By: Paul Julch, Wardrobe Stylist at Share Some Style
If you’ve wandered the urban jungle lately, or just frequented coffee houses in Seattle – you’ve undoubtedly encountered the emerging new breed of man, the ‘lumbersexual’. What is a ‘lumbersexual’, you ask? It’s the beard-loving guys who are donning plaid flannel shirts, utilitarian outerwear, and work boots designed for trekking the wilderness, but haven’t set foot on anything harsher than the slate floors of a Barney’s warehouse sale.
The look is gaining traction, though, with everyone from the fashion elite to the everyday Joe. As a backlash to the overly coiffed, über-fashionable ‘metrosexual’, it’s an option for any guy who has a healthy interest in his appearance, but still wants to be a manly man.
If you’re entertaining the notion of adding
a little a lot more plaid into your life, and don’t mind if people ask to borrow your axe – here are some practical ideas to inject a bit of manliness into your everyday wardrobe:
THE BUSINESS CASUAL LUMBERSEXUAL
If the last thing you want anyone to ask you at the office is how much wood can a woodchuck chuck (and really expect you to know the answer) – you’ll need to keep the outdoor gear in check. A shirt jacket stands in for a casual blazer, while a muted shirt and well-fitting cords fully embrace your masculine side. And trade in your off-duty boots for a pair of leather chukka boots with soles designed more for climbing the corporate ladder than trudging through the forest.
THE WEEKEND LUMBERSEXUAL
Weekends are the time that you can go full-on manly man with your clothes. So grab that plaid flannel shirt, quilted vest and work boots and get to chopping some wood!
THE DATING LUMBERSEXUAL
When you’re on a date (especially a first one), you don’t want to overwhelm her with your towering masculinity. A little goes a long way – you can wait to show her how to make the perfect rabbit trap for the third date. A lightweight button-down shirt, touchable wool sweater and dark jeans take you from a casual dinner to the movies without her ever doubting that you can split a log in one swing as well as make a mean latté.