News / December 28, 2019

Groyper Fashion – Aesthetics 101

Since becoming involved in this movement, I often find myself approached and queried for advice pertaining to my thoughts on a certain look, piece of clothing or just the topic of men’s fashion at large. This has lead to countless lengthy conversations and many friends bouncing their ideas or thoughts off of me, with the common goal of creating a more comfortable, confident person. Developing an eye for fashion, or for aesthetic in general, can make a world of difference in a man’s life. With this article, I hope to impart some of the key concepts and bits of information, which I’ve become very familiar with over several years of learning and experimentation.

While reading this, I want you to keep in mind that developing your own personal sense of style is much more than simply piecing together outfits, following trends, and dumping money. I can speak from experience when I tell you that you certainly don’t need endless riches and a lifetime’s worth of design knowledge to look great. In my experience, the only real necessities of developing an objectively *good* sense of style are the following: curiosity and willingness. In regards to cost, which is one of the most common reasons that people avoid developing their own aesthetic/style, I have been to the extremes on both sides of that spectrum. I’ve spent a majority of my time operating on not much more than a shoestring budget, with a handful of instances of more frivolous and carefree spending. Looking back, the most obvious and loudest message that I would tell my younger self is also something very whitepilling, being: your income does not limit you from looking and feeling incredible.

In my view, the first step to finding your way, aesthetically, is to be honest. First and foremost, about yourself. Are you tall? Do you have lanky arms? Do you have a short torso? Are your shoulders defined? Then make the same honest appraisal of others. Is he stocky? Are his legs really long? Does he have really built arms? In asking these questions, you’ll begin to notice patterns. Taller people tend to wear a lot of “fashion” items more easily. Some types of sleeves aren’t super flattering when worn by people with more rounds shoulders. A defined waist tends to make everyone look thinner. Fine woven wool garments tend to make outfits more classy, etc. Now, take these observations and see how some of these patterns can apply to your own body.

You don’t have to read streetwear forums, be buried in magazines all the time or open up a card at Nordstrom; that’s not the point. The goal isn’t to conform to someone else’s sense of style, but to develop your own. Whether you had never tried dressing yourself before with any intent put into the choice or if you’re some incredibly trend-conscious person, you are ultimately rewarded for all this work with autonomy and self-control over YOUR fashion sense. To wrap this whole thing up and summarize it nicely, I find the words of fashion giant, Gianni Versace, to be particularly true.

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”

This is hopefully the start of a much more extensive series, where I can take the time to explore and discuss everything pertinent to the broad topic of finding your own style. In the next article, class is officially in session. We’ll be discussing the topic of putting together a simple, barebones outfit which will serve you well as a base to build off of and we’ll be discussing why I made the choices I did. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope to see you next time!