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In my opinion, even someone who considers themselves very set in their own sense of style should still be willing to step outside of their fashion comfort zone from time to time. Getting too comfortable in anything is a bad thing, really. It causes you to go a bit stagnant and not see every angle of what could be.

A lot of guys that I meet aren’t into fashion or are somewhat intimidated by trying to reinvent their wardrobes. My one piece of advice to them is always the same. Try something new. Whether you’re a guy who ALWAYS wears jeans and a plaid shirt or someone who hasn’t worn anything but a tee shirt in years, there are opportunities for you to try something new.

Personally, I’m not much of a blazer wearer. I’m oftentimes more inclined to grab a denim jacket or something a bit less dressy, so I thought today was a perfect opportunity for me to step outside of my own comfort zone and try something different. This basic black blazer is from H&M and I’ve had it for years. It fits me nice and snugly and I know it goes with all sorts of outfits, so I keep it. It’s a great piece to have for me because it didn’t break the bank and I can keep it in the back of my closet for those random occasions when a black blazer is useful. This shirt from AKA Clothing is obviously a bit crazy. It’s bright, loud, and aggressive, not something I’d probably wear on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean that it’s off limits. The fashion lords also have claimed for all of modern history that you’re not supposed to wear white pants after Labor Day (which is stupid, follow the weather, not the calendar).

All of these things on their own, the blazer, the cool AKA shirt and the white denim are, individually, things that I might not ordinarily be comfortable wearing. Yet, when I combine them all together in a way that is clean and cohesive and ultimately simple, it seems to work. I like this outfit for a gallery opening, date night, or a Saturday night out when you’re simply trying to shake things up.

I understand that these specific items might not be things you would EVER consider wearing personally, but that’s ok! The point I want to get across today is that you can and should be forcing yourself into the unfamiliar. Maybe that’s buying a pair of off colored pants or getting that denim jacket you’ve always wanted to try. Regardless, have fun and trust that if you go into wearing something new with the right attitude, you’ll come out of it believing in yourself and feeling a sense of pride that you owned it.

What are some things you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t?

Stay smiling, my friends!


About the author

I'm Parker York Smith, a curious dude still very much figuring everything out. I hail from the Midwest but have been dwelling in Los Angeles for the last few years being a pretty stereotypical west coast transplant. I'm a fashion geek, I love to walk (a LOT) and I do my best to find the bright side. I'm extremely excited about this blog and hope that (with some hard work and luck) it turns into what I believe it can. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch with me via my social networks (which can be found in the sidebar) or email me at

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