Wearing flip flops around town is the ultimate fashion faux pas, according to Dublin’s latest style influencer.
North Dublin native amien Broderick has turned his fashion sense into nearly a million followers on TikTok and over half a million followers on Instagram.
The 31-year-old encouraged his fellow dubs to take a little more pride in what they wore around town.
“I don’t wear a bathing suit when I’m not in the pool, and I don’t wear a tracksuit when I’m not exercising. Flip-flops aren’t for the city, and nobody wants to see your toes.” he said.
“I don’t even date shorts and crocs. Trust me, go for it.”
Damian worked in retail before joining a luxury menswear magazine. Eventually, he founded Raphoe online, a fashion newsletter that produces exclusive articles and videos.
His overall aim is to inspire others, especially young Dublin people, to make bolder and more personal choices regarding what to wear.
“Inspired by my grandfather who wore suits every day, I started posting reels of clothes I wore on Instagram,” said Damian.
“The point of my platform is to build other people’s confidence to wear what you want to wear. Find your own style and dive in. Be individual.
“I think there’s often pressure on men and young people to conform. Right now it’s the North Face tracksuit and the Canada Goose jacket.
“If you’re a young man and all your peers wear the same thing, it must be very difficult to wear something different. They’re going to rip you off of it.
“Turn to your buddy and say, ‘You know what? Never mind, I’m going to dress as I please.’
“It’s a fine line between confidence and sass, but my confidence is unshakable.
“I don’t care what anyone thinks. I dress for myself and encourage everyone to dress for them,” he added.
According to Damian, men can probably learn a few things from women in this sense.
“Women are at the forefront of fashion. Especially since the pandemic, women are becoming true individuals with their own style.
“They don’t jump from trend to trend. They stick to things,” he said.
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