Saudi stylist’s high fashion advice for the average guy

Combo image of photos taken by Taha Baageel
Updated 30 October 2016

Saudi stylist’s high fashion advice for the average guy

Men’s fashion is mostly about sticking to classic outfits that work for all. This means, only a few would dare to think out of the box and be creative with their everyday wear.
Today, men are spending more time choosing carefully what to wear according to international trends and globally celebrated brands.
Arab News teamed up with men’s image consultant and stylist Faisal Al-Ghazzawi, who came up with the top trends men should follow this season.
“Style is key to show one’s personality, it is a window to your character that can make people learn more about you without you even saying anything,” said Al-Ghazzawi. “Here in Saudi Arabia, many men like to stick to basics and either wear our traditional thobes or go with simple jeans and a t-shirt. We constantly like to introduce them to fun and stylish trends that are invading the fashion scene and which are totally wearable,” he added.
Below are a number of trends that Al-Ghazzawi chose from local and international brands, modeled by him.

Fun, colorful pins:

Pins are stylish items that can be added to any outfit such as t-shirts, jackets, pants and even hats and shoes. The trick is to wear the pin on plain clothing with no prints and patterns to allow it to shine and make a statement. Pins are considered an accessory, meaning you do not need to add any other accessory item so as not to distract the whole outfit but if you do decide to wear some accessories, try to move away from the pins, you can add some bracelets in basic colors.

Modern samurai:

Bomber jackets have been invading the fashion scene now. I recommend going with a classic black jacket that allows you to add as many outfit details as you want.
The belt on top of the t-shirt and under the bomber jacket is a reflection of a trendy samurai inspiration. On the bomber jacket, I added a small pin to reflect modernity. The bandana textile has been trendy for a while now, you can wear it as a t-shirt, cap or anything. In this look, I choose it to be a scarf chocker as a support accessory to put the look together. Another accessory style follows the trend of stacking up bracelets; in this look I stacked together a number of black wooden bracelets. To top it all, I added a hat to reflect this season’s trend to bring the whole outfit together.

Simple but vibrant:

A basic white t-shirt with jeans is a classic look. You can break the color scheme with a royal blue long and skinny scarf wrapped around the neck, matching it with fashionable shoes. The pop of color is the reason why this look is stylish. To make the look perfect, wear airy blue sunglasses, as they are one of the top 10 colors for this season. This shows that simple additions can give the look a whole new perspective.

Comfy sporty:

Black and white are always in for any season and for any place. You can choose a simple sweater with a hoodie along with matching pants and sneakers. The look here stresses on the sweater’s design, where you can be daring and vibrant with basic colors and simple style.

Winter 2016 is all set to begin on a stylish note. Milan and London fashion weeks included many trends for this season, one of the colors that was dominant on the catwalk was grey, in addition to vibrant colors such as flaring red and blue. Some of the most popular designers chose long wool coats that fell just off the shoulder to give a slouchy, oversized look. You need to look for the layering up trend where you can wear jackets, sweaters, shirts or all of them together at once. Finally, the square pattern was seen on all sorts of clothing from jackets, coats, pants, sweaters to hats and scarves.

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What We Are Reading Today: Democratic Equality by James Lindley Wilson

Updated 17 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Democratic Equality by James Lindley Wilson

  • It mounts a bold and persuasive defense of democracy as a way of making collective decisions

Democracy establishes relationships of political equality, ones in which citizens equally share authority over what they do together and respect one another as equals. 

But in today’s divided public square, democracy is challenged by political thinkers who disagree about how democratic institutions should be organized, and by antidemocratic politicians who exploit uncertainties about what democracy requires and why it matters. 

Democratic Equality mounts a bold and persuasive defense of democracy as a way of making collective decisions, showing how equality of authority is essential to relating equally as citizens, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

James Lindley Wilson explains why the US Senate and Electoral College are urgently in need of reform, why proportional representation is not a universal requirement of democracy, how to identify racial vote dilution and gerrymandering in electoral districting, how to respond to threats to democracy posed by wealth inequality, and how judicial review could be more compatible with the democratic ideal.