This look – the lightweight cardigan on skin – which was just an aside on the Featured Readers post, has been getting a lot of attention – almost on the level of the fur collar.
People either LOVE or HATE risk-taking in menswear. The variance of opinion in the emails I’ve received over the last 2 days has been beyond bipolar.
The truth is, I’m a stylist. I make a living off my ideas and taste. Therefore, I take pride in understanding what styling decisions work best for different people, and therefore also understand what the “majority” will “accept”. I could easily put together “safe look” after “safe look” that everyone would agree is ”well dressed”. That’s novice, where’s the fun in that?
As a reader, you must understand that for this site to be exciting, new, fresh, fun to read etc. (and for me to not get completely bored with it) I must push the limits a little, and try to be innovative/different. It’s fun, exciting and makes this “job” worth it.
Truthfully, the negative comments are more motivating than the positive ones (just like when I was a hoops player, I loved when people told me I wasn’t good enough, or that I couldn’t do something…”you can’t dunk on that 6’8” center”…oh yea?).
If everyone jumped on the bandwagon, it wouldn’t be worth pulling.
So do I recommend a shirtless cardigan? To 99% of people, no (hence, it’s not in the “tips”). But will I rock it to the park, hungover on a sunny Spring Friday after celebrating the launch of my new clothing line? Hell yeah.
It’s just a shame that I have to “dumb down” my style so that readers aren’t emailing me to make sure I’m “okay”. C’mon guys, really? I think we’re taking this a little too serious sometimes.
Thanks to all for reading.
Yours in style,