Just because something is fashionable it doesn’t mean it is stylish – or vice versa. Good taste and great style are hard to define and even harder to capture because what looks great on one person may look strange on another. It’s about wearing clothes that make you feel great, infuse confidence, and underline your personality –and in the pursuit of personal style a little guidance always helps!
The photo above is from the style blog Stockholm Street Style where incredibly good-looking and stylish people are photographed on the streets of the Swedish capital and other European style hubs like Copenhagen, London, Paris and Milan. Even though the blog features mainly girls there are a few male gems in between –and it really pays to check them out, because boy oh boy have they got good style.
Jonatan (no h!) was photographed in the streets of Stockholm in dress pants, thin belt, grey sweatshirt and white shirt. His shoes are most likely black Dr. Marten’s, and he carries a canvas tote bag over the shoulder. This look works because it mixes a schoolboy demeanor with elements of grunge: The sweatshirt paired with the dress shirt and the dress pants paired with the boots. Of course his side-parted hair gives him a neat and clean-cut appearance, which makes his outfit less grunge and more ivy league. The pants would be considered too high by many, but on this guy it’s more like a trendy accent to the look.
So, there are two style lessons to deduce from this:
- Mix dressy with ‘messy’ for cool contrast
- Your grooming often defines how neat and tidy you look
No matter what your style is, always remember that fashion and style should never be dictated because it can’t really be captured, and never be learned because it can’t be obtained.