The rugged Men Style
We are men, leaders and providers and by nature, our appearance is synonymous with strength, power and roughness. Let’s just say that the ”smooth and clean look” was not always something we as men fully embrace but in change, as hunters and farmers, we’ve always been faithful to one particular style: The rugged style!
All men, by virtue of our biological structure, have this element of rugged masculinity within them. Even the basement gamer has it, he simply satisfies it through virtual substitutes as opposed to real-world activities. The Rugged Man is why shows like Man vs Wild and Survivor Man fair so well. It is why football and other contact sports are so popular. It is why Everest was climbed and men skydive from the fringes of space…
Let’s see more about about the rugged man and his personal style.
The Rugged Man – Attitude!
He’s the ultimate alpha male; that physically masculine dude that always knows how to get things done. We’re talking about the worker, the dad, the simple smart guy full of confidence, defined by a true sense of authenticity. A man that takes cues from the hard-as-nails men who came before him – the warriors, the adventurers, the blue collar workers, the nature men, and adapts everything to the 21st century way of life.
He owns himself and his own failures. A free man who loves nature, hiking and a good camping trip. The most important thing about this dude, and the thing with which I personally identify the most, is that powerful self-aware manly approach. That vibe that makes us men feel like we own our personality and help us attract our companions in life.
It’s all about a fearless attitude, commitment, awareness, simplicity and acceptance of one’s personal flaws, characteristics that we can also see in the way a”Rugged Man” dresses. First of all, we talk about comfortable outfits that allow complete freedom of movement and do not restrict a man in any way. Secondly, items that highlight one’s best masculine features, without revealing too much.
The Key to Being Rugged
If you ask me, the key to being rugged is definitely simplicity. There is never a need for perfection for the rugged man, it’s about staying simple and feeling good.
Where his wardrobe is concerned, versatility reigns supreme. There are no frills or embellishments, no materials that can’t take a beating, nothing so tight it’s restrictive and nothing so baggy it’s cumbersome. A rugged man’s clothing never puts form before function, but a rugged gentleman manages to strike a sophisticated balance between both.
How To Get The Look
To master rugged gentleman style, look to purpose-built garments designed for other no-nonsense men. Start with traditional workwear, like flannel shirts, leather boots, wool coats, tweed trousers and denim. Then look to the military for classy field jackets, trench coats, and other earth-toned pieces that are tough and functional. Then move on to gear meant for those outdoor activities and sporting pursuits. Try also the traditional hunting patterns like buffalo plaids and gun-club checks that in the end have a strong visual link to the rugged man’s heritage.
A rugged style is defined by complete versatility. From a Danger and Play perspective there is all danger and no play. A Rugged Man’s clothing never sacrifices function for form, even if the function is a bit more subtle than what is readily apparent. His clothing:
- First of all allows a full body movement and range of motion – nothing too tight.
Its has to show off his physical stature making him a cool and a imposing foe – nothing too baggy.
Is made of materials and weaves that can withstand daily abuse and nature’s defenses – denim, leather, tweed, and rough weaves.
A big no to excess for display or show – say no to excessive frills or embellishments
Just remember, as I’ve already mentioned, that you never have to look or be perfect. Embrace the wrinkles, the frays, the holes, the wear and tear, the minor damage. These are work clothes. They have character. Add patches and repair when needed, rather than replacing the garment. And as a small advice, please avoid the urge to grow a handlebar and borrow your girlfriend’s jeans.
Some ”Rugged” Tricks
Most of all focus on traditional clothing but not your grammpa’s. Because we live in a world where the Rugged Man is not as necessary as he once was, and yeah clothing has changed drastically. For more inspiration try to search the cool Lumberjack style. Don’t focus on suits or city clothing so much but on a freedom ”don’t give a damn” look. Lean on the classy jeans, cotton or tweed trousers, your dad’s work boots and natural colors.