I was sat deliberating what to write for my weekly post for the men’s side of the blog when I asked my girlfriend for some inspiration. The thing is I told her that I generally have no problems thinking up new articles for the ladies side of the blog but tend to struggle sometimes when it comes to the men. She replied with the statement ” that’s because men’s fashion is boring”. The thing is that’s not the first time I’ve heard that statement and I doubt it will be the last. So now I’m pondering whether or not men’s fashion is boring?
I asked her what made it boring compared to women’s fashion and she couldn’t really put her finger on it. So that didn’t really help me in my quest to get to the bottom of the matter. The obvious difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’ is choice. One thing women’s fashion certainly doesn’t lack is choice and that choice comes in many forms; choice of retailers, choice of styles, even choice of trends. But too much choice is not necessarily a good thing in my eyes.
Lack of creativity is another thing often cited, but lack of creativity in what way? The number of designer’s and fashion house’s that put out collections for women surpasses that of those for men, so you get wider a variety of collections each season, more trends and styles. It also means you get avant garde collections that are more like pieces of art than items of clothing. Which is fantastic to look at but when it comes down to it we’re talking about clothes you can actually wear everyday, not something that only looks good on a catwalk. Maybe men’s fashion understands this better?
I also think it may come from how society perceives male fashion and how men react to it. Anything that’s produced on the catwalk is filtered down to the high street for your ‘average joe’ to buy and wear. Women, generally, grow up with the notion that liking fashion is acceptable. On the other hand men aren’t really encouraged to like fashion when they’re younger it’s still not really perceived as a ‘manly’ thing. Because of this I’d say that men are less likely to experiment than women when it comes to clothes. Designers can afford to be more experimental with women’s fashion because it is more likely to be accepted, tried and bought by women. Being more experimental with men’s fashion, therefore is more likely to end up with the clothes gathering dust on the store hangers.
That’s just a theory to a statement that has often puzzled me. I don’t claim I know the answer to why some people think men’s fashion is boring, that is why I’m opening up to you guys.
Is Men’s Fashion Boring?
I’d love to hear your answers.
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