Do I shop for the men in my life?
Yes and No is my answer to that question.
I do for birthdays and holidays but generally they both know exactly what they like. They both have their own unique style and yet for father and son they are often similar. My son is more adventurous in his taste than his father but there are many elements that mirror each other. I love the way they dress and wear their clothes. These boys know what suits them and what makes them feel comfortable and unlike many women (me included) they don’t deviate too far from what works for them.
Men do not realise how easy it is to look fabulous, to dress with style and to appear well groomed. I believe their style choices are so much easier than ours. They may disagree but from where I am standing it is how I see it.
I like a man to look like a man. Know what I mean? Elegant, classic and not too out there when it comes to fashion. I suppose that could be considered narrow minded on my part but for me, they look their most attractive that way.
My mother, a war time bride, told me how handsome the men looked in their uniforms and how much of a surprise it could be when they were dressed as civilians. The uniform gave them a style that was consistent and classic in many ways. It showed the men on an equal playing ground. Classic dressing can work in the same way for men.
It is not the same as wearing a uniform and yet the essential wardrobe pieces mean the uncertain guess work is taken out. Knowing the formula for successful dressing makes all the difference to appearing stylish.
That’s why I think the boys get it easier. The right jacket, beautiful shirt or tee with a good pair of trousers or jean and they are off to a polished start.
I often buy Burberry for my boys. Burberry is the Brit classic that does not only the best trench but also the best essentials. Investment pieces that live long in the wardrobe and really work well.
When Nordstrom invited me to edit the pieces from this summer’s collection I thought immediately of my two and what they would wear. If I could have them wearing whatever I like it would always be the same; blazer, tailored shirt and a great pair of jeans.
That look does it for me every time, xv.
Shopping For The Boys
Burberry is on sale at Nordstrom and there is 40% off on the majority of styles. Spoil them. Why not?
images by mario testino for burberry