Why can’t men wear bright colors?

Updated : Aug 31, 2019 in Articles

Why can’t men wear bright colors?


Hey everybody. Today on the show I’m going
to talk about wearing vibrant colors, which is why I chose to wear this kind of like,
like white person of British ancestry’s camouflage. That’s another way of saying lace when you’re
super pale. This week on Ask Cristen Rachel Rogers wants
to know, ‘Why is it that men can wear bright colors while men can only wear muted colors?
Men’s pants are by and large navy, black, brown, beige, greige,’-greige? I just made
up a new word-,’Prints are still a no-no for men. Why Cristen?’ Lets hear what you all
had to say. Christiane Williams gets a little scientific with it. ‘My best guess would be
to get noticed more. In the animal kingdom many birds who have bright feathers are male.
They use their feathers to attract female birds. In the human being sense it’s the same
but the gender roles are switched.’ All-star SMNTY fan Gail Lewis begs to differ. ‘Have
you been to the store lately?! Some of my co-workers (guys) come in wearing the entire
crayola box. Can I get a heck yeah for the manly pink shirts? Woo hoo!’ Nathan William
Lewis says, ‘I think one of the reasons why men don’t wear bright colors is because color
and the use of color is associated with femininity.’ Josh Burroughs thinks he has it all figured
out. ‘Read up on Beau Brummell on Wikipedia and everything everyone in this thread is
speculating on will be answered.’ Burroughs, you do get a gold star for highlighting Beau
Brummell as the person at the forefront of something called the Great Masculine Renunciation,
which is when men’s fashion took a decisive turn for the drab. You have a figure like
Beau Brummell come along and say you know what I’m still really interested in fashion
and looking good but what I’m interested in is the quality and fit of the garment. This
style, though very intentional, was far more masculine in the way that we would think of
it today. And it was Brummell and his fashion followers who then led the way into the so-called
Great Masculine Renunciation of the late 18th century. Fast-forward to the 1920s and 30s
and the interwar period between World War I and World War II. During this time you have
this fringe male dress reform movement where guys were all of the sudden wearing blouses,
there were very much into wearing shirts and sandals and they said, hey, we should be able
to have fun with fashion as well. But then of course World War II came along and then
masculine gender norms were re-entrenched and guys were wearing suits again. Color also
went out the door as well, color became associated with acceptable femininity. To quote this
handy paper that I was reading earlier today in the journal ‘Gender, Sexuality and the
Interior Decorator’, ‘An American decoration manual of the 1930s insisted that color was
directly related to women’s good health. It made the remarkable claim that the doctors
in many big department stores actually urged sales girls to carry bright colored handkerchiefs
and wear cheerful shades in their underclothes. The female craving for emotional color continues
unabated and if ignored will result in the demise of femininity.’ Tl;dr in about 150
years color became gender-coded as feminine. By extension in the 20th century the use of
vibrant color whether in clothing or interior design became coded as well for men as being
either effeminate or gay. Considering how colors have been used to gender us, it makes
sense that we’re only just now breaking out of those kinds of rules, case and point the
popularity of the pink men’s shirt. Still as Rachel pointed out in her comment, prints
in particular are also really hard for men to pull off. Unless he’s gay in which case
we’re like oh well we expected that anyway because like, you just dress like uh Nathan
Lane in ‘The Birdcage’. We’re also putting them in boxes too. It’s also been really interesting
to see the evolution of women’s office wear. When we first enter the workforce en masse,
we emulated men’s suits, we were wearing those massive shoulder pads in order to be taken
seriously we weren’t going to wear vibrant colors. As we’ve been gaining more of an equal
foothold, there’s a lot more leeway to what is acceptable to wear to work but that perhaps
is an Ask Cristen for another time. I want to know from you, guys do you feel constrained
by the masculine color wheel? Does sexual orientation play into the amount of color
you do or don’t wear? And also patterns. Thanks to everybody who commented on last week’s
Ask Cristen video ‘Should Couples sleep in separate beds?’ A lot of people who said,
yeah honestly I really prefer to sleep alone and I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one
because I felt like a freak. Kenya Lewis says, ‘I think that people should sleep apart. I
personally will not sleep in the same bed as my significant other just as a preference
choice. No matter if he doesn’t snore I want space.’ Meanwhile Isabelle is nervous about
sleeping alone. ‘My partner and I live together and sleep in the same bed. We’re going to
be long distance after this year as I’m moving to pursue my next degree and I’m honestly
pretty nervous about sleeping alone again. I think it’s whatever works for you and your
partner. We really shouldn’t be in the business of judging the way other people function in
their relationships as long as it’s not harmful.’ I second that sentiment Isabelle. Don’t forget
if you’ve got a question I’ve got some answers. And a lot of information about the history
of interior design apparently.

100 Comments

  • I hate it. American male fashion is bleak. Pink and purple are my favorite colors. I'm an artist, and I'm a colorful gay! I need color!

  • I'm a woman, but I noticed something interesting in my family. My brother always wore colored shirts, occasional shorts in bright colors, and no one said anything. But because I was the one wearing dark colors, or black, I was told I was ugly, a Gothic freak, unattractive, or like a man because of the colors I wanted to wear.

  • Bright clothes work if you're into the hiphop style.
    Also, for an "ask Kristen", why is it wierd to like women with masculine features, if you're a heterosexual male? (i.e. Muscles, strong jaw, deepened voice, etc)

  • I'm a girl obviously, and I love wearing bright colors, but I enjoy them especially so, as many women also wear muted colors. Sure I do on occasion, but I prefer to wear bright colors most days, especially in the summer. But I still only wear jeans, 99% of the time. I could see myself wearing dresses more if I was used to them and it wasn't cold here so much, inside (it always seems freezing in my university despite the outdoor temperature), and outside.

    It would be nice to see more guys wear bright colors as well. It seems women really do have the most fun with fashion. Maybe if the male gender role was more open about fashion, more guys would be interested in clothes shopping (though I'm sure that would never be as high as women).

  • i'm seeing a trend throughout history mainly to do with clothing. when men wear something women would want to wear it to gain more power and equality. men couldn't stop them from wearing it (such as heels and colour) and so would run away from it calling it feminine and would find a new style. this is becoming far less common now though as it is acceptable for women to dress a men (providing there is some femininity in her clothing) and men are starting to question their style though we are a long way off

  • I don't wear bright colors or patterns. I was never explicitly told that men are supposed to wear dark patternless colors. Every man I observed growing up just dressed that way. And I honestly prefer the color dichotomy we have now. I was given a green pair of trousers and had no idea what to wear with them. I prefer the dark colors because they don't attract attention. I don't feel restricted by this color wheel. I feel un-burdened from trying match vibrant colors.

  • Staring into my wardrobe now realising most of the clothes I own are Navy, Black, Grey or some muted colour like burgundy. That could be to do with the fact that I'm studying architecture but I don't know lol.

    This also doesn't take into account the vibrant colours of a lot of my t-shirts, shoes and my fluorescent pink schoolbag. But you know. Outliers and all.

  • Not gonna lie I really love those female-intended suits with the shoulder pads. Not that I actually wear them, but…

  • Hey Cristen,
    Does the gender wage gap apply to jobs that mainly have female workers? i.e.
    Makeup artists, hair stylists, etc.

  • Thank you Cristen for using my comment in this episode 🙂 SMNTY is one of my favorite YouTube shows!

  • I do feel constrained. Not very very constrained, but constrained. There are plenty of colors I get to wear, but god would I kill for some floral print jeans. The thing about sexuality though, that's a little tricky. I think it just depends on the guy. I identify as homosexual, and hell yeah do I like wearing bright pretty colors, so my immediate answer was yes. Thinking about it more though, two of my good friends who are also gay never seem to wear bright colors, and if and when they try it just doesn't work.

  • Hmm I'm a women going into law and I never though about it but the further I go in my education the less colourfull my wardrobe seems to be. I wonder if it's just my tastes changing or whether it's some kind of subconscious idea that darker colours are some how more "serious" "profession" etc. (perhaps being associate with masculinity?) Something for my to think about

  • i don't think about superficial bullshit like that. wear what ever and don't put too much thought into what others opinions are going to be of it.

  • If anything… it's easiest to match an outfit if you're working with a lot of muted & subtle colour ranges. Black & grey goes with everything. If you wear more than one highlight colour then you have to consider the clash & put a lot more co-ordination into it.

    Also, durable practical materials like your denims and leathers have particular natural colour ranges.

  • I wear what I want when I want, pink, purple, prints, no matter, because I am so strikingly handsome I make everything look good.
    I own my handsomenessicity!

  • At my work guys can wear ties of most colors but women cannot wear ties at all. Ties are part of the 'male uniform'. Even plain colored socks are not allowed, as expressed abruptly by my supervisor recently while I was wearing my Mary-Jane style work shoes, "Christine! Pastel Pink socks are not part of the correct uniform!" We wear all black head to toe. I work in a major department store and despite working in fashion retail, I often feel like I am dressed for a funeral.

  • I didn't even realize there was one. I like blue jeans & graphic tees. Lot of black & red shirts. Why? Well, because they have the best designs as far as I'm concerned.

  • There have been studies that say men aren't as sensitive to seeing colors as women are.  Maybe that plays a role?

  • In the past couple years, I (cis man) have started to wear more colors, but I wouldn't say any of them were bright colors.

  • I envy those mustardy-yellowish pants guys can wear. And the orange pants a boy classmate of mine had when we were kids.

  • As a female I tend to wear basic colors 90% of the time (my closet is mostly black & has few other colors). My husband on the other hand loves wearing colorful clothing (besides a few dark suites, his closet is more colorful than a rainbow)….but maybe him being a golfer his entire life factors into his style preferences

  • This is very american. Bright colors are and have been a mainstream feature of men's clothing in Europe, and I think Latin America, and India, and every place that isn't the USA.

  • Blacks and grays happen to be my favorite colors, but I like throwing in a colorful flannel or hoodie. I have never been that conscious of what colors I choose and I know a lot of guys that I would consider more typically masculine (jock types for example) that have more colorful clothes and shoes than I do. I'm 21, so maybe it's a generational thing?

  • I think a lot about male fashion has been them painting themselves into a corner. They (or society) dubs something as feminine and it gets struck out from the Male fashion choices. Last couple weeks at my retail job, I've noticed a plethora of Hawaiian prints, and I realized that it's probably because it's one of the few floral patterns that have been dubbed as "acceptable" for men and that's why it's everywhere. Also that mindset of this is feminine and painting themselves into a corner of Black, Navy and Beige, makes it VERY had to get back things that are seen as feminine.

  • I typically do the clothes shopping for my family. Its just what works for us. DH wears bright colors, but maybe that's because I shop for him. He likes what I buy and looks great in it. As with women, men should wear what they please. Bright colors are awesome 🙂

  • I feel like if I saw a guy walking down the street wearing a bright colored shirt, I wouldn't think anything about it, but when you see it on the shelf, you first think of it as feminine.

  • Being an art student for 5 years and being interested in ophthalmological imaging at the same time I would like to highlight the fact that the relation between men and color is as it is because men (in general) have less color-sensing cells on their retinas (also called color cones) then women. So in general we could say women see more shades of colors then men and that says a lot about the issues you are addressing. I feel like it is also very important for the fact that men don't pay as much attention to color. Anyhow… Science is awesome! Lots of love <3

  • Hey, I'm probs really late to this on account of I just found your account, great show btw! I feel that in the south a large part of the black community is moving away from the idea of color equaling femininity. Often see boy/men wearing pink, blues, yellow and green in everyday life. It seems to me that I even see more vibrant colors on all of the people of color here. Even veiled people.

  • When choosing what to wear, I tend to follow a saying I got from Buck Staghorn's show as a kid: "Insects wear bright colors to show they taste bad. People wear bright colors to show they have bad taste."

    That being said, my closet mostly consists of black and blue clothing. XD

  • I'm a guy and I wear what I want. I have a shirt I just bought that people would say is either "gay" or "hipster". I've worn it once cuz it makes me look like a girl, but I also have very feminine features. My sexual and romantic orientations have nothing to do with the colors I do or don't like. And the colors don't have anything to do with my gender either. I am naturally a feminine person and I do try to wear clothes that will make me look masculine, but I wear what I want of those clothes. I have a shirt with a rainbow on it and I'm not afraid to wear that. Then again, I don't like gender roles either.

  • what I hate is how women can wear bright colors and yoga pants and do whatever revealing clothes they want and it attracts men. but for me being a man I feel down because I feel judged every time I wear bright colors, even from women. it's like as if men cannot have fun and attract women in the same fashion. maybe it is just me but I feel that it is not fair. women are already naturally more beautiful and men cannot compete

  • I think a lot of men simply just don't want to stand out, so they go for clothes that are dull. Something about a guy who wears bright colors strikes me as someone who's just desperate for attention. I like to think I can make friends and earn the respect of those around me while wearing nothing but grey clothes.

  • I was in a wedding almost 8 years ago. The groom did almost everything when it came to planning. He chose pink for the bridesmaids to wear. It's his favorite color. He picked out the pink dresses and the  2 different shades of pink for the flowers. He had pink flowers for the guys and all of them loved the idea. They even asked for pink and gray flasks as wedding presents. The bride and myself, are not fans of the color, but it made him happy. In my opinion, it is not about putting the guy's manhood into question. It is about how the guy feels about himself and his confidence. Men should be able to wear whatever color that they want. You can't judge a manhood by its color, only by the actions of that man.

  • totally worng. men can, have and continue to wear bright colours. the use of coulours is not associated with femininity, its a fashion thing and thats just made up bs to sell shit eg sales tactic not gendered.
    google 1930s mens suits and see the large array of coloured suits that were available

  • We can were brigh t colors look at men in the 80s omg control freak no,no I will not follow the manly rules wich seem like what wemon whent thru at a much early time setting

  • 🙁 very sad I do feel restricted nono no more massive man colors I want some purple with tiger striped blue pands and a light purple hat with blue tiger stripes

  • well i think the colors a men used also depend on their ethnicity and their roots in some group of culture it might be acceptable for men to wear certain colors. i myself just used black gray blue dark colors red might be an exception sometimes because of my skin and build(mesomorph or endomeso,triangle inverted,bearmod), bright colors dont make me look that good, i think  if they would make me look good i wouldnt mind i think

  • As a fashion-forward gay, I refuse to shop for clothes at stores like Sears, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. because every single shirt and pants looks like the one next to it, with a slight variation. I simply have to buy my clothes online because all the stores around me are too afraid of providing even a glimmer of color for me to wear.

  • I always dress in black. Not really because of masculinity, but I guess its because black clothes don't lose their color and its harder to notice if a black pants or shirt has never ironed.

  • Depressed people actually dress in grey colours subconsciously. So colourful clothing is connected with feeling good. Colour connected with feelings, feelings connected to the fact that in this modern world, men are still urged to not show feelings.

  • I stick to black, grey, drak green, dark blue, and dark red. As far as patters I do wear some variations of the plaid pattern. I fell that I shouldn't wear colors like yellow, orange, pink, or other common bright  colors

  • My wardrope is pretty much whites, greys, blacks, dark blues and beige….omg I feel robbed of color now! Wait… I have bright green pants that I wear out when I want to embarrass people! Perfect!

  • I have mostly blacks and greys in my wardrobe and recently I got a new job where I needed to get new clothes as it has been years since I last got anything new to wear and my shirts and pants were looking a little on the warn side. My mom made it a point to insist that I buy shirts with color, and I never thought of it as a gender thing but it sort of makes sense now. I'm not one for bright colors but at the same time, while I'm not a transman, I do tend to lean more to the male side of the gender spectrum than I so the female side gender-identity wise. It could be that I had subconsciously picked up a few color tips as I learned more about how I identify and began to change how I present myself in order to be more true to myself.

  • I live in New Zealand and it's nothing like this. In our stores there is a lot of black and grey, sure, but there are also a lot of colourful prints that have been introduced and guys around my age (20) have no problem wearing them. Perhaps this is just an older generation thing? Because it seems as if younger people don't care about this at all.

  • Only with formal wear. If you wear a colorful tux, then you're going to prom. Kinda stupid. I liked my crimson bow tie.

  • I think with high fashion's demand that we wear different colors for day and night may also be playing a role in both women and men's fashion in current times.  Soft pastels and well blended tones are considered "daytime" and dark, high-contrasting colors are considered "evening." Even on TV, male news anchors and chat-session hosts are trending to wear grays, beige's, and powder blues in the morning, and then wear the opposite blacks, browns, and navy blues in the evening.

    The overall societal suggestion in both men's and women's clothes (via the media) is that there are acceptable colors to wear during the day and acceptable colors to wear at night. Remember, "daytime make-up" and "evening make-up" are also a thing adult women are socially expected to adhere to. The soft pink shirts that men are now wearing? They fit the bill for day-time appropriate colors now, so does the mean that the daytime-to-evening color pallets are becoming more important than the gendering of color?

  • I'm a metro guy and I personally LOVE bright colors (both for clothes and interior design) and patterns like checkerboard and stripes. Sucks that most dudes' clothes are dull and dark, I usually try thrift stores or online to find colorful stuff.

    Maybe me being born in the 80s has something to do with it too, since my first memories were filled with neons and stuff. It seems like there was a brief revival of vivid, colorful guys' clothes in the 80s and early 90s (like for rockers or, say how Will Smith dressed on Fresh Prince of Bel Air), but it's pretty boring now.

  • One thing I noticed here in the UK (not sure if this applies elsewhere) is that the colour of men's clothes as well as generally being more restrictive and more neutral is also only the cooler shades. Women's clothes though are all warmer colours. It's frustrating as I generally prefer cooler shades and my (male) flatmate prefers warmer. I wish that there was more colour choice for men in general but also that the colours were more equaly distributed in general.

  • I need to add color to my wardrobes. As a gay man, I am so lacking in style. A BIG TABOO for gays and straight girls. I need more vibrant clothes but it seems like the women have all the great stuff. God I envy women for their more diverse selections. Not only do women have more decorative and beautiful styles but also more fabrics to choose from. As a man, you're expected to wear browns, greys, blacks, beige, and khakis but too much is just, well, too much. I want more hot pinks, metallic violets, vibrant reds, lime greens, electric blues, ect. I want more silks, satins, hemps, velvet, and flux furs. But because I have a penis, I'm limited to gender approved bullshit…. fuck it, I'm going shopping.

  • As a man who wears a sweatshirt that looks like a rainbow, I am 100% heterosexual. I am the most heterosexual person you would ever know. However, due to the stereotype that men who wear lots of colors and bright clothing is associated with feminine and gay, people assume that I am gay. I find it hilarious that people can be so judgmental and ignorant.

  • I like greige pants myself. You know how long Beau Brummel has been dead? Real fashion icon that corpse. Without looking it up on Wikipedia you couldn't have said either because Beau Brummel's fashion has had no effect on anyone, anywhere for in excess of 2 centuries. Could we get one of your value judgements on this? You know, the one that goes this is good and that is too.

  • id definitely like to see a video elaborating on whats acceptable to wear to work. i feel like women are allowed more creativity and leeway, but are also judged more for it

  • I love bright colors, however, finding say pink or neon yellow hoodies that are not cheap is almost impossible. But I keep searching.

  • I believe war may actually have something to do with it…

    At least in the US, post WWII, fashion for men tended towards quasi-military, so muted colors, and utilitarian cuts were common.
    The 20'th century has had more wars than any other, and so the military has influenced fashion, however unconsciously.
    Especially for returning soldiers, who would naturally pick clothing most similar to the uniforms they had become accustomed to.

    Personally, I prefer muted colors, or a nice dark suit with pinstripes. Black or dark blue jeans, and a pocketed t-shirt of various (drab) colors is the uniform of the day.

  • I guess it would have to depend on how pink the shirt is. if the shirt is lighter pink it would be acceptable for me but if it is a more solid pink then it becomes more unnecessary

  • I LOVE pale pink! Na fer tho, I wear bright colors, but it's mostly cause I'm so dark, it helps me stand out at night! lol

  • Most of the time, I wear either shades of grey (from white to black) or something in between blue and green. I think it's a good palette to work with, as it evokes the kinds of emotions I'm going for. Also, I'm kinda colorblind, so I guess maybe I've been avoiding color throughout my life. I mean, just look at my avatar. I've been drawing for over a decade and I hardly ever use color, for me it's all about the lines.

  • I lean towards the blue side of the spectrum. Right now I am wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, and blue sneakers. Blue is the most popular color in the world. So I figure that it is a safe bet. Red is associated with aggression and sexuality. So I am scared that wearing red would make people want to pick fights with me or think that I am a pervert.

  • Men's fashion choices are limited because of misogyny, obviously. If men had more fashion choices, the root cause would also be misogyny. The important thing for people to understand is that misogyny is the root cause of every difference in cultural norms between the genders, regardless of which gender gets the "better end of the stick".

  • You don't touch on the fact that our culture is a middle class not an aristocratic culture, and the middle class men never wore bright colors.

  • I hate enforced gender roles I was brought up Male but never felt like a typical Male. I now live as a Non-binary Transgender person and actively do what feels right for me. I wear "female" clothes full time and have a full bushy beard. Breaking the gender Rules is not intentional it just happens because I'm being me

  • Men's clothing is invariably dull uniformed compared to women's.
    A woman said that women are lucky because they can wear anything and it's considered the norm.
    Another woman said that socially and with clothes it's better to be a woman, but the physical is a bummer.

  • Gender equality is not just for women, otherwise it isn't gender equality.
    Gender equality is regarding others as people, rather than as men or women. It is not to do with the physical and emotional (When these get brought into it, it doesn't work out.), but the intellectual and spiritual.

  • Some animals would have the males looking better than the females. There's for instance the ostrich, sparrow, turkey and peacock. Yet, with humans it's the woman. It shows the women nicely controlling the men.

  • Yeah, if a man wears anything that men aren't allowed to wear, his sexuality must immediately be brought into it. That's so immature. Some people need to wake up and grow up. And, at many office workplaces the men must always wear e.g. long pants, shoes and socks. The women in summer can wear e.g. sleeveless top, shorts and open toed shoes. The man wearing that there more than likely wouldn't still be there.

  • I do feel pressured into some colors and patterns / lack thereof
    But I am queer so I do have more freedom, though I feel like NOTHING ever lets me out of stereotypical boundaries.
    As if when I wear flashy stuff, people will say "Oh, you're queer, I expected it, you're trying to fit in", and when I don't "Oh, I expected it, you're trying to fit in".
    People don't realize that I dress for myself and that I'm never doing it to fit in (except when I do, which is obvious because I will state it out loud). I dress to feel pretty and comfy, not to be seen as a masculine or feminine.

  • I have 2 seperate wardrobes.

    in the first nearly everything I own is black or blue. most of my shirts and shorts are black. and then pants are mostly blue jeans.

    this is my everyday attire. stuff I would be wearing the vast majority of the time.

    but as I said, I have a second wardrobe.

    I crossdress. I love feminine clothing more than life itself. I've been doing for as long as I can remember and I can't imagine a life without it.

    my female wardrobe has every color of the rainbow and a few prints (though I generally don't like prints) I love flashy and very in your face sort of styles.

    I believe sexuality has nothing to do with fashion, but gender traditions have a ton to do with it.

    in fact the very reason I got into crossdressing in the first place was because I began to notice just how boring boys clothes were. even at 10 years old, I knew girls clothes were far more interesting than boys.

    exactly why all this came about and why it's held so strong for so long is completely beyond me.

  • I think it's more due to the fact that dark colors like black, navy, gray and brown are associated with a greater degree of formality. Hence, when a man wears a navy or charcoal gray suit with a dark necktie at work it sends a signal he is more serious about his work and, therefore, more dependable and worthy of success while bold bright colors represent a more carefree or creative (and therefore less reliable) type of person; imagine Steve Tyler next to a lawyer.

  • I sold high end fashion for years in Santa Fe NM. Now, Santa Fe has a culture unique to itself, men wear color and jewelry here, very frequently. But, you would maybe be surprised at how well brightly patterned shirts sold. Even more so when they hired a particular guy, tough, buff former police officer, as a salesman. Dude loves fashion, and is exceptionally masculine (and straight if anyone cares), so when men and their wives saw how good he looked in colors and patterns, I think they were more inclined to think they could pull it off. And these guys were wealthy business and cattle men, also hypermasculine, leaving with armfuls of brightly patterned shirts, and coming back for more. And when you could tell they liked it, but were just unsure if they could pull it off, all you had to do was ask them to try on a blazer, and they were sold. (often buying the blazer too) "Look how sharp that pop of color looks, but it's toned down by the jacket. You could totally wear it just like this to work." Then you turn to his wife, "He looks damn good doesn't he?"
    "I've been trying to get him to wear that color for ages, it just looks so good with his complexion." "Mmmhmm, it does."
    Sold. We got so many men into color, just like that.

  • This is a tricky one… I enjoy wearing color and I believe we've been limited to vanilla and bland. I think conforming down that far takes a lot of the fun out of things.

  • I am a 46 year old and am tired of the fact that men get cheated out of fashion. You go to the store and as a man you get nothing to put all your stuff in. Now you go to the girls they get all the bags/purses to carry a bus in. Men oversized backpacks/man purses all suck for fashion and compatibility. I have been looking for a backpack/purse for some time now. All the mini backpacks were to girl like as I am straight. Then I struck gold with the mini backpack I was looking for Steve madden black also the bcbg petite silver snake skin that I feel will work as unisex fashion look. Let me tell you as a man I hate having things in my pockets it drives me crazy. Cell phones/ Car keys /chargers/ wallets ect as time goes on we have more stuff to carry with us pockets are not cutting it anymore. So if all these fashion designers would focus on the men for carrying all their shit that would be great keeping pockets out of it bags bags for men.

  • As a guy I love color. Especially brighter colors, but it ofc depends on the specific shade. Dark pink(redish), Olive Green, Ocean Blue, Burgandy, and other colors alike. I like these on crew neck sweaters, t shirts, pants, and or almost anything. I personally just think it's a lot more interesting than wearing navy blue, black, gray, and or white all the time. Even though they are indeed essentials every guy should have, brighter colors on the other hand stand out. Color is what shows confidence and life

  • It is just a stereo type thing,   Back in the day,   If a guy wore  really bright colors,  polka dots,  etc.     people would think,    he may be gay,  or feminine.(Liberace)     or if a women wears toned down colors,  conservative dress apparel,   people may think,  she is probably a lesbian,  or a lesbo.      Now,  people wear what they like,    and  they are not really judged like back in the day.

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