I've had someone tell me "Oh, you're so fashionable," or "Your style is awesome," more times than I can remember. It makes me wonder what qualifies as great fashion for men.
Is it simply choosing to look presentable while everyone else is dressed as if they were at home on the couch watching football on Saturday? Is it wearing colors that compliment each other well?
I don't mean I'm dressed up no matter what, because there are definitely times where Saturday football clothes are necessary.
I also started to think about the difference between someone fashionable and someone who doesn't put the amount of effort in to getting dressed.
When I look at my closet, I usually pick a pair of pants to wear first.
I tend to sway my decision away from jeans unless my other pants are in the laundry because jeans just seem heavy and restricting sometimes.
My favorites are my colored chinos, including yellow, red, blue, grey and some others.
Although since moving to Auburn from Washington, D.C., I've found wearing pants for the first half of fall semester is unthinkable. The heat is just way too harsh here in Alabama.
Once I've put some pants on, I grab a shirt and just look for a color that goes nicely with the pants I'm wearing, unless I've resorted to jeans, then any shirt will work.
White is one of my favorite colors for shirts, but I try to avoid it because life has shown me white shirts are not meant to stay clean.
After the shirt I'll grab a cardigan or a sweater if it's cold and some shoes to match.
I never wear free runs or tennis shoes with pants because I feel if I'm making the effort to get dressed, I'm gong to wear nice shoes to finish the outfit.
My advice to anyone who wants to dress a little better is to ditch the ever-so-common khaki shorts with a T-shirt from an event last year and work in some color.
I've got nothing against those who wear that combination, it's just very easy to blend in when wearing those clothes.
Fashion isn't my area of expertise, nor do I feel I have a better grip on it than anyone else.
However, I do feel by putting a bit more thought into getting dressed each morning you can trick people into thinking you have this much sought after fashion sense.
Kenny Moss is a photographer for The Plainsman. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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