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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

 

You Can Make Jeans And A T-Shirt . . .

super stylish. It’s what you make of it, you know? -Phillip Lim

Ah yes, the t-shirt.  Simple, effective, versatile and to beholden.  The iconic white t-shirt has been around for hundreds of years.  Anti-military folk who don the t-shirt as part of their staple, can thank the US Navy for creating this timeless piece of clothing.  We wouldn’t allow our personal feelings to get in the way of how we dress, arasso

There are two kinds of t-shirts one should will invest in, the crew neck and the v-neck.  Both are self-explanatory but I will touch on them briefly.  The crew neck is a collarless shirt.  The v-neck is a collar cut into a v-shape.  Depending on body structure, the crew and the v will accentuate one’s face and body structure.  Some will look better wearing a crew neck.  Some will look better wearing the v-neck.  Some will look great wearing both.  I still strongly suggest adding both to your foundation because of the versatility these allow you.  You can wear this singularly with a pair of nice selvedge jeans.  You can wear these layered under a jumper/v-neck/crew neck sweater.  Instead of a dress shirt, wear a v-neck under your sport coat/blazer.  Be sure to throw in that pocket square!  The list goes on and on.  It sounds like a bottomless cup of coffee.  As with anything you are wearing, FIT, FIT, FIT is paramount!  A Yin-Yang to be achieved is not too tight, as you just did a compound set of heavy decline skull crushers and hammer dumbbell hammer curls and not too baggy as if you are swimming in the sleeves.  Also, every brand fits differently.  You know your body best and it is important to find a brand that fits you perfect.  When you do, stick with them!  The main colors you want in your wardrobe are white, black and grey.  As you gain confidence and have a grasp on what you are looking for, as always, expand your color palette.  Economically speaking, the great thing about the t-shirt is the price point.  Sure, one can purchase a Tom Ford t-shirt (and I do like Tom Ford clothing) but the amount of money spent on this t-shirt can be invested elsewhere.  

Last spring, I spent around $27 for 6 t-shirts from JC Penney’s.  They are the Arizona Jean Clothing line.  I took a chance and was blessed with much luck!  I was unsure if they would have a good fit but it was a small investment with the option of returning them in-store.  It’s a win-win situation even though I was too lazy to go their brick and mortar to try them on.  Another good brand is Urban Pipeline.  It’s a Kohl’s brand I have had luck with.  In addition, Kohl’s is always running deals.  Around the same time I went all-in on JC Penney’s, I picked up 4 t-shirts for almost the price of two (four shirts for $14) .  

There is a another t-shirt I didn’t mention, the Henley.  I won’t go into detail about its origins but provide an in depth link to the humble beginnings of the Henley. I will state the obvious, have a few of these in your wardrobe, short sleeve as well as long sleeve.  The Henley offers the same versatility.  One can find deals on these regularly.  As always, browse around.  Decide what suits your tastes, what fits you best and accentuates your assets.  At the end of the day, you’re investing in your style, you’re investing in a better image and most importantly, you are investing in you Until next time, jal ga!

*Supplemental picture, left: Jacket by Stafford Collection, t-shirt by Arizona, pocket square by Unknown, jeans by Urban Pipeline, shoes by Saks 5th Avenue, watch by Timex, glasses by Uniqlo
*Supplemental picture, right: Henley by Club room, pants by Brooks Brothers, shoes by Johnston and Murphy

Creating Your Own Style . . .

Is easier than one thinks.  Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.  That my friend is a quote by the great Li Jun Fan better known as Bruce Lee.  His quote is applicable to just about anything as well as men’s fashion.  If you are like I am, you observe, you study and apply.

An important aspect (and what I feel in my humble opinion is most significant) of fashion is having a solid foundation.  A solid foundation means having your fundamentals down to a science.  If you ever played (dis)organized sports, there were always those guys who liked to hot dog everything.  What did these show-boaters have in common?   Zero fundamentals.  If you take short cuts, more often than not, everything crumbles like a house of cards.  It’s the same with how you dress.  It is absolutely no question when you dress well, you will be treated positively.  By being fundamentally sound, you will be able to evolve your own style.

The genesis of your wardrobe should be based on the classics (the fundamentals). These are timeless and will never go out of style!  In no particular order you should acquire the following: navy blazer/sport coat, white dress shirt, light blue oxford, v-neck sweater, polo shirt, v-neck and crew neck t-shirt (white, grey or black), Henley (short & long sleeve), grey trousers, chinos, indigo denim jeans, a tailored suit (preferably grey or navy).  As for shoes, one should invest in black dress shoes, brown casual/dress shoes and casual/dress boots.  A quick surf through the world wide web and what I have presented above is close to what most invite you to indulge save for a few more or a few less.

From this starting point, when you are comfortable, confident and have a grasp of what you desire in your look, you can expand from here and experiment.  The aforementioned list appears it could end up being rather expensive and it could be if you go high end with everything!  But metaphorically speaking, you’re poor & broke.  Many of us are always searching for a deal and they are out there.

For example, in the photograph to the right, I am wearing a Perry Ellis waistcoat ($28), an Alfani slim fit stretch dress shirt ($13), an Orsini Surrey Collection knit tie ($7) and a pocket square ($6) from a vendor on Ebay known as TheSquarExtraordinaire.  What you can’t see, I am wearing a pair Ralph Lauren chinos ($20) and a pair of Joseph Abboud suede monk straps ($60).  Total price: $134.  The vest, dress shirt, knit tie, pocket square and chinos were purchased from Ebay.  The monk straps from Sierra Trading Post!

Now for comparison’s sake, I chose Nordstrom because it is considered high end.  I took the average of the first 9 waistcoats, white dress shirts, knit ties, pocket squares and chinos listed on the respective site.  For the monk straps, I chose the first 9 suede because this style of shoe is what I wore and is great for summer wear!

  • Waistcoat, $86
  • Dress shirt, $55
  • Knit tie, $63
  • Pocket square, $36
  • Chinos, $68
  • Monk straps, $268

Total price: $576.  That’s a lot of cake.  If you can afford it, go for it!  But if you cannot, there are great, economical alternatives.  My outfit saved me $442.  You are aware a portion of what I saved was used for a day at the vineyard with some lovely friend?

The points I wanted to introduce are from having sound fundamentals, you can expand and create a style suitable to your tastes without working 4 jobs.  Next time, I will elaborate a little further on where to search for deals.  Jal ga!

 

*Featured picture: Jacket by Ermenegildo Zegna, shirt by Geoffrey Beene, pocket square by Windom Finery. glasses by Uniqlo