Women always say that it is easier for men to shop, and straight men claim that there is nothing left for them to buy since all the fast-fashion retailers have turned their focus from straight to gay guys and are now catering to their fashion needs. To some extent, this is actually true – gay guys now have plenty more fashion options, options that reflect their style. Still, when you are in your twenties, you are bound to make mistakes, especially due to the abundance of choices that can quite often be the wrong ones. That is why we are here with some seriously good style tips to help you define your gay fashion persona.
1. Embrace patterns
While most straight men would not even dream of mixing patterns, you should definitely not shy away from this. Patterns, whether they are floral, stripes, polka dots or bold prints, they are here for the taking, and any gay with a bit of flare for the dramatic in the fashion department should own a floral sweatshirt or T-shirt. We are not saying you should be covered in flowers head to toe, but a garment or two to spice things up is always a good idea.
2. The longer, the better
It is safe to say that the trend of men wearing tunics spiked when Olly from Years and Years wore one in one of their videos. They look laid back, but super-fashionable at the same time, and that semi-slouchy look is hella sexy, so if you find a shirt that comes almost to your knees, grab that thing and rock it like nobody has rocked it before.
3. Make it fit
The reason women turn to gays for fashion advice is because gay guys have an innate sense of what does and does not fit well. Apply the same advice that you would give someone else on yourself, and make sure you own clothes that fit really well. This, of course, applies to jeans, blazers and trousers. If you have seen Crazy Stupid Love, follow Gosling’s advice – do not go for jeans that give you a mom but, but instead, go for something a bit more snug and fitted, although you should avoid jeggings at all costs. The same goes for suits – every guy, gay or straight, should own a great suit. Luckily the suits of today are not comprised of those wide pants and double-breasted monstrosities. Turn to fitted custom suits, and do not worry about making your look boring. Style it up with a great patterned shirt in a bold color and with a bold pocket square, and you are ready for any upscale occasion, like a dinner party or someone’s wedding. Every gay guy should own at least one suit in his fashion arsenal. For the best tailored, fitted styles and selections, it usually helps to turn to a popular gay clothing brand that specializes in designing these looks.
4. No biceps – no sleeveless
Unless your arms are toned and tight, steer clear of sleeveless shirts. It does not matter how much you like them, if your arms are flabby, these types of shirts will not do you any favors. Remember advice number three – make it fit, and wearing something unflattering does not go under ‘making it fit’. Therefore, either tone your arms (and they do not have to be bulging biceps) or forgo items with no sleeves. Tank tops are included in this category as well.
5. Steal athleisure
Straight men have been taking gay styles and making them their own for a long time now, so it is time to steal something from them. Athletic style is very hot right now, and it does not matter whether you actually like sports or not; this is not a matter of sports, this is a matter of fashion. Of course, you will not be wearing slouchy sweats (you are not a movie character binge-drinking after a breakup). You will go for stylish and fitted sweats completed by a pair of sneakers that are just meant for walking.
6. A look made complete
No self-respecting gay guy will step out of his house without a great bag. Man bags are present at retail stores in abundance, so all you have to do is pick. If straight guys want to keep cramming their wallets, phones and everything else in their pockets – that is their business. You will go for stylish and practical; a great bag completes the entire look.
7. Never enough
You simply must own several pairs of shoes for any given occasion. No clunky man shoes should be allowed within ten feet of your feet, but loafers, Vans, tanker boots, oxfords are a definite must. For further guidance, always turn to blogs. Never be afraid to spend a good amount of your hard-earned money on shoes, they tell the world who you are. If you’re looking to to look taller without getting a new pair of shoes, you can always get a good pair of shoe lifts to achieve a more long-legged look.
Now go shop, mix it up, and experiment following these simple guidelines.
Peter is a gay lifestyle writer for TheGayUk magazine from Brisbane, Australia! He worked as a freelance writer for local newspapers in