Articles Tagged with Banana Republic

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

 

The Hell With Circumstances . . .

I create opportunities. –Bruce Lee

Friday. September 8th. 3 PM. After celebrating Labor Day weekend days earlier, I as well as many of my co-workers were informed the business we put our labor into was closing its doors. The decision put all of us in a very uncompromising position. I have read these stories over the years and felt empathy for those who were unwilling placed in the personnel surplus reduction program.  Now, 700 + of us were being transitioned out of our positions permanently. What made it worse? It’s right before the holidays. So thankful. Ho-Ho-Ho.

I feel it’s a fitting segue for how to dress for a job interview, agree?

After dedicating well over eight thousand days of my life to one place (yes, I am loyal), it was time to search for a new place of employment. I created my resume, had it looked over, created a LinkedIn account and signed up on Indeed as well as Glassdoor. I uploaded the resume and began searching.  Winter is coming . . . 

I was never concerned about how I was going to dress for potential interviews.  I was worried about the interview process.  This is uncharted waters for me and my confidence was somewhat in question.  I was afraid of the uncertain.  Fear is considered a weakness.  It isn’t.  As long as one is at peace with it, you can use it to your advantage.  But I digress.  As of this blogging, I have already engaged in one face-to-face interview (thanks to a good phone interview) with another 2 in waiting.  I have been out of the employment search loop because of my time invested in place, so I was unaware of the phone interview. Good phone interviews as well as the body of work your resume presents, will lead to on-site interviews and this is wear where the focus will be centered on.

If you have been following this blog, you are more than aware of the importance of dressing well with a economical twist.  The dichotomy I spoke of in the introduction of this blog, First Impressions needs to be reconciled by all of us individually.  No one knows your capabilities better than you but one cannot go to an interview dressing as if it’s the weekend BBQ.  Always bring your A game.  That A game means a suit.  A grey or navy blue suit is best with a standard white dress shirt, matching shoes, belt and watch band.  If you choose to wear a pocket square, go with the timeless and simple white one.  The tie you choose should be simple and effective.  Choose your colors wisely and keep the patterns to a minimum.  Your job is to sell your self and the book cover must be presentable!  In our society, appearances are rather important when it comes to securing a job.  You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  I will advise against being too showing with jewellry, and cologne.  A minimalist watch is most effective and a light  touch of cologne. 

I don’t feel it is necessary to expound on the obvious such as making sure you shine your shoes, shave or trim your facial hair, make sure your shirt is ironed or pressed, brush your teeth, train, say your prayers, take your vitamins . . . wait a minute!  I apologize for getting carried away!

Be confident in presenting your story to a potential employer.  There are plenty resources of on-line to crash course before your big interview.  At the end of the day, whatever the circumstance may be, see it as an opportunity.  Until next time, jal ga! 

 

*Featured picture: Shoes by Banana Republic, tie by Tasso Elba, belt by Croft & Barrow, watch by Timex, 

*Supplemental picture: Suit by Alfani Red, shirt by Alfani