The Body Is Meant To Be Seen . . .

Not all covered up. –Marilyn Monroe

I don’t want to be that guy. Then again, I couldn’t care less if I’m labeled that guy. Because that guy wants to help you become your best dressed you. While I am the first one to say traditionalists are not pliable in thought because they are stuck in those style institutions, I’ll also be the first one to say when they got it right. Tank tops are an expression for many. So sexy on women (aigoooooo!) but when it comes to men, there is a lot left to be desired. There are those who are aware of their self-imposed boundaries and will not wear one. There are those who appear to have plumbing snakes flopping from their shoulders. There are those who appear to have an issue walking through a door, sideways. This list goes on. I’ll be honest, I love tank tops but only for the beach or training purposes. And maybe a cookout (when a swimming pool is involved) with people I know very well

Full disclosure. I had a very, very, very, very difficult time covering this subject of tank tops. Pun intended. For me telling the collective NO to tank tops would be hypocritical. I am still gym guy although I do not train at gym. I am wise enough to know, I will match or beat any lift I did 20 years ago and attempt to up the ante. The problem is the DOMS that I will be inflicted upon me will take a decade to wear off. And throw in the fact I’m almost 28, 38, 48 years young. Aish! Isn’t 50 the new 30? Allegedly? But I digress. I train in tank tops. There is that rare occasion, I’ll hit the supermarket with one on. It’s rare so don’t judge me. Am I showing off? Maybe. Did I just didn’t care because I was going in then out quickly? Maybe. Do I look like a goofball? Maybe. Well, actually I look pretty good and of top of all of that, I’m not a bad lookin’ guy.

I am aware it gets hot in the summer whether you believe it has to do with climate change, hot pepper paste, cows passing gas or whatever, you really shouldn’t put on the tank top. For the younger generation, I feel it’s important to forgo the tank top if you can.  I know it’s tough. I, myself had a difficult time many years ago.  They’re comfortable.  You have ink you want to show off.  You have gains you want to show off, etc. I understand like no one else. But I stated over a year ago, first impressions are important. In creating your own style, there are certain things you can keep and there are certain things you must ditch. As always, there are options and these options should be readily available in your wardrobe. Henley’s, fitted t-shirts and depending on the material (preferably linen or a linen/cotton blend), button down oxfords. Pair these with chinos, khakis, jeans, and tailored shorts. Footwear must compliment what you are wearing.  I feel this goes without saying but I just typed nonetheless.  Please for the sake of everyone & the sake for making a great first impression, ditch the tank top unless you hit the beach or the gym. Or the supermarket just because you’re going to quickly go in & quickly exit.  Until next, jal ga!

*Supplemental picture: Henley by Alfani, jeans by Banana Republic, shoes by Banana Republic, watch by Orient

*Music vibe: Surfing-Artinb

 

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