As you carefully prepare your 2015 #OOTD, we look back at the fun things that happened, the items we spent too much on, and the trends we blindly followed in the past 12 months.
One sure thing is that we have more choice than ever in deciding what to wear, and you should never let anyone tell you what the “right” outfit is. Even us here at FHM! We swear we won’t judge! But no promises that you’ll end up on the eventual “Worst Looks of 2015” List though.
Thanks, 2014. It’s been real!
NO MORE SUCKY SOCKS
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Everyone–young kids to old farts–rocked fancy socks in 2014. With almost every store carrying some nowadays, it’s kind of rarer to see plain white tube socks than printed pairs. The no sock look is also pretty dead–long live the sock game!
PHARRELL'S GIANT HAT
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If we had to pick one piece of memorable celebrity dressing, it would be the age-defying Mr. Williams’ giant cowboy hat. Much parodied, but we can’t really hate him because “Happy” was such a fun time. Hopefully none of you actually bought a hat like it though.
H&M ARRIVES TO MUCH PILAHAN
We’ve got all the major fashion brands in the country with the local opening of the Swedish chain–pretty appropriate since we’ve got all these giant malls to fill. This season, no Christmas tree was complete without an H&M bag or two beneath it, that’s for sure.
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Looking “basic” and buying plain tees, non-embellished bottoms, and neutral colored V-neck merino wool cardigans was the fashion “rebellion” movement of 2014. We like it because it’s easy to make sense of a closet filled with nothing but grey and navy blue pocket tees–not to mention those items are really cheap!
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Bye, John Lloyd pants, hello sweats. Comfy enough to wear anywhere, but get it in black and its fasyon enough to wear to a fancy restaurant. It’s also super easy to look good in it, all you need is a nice sneaker. Speaking of which...
Chances are every dude on your IG has posted a #Kotd of their latest acquisition. Or you know someone who is hella kuripot and won’t give a blowout during his birthday but will turn up with new kicks the next day. We can’t blame them because of all the sneaker heat that’s finding its way here through new concept shops and online resellers.
HYPE EVENTS LIKE THE KOBE 9 LAUNCH
This was an invite-only affair to bid for–not buy–one of the just 40 pairs. Legit. This is the flipside of the easy access Uniqlo and H&M–everyone wants a bit of exclusivity nowadays and is prepared to dish out some serious cash for it. As the most obsessive of us say, "'Di bale nang gutom basta maganda ang suot."
With hyped places like Felipe and Sons comes the cut of choice. 2014 was the year of the undercut with the 'do having at least a 50-percent representation in every barkada group pic. It’ll probably still be strong next year and that’s cool because our Asian hair isn’t really made for the man-bun look anyway.
BENCH BODY "THE NAKED TRUTH" FASHION SHOW CONTROVERSY
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Something-something about sexism, a dog leash, and Coco Martin. Whatever, we couldn’t hear you over all the half-naked girls. It was a frivolous and overblown distraction from all the MRT derailings and stuff, but just in case, we took out the kissing ladies portion from the FHM 100 Sexiest 2015 script.
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Are you getting the hint that 2014 all happened on your feet yet? We’ve gone through espadrilles, boat shoes, and brogues in the pursuit of gentrification. The latest in daddy vibes footwear is the loafer, 2014’s shoe of choice for folded-chino-shorts-and-oxford-shirt-wearing bros everywhere.
THE LUMBERJACK LOOK
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First we had the metrosexual, which everyone thought was borderline gay; then gentrosexual, which turned out to be manlier but a really expensive look. Now we have lumbersexual, which is super manly with beards and plaid and looking like you chop wood for a living and only bathe twice a month.
RIHANNA'S CFDA DRESS
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As a counterpoint to the Bench Body Fashion Show issue, Riri wore a super empowering dress that legit looked good and–(stops pretending to care about women’s fashion). Nah, we’re just here because we love this sheer thing for obvious reasons. More of this next year please, all you award-winning ladies.