Friday, 23 April 2010

The Boys.

I've always had a bit of a thing for menswear. 

I think it might have come from my first job in retail, when I started at Gap when I was a fancy-free 16-year-old.

I worked as part of the menswear team, do you remember when it was on Lord Street?

As I recall, I was a pretty good seller. 

This could have been because I was a young girl selling Favourite Tees to the boys of Liverpool.

I subsequently got quite a few phone numbers, mainly because of getting the ratio of professional : flirt just spot on.  

Anyway, during my interview for my placement at Ralph Lauren, I was asked what division I would prefer to work in.

Immediately I said menswear, much to the surprise of the people interviewing me. 

I gave the following response. 

Look at Topshop. 

Now look at Topman.

There is no comparison between the two. 

Topshop is a leading high street fashion retailer, and Topman is.. well, students who aren't quite sure of how to dress. 

This is why I like menswear; the options out there are limited, so boys who dress well are making the most of a small choice, and working it. 

I think it's important to do what we can for it. 

It's almost neglected in the fashion stakes.

Maybe it's too risky to go fashion-forward with menswear or something, I'm not sure. 

Anyway, my boy Tony, who I actually met at Gap, is paving his way in the Fashion Industry and asked me to do a little piece for his magazine, on what I think looks good on a boy, from a female Fashion Blogger's point of view. 

So I sorted out a shoot, and got my boy Adam to help me out. 

He is what is classed as a Bold Street Head I think, mainly because he works on Bold Street, and has that kind of vibe about him. 


Shirt, Urban Outfitter
Coat, Volcom
Hoody, Supreme
Jeans, Levi's
Shoes, Marc Jacobs for Vans. 

He also has a pretty extensive collection of t-shirts, so here's a few rushed pics I took before we had to bail because it was so cold. 


Various t-shirts
Alife
Lost Art,
Obey,
Stussy,
Supreme. 

Now how he dresses isn't the only thing that I think looks good on a boy, don't get me wrong, I love a good smart suit for the right occasion. 

But for day-to-day casual wear, I think this style is pretty sound. 

Sound in the academic sense, and also in the Scouse sense. 

I'm not sure how to conclude this post; I guess something to do with this being an example of your-not-so-typical-Liverpool boy, or what, something along those lines. 

I wouldn't mind doing more of these, what's-in-your-wardrobe kind of things, so give me a shout if you want me to do one of you.



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14 comments

  1. Totally agree with you on this one! It actually surprises me how great guys can look with just a tee, hoodie, slim (not skinny) jeans and some adidas archive!
    The first pic you posted is the exact outfit (except for a pair Munchens) that one of my friends wears and he always looks cool as!
    xx

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  2. i totally agree with you on the topshop/topman thing! those boys got it bad! this guy isnt dressed bad, but it's not very imaginative at all, obvious streetwear brands and high street clothes, loads of people dress like this, bold street clones! but like i said he looks fine, but nothing special i'm just being real critical, he has awful hair too! hehe! your blog is cool by the way!
    em x

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  3. Guys that dress well are actually my obsession. Mainly because theres so few of them and so the ones that do look awesome. His t-shirts are incredible, I want every single one!

    PS. please do a whats in my bag post! they're my favourite thing ever! http://fuckyeahwhatsinyourbag.tumblr.com/

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  4. @Anonymous the second/Em (because there isn't much of a reply to be given at the first anonymous)

    I think when you're dressing like this, there is no need to be drastically creative; a statement t-shirt does the job, it's a good look, but I understand if it's not your cup of tea.

    There are a lot of male Indie kids out there in Liverpool, who could be the potentially "imaginative" kind you're talking about, but they really aren't my bag.

    Skinny jeans, pointed shoes, half a head of hair/bowl cuts with old man jumpers. Actually saying that, this "out there" style is very common amongst that scene, so nothing new.

    Glad you like the Blog though! Thank you for the feedback, you did make some good points to talk about :)

    P.S His hair isn't that bad surely..! his Dad is a Barber as well! x

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  5. I remember Gap on Lord Street!

    You know what you said about Topshop vs Topman - that is SO right, I can't believe I never realised that! Well done, you hit the nail on the head.

    Your boy's Paris t shirt is absolutely awesome... I also like what you said above ^^ about the typical Liverpool indie boys (Le Bateau heads I call them), I like how your boy subverts it a little. I'm so sick of the dapper checked shirt/pointy shoe/bowl head/trench coat thing on boys.

    I would LOVE to do a what's in your wardrobe thing with you - I live in Liverpool too (as you know I think, you read my blog?). I could also possibly be classed as a Bold St head, working at FACT?

    xx

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  6. Just a quickie to say, really like your blog and that you are exploring scouse fashion as people tend to say that everyone is a WAG-wannabe! ( I'm from Liverpool originally and it's interesting to see the evolution of Liverpool street style!

    Have you seen hoyfashion? Though that's probably a bit more 'indie' really...

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  7. @Chintz - Ah yes didn't you move to Lark Lane? I remember your Blog!

    I don't know what the script is regarding female Bold Street Heads, but technically, I suppose you are!

    If you want to sort something out give me an email and we could sort something out in a couple of weeks? Final year exams are killing me! xx

    laurenjanemcbride@gmail.com

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  8. @loublogs - glad you like the Blog!

    In my opinion, Hoy is possibly the best street style website in the UK.

    I don't know if I'm being biased because they are from Liverpool but I honestly haven't seen a website which is purely street style, as good as that.

    :) thanks for your comment Honey x

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  9. you are being biased

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  10. Do you reckon?

    I have always thought it was pretty boss.

    mcbride x

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  11. Hey Lauren,
    Great Blog! www.fashiofinds.co.uk are hooked!

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  12. What high street store can you buy obey stussy and supreme from?
    Yeh u.o is high street, but give the lad a break, it's not like he's shopping in Topman.

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