I usually write about fashion and beauty for women, but what about the guys? Long gone are the days when guys would wear over worn jeans and a grungy t-shirt as their day attire (wasn't that the 90's?). Now, there are grooming services for men, stylish stores and increasingly an emphasis on fitness and dare I say, some sort of beauty regime, all aimed at men.
Recently, I spoke with two leading menswear designers Reuben and Lévi Uwi of U.T.F.L. (Uwi Twins Fashion Label) . Their style and clothes are as unique as their story.
Reuben and Lévi Uwi were born in Rwanda in 1987. They escaped the 1994 genocide with their parents and siblings living in Kenya, until they came to Vancouver, Canada in 1998 at the age of 10. They now design some of the most cutting edge designs and their clothes have been featured around the world. One of their biggest inspirations are celebrities like Drake.
Reuben and Lévi shared with me the top trends for men.
The tops trends this season for guys are the use of colour blocking and not being scared to wear bright colours. You will see this in our current collection with the men's top and pants. The red pants in our collection will sure to make you stand out!
What are the four basics for a stylish wardrobe?
A stylish basic T-shirt, a pair of good fitting pants and hat are essential. In our SS14 collection, the 1987 and collage t shirts are very stylish. We have received lots of good feedback on them.
What are the top tips for a guy to look fresh?
Don't be shy to try something new and if you feel comfortable and it makes you feel good that's all that matters, confidence goes a long way on making the outfit work. Matching contrasting colours are in this season such as wearing red, yellow and white in one outfit will give you a lot of dimension in your outfit.
Other tips for guys to look and feel their best?
Don't be scared to out dress your girlfriend, that extra effort goes a long way especially on a first date. Wear some colour and this is sure to make you feel extra sexy, some comfortable pants with a simple white T shirt will give you that effortless cool factor you've been looking for.
After speaking with Reuben and Lévi Uwi it only confirms that there is nothing more attractive than a guy who takes care of himself. He does not need to spend a lot of money or doing anything outlandish, but having his own sense of style is something that will turn heads for sure.
Keep an eye out for my blog where I will continue to share the top tips for feeling your best self. If you have any questions about men's style or fashion, please leave your comments below and we will find the answers for you!