are too often for the lazy to hide behind. –Douglas MacArthur
I usually don’t rant as much as I did in my younger days. When I reminiscence, because this is what older people do, I will pat myself on the back and state they were epic! Now is my lack of ranting attributed to me becoming wiser? More tolerant? Or the fact I am all set with doing such a thing? Whatever the case may be, I feel a slight compulsion to go on a, ahem, dare I say? Rant. I am a member of a couple of Facebook forum boards that deal with men’s style and fashion. Relevant questions will be posed time to time about wearing something in particular in conjunction with something else that is not the standard.
These questions always pique my interest because there is the fine line of following the rules of style and the desire to deviate from the rules of style. I can’t help but notice people who are so tight with rules, you couldn’t stick a pin up their ass with a jackhammer. It would be nice if the tone was helpful but more often than not, it is done dismissively. “You can’t do this, you can’t do that. The rules for style say this, the rules for style say that.” Hey, why not take all of those little style rules, shine them up, turn them summabitches sideways and you should know the rest!
Now that I have your attention, rules are meant to be broken! And how one breaks it is up to the individual. I have, time and time again, stated the importance of creating your own style. First, one must have a foundation and from that foundation expand your horizons. Secondly, there will be times you feel something isn’t flowing right. It’s OK. It will always be OK because as people we should be always striving to be the best version we can be day after day. This includes the amenities. Last, it’s your show. You are the one who has to be comfortable with it. No one else. The quote above is something to ponder when making your decision to honestly expressing yourself. Until next time, jal ga!
*Supplemental picture: Fisherman cardigan sweater by Eddie Bauer, shirt by Brooks Brothers, tie by Seigo Katsuragawa, watch by Movado