Dressing a Metrosexual in 2017
A metrosexual is very concerned with his wardrobe, his skincare routine, and his hair and might be considered to be ‘softer’ than the rugged image many macho men aspire to. He is not afraid to visit a salon for everything from a manicure to a massage and is well-versed when it comes to big-name fashion houses and current fashion trends. He is the epitome of a 21st-century man and he wears the label of a metrosexual male with pride.
Although the term ‘metrosexual’ did not become widely-recognized until 2002 when journalist Mark Simpson used the term to describe soccer star David Beckham the term was already coined in 1994 when the very same Simpson used it to describe the single man with a fondness for beautiful clothing and grooming products. Metrosexual men are no longer scared to flaunt their fashion-forward personas and have been known to upstage their macho rivals on many fronts including the vying for female attention.
Classic styles of the Metrosexual male
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A typical 21st-century metrosexual man displays an affinity for fabulous fashion and generally boasts a wardrobe full of designer labels. Regardless of the designer, there are a few basic pieces that belong in the closet of every metrosexual man. Among these you will find the following classic items:
Sweaters and T-shirts
21st-Century men do not wear bold sweaters with Christmas motives on them but they do have a fondness for the crew- and turtleneck sweaters made with pullover cable knit. Crew neck sweaters could once again be seen all over the runways at New York Fashion Week with fashion houses like Prada and Orley setting the trends for the coming seasons. Metrosexual men do not go overboard with t-shirts, especially not if they are adorned with bold logos and overwhelming prints. Simplicity is best, even when it comes to t-shirts, and in this case, nice-fitting black and white T’s are the best. Hugo Boss has a range of timeless black and white shirts that fit the image of the modern-day male perfectly.
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Button-down Shirts and Suits
While most men own at least a couple of button-down shirts, the 21st-century man is very particular about the cut and fit of his shirts. The shirt should be worn in solid colors and skim the body. At least one white shirt is a must. The clean-cut lines of the 2017 Calvin Klein collection are particularly popular amongst self-proclaimed metrosexuals. Sharp suits in a dark shade like charcoal or black, like those from the Armani label, are designed to flatter and remain a prevalent choice of modern men.
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Jeans and Pants
Jeans are usually no-brainers for all men, not just metrosexuals, although the latter will opt for good cuts and steer clear of embellishments. Calvin Klein and classic Levis cuts remain popular brands as they offer both comfort and style to the wearer. Apart from suit pants and jeans, a few pairs of dress pants are a necessity for every modern-day man. Dark, neutral shades tend to be the most popular with a straight-cut leg being the most preferred style of choice.
Your average metrosexual is more than likely to boast a big collection of very trendy accessories including aviator sunglasses, watches, wallets and possibly even handkerchiefs and neckties. Popular designers include Hugo Boss, Gucci, Prada and Christian Dior with many up-and-coming designers fast gaining popularity within the fashion industries of the world.
As with just about everything involving fashion, there are plenty of unwritten rules in the world of metrosexuality. While these dos and don’ts are seemingly set in stone nothing prevents you as a forward-thinking male to simply add your own personal touches to a classical 21st-century lifestyle.