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Puffer moto jacket in burgundy, Michael Kors, $295; mock T shirt, Saks Fifth Avenue, $198; Neoteric trousers in gray, Theory, $249, all at Saks Fifth Avenue.

“Men are dressing down, but they are also dressing up,” said Jian DeLeon, senior menswear editor for the global trend forecasting firm WGSN. “It’s the choose your own adventure era in menswear. He’s trying to figure out which rules he wants to break, depending on what he’s feeling like and where he is in life.”

This fall, Saks introduced its seven office essentials: the refined top (a dressier polo), the perfect (tailored) pant, the hybrid shoe, the sporty suit, the clean sneaker, the easy layer, and the leather bag.

Black sweats, Kenneth Cole, $45.99 at Century 21; windowpane button down shirt, Reiss, $160; sky blue hoodie, American Giant x Bloomingdale exclusive Holiday Collection, $89, at Bloomingdale camouflage scarf, UGG for Men, $95, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Anchorage Frank Butler Bag, $595, at Jay Butler.

“The idea is to mix a more casual look like a sneaker or a pullover into his wardrobe mix,” Brown said.

At the same time, guys are using the tailored pant or sporty suit to take their existing look up a notch. Men also are going more custom, not only for the three button blazer and vest suit combos, but for their athletic wear. After all, athleisure requires a better fit even among Philly dudes.

“These guys have spent the last few years learning about custom,” said Brian Lipstein, the designer behind Henry A. Davidsen. “Now they want the rest of their wardrobe to feel just as nice.”

A retail landscape that’s wooing the Y chromosome is paying off. menswear sales continue to outpace women’s, having increased 3 percent this year over last year, from $62.5 billion to $64.4 billion, with the fastest growing categories being two piece athletic sets and accessories.

Cable knit sweater, Reiss, $180; navy trousers, Hugo Boss, $180, both at Bloomingdale

Runway designers have taken note. In the last year, many of the most popular collections in Paris, Milan, and New York have opted to show menswear on their women’s runways.

Last month, Calvin Klein’s creative director, Raf Simons, announced his decision to show both collections on one runway, joining Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, and Burberry in the practice.

Interest in men’s fashion has come a long way since the days of the metrosexual the original style obsessed dude who, in the early 2000s, emerged from the ashes of the sloppy ’90s wearing a very fitted suit and carrying an umbrella.

Eggplant velvet blazer, Hart Schaffner Marx, $695, at Bloomingdale black trousers, Saks Fifth Avenue private label, $228, at Saks Fifth Avenue; white dress shirt, Hugo Boss, $135, at Bloomingdale silk scarf, Henry A. Davidsen, $225, at Henry A. Davidsen.

The typical guy including the Philly gent largely ignored this look. But it wasn’t long before the ways of the hipster (favoring all things fitted while twirling his ponytail into a man bun) or the lumbersexual (choosing beards and plaid shirts) caught on. With each trendy dude reincarnation, men’s fashion has blossomed on runways and Instagram.

So as we stand at the cusp of 2017, it seems the old fashion fears are gone, whether we’re talking about guys who suit up, tend toward the androgynous, don athletic attire, or amazing as it may sound like all three. His wardrobe can take him from day to night. Sound familiar, ladies?

“What finally happened is that guys in basketball like Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul began adopting these looks in their own way, and they became universal and aspirational,” said Sabir Peele, a menswear brand consultant and founder of Men’s Style Pro.

“Guys just started to understand, ‘I can do all of this. I can be sporty or wear a suit like a corporate guy. I can create my own look.’ ”

Herringbone blazer, $419, trouser pants, $219, both Land End; black turtleneck, Saks Fifth Avenueprivate label, $248, at Saks Fifth Avenue; tassel shoes, Cobble Hyde, $195.

With this new experimentation came an excess of new accessories this year: dotted pocket squares, solid knit ties, smart fedoras, jackets with custom linings. And the shoes whether shined to dress up or clean sneakers to dress down pull everything together.

Not only are men adopting the fashion, the shopping experience a pastime historically treasured solely by women has been embraced, as well. In Center City, MySuit, Bonobos, and Aston Marx joined Suit Supply, Henry A. Davidsen, and a newly renovated Blue Sole Shoes in offering men a heavy dose of customer service as in, some whiskey with those measurements with the big ticket fashion items.

And in King of Prussia’s new 155,000 square foot wing, luxury boutiques such as Gucci, MCM Worldwide, Rag Bone, and SuperDry are dedicating equal amounts of retail space to men and women.
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The perception of a man drought has probably been prompted by the change in season. Single men are staying indoors, watching the football or Top Gear, or having a pizza or poker night with their friends.

A drastic shift of location, to New York or Seattle, has been proposed by some tired of waiting for men and the prospect of sex to come back into view. And, let be candid: according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, things are getting worse in Australia if you a single woman on the hunt.

So back to the tricky issue if you are a single lady, where do you find an attractive, single man? The answer is both simple and complicated. On one hand, you can find a single man anywhere at the deli, at your gym, on the street, in a train or bus. But where are you more likely to find a man of marriageable age who is actually single, and has not just been sent to grab something for dinner?

If you live on the coast, you are less likely to meet a single man than if you live in the country. And,
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if you want to move to a mining or farming town, your chances of meeting a single country bloke will probably improve.

The ABS reports that most of the places with more men than women are mining towns, such as Newman and Tom Price in Western Australia. Apparently there are also some quirky but bountiful testosterone pockets. In Kirkconnell in NSW (home to a minimum security prison), and Edinburgh in South Australia (home to a Royal Australian Air Force base), men way outnumber women. I can hear those fingers clicking over Jetstar flights to Adelaide now.

Worldwide there are also certain locations that have a disproportionate number of single blokes. These include Alaska, Las Vegas and China where, by 2020, statisticians predict there will be 24 million more men than women.

But if you not planning a global trek to land the man of your dreams, the best place to start is a hardware store or a boating/fishing/camping store. Men love these places they not in Spotlight looking for a craft project for the weekend.

Feel free to drag out your cheesy one liners such as “can you tell me what kind of screw I need?” or “do you think this rod/tent is big enough?” Combine it with a nicely fitted outfit and a smile. Oddly, men are less likely to make passes at women who wear their old trackie and ugg boots to the store.

That said, if you really want to run into the man of your dreams the sure fire method is remember you are out of milk, duck down to the corner store in your daggiest outfit with unwashed hair hoping you don run into anyone you know and, boom, there he is, at the counter,
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stocking up on salt and vinegar chips.

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