I looked at a slideshow yesterday of “Men’s Fall Fashion Trends”. Apparently the trench coat is the “must have” item for this fall. Tell your guy so he can run out and buy one.
Yeah, right. No man outside the fashion, dance, music, or hairstyling industry cares.
I can almost guarantee that if your guy is over thirty-five he is wearing the “fashion” he is going to be buried in when he’s ninety-five! As soon as they get over whatever rebellious tendency they had in high school, and go through a few “please the new wife” years, most guys find a look and comfort level that suits them and stay with it forever. Unless they have a serious career or financial change, their clothing stays within four main categories. A uniform or required clothing for work doesn’t count. Anyway, guys are much more likely than women to find a job where they can wear comfortable clothes! A guy will seldom combine more than two categories in his closet, although most all of them own a “funeral suit” purchased by their wife or mother. They may also hang onto a “lucky shirt” that helped them win the big game, or strange outfit from their days in a garage band. Gary is still upset that I gave his lime green Nehru jacket to Goodwill!!
1. T-shirt with something on it, preferably a sports logo, and jeans, shorts, or khaki pants. And of course these guys are into the shoes that go with the whole sports theme. This guy usually dresses up only for church and/or special occasions like funerals. He’d prefer to eat at restaurants where his attire is welcome and he really does think his Nikes are fine with anything!
2. Cowboy, western, lumberjack, or other outdoorsman shirt and jeans. Boots are a must. A hat is optional in some situations, but only if he has great hair. Overall guys also fit into this category, although guys who wear overalls are generally farmers and that also counts as a uniform. This guy usually represents a 24/7 lifestyle. This is how he dresses for any and all occasions. The shirt he wears to church is just cleaner and fancier than the one he wears to the barn.
3. “Polo shirt” or other similar knit shirt and jeans or slacks. Golf shirt guys can also slide into this category. This is your guy who wants to look nice and may have a mid-level management or office job. He probably even wears leather shoes sometimes. He likes knit shirts because he doesn’t have to iron them even if his wife is sick. He prefers four or five favorite colors, but may be prompted by a woman to try something new every other year. He likes a little style, but still wants comfort and doesn’t wear a tie unless he must. He keeps a couple of cotton, button-down shirts in the back of the closet for special times.
4. Dress shirt and slacks. Real shoes. Tie. Jacket is optional. Starch, at least on the shirt collar, is usually preferred. This is your management, corporate guy. He sometimes dresses down to category one on the weekends, but more often relaxes in category three attire. If required by the job, this also counts as a uniform. This is the only guy on the list who will even look at the new trench coats for fall, and may buy one, but only if he needs it.
And yes, after Gary went through his leather, white suit, Nehru jacket experimental years he settled into category three with a few pieces from #1 and #2.