One of Chicago’s Best Dressed Spills Style Tips For Men

photo-79 There’s no shortage of info about women’s fashion out there but the truth is, the men need just as much (okay, sometimes more) sartorial guidance as we do. That’s why I enlisted the help of Mike Hudson, a seriously stylish Chicago guy who was recently chosen as one of Chicago’s best dressed people by RedEye. (I was too!) Read on for what Hudson, a 23-year-old Schaumburg resident, has to say about style in Chicago and the five items every man needs to own. STATEMENT/scene: What’s your take on men’s style in Chicago? Mike Hudson: I think that Chicago has some of the best dressers out there. It’s hard to say what exactly the style in Chicago is because there’s so much diversity, but I think there are many great style-concious men out there in the Chicagoland. SS: Do you have any trends you’re loving right now?  MH: Well I’ve always been a fan of the classics and J. Crew’s clothing style, but as of late I’ve been digging the “camo look” on things (like on backpacks or shoes). SS: What about trends you don’t like? MH: I can’t really think of one off of the top of my head, but you could say I don’t like the “I’m too lazy to look well-kept” kind of look. SS: What’s the biggest fashion don’t you see often from other men? MH: Flip flops/sandals when the guy is wearing jeans. SS: Do you have a favorite piece in your wardrobe? MH: My navy blue blazer, it seems like I’m always wearing it. SS: The hoodie under the blazer is unexpected. Do you usually take a risk when getting dressed? Or are you usually more conservative? MH: I would say that I lean on the more conservative side of clothes. Like I said before, I’m all about the classics. If you don’t know what I mean by classics, think of guys like Steve McQueen or Fred Astaire who had a simple kind of style, but made an impact with their simplicity. SS: What are five items every man should own?  White sneakers for everyday use, Navy blue blazer, Oxford Button Down Shirt, Sweater/Hoodie, Clean undergarments SS: What tip can you give readers who want to dress well without spending a lot of money? MH: Just keep your eyes open for good deals. I found that Target, H&M, Gap etc… have some pretty close knockoffs to your higher priced clothing companies. It’s quite easy to replicate a certain “look” for quite a bit cheaper by shopping at these stores. You can also go thrift store shopping too, but those results aren’t always consistent. SS: What are a few items you believe in splurging on? MH: I would say jackets & shoes, just because usually those are the ones that’ll last you the longest if you treat them right.   You have about 12 hours to vote Mike into the next round of the Best Dressed Chicago Male competition! Vote here. Follow Mike here. Image via Mike Hudson/Instagram.

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  • Nadia

    I’m going to send this to my guy. He needs some serious fashion advice. When I was trying to help my dad to dress more stylishly, I had a hard time finding fashion inspiration for mature men–it’d be cool if you could do an article at some point on older men’s fashion and find some classic, timeless men on the street to photograph. I know a lot of older men who need some inspiration *cough*fathers*cough*everymanatmyoffice*cough*

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