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Talk about irony?

3 Jun

This has got to be some sort of perverse irony, after 40 years of marriage, Al & Tipper Gore decide to split. Yet the man he served as Vice President for Bill Clinton, remains married to Hillary despite his philandering & public affair. Talk about irony? In today’s society how much does faithfulness really matter?

The Cap Toe

13 May

The mens cap toe shoe is an essential to every mans wardrobe. They are timeless in style & are key for any event which requires men to be in a suit. I prefer Santonis over the Bruno Maglis & Allen Edmonds. The ones pictured above are Santoni’s and yes I own a black & brown pair.

Fellas let’s me coach you for a moment.
1. These should be the base of your shoe collection.
2. Stay away from the pointed/elf shoes
3. Invest in a good pair of cap toes & traditional Oxford’s, they last forever & men are judged on their dress shoes.

Black Mamba in All White

7 May

Kobe’s forray into the modeling/fashion world has set the twitterverse & blogosphere on fire. Naturally from the uber alpha male and homphobic crowd, I’ve heard and read the labels placed on the photos. I must admit the photos do make him seem “suspect” and are perhaps femine. I think that people are missing the bigger point, the guy is tough on the eyes.

However in 2010 why are people so hyper sensitive to idea of a man bring portrayed in this way? Perhaps it’s a reflection of critics own insecurities & inability to be vulnerable. Maybe just maybe Kobe is very comfortable in his own character that he does need it to be affirmed by lesser persons. However at the end of the day he is still ugly… I’m just saying.

Neckwear

19 Mar

Given I wear a suit everyday to work I have become meticulous about the details, most importantly the tie selection and the knot used.  I’m a big fan of the Full Windsor Knot (see image below):

Full Windsor

However this can be difficult to complete if the fabric of the tie is too thin or it is not long enough.  I also have a large neck which only complicates things further.  Despite these challenges I go with this knot because it accentuates a complete and polished look.   What I will not do; is ever wear a “skinny” tie as I consider them to be casual wear and flimsy. Often their fabric is cheaper and are usually are tied very sloppily, I prefer a crisp look. Skinny ties are more appropriate for men that elect to go with very form-fitting pants or jeans.

We have seen a lot of “fashionista” men embrace bow ties recently which is okay.  However, in the gentlemen’s code of dress, if it is a clip-on you are playing yourself.  Furthermore, traditionally bow ties are considered to be more formal than ties, yet we have flipped the script and made them casual.  Let me offer some coaching, if your shoes & belt are not of the same quality of your bow tie, you look foolish.  Lastly, if you can’t tie the aforementioned full windsor knot above you probably should not have that bow tie on. So next time you want to present that fashion forward look, ask yourself “is it you”?

Is it You?