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I consider myself a bit wise in the arena of menswear.  I love dressing guys, all styles of guys, and have had lots of experience having grown up with three brothers and attempting makeovers of boyfriends and my husband (which was a feat, let me tell you).  I myself was kinda bummed to be the only girl as a little kid and did my best to fit in with the boys- rocking OshKosh B’Gosh overalls nearly everyday while playing out the adventures of He-Man at Castle Greyskull, building forts and the like.  Because I wouldn’t let my mom brush my hair, I also had the exquisite opportunity to rock a mullet for many years of my life.  Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly the “essence of femininity” as a kid. But because of all that quality male influence,  I “get” guys.  I love my guy friends, have been accused of “acting and thinking like a guy” and sometimes relate to them better than women. Sometimes. :)

I spent a semester in college working for Joseph Abboud’s headquarters in NYC as a stylist and PR intern so men’s fashion is something I developed an interest in.  Men have a bit easier than women in that their choices are more limited than ours, but that doesn’t mean that guys can just throw on any ol’ thing and look good.  So I put together a few outfits that might help you with suggestions for your man (or you yourself if you are of the 2% of my readership that is male)- and I made sure they are “guy friendly”.  Look,  I can pontificate on the genius of  slim fitting jeans and bright pink shirts all day, but I know that some men won’t even consider it (ahem!). So these tips are very middle of the road- not intended for the super fashion forward (Matthew, I’m talking to you) or the super hipster.

First, my top picks for men (click pics for links!):

1) Plaid shirts- done and done. Something about plaid shirts-western style, military detailed, preppy- just get me all hot and bothered. And right now they are HUGE.

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2) Military Inspired Jacket- LOVE. Can’t get enough. Instantly up’s a guy’s “hot” factor by a trillion. I’ve seen it in action, it’s a FACT.

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3) Good Jeans- Note I didn’t say expensive- Gap and Banana have fabulous men’s jeans, but every guy needs to make sure they have a dark wash pair that looks good with a blazer for dressier nights out and a casual pair that are loose but not super saggy. For super tall guys like my 6’4″ husband, Lucky Jeans makes extra long inseams and cost under $125.

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4) COLOR- Add a pop of color this spring- purple, pink, coral, green, yellow, just don’t be shy.  Polos are an easy way to do this.

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5) Cool footwear- I love Chuck Taylors or some other kind of cool sneaker, great brown leather boots and a nice pair of slip on leather shoes that can go from day to night (Cole Haan makes tons that look great and have Nike Air soles.)

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6) Is it just me or will baseball tee’s forever be super attractive on any guy and make their bodies look somehow better? Swoon.

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7) Impeccably fitted suit- Every guy needs to have a suit that fits.  Nipped in at the waist, fitted on the shoulder and a slim fit in the pants. It makes every guy look taller and thinner and Bond-like. :) Buy a suit from Banana, Gap or Brooks Brothers and take it to a tailor if you can’t afford to have a bespoke suit made.

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8) A fabulous wear-everywhere blazer- another fail-proof outfit- jeans (see above)+ white dress shirt+ blazer= handsome.

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9) The zip front cardigan sweater- looks awesome with casual shorts and a white tee or over a dress shirt with pants. In black or navy, ideally.

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Three (well, four really) looks that’ll help get your guy through anything this spring looking classic yet on trend.

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