Examining three characters from successful TV shows, it can be seen that a man’s style flows from his comfort and confidence, not just the clothes he wears. This differs from a woman’s style which is defined specifically by matching outfits and accessories to flatter her face and body. This article isn’t suggesting that a woman cannot convey her comfort and confidence through her style of dress and many women will admit that they have to work very hard on their style because of the differences between the species.
1. Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead: In an apocalyptic world, there is no need for style. Rick Grimes’ style is conveyed through function and comfort–he has the gun tied “cowboy style” to his waist at a perfect distance from the side where he shoots. He’s from Georgia but he wears a cowboy hat and boots like a Southern Gentleman. He speaks in a deliberate manner to convey his feelings and shows his anger when it is needed through action. The rest of his wardrobe is nothing fancy–jeans, white t-shirt, solid color shirt and his hair is slicked back.
2. Fausto Galvan, The Bridge: The drug kingpin/sociopath in the suspenseful show should dress more ostentatious and presentable, but Galvan dresses like he’s going to a construction job–snapback baseball cap, off the rack polo shirt, jeans and boots. In reality, he commands a multi-million dollar empire, is well-schooled in strategic moves and knows his territory from back to front. He isn’t without vices though as he smokes a cigar constantly, loves motorboats and killing. His style flows from his confidence that he doesn’t move too far from what he knows and dominates that area totally.
3. Felix Dawkins, Orphan Black: Felix (Jordan Garvaris) is the foster brother of Sarah Manning (played by Tatiana Maslany). He doesn’t attempt to figure out the entire story of the orphan cloning conspiracy his sister is at the center of, and he only supports her. His combination of flamboyance, perception and support doesn’t overwhelm but displays his depth of being homosexual, former foster-child, now adult and uncle. He wears lip gloss and eye liner but sparingly and specifically similar to a woman so it doesn’t overwhelm.
All these characters convey to the viewer a confidence to handle the circumstances their individual stories present. A man can adapt the same factors through embracing his current situation and status by being functional. His inner self can be conveyed through his choices of functional equipment, dress and/or gear. Do you buy a strong leather belt or a synthetic-artificially made one with a weak buckle? Do you wear fancy, wingtip shoes or ones that can withstand six months of rainy weather? Do you bother to carry a good raincoat (possibly for two) or do you choose to grab a newspaper and run for it?