[look]“Metro” may be out of style, but men’s style is more on the move than ever.
Hair products, tweezers, a closet full of pink and a small fortune in shoes- the grooming rituals and apparel of men now rival that of the most high-maintenance women. From head to toe, males have been relishing in self-indulgence, too. Just don’t call them “metro,” because that was so last season. (And they have been keeping track; the modern MSU male does his style homework.)
Pink is proliferating on campus and so is the fashion-conscious man. Perhaps it’s not to the point that boy babies are wrapped in pink and carried home from the hospital in Kenneth Cole booties, but modern men seem to be embracing the former female-only hue and decking themselves out in more pink than ever.
[amy] Yes, what tells women you’re the man for them more than a shockingly pink polo with the collar cockily popped, softly grazing the stubble-free and moisturized skin of your jaw? That’s right, the modern male is just not down unless his collar is turned up.
“Pink is definitely in, and if a guy wanted to be in style, he’d wear Diesel or Banana or Express,” Amy He, international relations sophomore, said.
He points out a cardinal rule for male fashion: you just can’t achieve the same effect without dropping at least one paycheck on clothes. Clearly, a pair of K-mart knickers and oversized three-in-a-package white T-shirts won’t cut it these days.
“It is a good thing for guys to be fashion conscious. I think layered collared dress shirts are stylish,” psychology freshman Samantha Dresser said.
Ask any pink-clad man on campus, and he’ll affirm, everything is coming up roses for a man who sports pretty threads. “I think that girls respond well to [pink],” Steve Morrison, political science and pre-law sophomore, said. “While I’m not really sure, I’d say if a guy dresses well, girls will be more likely to notice than if they are wearing the typical blue jeans and T-shirt ensemble.”
And it’s not just the clothes that set today’s modern man apart from the Neanderthals, it’s also the hair and all the places it grows. Natural selection in the fiercely competitive MSU environment calls for more than stunning accouterments. The perfect coif should take no less than 45 minutes to complete. Gel is the pink shirt of the hair world and no modern male leaves home without it thoroughly saturating each and every strand.
[steve] When it comes to that other kind of fuzz, MSU’s modern male is no longer a hairy ape – he has evolved, and his face, chest and most likely a few other key areas are smooth and silky.
Hair removal for men is a very big trend right now. “[A] lot of guys come in for eyebrow waxes lately,” Jenny Ranes, a stylist at Kevena V’s Day Salon in East Lansing, said. She said the men who come in to get their eyebrows waxed are generally in their mid-twenties. “They watch TV with the guys with their hair all done everyday, and they see that and want it done, too,” Ranes said.
So what was it that made men realize two eyebrows are better than one? Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The men of Bravo’s hit show brought male fashion to the forefront and started the upswing toward not only a keener interest in clothing, but also taught that the “uni,” a former favorite of men, is now the Latin prefix for abominable.
The Queer Eye gang also helped move the term “metrosexual” to the living rooms of small-town America, but it was a woman that originally coined the word. Candace Bushnell, the writer whose book inspired the series Sex and the City, is known to have uttered it first, describing similarly fashionable but straight men in Manhattan. But, like last season’s Uggs, “metro” is out, replaced by a generalized embrace of all things suave and an overall less style-squeamish male population.
“Some of it definitely started with Queer Eye, only it could have never come about if there wasn’t already a trend toward men’s style,” Jessica Fischbein, fashion editor for Men’s Health magazine. “That show definitely got men in touch with grooming and fashion. That’s where it began, then it grew exponentially,” she said.
“I think the term metro just caught on because of the whole Queer Eye fad,” said Morrison, who affirmed that the word, at least on this campus, is indeed dead. “There is no reason for me to be categorized for dressing a certain way that may be considered more feminine or trendy. To the guys who bash it, I would say that I’m just more confident of my sexuality than they are,” Morrison said.
[vanessa] The new men’s styles are in your face, but for some, the trend is too much. “All the pink shirts and tanning and flipped collars, it’s just a new way to be different,” said criminal justice freshman Matt Accivatti. “People with pink shirts are just posing,” he said.
Some MSU women are also irritated by the trend. “I do appreciate the style, and I suppose it is not the actual clothing that I dislike, but rather it is the sheer number of people who dress like that,” said psychology freshman Vanessa Johnson.
But if the modern MSU male is able to endure a wax job, he can certainly withstand the stares, jeers and snickers of his pale, earth-tone donning counterpart. Like he’d want their support anyway – they probably don’t even own a pair of Armani Exchange jeans.
Whether the need to be a perfectly accessorized, modern male has caught on for good, or will go the way of other superflous trends (see pet rocks and shoulder pads), today’s men are “More put together, groomed, down to having even maybe their fingernails manicured and a nice pair of shoes. They tend to take are of all their things—shoes belts, accessories, brands like Kiehls and Brave Soldier are geared toward men and making skin care a part of their daily regiment,” said Stephen Kamifuji, Creative Director of www.TheStyleGroup.com, a non-profit luxury Web site based in Beverly Hills.
“Now men don’t really have to be afraid,” Fischbein said. For years, the pink shirt had hidden itself at the back of the T-shirt-filled closet, longing to be worn proudly by the too-tan, smooth-faced man of today. Finally, its time has come to shine, and shine it has – from the catalogs, storefronts and on the waxed chests of American men.

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