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Men can still be comfortable wearing duds outside their comfort zone

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I've always maintained that it is easier for women to adapt the latest fashion trends into our wardrobes than it is for men.

Part of this is the sheer number of boutiques available to us versus those for men, therefore making clothing more accessible. Women are also more willing to embrace new styles.

When it comes to fashion trends, men seem to be a bit reluctant to try something new, especially if the new involves colour or prints.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Sharp editor-in-chief Jeremy Freed about the latest fashion for men featured in the spring/summer edition of Sharp: The Book for Men and ways to incorporate the hottest new looks into your wardrobe repertoire.

His biggest tip -- don't be afraid to go a little out of your comfort zone.

"Try a bright-coloured pant on the weekend with a polo shirt and a pair of sneakers," advises Freed. "Keep the rest of the outfit pretty subdued and don't try to get too matchy-match, you only want to expand your style and up your game a bit."

Among the hottest trends in men's fashion for spring/summer are bold prints -- everything from fitted Hawaiian-inspired shirts to bold stripes and camo -- yes, camo.

"We are still seeing a lot of camo but if you wear it the right way it can look really good, like in a pocket square or a tie," says Freed.

Another hot seasonal trend is a suede bomber jacket. This reinterpreted version of the classic comes in bold hues such as deep blue, radiant red and vibrant yellow as opposed to more subtle tones of beige and brown.

And the secret to making it all work? According to Freed, it's all in the fit.

"The secret to being well-dressed is tailoring. Guys often think they are two sizes bigger than they actually are," says Freed. "If you tailor something to fit properly you will get compliments all the time."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 10, 2014 D13

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