menswear misconception

menswear misconception

Curated Menswear picks by Indigo + Cotton.

A common misconception we need to get straight: men’s fashion in Charleston doesn’t ONLY need to center around pastels, seersucker, and boat shoes (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Sure-- let southern gents stroll around in their khakis and bowties, but know, there are other options.

Men’s fashion has exploded in recent years so you’re all forgiven if you haven’t been able to keep up.


(Image by Stree Style: Vee Travels)


Whether you actually care or not is up to you, but know that you might be surprised with what you can get away with these days and how easy it is to elevate your style.


Just about everything you can think of is “in style” right now.


Graphic tees, relaxed pants, and most definitely the old sneakers you found in the back of your closet. It’s all about how you wear what you have.


(Image by Stree Style: Vee Travels)


Some quick tips to clean up a look: Try tucking a tee. A front, side, or even a full tuck of a solid tee can make you look like the dudes out of the JCrew catalog. Cuff the pant. This’ll make you look taller, edgier, and a bit more refined. Roll the sleeves.


It’s a very Danny Zuko or Ponyboy thing to do, but it's fun, effortless, and a bit hip. Wear a blazer. Sure--there’s a time and a place, but there are probably more times and places to wear one than what you’re thinking.



(Image by J Crew)


Wearing one over a tee can easily make you the best-dressed person in the room without even trying--and without getting you any glares. It's the perfect amount of presence. Put something flashy on.


Men are too often scared to accessorize. For instance, a simple cuff isn’t going to hurt anyone and it may even score you a compliment. Here are some pieces I found: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


(Image by Mr. Porter)


The goal here is to expand your horizons (or to at least consider it). Take small steps. Try something out for a week and go from there.


(Image by J Stark)


Maybe the jewelry isn’t for you, but maybe another statement piece is. Here are some men’s shops in the area that I frequent (in no particular order):


1.Indigo & Cotton


3.Billy Reid




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