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The Unappreciated Art of Menswear

Itís not all about neutral pants and colored button-downs Ė ití


To be perfectly honest, I had thought of this blog post idea with the intent to bash menís fashion. And this is why: when my boyfriend goes straight from my house to his job, he doesnít think twice about†what he is is going to wear to work.†If he does dress nicely, which is not very often, itís easy for him throw on any colored button down + gray or black slacks + (possibly) a jacket to match the pants. Whatís so damn hard about that?

Because of my unfortunate lot in life, I have to give business attire more thought than the average attire-savvy semi-professional: I quite literally live in two places, so every time that time of the week comes along, I need to figure out how many days I am going to be in the other location, how many of those days I will be working, what the weather and temperature of my office will be like, the correct accessories and footwear, and of course, if all this crap is going to fit in my suitcase. Itís pretty strenuous planning for an entry-level job.

I was fully prepared to rant to you why it must be damn easy to be a man and how nice it would be to pick one pair of black pants out and a couple of button-downs and call it a day. However, when I really thought about it, we as women can do that too Ė hell, some of us do. We are just as capable to pick one pair of neutral pants out, one pair of matching heels, and a couple of plain blazers and jackets.††

But, not all of us choose that, such as myself. As much as I complain about needing to go through all this trouble just to live my day-to-day life, I choose to do this because life is boring enough and I donít need my clothes to be boring too. Men have this choice as well Ė I think menswear is an unappreciated art, too often solely employed by those working at well-to-do art-y jobs when menswear can be incredibly interesting.

Itís not all about neutral pants and colored button-downs Ė itís also about fine Italian leather shoes and thousand dollar watches. Itís about accenting colors via ties and dress shirts and choosing a perfectly-fitting jacket and interesting key pieces Ė which, put simply, is the same thing women do. I choose a shirt in a fit and style that complements a pant fit and style ad I pair it with eye-catching accessories Ė at least I try to.

Men, youíre not off the hook. Women are lookingÖ make it count.

Jenna Intersimone

Jenna Intersimone is a travel and fashion writer.

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