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What's a Man to Do?

Mens fashion rarely changes, but when it does it's much more radical than roundtoed vs. square toed. Over the last few years, we've watched the shape of men's clothing shrink to major body hugging status. Some men - especially those under 25 - have embraced the "little clothes." These guys aren't afraid to dress modern; their mops of curly hair and mohawks draw even more attention to their skinny jeans. Jeggings - the jean, legging combo - are no stranger to the artsy crowd. In fact local photographer Christopher Cabello - who just released his Varga calendar see an upcoming Mirror, Mirror column - wears them well. But other men - especially those say, over 35 - are having a little trouble. Nothing feels good on their bodies other than the oversized and baggy, even though the closer to the body pieces accentuate well-earned muscles. (But I digress)

What's a Man to Do?

Zachary M.C. Harris , who demands "a full range of motion," wears relaxed-fit AG Adriano Goldschmeid Hero jeans ($168) and a Zachary Prell shirt ($198).
Zachary M.C. Harris , who demands "a full range of motion," wears relaxed-fit AG Adriano Goldschmeid Hero jeans ($168) and a Zachary Prell shirt ($198). CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

Mens fashion rarely changes, but when it does it's much more radical than roundtoed vs. square toed.  Over the last few years, we've watched the shape of men's clothing shrink to major body hugging status.  Some men - especially those under 25 - have embraced the "little clothes." These guys aren't afraid to dress modern; their mops of curly hair and mohawks draw even more attention to their skinny jeans.  Jeggings - the jean, legging combo - are no stranger to the artsy crowd. In fact local photographer Christopher Cabello - who just released his Varga calendar see an upcoming Mirror, Mirror column -  wears them well. But other men - especially those say, over 35 - are having a little trouble. Nothing feels good on their bodies other than the oversized and baggy, even though the closer to the body pieces accentuate well-earned muscles. (But I digress)

Today's story on the right fit on men's jeans tries to address these issues. Guys, it's time to take baby steps into fashion! We'd like to thank Jon Segal of Pants in Bryn Mawr. Men, you want to check out his store. He's found a good way to marry classic and modern looks and the labels he carries - Zachary Prell, Philadelphia's own Commonwealth Proper and AG Adriano Goldschmeid.  Men, looking for tips on how to dress snazzy this holiday season, check out these books: The Nordstrom Guide to Men's Style (Chronicle Books, 2008) by fashion trendspotter, Tom Julian and  Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man's Guide to Looking Good. (Hearst, 2009). And lastly, we'd like to thank our models Danny Weiss and Zachary Harris for being such good sports.

About this blog

I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

So let’s thank the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, that a true fashionista can find everything she needs right here in Philly.

I’ve covered fashion here for six years, and I have traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Paris to write about local and national designers. Let me tell you, there is no place where people wear midnight Eagles green or Phillies red with such wild abandon as they do on the west side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Sound familiar? This blog is for you.

Reach Elizabeth at ewellington@phillynews.com.

Elizabeth Wellington Fashion Columnist
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