Inspiration: Menswear Spring 2012

Guys, you have no idea how many skirts and see-through tank tops I had to dig through to find these gems. Men’s fashion is not too far from women’s these days, borrowing many trends that women have been wearing for years.  This season, most importantly, men should realize that they need to GO FOR IT. Wear those red pants. Rock that crazy print, maybe even under another crazy print. That yellow is not too bright. Yes, those purple pants are for men. Many of the guys I know are afraid to take the plunge. I assure you, it doesn’t make you gay {rolls eyes} to be into fashion, in fact, it’s SEXY for a guy to take a risk with what he’s wearing. Hopefully the boys can get a little inspiration from the following Spring 2012 collections:

J. Crew

Marni

Marni

Marni

Alexander McQueen

Balmain Homme

Balmain Homme

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Costume National

Dolce & Gabbana

Dsquared2

Dsquared2

Dsquared2

Frankie Morello

General Idea

Gucci

Hermès

Iceberg

Iceberg

Iceberg

John Galliano

John Varvatos

John Varvatos

Louis Vuitton

Michael Bastian

Michael Bastian

Topman

Vivienne Westwood

Big Trends to note:

~ bold prints, don’t be afraid to layer and combine different prints. Try polka dots layered over thin stripes.

~ cuffed pants {still}

~ skinny, squarish ties. Wear with everything.

~ bold-colored pants. Yellow, red, blue, orange. DON’T BE AFRAID. Cool it down with a subtle, neutral tone on top. Grey + olive green are major colors for spring as well.

~ shorts are getting shorter

~ mandals. It’s spring time, bust out the mandals. And if you’re feeling super bold pair them with neutral socks.

~ boat shoes, driving shoes and loafer-types are still cute. Same goes for shoes: think bold, printed, and unique {studs, stripes, polka dots, etc.}

~ same with sneakers, but try them with tall neutral socks

~ for the love of god, don’t be afraid of a cardigan. It should be your best friend, your go-to layering piece.

~ fitted blazers of all colors

~ anything from Iceberg

~ Kurt Cobain-esque hair is all over the runways. Straight and just passed the shoulders.

~ sporty track jackets of all colors

~ pop of neon {belt, shoes, etc}

Good luck!

First things first.

Okay, first things first. I have to admit, with this blog you are dealing with an addict. I, Amanda Wasserman, am severely addicted to spending money. I’m addicted to aquiring new clothes. I’m addicted to that sensation you get when you first step into one of your favorite stores. The bright lights, the clothes neatly hanging on SO MANY HANGERS. I could just browse all. day. long. Unfortunately for me, this isn’t the healthiest addiction to have. For as long as I’ve had a debit card (aka access to my bank account) I’ve had money control issues. I love swiping, I can’t help it. At the tender age of 18 (and a day, practically), I acquired my first credit card with a limit of $250. After numerous bailouts from my parents (20th birthday present, 22nd birthday present, loans, etc) I’ve actually managed to maintain a decent credit score, and only a small amount of debt to this day. Yay! I’m not as bad as others out there, trust. No need to attend the local Shoppers Anonymous meetings, yet.. recognition of the habit is the first step to overcoming it, right? Let’s hope so.

Another (much healthier) addiction of mine is my music. When I say “my music” I mean, the certain bands I love. When I love a band, I tend to get overly into them, repeating songs 10x in a row, bringing it from my iTunes, to my phone, to my car, to the gym, to my friends cars and so on. Once I get over the initial “honeymoon” stage with the band, I gently stack them away and note yet another life-changing group to have affected my life. I’m much more into music than most of my friends, and only occasionally can I find someone on the same page as me with one of my fav bands. And when I do, I get SUPER EXCITED!! So please, as I write, shout out when you can relate, it will bring me much joy.

With my addictive personality set aside, I consider myself to be a good reference for great shopping spots, great shopping deals, and overall fashion guidance, all while listening to/suggesting finger-snapping good tunes. So please, follow, learn and interact. I’m a 25-year-old girl from St. Louis with a fashion background, living in LA for my third year. I’ve got a good grasp on the Angeleno culture, yet I’m well aware I have much to learn and much to explore. Follow me on my journey as I begin my first “big girl” fashion job on May 2nd. Follow me as I encounter the endless struggles of the adult world. Follow me as I discover new music, venues, concerts, weekly’s as well as interesting news about my favorite bands.

Please reach out with any questions, concerns or suggestions. I can easily be reached @ amandawasserman1@gmail.com. You can also follow me on twitter.

Looking forward to entering this huge blogosphere of ours and sharing my world with you all.

xo, Amanda