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Fashionably Out: Which fashion magazine reads you best?

Miranda Priestly: “And you have no sense of fashion.”
Andy Sachs: “I think that depends on …”
Miranda Priestly: “No, no. That wasn’t a question.”

We all know (or should know) that scene from “The Devil Wears Prada” where Miranda first meets Andy, and the above dialogue occurs. Miranda, looking for a new second assistant, is looking for someone who lives, breathes, dreams and talks fashion. Or more importantly, Runway, the fashion magazine this movie centers around.

Throughout Andy’s journey in the fashion industry, she realizes that there is more to the magazine than just clothes. And this, fashion babies, is one of the many morals of the movie.

Fashion magazines sometimes tend to intimidate their readers, making them self-conscious about their physical attributes and get upset over the things they don’t have. What many of these readers don’t know is that not all magazines are out to attack them, but rather to encourage to play within their personal bubble.

Instead of spending hours figuring out which fashion magazine you can benefit the most from, below is a filtered list of magazines your fashion guru highly recommends you give a try!

For men

GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) is aimed for those who want to live a more sophisticated lifestyle through conservative clothing choices. This magazine offers everything a modern man needs in his closet in order to maintain himself well-groomed and up-to-par. An interesting content is a section dedicated on how to easily transition your work outfit into a more street style appropriate in a matter of minutes! If you call yourself preppy, sporty, or strictly Wall Street, this magazine is for you.

Essential Homme is all about what’s happening out in the runway world, showcasing high-end pieces to more attainable brands. This magazine is ideal for the free-spirit guy who wants to find inspiring and thought-provoking fashion pieces.

Vman is rich in European-inspired looks, bringing boys to a whole other level! This magazine encourages their readers to explore a high-end world filled with poise and a bit of a dark, sleek side. European fashion tends to be reared more towards the ultimate fashionista who is not afraid of taking chances. It is perfect for a black sheep who wants to stand out in a crowd.

Details brings men fresh ideas through a more liberal and bohemian lens. While it still presents ideas on how to wear a suit for the common men, it tweaks it by revealing how you can add softer touches to it. A suit can still look great on you, but why not implement some boots for a younger look!

For women

Nylon magazine exposes girls to a fiery, reckless, and uncontrolled world through rock ‘n’ roll chic outfits. Everything from a jean jacket to a sheer cocktail dress for that younger fashion-hungry girl is in this book. This magazine, known as the “Hipster Bible” by many of its readers, offers gals tips on how to look edgy chic without trading in that peplum top for a T-shirt.

InStyle magazine is like that comforting, optimistic friend who always tells you to go for it and give it a try. Geared toward women from all demographics, this magazine bridges the gap between fantasy and reality- teaching its readers how to incorporate fashion’s latest trends without having to spend a fortune, sometimes even a buck! Mixed with high fashion house names and more approachable brands, this magazine encourages women to find their inner and outer beauty to showcase it to the world!

Though Andy Sachs decided to leave the fashion industry - mostly because Miranda showed her what her future could look like, Andy learned a lot about her personal style and approached fashion her own way after quitting Runway - which was way better to how we first met her in that ugly poly-blend sweater and hideous skirt.

The lesson here is to approach any of my top picks through your own lens and play with its contents! Find what speaks to you and take that opportunity to listen and obey. If you try and fail, simply pick yourself back up and try again! We must remain fashionably fierce above all else, fashion babies.

Christian Baez is an aspiring stylist, born and raised in San Diego. For business inquiries, he can be reached at Christiankid90@gmail.com or via Twitter @mrchristianbaez.

Photo captions

Top left: Megan Fox is featured in Nylon, balancing a mix of menswear and feminine elements.

Middle left: InStyle magazine showcases how their readers put their creativity to good use.

Bottom left: Vman magazine tells guys there are no boundaries when it comes to style. Jacket by Dolce & Gabbana is paired with a Givenchy skort.