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Continued: Vacation style guide for men – don't look like a dorky tourist

  • Article by: BRITTANY ANAS , McClatchy News Service
  • Last update: July 11, 2013 - 9:19 AM

“You’re already going to stand out if you’re super-pale,” Flemister said.

So don’t accentuate your brightness with look-at-me neon and floral prints on swimwear. Really baggy swim trunks are also “out.”

Trendy surf trunks this year include above-the-knee styles cut a little tighter than in the past, and iconic prints (think small giraffes or cheetahs), Flemister said.

“Ten years ago, it was all about skull prints,” he says. “You saw them on everything. Then it was all about plaid shorts. Now people are going back to more faded pastels or earth tones.”

 

MOUNTAIN GETAWAY

Erase all images you have of mountain men clad in lumberjack plaid.

Constance Golder, an Aspen, Colo., stylist whose client list includes People magazine, T.J. Maxx, Oakley and the Aspen Art Museum, suggests incorporating elements of citywear when you’re visiting a mountain town.

In other words, don’t try too hard to look “outdoorsy.”

“You don’t have to change your keychains out for carabiners,” she said. “Be yourself and incorporate mountain style into who you are.”

A common style faux pas she notices in mountain towns? “I see guys walk around in pajamas and T-shirts,” Golder said. “They somehow interpret the mountains as an excuse or license to totally slack off.”

But putting together an outfit that looks good can be easy, she says. Straight-cut jeans and polos are a winning combination, in her book. She points to $45 flat-front shorts from Gap that come in a variety of colors as an affordable staple. And pack an extra pair of shoes, Golder said, noting she’s partial to a neutral suede shoe or colored wing tips. She also suggests a dark wash, well-fitting denim jacket.

Oh, and, wear Spandex with discretion.

“Please don’t walk around in your bike shorts,” she said. “It’s not a good look on anyone.”

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