Let’s face it. When it comes to fashion, the men in our lives are often ignored. T-shirts, sweats, gym shorts, tank tops (I was tempted to use the descriptive opposite of odorless, but will refrain, in honor of this special day).
Many of us are so caught up in our own narcissistic beauty and style routines. We barely give our men a second glance as they trot off to work or a night out.
On Father’s Day, let’s turn over a new leaf and help our men look their best! It’s a special day to give thanks to our fathers, husbands, boyfriends, male best friends, personal trainers, cute stranger in class, you get the picture.
Wichita has plenty of shopping choices for both conservative fathers as well as tattooed dads-with-a-cause. The important key is to shop for muted color palettes with a hint of color as a main focal point.
Johnston’s Clothiers, located on 12111 E 21st St., carries classic styles that are both timeless and comfortable. Suits, blazers, and slacks can be measured and tailored for the perfect couture fit.
Section 37, located in the same shopping plaza, offers contemporary brands such as AG Denim, Penguin, and William Rast. If affordable, contemporary luxury is what you’re after, this is the perfect shopping destination.
Banana Republic (Bradley Fair) and J.Crew (www.jcrew.com) are some of my favorite places to shop for men. Sleek, contemporary styles such as fitted collared shirts, perfect jackets, sweaters, and signature American classics can be worn for many years to come. Colors are perfectly matched and signature pieces are easily interchangeable.
Kohl’s, located at 3561 N. Rock Rd, offers affordable tops and bottoms at every price point. It’s a great one-stop shop for everyone in the family. Jeans, slacks, and shorts are clearly separated by categories and departments are easy to find. Plus, recent renovations have made the store more inviting and efficient to shop in.
Express Men is clearly for the more adventurous personality type. Located inside Towne East/West Mall, Express offers trendy looks that fit close to the body and vibrant, look-at-me colors. This is a great place to find that one pop of color or accessory (hats, ties, bags, watches, jewelry) to liven up any look.
As far as the male counterparts out there who are still snickering at the fashion world, please try to embrace this mindset (which has been proven to change lives, by the way):
Fashion allows you to easily express yourself in simple, effortless, and most importantly, NON-VERBAL ways. Without a word or sound, your clothes can speak for you.
Finally, silent communication can be used for good instead of evil.