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SWAG VOX POP: HOW FASHIONABLE ARE MALTESE MEN?

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By Mila Camilleri   -  August 03, 2014


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Photo credit:  The photo of Lorraine Cini Delceppo (top right) is used courtesy of GO Life magazine and Allied Newspapers Limited


When it comes to fashion, the general consensus is that Maltese women know a thing or two, but their men lag somewhat behind. But to make sure, SWAG asked some fashion-loving industry professionals their opinion about Maltese men and their style. It seems that local men are getting better at not holding back with their fashion choices, but there’s still a lot to be learnt.

  Carina Camilleri – Stylist & owner of Models M

Carina Camilleri – Stylist & owner of Models M malta,   1. How stylish do you think local men are and do you think they appreciate fashion?   

   

 I think the majority of Maltese men are a mixture of unstylish and over-styled lads; over-groomed hair, eyebrows and chests. Very few have an individual style. Most of the men I know  are  stylish though - as most of them are gay. I do think there are a handful of stylish young boys coming up... most of my male models are. I think my husband, Pierre Camille, is rather stylish too. 

   

  2. What is the worst men’s fashion  faux pas  you’ve seen on our streets?  

   

 Trousers so low you see men's bottoms. This looks particularly vile especially if the butt is of a considerable size. 

   

  3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?  

   

 V-necks with deep Vs.  

   

  4. What's your opinion on men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative?   

   

 I think men who are  really  into fashion have a huge challenge when it comes to buying clothes locally. Everyone seems to sell the same thing. Although, I very much doubt how much Maltese men want to look different. I can't imagine many Maltese men wearing Comme des Garcons for example! I would recommend online shopping for sure. 

   

  5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?  

   

 I think that men - everyone really - should have a style and aim to look good and cool. Following trends should facilitate things, but one always needs to achieve their own style. I find that most Maltese people in general tend to be followers and not leaders when it comes to being alternative 

   

  6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?  

   

 Trust your gut instinct. Your body language will instantly indicate if what you are wearing is good for you or not. If you keep tugging at a t-shirt to make it 'fit', then it probably is the wrong size. Chunky shoes give you a ticket to being stylish, although the daring can opt for the very fashionable slides! 

   

  Models M is at  www.models.com.mt .  

   
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Carina Camilleri – Stylist & owner of Models M
Photo credit:  Ben Camille

1. How stylish do you think local men are and do you think they appreciate fashion? 

 

I think the majority of Maltese men are a mixture of unstylish and over-styled lads; over-groomed hair, eyebrows and chests. Very few have an individual style. Most of the men I know are stylish though - as most of them are gay. I do think there are a handful of stylish young boys coming up... most of my male models are. I think my husband, Pierre Camille, is rather stylish too.

 

2. What is the worst men’s fashion faux pas you’ve seen on our streets?

 

Trousers so low you see men's bottoms. This looks particularly vile especially if the butt is of a considerable size.

 

3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?

 

V-necks with deep Vs. 

 

4. What's your opinion on men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative? 

 

I think men who are really into fashion have a huge challenge when it comes to buying clothes locally. Everyone seems to sell the same thing. Although, I very much doubt how much Maltese men want to look different. I can't imagine many Maltese men wearing Comme des Garcons for example! I would recommend online shopping for sure.

 

5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?

 

I think that men - everyone really - should have a style and aim to look good and cool. Following trends should facilitate things, but one always needs to achieve their own style. I find that most Maltese people in general tend to be followers and not leaders when it comes to being alternative

 

6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?

 

Trust your gut instinct. Your body language will instantly indicate if what you are wearing is good for you or not. If you keep tugging at a t-shirt to make it 'fit', then it probably is the wrong size. Chunky shoes give you a ticket to being stylish, although the daring can opt for the very fashionable slides!

 

Models M is at www.models.com.mt.

 



  Emma Camilleri – Fashion blogger at StyleStalker

Emma Camilleri – Fashion blogger at StyleStalker malta,   1. How stylish do you think the majority of local men are, and do you think they appreciate fashion?  

   

 I definitely think there are a few stylish men in Malta, especially lately. Everyone, including men, is much more aware of what a difference personal style makes. I wouldn’t compare it to the men abroad, as living in London I’ve realised how more adventurous men are with clothing, but Malta’s definitely getting better! 

   

  2. What is the worst men’s fashion  faux pas  you’ve seen on our streets?  

   

 Anything from fake D&G belts, to men wearing fishnet vests. It’s not about brands, it’s better to buy a good, plain belt and please, please, leave the fishnets for catching fish! 

   

  3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?  

   

 The mankini would be one of them; socks and sandals; crocs; men wearing jeans tighter than girls; and super deep v-necks. 

   

  4. What's your opinion on general men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative?   

   

 We all know shopping in Malta is limited, but there are a few good brands. Yes, I would recommend exploring online shopping sites, there’s more variety and less likelihood of the ‘who wore it best’ scenario. 

   

  5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?  

   

 Fashion is not for everyone, however it’s a good thing to be concerned with your look. It's not about being trendy, its more about being confident in your own style. I’d advise men to flick through fashion magazines for inspiration. 

   

  6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?  

   

 My advice is do not underestimate the sex appeal of a stylish man, it’s one thing that definitely catches my eye: it exudes confidence and women like that! 

   

  See Emma's work at  www.emmacamilleri.com .  
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Emma Camilleri – Fashion blogger at StyleStalker
Photo credit:  Ellie Cutajar

1. How stylish do you think the majority of local men are, and do you think they appreciate fashion?

 

I definitely think there are a few stylish men in Malta, especially lately. Everyone, including men, is much more aware of what a difference personal style makes. I wouldn’t compare it to the men abroad, as living in London I’ve realised how more adventurous men are with clothing, but Malta’s definitely getting better!

 

2. What is the worst men’s fashion faux pas you’ve seen on our streets?

 

Anything from fake D&G belts, to men wearing fishnet vests. It’s not about brands, it’s better to buy a good, plain belt and please, please, leave the fishnets for catching fish!

 

3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?

 

The mankini would be one of them; socks and sandals; crocs; men wearing jeans tighter than girls; and super deep v-necks.

 

4. What's your opinion on general men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative? 

 

We all know shopping in Malta is limited, but there are a few good brands. Yes, I would recommend exploring online shopping sites, there’s more variety and less likelihood of the ‘who wore it best’ scenario.

 

5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?

 

Fashion is not for everyone, however it’s a good thing to be concerned with your look. It's not about being trendy, its more about being confident in your own style. I’d advise men to flick through fashion magazines for inspiration.

 

6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?

 

My advice is do not underestimate the sex appeal of a stylish man, it’s one thing that definitely catches my eye: it exudes confidence and women like that!

 

See Emma's work at www.emmacamilleri.com.



  Iggy Fenech - Content Executive & Writer at WriteMeAnything.com

Iggy Fenech - Content Executive & Writer at WriteMeAnything.com malta,   1. How stylish do you think the majority of local men are and do you think they appreciate fashion?  

   

 I think most men actually  do  care about what they wear and how they dress… but whether they’re good at it or not is a completely different matter. I also think that they’re probably not that interested in fashion as fashion, but in fashion as style. So they’re not able to point out whether a suit is Gucci or Hugo Boss by its cut, but they can tell whether it fits well and whether it looks nice – and I think that’s fair enough. 

   

  2. What is the worst men’s fashion  faux pas  you’ve seen on our streets?  

   

 A man wearing Uggs. I mean, I don’t think I will ever understand what was going through that person’s mind when he left the house. 

   

  3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?  

   

 I really, really, really hate it when men wear flip-flops and they’re not next to a pool or at the beach. Wearing moccasins or espadrilles won’t kill your feet, honestly. 

   

  4. What's your opinion on general men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative?   

   

 I don’t think it’s great. Most shops for men in Malta seem to sell the same things with different brand names on them. We also don’t cater for different styles, and more often than not, things are over priced and from previous seasons. Yes, things seem to be slowly changing, but we still have a long way to go. 

   

  5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?  

   

 I think every person – be it a man or a woman – should put some effort into looking good. That doesn’t mean that they have to read  Vogue  on a monthly basis and fly to London for Fashion Week, but it does mean that they require good grooming and nice clothes. 

   

  6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?  

   

 One of the things I’ve learnt about clothes is that if you don’t feel comfortable in them, you will not pull off wearing them. Having said that, I do force myself to be a bit more out there and to let go of my inhibitions and have fun. It’s also about dressing up for the occasion and knowing what looks good on you and what doesn’t. 

   

  Check out Write Me Anything at  www.writemeanything.com .  
 malta,  Celebrities malta,  Skills malta,  Fashion malta,  Swag Vox Pop: How Fashionable are Maltese Men? malta, Lifestyle malta, Swag Mens Online Magazine Malta

Iggy Fenech - Content Executive & Writer at WriteMeAnything.com
Photo credit:  Kurt Paris

1. How stylish do you think the majority of local men are and do you think they appreciate fashion?

 

I think most men actually do care about what they wear and how they dress… but whether they’re good at it or not is a completely different matter. I also think that they’re probably not that interested in fashion as fashion, but in fashion as style. So they’re not able to point out whether a suit is Gucci or Hugo Boss by its cut, but they can tell whether it fits well and whether it looks nice – and I think that’s fair enough.

 

2. What is the worst men’s fashion faux pas you’ve seen on our streets?

 

A man wearing Uggs. I mean, I don’t think I will ever understand what was going through that person’s mind when he left the house.

 

3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?

 

I really, really, really hate it when men wear flip-flops and they’re not next to a pool or at the beach. Wearing moccasins or espadrilles won’t kill your feet, honestly.

 

4. What's your opinion on general men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative? 

 

I don’t think it’s great. Most shops for men in Malta seem to sell the same things with different brand names on them. We also don’t cater for different styles, and more often than not, things are over priced and from previous seasons. Yes, things seem to be slowly changing, but we still have a long way to go.

 

5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?

 

I think every person – be it a man or a woman – should put some effort into looking good. That doesn’t mean that they have to read Vogue on a monthly basis and fly to London for Fashion Week, but it does mean that they require good grooming and nice clothes.

 

6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?

 

One of the things I’ve learnt about clothes is that if you don’t feel comfortable in them, you will not pull off wearing them. Having said that, I do force myself to be a bit more out there and to let go of my inhibitions and have fun. It’s also about dressing up for the occasion and knowing what looks good on you and what doesn’t.

 

Check out Write Me Anything at www.writemeanything.com.



  Lorraine Cini Delceppo – Fashion blogger at WeAreAllDivas.com

Lorraine Cini Delceppo – Fashion blogger at WeAreAllDivas.com malta,   1. How stylish do you think the majority of local men are and do you think they appreciate fashion?  

   

 Although men are becoming more fashion conscious, I have to admit that the majority play it too safe and don't really care about fashion, let alone appreciate it. 

   

  2. What is the worst men’s fashion  faux pas  you’ve seen on our streets?  

   

 Socks with sandals – I will never understand why someone wears summer shoes designed to ventilate your feet with socks. If you feel cold wear a normal pair of shoes! 

   

  3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?  

   

 Swimming briefs: personally I'm not a big fan of a man’s goodies hanging out of a swimsuit. 

   

  4. What's your opinion on general men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative?   

   

 It’s sad to be a man if you like fashion. There’s no competition between the women’s section in a shop and the men’s. The men's section is always tiny! I definitely suggest online shopping. 

   

  5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?  

   

 Fashion helps you look and feel better. I would love to see men be a bit more adventurous. 

   

  6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?  

   

 Fashion doesn't have to be complicated. Go out shopping, have a look around and make an effort to try something completely out of your comfort zone. There’s a chance you’ll end up loving something you never thought you would! 

   

  Check out Lorraine's writing at  www.wearealldivas.com .  
 malta,  Celebrities malta,  Skills malta,  Fashion malta,  Swag Vox Pop: How Fashionable are Maltese Men? malta, Lifestyle malta, Swag Mens Online Magazine Malta

Lorraine Cini Delceppo – Fashion blogger at WeAreAllDivas.com
Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of GO Life magazine and Allied Newspapers Limited

1. How stylish do you think the majority of local men are and do you think they appreciate fashion?

 

Although men are becoming more fashion conscious, I have to admit that the majority play it too safe and don't really care about fashion, let alone appreciate it.

 

2. What is the worst men’s fashion faux pas you’ve seen on our streets?

 

Socks with sandals – I will never understand why someone wears summer shoes designed to ventilate your feet with socks. If you feel cold wear a normal pair of shoes!

 

3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?

 

Swimming briefs: personally I'm not a big fan of a man’s goodies hanging out of a swimsuit.

 

4. What's your opinion on general men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative? 

 

It’s sad to be a man if you like fashion. There’s no competition between the women’s section in a shop and the men’s. The men's section is always tiny! I definitely suggest online shopping.

 

5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?

 

Fashion helps you look and feel better. I would love to see men be a bit more adventurous.

 

6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?

 

Fashion doesn't have to be complicated. Go out shopping, have a look around and make an effort to try something completely out of your comfort zone. There’s a chance you’ll end up loving something you never thought you would!

 

Check out Lorraine's writing at www.wearealldivas.com.



  Sef Farrugia – Fashion designer

Sef Farrugia – Fashion designer malta,   1. How stylish do you think the majority of local men are and do you think they appreciate fashion?  

   

 I have to say that most men have no idea of what ‘fashion’ is. There's a big difference between fashion, personal style and quality clothing. I think there is a lot of misunderstanding in general about this. So no, I don’t think men in general appreciate style or fashion for that matter... only a few. 

   

  2. What is the worst men’s fashion  faux pas  you’ve seen on our streets?  

   

 Trousers too tight to look good on specific body shapes, clothes which are too small - yet they still find a way to slip into them; a lack of personal style and of respect for their own bodies, because if they did they wouldn’t wear such things. 

   

  3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?  

   

 I am not the biggest fan of neon colours, however if neon was styled well or in a subtle way, then I could be more accepting of it. 

   

  4. What's your opinion on general men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative?   

   

 Yes definitely, because sadly, there isn’t much variety in Malta for men. They should explore all options. Having said that, it’s a shame that we don’t have many options because everyone ends up looking the same. 

   

  5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?  

   

 I think that men, and anyone for that matter, should be aware of and concerned about personal style. Trends die out easily, so one has to be very much aware of what they are comfortable in, what expresses their personality and shop accordingly. 

   

  6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?  

   

 Get out there, see what's available not only in shops, but also online. Try new things. Don’t shop just because you have to put something on your body, but rather get to know your body and see what really fits you - what you can pull off, and take it from there. Sometimes, something as little as trying on a new colour could be a big step towards a more stylish wardrobe. 

   

  Check out Sef's designs at  www.facebook.com/Official.Sef.Farrugia .  
 malta,  Celebrities malta,  Skills malta,  Fashion malta,  Swag Vox Pop: How Fashionable are Maltese Men? malta, Lifestyle malta, Swag Mens Online Magazine Malta

Sef Farrugia – Fashion designer

1. How stylish do you think the majority of local men are and do you think they appreciate fashion?

 

I have to say that most men have no idea of what ‘fashion’ is. There's a big difference between fashion, personal style and quality clothing. I think there is a lot of misunderstanding in general about this. So no, I don’t think men in general appreciate style or fashion for that matter... only a few.

 

2. What is the worst men’s fashion faux pas you’ve seen on our streets?

 

Trousers too tight to look good on specific body shapes, clothes which are too small - yet they still find a way to slip into them; a lack of personal style and of respect for their own bodies, because if they did they wouldn’t wear such things.

 

3. What are some general men’s fashion items and/or trends that you would destroy forever?

 

I am not the biggest fan of neon colours, however if neon was styled well or in a subtle way, then I could be more accepting of it.

 

4. What's your opinion on general men's shopping options locally? Would you recommend online shopping for men as an alternative? 

 

Yes definitely, because sadly, there isn’t much variety in Malta for men. They should explore all options. Having said that, it’s a shame that we don’t have many options because everyone ends up looking the same.

 

5. Do you think every man should be concerned with fashion and trends?

 

I think that men, and anyone for that matter, should be aware of and concerned about personal style. Trends die out easily, so one has to be very much aware of what they are comfortable in, what expresses their personality and shop accordingly.

 

6. Do you have any advice for men who are hesitant to be a bit more stylish?

 

Get out there, see what's available not only in shops, but also online. Try new things. Don’t shop just because you have to put something on your body, but rather get to know your body and see what really fits you - what you can pull off, and take it from there. Sometimes, something as little as trying on a new colour could be a big step towards a more stylish wardrobe.

 

Check out Sef's designs at www.facebook.com/Official.Sef.Farrugia.






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