European men have a style that's intrinsically their own, and this flair for fashion has many admirers. At once sleek and comfortable, the European man maintains a look that speaks of quality without being vain or overdone. Several touches set the European man apart from others. Take some tips into account to create the look that so many fashion fans covet.
Wear Fitted Clothing
European men eschew baggy clothing at all costs. Everything from jeans to suits have a slim or slender cut that skims the line of the body. While Americans may make a practice of wearing loose swim trunks and pants that hang low, European men are known for skimpy swimwear and slender jeans. If skinny pants are too much, a straight cut will do; leave the wide-legged styles on the rack, unless you're purchasing a linen resort pant.
Own a Quality Suit
While it may seem like the deal of a century to find a $99 suit, European men would pass the same bargain by in favor of something of higher quality. Whether it's custom made or simply a good off-the-rack garment, the European men's suit is usually a cut above most American popular corporate fare. Plus, a well-made suit will press and wear better than a cheaper suit, making it a lower-maintenance garment than its budget counterpart. Sylvie Branch of MadeMan writes, "Knowing that you can quickly dress for dinner or other event helps create that relaxed European elegance."
Wear a Scarf
A scarf, casually knotted around the collar of a half-open button-down, is effortlessly stylish and sophisticated. Another scarf, tied in the ascot style with a sports jacket, commands respect and appears regal. "The scarf is quickly becoming the accessory for cosmopolitan men. The scarf is a slightly whimsical, unusual accessory, so if you haven’t tried one, now’s your chance," Men's Flair writes. There are several ways to tie and drape your scarf, so keep that little piece of adornment for occasions casual and fancy alike.
No Fanny Packs
In Europe, men roam the streets with a male purse or a messenger bag. The fanny pack is a quick tourist identifier and a relic of a bygone era. A messenger bag carries a lot, including a laptop, wallet, keys and personal electronics, plus it looks more sophisticated than a lumpy pouch that hangs from the waist. If in doubt, purchase a leather or nylon model in black or brown that matches a wide range of clothing.