Street style fashion from Paris and Milan and Stella Jean Spring/summer 2014 on the catwalk at the Pitti Uomo fair in Florence, All Over Press.

Street style fashion from Paris and Milan and Stella Jean Spring/summer 2014 on the catwalk at the Pitti Uomo fair in Florence, All Over Press.

BEYOND THE SUIT

Men might not always get our leather dungarees, but what about the sartorial turn-offs and ‘challenging’ silhouettes they indulge in themselves?

Rapper A$ap Rocky arrives in style to the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2013 collection, All Over Press.

Elizabeth Monson, the Brooklyn-based fashion industry exec behind the blog Move Slightly, appreciates that her boyfriend, photographer Mark Iantosca, enjoys getting dressed in the morning. Sometimes, she believes, he enjoys it too much. “Mark is really into longer silhouettes right now and, at first, I felt like, ‘OK, you’re wearing a dress,’” she says. “But he’s usually a pretty good judge of trends.”

While an entire blogging empire has been built around the concept of ‘man repelling’, or wearing cool, quirky clothes that guys don’t really get, the tables have begun to turn as men become more and more interested in fashion. On the red carpet, usually conservative celebs are trying runway-ready looks that don’t exactly aim to please (see Kanye West and A$AP Rocky as prime examples). And at industry events such as the Pitti Uomo fair, where the world’s top names in menswear assemble, editors and buyers take on the biggest trends of the season and work them as hard as they can. 

While support for woman-repelling ensembles seems to be widespread among the most fashionable men, there are still a few naysayers. Stephanie Trong, co-editor-in-chief of Fashionista.com, would, personally, rather her guy look like Ryan Gosling than a street style head turner: “If a dude is wearing an outfit with a capital O, then my attraction to him just vanishes. Though I would want to be his friend and do a full credits run-through.”

For proud woman-repellers such as Iantosca, Trong’s reservations are inconsequential. “I really don’t think about fashion in terms of trying to be attractive,” he says. “I guess I want to look nice, but I would rather look cool.” 

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