It’s easy to critique. Especially something that’s obviously not a good choice, like an outdated shoe or non-flattering cut of clothing. But the real work comes with offering a solution – a constructive observation that provides a better solution than the one deemed immature, or which was simply bad idea in the first place. My friend Andrew of Primer belongs in that second category. He’s highlighted eleven men’s style options that, while may have once been on trend, are simply outdated or make you look much younger and unaware thany you are. And then, he provides classic, timeless options that are worth the investment and will make sense in your wardrobe for years to come. He says,
I don’t want you to read the following list of out-of-style items and think, “Oh yeah? Says one idiot on one stupid website.” I get it–not wearing a shirt that is in good condition, or a pair of shoes that still have years of wear left in them just because it’s “not popular” is a pretty shitty reason. I get bogged down in existential thoughts on the function clothing performs and wonder if we’re all just suckers buying into advertising. Nonetheless, the following items are out of style, and if you’re concerned with such things, you should consider phasing them out of your wardrobe for more timeless alternatives.
This is good stuff, and won’t make you feel bad for having a few of these in your closet. But more importantly, you’ll feel much more informed next time you’re ready to add a few new pieces.