Ask the Readers: How experimental are you with your outfits?

September 28, 2012 · 32 comments

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Hey gents,

A few days ago I found this image on Tumblr, which I re-tumbl’d and also linked to on EG’s Facebook page, and it got an interesting response.

Some were into it, but most weren’t. Seems the comments skewed very traditional, as in, “the jacket and shoes are formal, the pants should be too,” and “everything should match,” etc.

So my question to you today is:

How experimental are YOU when it comes to your outfits?

Read that again.

I’m not asking you if you like this photo, or if you’re pro- or anti-cargos with your tailored sport coats.

I’m asking… how experimental are you when it comes to putting an outfit together each morning?

If you’ve been an EG reader for any amount of time, you’ll know that we encourage you to learn the basics of putting together a classic wardrobe with modern touches and little bits of trendy influences here and there.

We also encourage students of style to experiment with items and combinations outside of their current comfort zone.

Knowing what you like, don’t like, and aren’t sure you like until you try it out is KEY to finding and evolving your personal style.

If I never “pushed the limits” of experimentation in my own life, I’d probably still be stuck in 1996, wearing my JNCOs and Hip Hop Tasmanian Devil tees.

How do I feel about the outfit?

Personally, I love it. That’s probably obvious, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it.

Here’s why: The fit of everything is spot on. The shoes and jacket are killer, and I like the high/low mix of the cargos with a tailored jacket and double monks. It’s like a high/low sandwich.

I wear variations of high/low all the time; it’s a fun way to experiment and learn what works as an outfit, and what works for your own personal style.

Editor’s note: I talk a little bit more about this in a new (semi-regular) video series, but it’s exclusive to EG readers on the list. Make sure you sign up here so you don’t miss out. First one’s coming this Sunday!

So let’s hear it

How experimental are you? On a scale of 1-5, 1 being very traditional and not swaying from the rules at all, and 5 being extremely open and willing to try pretty much anything.

Can’t wait to hear your responses. Till next time!


Barron is the founder and editor of Effortless Gent, a site dedicated to helping guys figure out what looks best on them. He's based in San Francisco. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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