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The ‘I Am Extremely Good at Fashion’ Starter Pack

Everything you need if you’re a dude attending NYFW.

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Photo: Driely S.

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If you’ve never wondered what life would be like if you were the type of person to spend $650 on a Yohji Yamamoto beret, then life’s finer things are obviously lost on you. Anyone who argues otherwise probably doesn’t know what a Raf Simons is and has never luxuriated in a clearly-worth-it $400 T-shirt.

For the next week, #fashion people will congregate in New York for NYFW to take in the sights and hopefully get treated like one themselves. And although you could just as easily savor the shows from the sidelines of your laptop computer, it’d be pretty hard to get street-styled sitting in your bedroom (take it from me).

If you want to actively participate in this week’s festivities, you have to dress like it. So we created a starter kit for the men with the invites, but not the clothes, for NYFW.

Photo: Driely S.

Printed Shirts

Shop the best: Tuesday Girlfriend camp shirt ($96), Neighborhood camp shirt ($205), Prada camp shirt ($720).

Stand out from the uncultured masses by going bold in one of these patterned shirts from Prada, Neighborhood, or Tuesday Girlfriend. It’s really about time to treat NYFW like your own personal Carnival Cruise line.

Photo: Melodie Jeng

Skate Graphics

Shop the best: Vier logo T-shirt ($33), Lost Art T-shirt ($40), Bianca Chandôn Best Dressed T-shirt ($50), Quartersnacks hoodie ($70).

Fashion’s obsession with skate hasn’t burnt out, it’s just found some new lovers. Skate shops and brands like UK’s Lost Art, Antwerp’s Vier, Bianca Chandôn, and Quartersnacks will help everyone get over their Thrasher hangover and keep this skate-themed rager going for at least another season.

Photo: Driely S.

Trousers

Shop the best: Native Youth trousers ($90), Junya Watanabe trousers ($365), Umit Benan pinstripe trousers ($535).

No self-respecting man would show up to this NYFW without a good pair of trousers. They are the the moto jeans of 2016 and going to NYFW without them is as foolhardy as trying to survive without a Mophie charger. Both smack of an utter lack of preparation.

Photo: Melodie Jeng

Outerwear

Shop the best: KTZ coat ($740), Pyer Moss faux-fur coat ($750), Phillip Lim reversible leopard print jacket ($850), Haider Ackermann bomber ($1,758).

If you’re not willing to wear outerwear just because of a little heat, we’re going to ask you remove the words “passion for fashion” from all future cover letters, liar. These are the jackets and coats that will have street style photographers flocking to you like you can increase their freelance budget.

Photo: Driely S.

Footwear

Shop the best: Vans Sk8 Hi ($65), Reebok Classics sneakers ($100), Clarks Wallabee boots ($140).

A man is only as good as his footwear. Inexplicably, Los Angeles’ chosen son Vans have become the go-to brand in New York. Also, is it finally Reebok’s turn after Nike, Adidas, and New Balance have all had theirs?

Photo: Melodie Jeng

Sunglasses

Shop the best: Sun Buddies sunglasses ($150), Saint Laurent sunglasses ($345),

If your parents wouldn’t be put off by your sunglasses, try harder. At this rate, more celebrities have worn these Saint Laurent glasses than will be at next year’s Met Gala.