A Gentleman's Guide
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JANUARY | 2018

JANUARY | 2018 | STYLE

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IDENTIFYING YOUR STYLE

Every Beaux is unique, just as every Beaux has his own individual style. According to stylist and designer Rachel Zoe, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak."  Visualize a young Billy Dee Williams in the cult classic, Lady Sings the Blues as the sophisticated and debonair renaissance man.

Imagine Claude McKay, in a tailored grey pinstriped suit with a matching tie, fedora, and fresh white lapel boutonniere offering a young singer a tip or Michael Jackson in sequined socks and gloves military jacket and dark shades, leading an army through the streets of some remote foreign country.

Envision Bob Marley in a brown leather vest, tattered fitted jeans and hand crocheted cotton slouch cap, appearing to be as regal and prophetic, as the Lion of Judah he sang about. After giving either of these icons an ounce of consideration you'll find that they communicate more than a pound's worth of individualism through style and fashion.
 

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Conservatism and conformity ruled supreme in the 1950's, as trim tailoring and similar accessories like hats, pocket squares, cigarette, and martinis were worn by just about everyone.

The revolution arrives in the 1960's, with JFK’s cool patriotic form, and Huey Newton’s activism in bad-ass black leather jackets. The eighties, with its

Meanwhile, broad padded shoulders, framing power ties, and hip hop’s graphic patterns, huge chains and Afrocentric homages conveyed a new national confidence  for many during the eighties.

From the early 2000s and beyond, Beauxs started dressing up again, and the current era of individuality and other assorted expressions of grooviness are increasingly beckoning for our attention. Time has brought a shift and we're no longer the clones of yesteryear.  No longer do we feel compelled to wear the same shirt by the same designers, or to faithlessly follow fashion trends.

In the past we found our individualism misconstructed by the style of the then current time. So much that may of us couldn't ask ourselves if we were simply following fashion trends of if we were being true to who we really were. Individuality is as it has always been-the principle- while stylistic expression is the key.

Imagine the hours that we’ve spent pouring over the glossy pages our favorite men’s magazines as we searched for a glimpse of a look that best represented our individualism.  A great number of Beauxs wish to create their own style and don’t want to look like a clone of the guy in the ad.

We wants to create our own style to match our personalities. We can start this by taking the mirror challenge. This quick but effective challenge requires for you to stand in front of a mirror and ask yourself who you are and what it is you want your wardrobe to express?  

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Continue by listing three words that best represent you. Are you the archduke of athletics, the earl of elegance or the debonair leading man? Are you the responsible well-dressed banker or are you the next starving artist that the world has yet to see?

Style is one of the most noticeable ways for us to make nonverbal statements about who we are.

First Corinthians 13:11 states that, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”  Well I say that, "when I was a child, I dressed as a child, but when I became a Beaux I put away childish things and picked up Tom Ford. The evolution of fashion and style is connected to who you are.

We're not the awkward and anxious boys we once were. Through style, we can evolve into the Beauxs we're meant to be. Identify your style by selecting clothing that speaks to you by telling the story of the man Beaux you want to be.

Fine tune your intention of becoming more comfortable in your individual style by strategically selecting pieces that best express who you really are. Look amazing everyday and express yourself as stylistically as you can, because in the end, your style is your signature. The world is waiting for your arrival.

 

-R.E.N

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