up for that collab Like, like actually though. So once you go deeper into different contemporary fashions You’ll find some very interesting sub categorizations And they explore the extremes of other genres and some of them are pretty weird So, the most well-known is probably high fashion which does get a lot of flack for being weird But it’s really more of an advertising campaign for showing off a designer’s inspiration for upcoming commercial lines than it is for actual practical wear So in a way, it’s almost weird by design which is neither here nor there for me But if we start looking at the niche clothing that people do wear on a day-to-day basis it brings us to some super interesting trends. So of course a massive group that’s permeated all casual wear are your sneaker heads, and these are the people you might have heard of who would camp overnight to cop a fresh pair of Jordans But they only really wear them once for Instagram And then they resell them the next day at five times the price to rich Asian exchange students Something like normcore is wearing literally your entire outfit ironically, effectively dressing as blandly as possible on purpose. Pale wave is a sort of minimalism that centers around a lack of detail and subtle pastel color palettes I quite enjoy this look because if people come over to my apartment, I blend in nicely with my IKEA furniture Then there’s all black everything which is also a pretty solid choice (if you don’t like sorting laundry) I mean, I think it’s cool because it makes your washer spin cycle look like a portal to the fourth dimension That’s pretty neat And then something like avant-garde which is sometimes called goth-ninja is way more complicated but is fundamentally about being able to sneak up on people perfectly camouflaged in the urban environment, and then being able to tap them on the shoulder and they’ll drop dead instantly Lastly we have tech wear which is the most technically advanced clothing possible. Your jacket weighs about 14 micrograms and is resistant to all four seasons simultaneously Your carbon fiber gore-tex underwear is completely waterproof from both directions and has a concealed pocket for up to two Magnum condoms Honestly, the only downside I can find to a tech wear outfit Is that it costs $4,000, and you only use it to walk to work? Now at this point we’ve barely scratched the surface of all the fashion ideas that are out there But moving forward all these areas of fashion will continue to evolve in some very interesting in unpredictable ways Personally I’ve been trying to Pioneer comf-core which focuses on being as comfortable as possible at all times The only downside that I’ve realized is that it’s the literal opposite of fashion and usually devolves into you not leaving the house and binging YouTube’s top 10 lists so you have no Instagram traction on that one yet, but I’ll keep you guys updated

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100 thoughts on “Casually Explained: Men’s Fashion

  1. Oxford shirts are the best for younger people though. Just roll up the sleeves and keep the top and bottom button unbuttoned

  2. So I've been binging your videos for the past hmm like 8 hours, and accidentally just woke my wife up laughing at 1am (Aus time)….So thanks for the punch in the face bro.

  3. I don’t get it. So is fashion less about looking good and more about just being an inside joke..?

  4. I lived in a fairly impoverished county and I know 4 kids who have yeezys, and I know they are not well off.

  5. How to become a millionaire in 2019:
    Slap a Supreme logo on anything and sell it to idiots on ebay for a thousand pounds.

  6. I for one prefer teutonic fashion. My knightly eagle crest on top of my great helmet inspires great respect, my plate cuirrass, arming doublet, greaves and vambraces are Güt eisen according to my knight-commander. Further, my crested arming sword makes open carry look so good it borders upon the heretical….except it isn't otherwise we get into 'hereticorps', which is terrible.

  7. ''I quite enjoy this look because if people come over to my apartment, i blend in nicely with my IKEA furniture'' I AM DEAD ROFL

  8. You forgot about the fashion style that's all about functionality, like cargo pants, waterproof boots you can run in, a jacket with interior pockets. You also forgot about the manliest attire, literal full steel plate armor.

  9. Boots, Jeans, a tshirt, a good leather belt, a baseball cap, I wear a Justin boots hat, and you're good to go

  10. I think i wear casual grunge. It looks good damnit. It's also cheap as fuck. Some band T shirt you like bootcut jeans that get torn eventually not stylishly and some type of flannel or something. Also converse or boots

  11. "So it might be good to make it look like you paid taxes before you filed someone elses" – Biggest burn of the year.

  12. i just wear shorts(mostly cargo shorts) and a t-shirt. when its colder i wear chinos instead of shorts and a sweatshirt jacket on top of my t-shirt. fyi i live in southern california

  13. I'm with you on the comfie-wearing trend. Just buy a Onepiece with snuggly lining. It's the cat's pajamas! 👍

  14. Can never go wrong with nice fitting jeans and T-Shirt. Nice haircut and a beard trim. Class will never fade away

  15. How about wearing comfortable clean clothes every day while trying to show some respect to other people. For example I give classes so I always wear a nice button-up single color (usually something non-intrusive like blue, gray, black or dark purple) shirt and a long pair of black pants. No tie or suit however, I like to breathe and move. Even if it's just breathing and moving in front of a blackboard or a presentation screen. Many scientists wear flannel square pattern shirts I think that is overdone, something more solid is warranted if you present classes. After all being a professor is somewhat about entertaining people while also raising their interest in the subject you're talking about.

    I get it that in the victorian era suits and ties and coats were the top thing they could do as far as the technology was capable at the time but today we have more tech. The clothes you show as high tech are ridiculous but some more comfy options are there in terms of underwear and base layer. I hike a lot so that direction that tried to make more comfortable and functional clothing is actually something I like.

    The one area that frustrates me is shoes, I have really good thick sole outdoor shoes that are comfortable to wear I used to like Merrell, Salomon etc. and now I found Oboz … these shoes are comfortable, good grip, good fit, there is zero discomfort to my feet, I can walk all day from one building to the other … why do I need to wear anything that is "more formal" when it actually hurts my feet. I cannot fathom who sold that idea to people. We can make so much better shoes today that what is considered as part of the formal attire. I try to keep it dark and single colored though. But I am not giving up the health of my feet just to be "more fashionable".

  16. A bit late to the party, but can I get an update on how comf-core is coming along. I’ve been an supporter of the brand for years now and just want to know if I can come out of hiding or go back to my top 10 lists?

  17. Great looking at all the clothes I can´t wear because while 19yo I'm still 1,60m "big".
    So it´s still a basic shirt and jeans for me.

  18. I still dress like an alternative kid from Hot Topic with band/gaming/anime tees, military style/leather jackets, super skinny jeans, and vans/converse/docs.

  19. Based off my own experience, tight black shirt, slim fit black jeans and black air Jordan’s, you will get laid. Or atleast get in the door by “ looking good “. Good luck champ👌

  20. Don't forget to tie an onion to your belt. Grandpa Simpson said it was the fashion of the depression.

  21. "I did have a ouch for my laser pointer"
    Was if one of those really powerful ones that can found people? Please tell me it was one of those!

  22. Yeah not gonna lie. i own most of those hype sneakers u had there. one of which is the N.E.R.D 2017 complexcon exclusives which are valued anywhere from 8500-11,000$

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