Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Buying for the Other Half……….Art or Science?–Menswear Online


There are a huge number of stores for menswear online, some boutiques offering designer fashion such as Matches Fashion and My-Wardrobe, others specific menswear stores and still others all the high street brands offering menswear from casual collections to suits and general tailoring.  So the choice is enormous.

I think it’s true to say that where there are few men who buy for women, particularly online, except in certain categories such as lingerie and jewellery (and please let me know if you think I’m wrong), there are a lot of women who buy for their men, both online and off, from shirts and ties to casualwear and accessories plus inevitably the dreaded socks.  I say ‘dreaded’ as socks are surely the most prosaic of purchases, however necessary, and even then you need to get it right (red?  diamond pattern? striped? printed? plain?)

Just as women do, men have a particular style, and I’m not talking about the older man wearing skinny jeans (which he shouldn’t) nor a wide pinstriped double breasted suit on a…….how shall I put it?………larger man (ditto), but the quirky, preppy, classic, modern, humour laden, brogue or loafer-with-tassels (!) style that defines everything that he wears, or would choose to wear, from shirts to ties to socks and even suits.

Here are some of the best places for menswear online with every picture leading you to a different online store;

my wardrobe for blog mainline menswear 2matches fashion for blog harrods menswear

jules b menswearfrench connection menswear ct shirts tm lewin

So the next time you’re considering buying something for the man in your life think carefully and make sure you get it right.  It is both an art and a science and to be really good at it you need to know your man very well and put some thought into his style.  It’s not what you like, it’s about who he is.  You may think he would look nice in that classic turn-back cuff blue striped shirt from T M Lewin and he may be too polite to tell  you that that is absolutely not his look and he’d rather have something by Paul Smith.  Get his style right, and the choosing right, and you’ll both be happy.

I have two sons, one aged 23 and the other 22 and both are completely different style-wise, one definitely preppy/modern/classic and the other much more quirky and modern, he I’m sure will always need to incorporate something faintly daft in his dress.  He does so now with huge aplomb.  Mothers take note.  You can’t change them, and you shouldn’t try………………………………………….