I love sharing styling tips. The only problem is, as a stylist, blogger plus an amateur model and photographer, it’s difficult for me to fully dedicate myself to the selfies and generate qualitative pictures all the time. Looking from the sources on the internet can be good idea. However, some of my readers complain that these models are just too perfect to relate.
我喜歡分享造型心得, 但唯一的問題是, 我常常缺乏足夠的素材做為造型示範. 當然我常自拍, 但是當我一人身兼數職: 又是造型師, 又是部落客, 又得下海當模特兒兼攝影師時, 在考量作品品質之餘, 產量就是個問題. 當然, 我也常會上網找名人街拍做素材, 只不過也有不少我的讀者反應, 這些人太完美太遙遠了, 很難聯想自己如何能達到同樣的境界.
Recently, I notice that some of my friends actually know how to dress themselves in their own style. They may not be connoisseurs from the fashion world, nor are they the trend-setters. However, they just know how to leverage outfits to express who they are. Starting from this year, I will eye on people around me and try to share more best practices and the styling inspiration from them. Hopefully these icons from the ordinary life can inspire your daily styling to be extraordinary. Bonne chance!
就在最近, 我突然發現身邊有些朋友還穿得挺不賴的. 他們可能對時尚一無所知, 更不是當紅潮牌的擁護者. 但他們就是知道如何透過穿搭, 表現自己的個性和風格. 因此, 從今年開始, 我會試著從身邊這些有型的素人取材, 分享我觀察到他們的穿搭訣竅. 希望這些有型的素人能給你一些造型上的靈感, 讓你在新的一年看來更有型有款, 加油!
Not-So-Ordinary Casual Men Style
Let’s start the new year with stylish men! In my observation, most men are shy when talking about how they dress. Some men totally rely on their partners to take care of their wardrobes; others just follow whatever their peers wear even if that does not suit them at all. The most common issue with men lies on not only lacking self-awareness of their style personality and body shape, but also wrongly taking “casual” as a synonym of sloppiness. One will know why it matters so much if he realizes that almost 60% of his personal image being determined by the appearance- the colours one wears send certain messages; your first impression is formed in 30 seconds by how you look before you open your mouth.
我們就先用型男來開啟2020新的一年吧 在我的觀察, 大部分男士只要談到穿搭, 平時再怎麼口若懸河都會突然變得羞怯. 有很多男士把衣櫥的管理權全權交給另一半; 另外大多數男士則隨波逐流, 他們社交或工作圈的朋友同事怎麼穿, 自己就依樣畫葫蘆, 適不適合自己, 不知道也好像無所謂. 對我來說, 最麻煩的不只是大部分男士嚴重缺乏對自己風格和體型的清楚認知; 在這講求休閒, 不再需要西裝畢挺的年代, 很多人把休閒和舒適拉遢當作是同義字. 如果你明白個人形象有六成來自於外表, 你就知道這事有多嚴重: 因爲你穿的顏色, 會釋放特定的訊息; 而在你開口之前, 別人藉由你的外表, 已經在30秒內會形成對你的第一印象.
Who says a man has to be with perfect model shape and dress the most trendy branded clothes to look stylish? All the thoughts inspire me to share the looks of my two male friends- they have totally different personalities yet both looks great as themselves. I shot their daily looks during our recent tough 2.5-week India trip (so you understand that they only brought easy and casual pieces!) . You will find how easy it can actually be to dress casually with style and taste- as long as you know yourself better!
其實誰說做個有型的男人需要有名模的體格並一定得穿著最新潮流的服飾呢? 這些觀察促成了我分享以下這兩位男性友人穿搭的靈感. 他們兩位個性和風格迥異, 卻都巧妙的運用穿搭完美表達自我. 這些穿搭照是我最近和他們一起到印度旅行, 2.5個禮拜舟車顛簸下的隨身紀錄 (所以你了解他們只能帶休閑簡單的服飾)
Danny: Everyone’s Dream Boyfriend
If I have to name one man who can arguably win the title of best boyfriend, Danny is definitely on the top of my list!
Danny always has this gentle smile and caring nature to people around. At his middle age, he still keeps that youthful freshness and shyness.
Yet what really reveals to me his personality and his aspiration to look caring and accessible is through his outfits (I guessed first and he admitted it!) With Deep being his dominant colour, Danny undoubtedly looks great in deep colours. Then I noticed that it is kind of his signature to constantly wear a touch of muted/softer shade in his look. It could be scarf, or simply a tone-on-tone layering . These muted colours complete his looks with dimensions and serve as an extension to who he is.
丹尼總是帶著溫柔的微笑, 對身邊的人也關懷備至. 雖然人到中年, 他仍然保有一股清新和活力感. 雖然一直都是朋友, 但讓我真正了解他的個性, 以及他期待投射好哥哥, 好朋友形象的, 是透過他的穿著 (我先是猜測, 然後得到他的驗證!) 深色是丹尼的主導色系, 所以毋庸置疑, 深色的服飾在丹尼身上是恰如其分的好看. 但我發現, 丹尼總會在他的深色衣著上, 不管是透過圍巾, 或者多層次搭配, 加上一抹柔和的色彩. 這些柔和的色彩不僅讓他的穿著更添層次, 也適切地表現出他的風格個性 .
Learning from Danny:
Most of my male clients and friends tend to take conservative approaches in terms of the way they dress. That says, in their wardrobe, the colour spectrum could be as narrow as white, black, navy and maybe just a bit grey. There is nothing wrong to play safe. It is just that even safe colours can create not-so-ordinary style if you know how to mix and match with different shades and fabrics to add an interest.
丹尼穿搭觀察: 我認識的大部分男性客戶和友人, 多半喜歡比較保守的穿著方式. 也就是說, 他們衣櫃的衣服, 不外乎是黑白藍或者最多加一點灰. 其實喜歡這些中性安全的色調並沒有問題, 重點在於, 如果懂得如何技巧性混搭顏色和不同材質, 外表的質感和有趣度就會大大提升.
Diamond: A Natural Shining Star
Diamond always stands out easily no matter where he is. I mean, who can miss a striking good-looking guy when his male peers are mostly in dull shades?
戴門天生就是個焦點. 我的意思是, 這個帥哥一出現在人群中, 就算穿著最簡單的T恤牛仔褲, 你也很難不注意到他, 因為他的穿著總是會帶一些特別的色彩, 讓身邊男性友人黯然失色.
Among my male friends, Diamond is one of the best to master colours. His profession as a therapist allows him to access and embrace colours. With Clear being his dominant colour, Diamond can look so natural and easy with all the bright shades. The strong contrast has become a signature on his common daily wear. The only thing is, personally Diamond wishes to show more his authoritative and sharp side in life and his professional field. To reach this end, in my interpretation, he wears daring shades, such as Fuchsia, Burgundy, or Chinese Blue, to skillfully elevate himself and perfectly complete his cool tone. Meanwhile, he matches neutral deep shades in the same outfit to keep the sober attitude.
在我所有的男性友人中, 戴門是駕馭色彩的專家. 身為療癒師, 他懂色彩, 也敢搭配顏色. 鮮色是戴門的主導色系, 所以任何鮮豔明亮的顏色在他身上都無違和感. 而他衣著上強烈的對比感, 也成為個人的鮮明特色. 透過閒聊, 我發現戴門期待的個人形象, 是帶有權威和專業感, 而他的穿著正投射內心期待. 大膽鮮明的顏色: 比如紫紅, 酒紅或中國藍等, 為他創造了這股氣勢. 這些顏色散發的冷色調完美襯托他外表, 也帶來高級感. 但同時他也很技巧的運用中性深色平衡這些鮮色, 添加一份穩重.
Learning from Diamond: If you are a Clear dominant type as Diamond, why waste this gift to sink yourself in dull shades? Keep a touch of brightness and create contrast on your look- you can simply use accessories, such as scarf, shoes and socks, or bags to achieve it. Or if you’re outgoing and would like to show the world your passion more, try a jersey top in a bright shade. It can be just a pattern or the background colour. These details elevate your look with interest even if you still keep everything simple!
戴門穿搭觀察:如果你和戴門一樣是鮮色人, 那就不要浪費自己的天賦, 把自己淹沒在一堆無趣的暗色系當中. 可以簡單地運用飾品, 像是圍巾, 鞋襪, 或包包, 在穿著上運用鮮明的顏色打造一個亮點. 如果你的個性外向, 也想展現熱情的個人形象, 那就再大膽一點, 穿一件圖案或者底色鮮豔的上衣. 只要掌握這些細節, 就算穿得簡單, 也能成為好品味的型男!
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