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FOR THE GENTS: MEN'S FASHION

By Justin Edge
For the Daily
Straight guys, you think you know,
but you have no idea. There's a lot more
to dressing fashionably than the button-
down, collared shirt and tattered jeans
you wear to the bar Thursday through
Saturday nights. Not to mention the dirty
sneakers that also double as gym apparel.
To keep you from the ridicule of wear-
ing something out-of-style or less than
flattering, I will offer you some tips on
the do's and don'ts of trendy male fashion.

Understanding the constraints on a col-
lege man's budget, between buying beer
and ... beer, here are best stores to go to
that won't completely strip you of your
daily alcohol fund. Keep in mind that the
key is to identify which styles look best
on you and then find variety within those
guidelines.
When developing your personal style, it
is essential to have a realistic grasp of your
body type. Guys with a little extra weight
can't and shouldn't wear tight-fitting styles
that thin men can wear, while tall men
can wear looser clothing that short men
can't. And very few men
can pull off sheer shirts,
leather pants and fur. I'm
sure you already have
an idea of whether that's
you or not. A fashionable
appearance will work in
your favor regardless of
your profession or eco-
nomic status. People will

or pack up a bag and leave it on the steps
of the Salvation Army. These are some
unforgivable crimes of fashion.
Now that you've cleared your ward-
robe of some heinous, outdated fashions,
it's time to rebuild from scratch. When
shopping, these are the most important
items that you must remember to buy:
two pairs of dark, straight-leg, nonpleated
pants, one to wear on casual early-evening
dates or dinners and the other for a night at
the club. Two different pairs of flattering
jeans. Three well-cut, solid-color, button-
down shirts. Make sure that one of them
is black, as the color black conveys power
and confidence and it's appropriate for
any situation. Also, one leather or suede
short coat to replace the North Face or
Columbia jacket that seems to be a staple
in your wardrobe, no matter the occa-
sion. Remember to buy new black and
white T-shirts. Trust me fellas, a lady can
tell when you've been wearing the same
white T-shirt for the past couple of days.
The wardrobe is complete with a qual-
ity pair of designer black or brown dress
shoes. The shoes you choose to wear with
your new style can completely destroy or
compliment your outfit for the night. It's
good to take a female friend with you
when shopping. You wouldn't just buy
a new shirt without someone's approval
first, right?
Contrary to popular belief, Ann Arbor
is not the fashion capitol of the United
States. For this reason, it's not always the
easiest to find the stores that carry those
must-have items. But even in this one-
horse town, there are some options to
solve all your fashion dilemmas.
Banana Republic: Affordable basics
for casual dress situations. Look here for
narrow-cut shirts, straight-leg pants, long-
sleeved tees and sweaters.
Express and Club Monaco: Great sta-
ples with a touch more of European style

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always respond to a man
who is self-aware and
well-dressed.
After understanding
how your body type will
play into your style, it's
now time to get rid of
a couple of those cher-
ished clothing items that
are no longer fashion-
forward. Varsity jackets,
colorful vests, Christmas
sweaters (sorry gramps),
acid-washed anything,
ties with short sleeves
(well, unless you're Mor-
mon), mesh anything,
cropped and hot pants,
gym shoes with socks,
boots with shorts and,
most importantly, pleated
pants. Keep it to yourself

ALEXANDER DZIADOSZ/Daily
LSA sophomore Brandon Emperor demonstrates his good fashion sense.

ALEXANDER DZIADOSZ/Daily
Pleated pants Immediately spell fashion don't.

than Banana Republic or J. Crew. Slim
lines, solid colors and stylish prints offer
variety with small touches that add a bit
of extra style.
The Gap: The Gap has definitely
improved its image over the years with
commercials that feature young and
popular celebrities wearing its clothing.
The improvement didn't just stop there,
as this store has become a good place to
find the most basic of all staples at a low
price.
Mervyns: While an unexpected
choice, you can find some really nice

designer slim-fit button downs if you
search. This store is always having some
sale to get rid of excess merchandise. It
wouldn't hurt to take a look from time to
time to see what they offer.
If you follow these style tips, you'll
definitely have an edge on your competi-
tion. Remember to stick to solid colors,
darker tones and clean lines for your
basic wardrobe items. Your belt and
shoes should match even if your shirt is
worn untucked.
You guys have some shopping to do.
See you out at the clubs ...

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