What Guys Really Think of the Fall Trends
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While we're never giving up on our favorite trends—cheeky purses! Bold lipstick! Crop tops!—it can be illuminating (and entertaining) to get a man's take on them. To that end, we recruited a guy with a keen sense of style, Dave Infante, executive editor of Thrillist Media Group's The Crosby Press, a men's lifestyle site. Read on as he opines on the merits of metallic shadow (as worn by Cara Delevingne), the feminization of baseball jackets and more.
Cut It Out2 of 11
The trend: Cutout dresses
His take: The horrifying-or-hot quotient of a cutout depends on body type and cut. I can say that when someone like Lily Collins wears one, it seems like a great idea, even though she looks a little like that sorceress from Game of Thrones season 2. Which brings me to my next point: Winter is coming, so you probably shouldn't wear clothes that are missing big swatches of fabric.
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The trend: Dramatic eyebrows
His take: This makes Rita Ora look like Switch from The Matrix. (Actually, she looks better than Switch, because Switch was scarily pasty with fair eyebrows.) In general, I find this technique pretty attractive, and it shows a lot of confidence to get this severe with your brows.
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The trend: Bright, metallic eyeshadow
His take: This is pretty rad, especially on Cara, who I've never met before, but am going to refer to as though we're on a first-name basis because she is clearly cooler than me. It's punk-rock whimsy done right. Less is more, though—once, I saw a woman go too far with this trend. She looked like a Pokémon character. (Blue, obviously.)
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The trend: Blue lipstick
His take: Unlike blue metallic eyeshadow, which the guest writer of this very article recently called "rad," blue lipstick is terrifying. Maybe other "bold" colors would be better (doubt it), but I think you apply the M&M rule here: If it doesn't appear in nature, you shouldn't use it. RiRi kinda pulls it off, but there were plenty of downtown scene girls doing this for Fashion Week, and it wasn't pretty.
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The trend: Baseball jackets
His take: YES. Give me all of this. This baseball jacket comeback—which, in spring 2014, will hit full-force for dudes, too—almost makes up for all the boring baseball games I've watched over the year. Almost. But this look on a confident lady (especially paired with an otherwise non-athletic outfit) is a home run, or a grand slam or some other relevant sports analogy.
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The trend: Ombre hair
His take: When I hear the word "ombre" in conversation, I know with reasonable certainty that I'll have nothing to contribute for a while. Do what makes you happy, because this is one of those things that guys don't pay a ton of attention to—unless you do it poorly, in which case, find a baseball jacket and put it over your hair.
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The trend: Crop tops
His take: Crop tops fall somewhere along the line between "fashionable" and "trashy," making them difficult to pull off. Is this look attractive? I think it comes down to two things: comfort with/honesty about your body type, and the quality and cut of the top itself. Addendum: If you have a tramp stamp, you should either never wear crop tops, or become a Daytona Beach bartender to maximize your return-on-investment.
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The trend: Slicked-back hair
His take: I know a lot of girls who wear their hair this way, but I think with them, it's just a laziness thing after showering. Intentional or not, it's sort of greasy and intimidating, just like the person it reminds me of: Draco Malfoy. But yo—if you're a Slytherin gal, hop on this.
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The trend: Cheeky purses
His take: This strikes me as a total "showing off to other girls" accessory. Which I would be cool with, if this article were about that, but it's not, so I should probably just get to the point: I am about as passionately against the "cheeky purse" idea as I've ever been about anything purse-related, ever. It's weird, it reads intentionally artsy and it likely won't age well in your wardrobe.
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The trend: Cat-eye sunglasses
His take: As they say about wearing a risky item, you've really gotta "own" it, and Solange owns it. It feels very old-school, without being retro, like the difference between going to a costume party as Gatsby versus going as The Fonz, both of which are more played-out than this timeless look.