Recently my younger brother Reggie commented on how casual and relaxed his attire had become over the years. We reflected on how we dressed twenty years ago and laughed at our own style evolutions. Back in the day, wing tip shoes, bow ties, braces and cuffed pants is what we considered getting dressed up. We enjoyed the process and that was our norm. Now, as mature husbands and fathers, we still enjoy wearing some of those types of pieces. As we reflected on our youth, we both agreed that it was just fun to be in an environment that encouraged that type of expression as well as being in a place that required us to dress up for dates, cultural events, dinner and church.
As we fast forward some twenty years we notice that fewer men are taking the time to properly groom themselves. Sure we’re shaving occasionally. We’re even visiting barbershops and hair salons for the bi-weekly haircut. But, where are the suits? Where are the pocket squares, cuff-links and accessories that set us apart from others? I just need one person outside of my brother to agree that on occasions men really like the feel of being decked out in a well tailored suit. Casual days have their place, but, sometimes a little formality is great just to adjust our own “sophistication meter”. I guarantee you if you go the extra mile by dressing up and surprising your girl with a special evening, she will respond in kind.
Recently, I was able to do a photo session and surprised the photographer with a change of clothing that included wearing my favorite bow-tie. He paused for a moment and then said, “that’s really cool”. That single statement lead to a conversation where he admitted that he didn’t own a single suit. I’m so passionate about the need for a diverse wardrobe; if he were my size I would have just donated one of my favorite suits just to prove a point. Besides, he looked like I did twenty years ago; and that will be the topic of another blog on the term “high school skinny”.
Gentlemen (or Ladies) reading this blog, if you have allowed life to sort of transform your fashion sense and styling—it is not too late to make a change! Get your groove back by following these recommendations:
- Get a subscription to your favorite fashion magazine to remain relevant.
- Visit an upscale department store or boutique and let me know how you felt when that well dressed salesman approached you with a firm handshake, looked you in the eyes, and asked how he could be of assistance.
- If you own a smart phone, buy fashion apps that will help with article selections so that you look like you know what you’re doing.
- Hire a personal shopper to take the guess work out of what’s classic, trendy and over-priced. The Style & Travel Daily Concierge Team can help!
If you have not tried any of the recommendations outlined above, you owe it to yourself. How about dressing up once this month and let me know what kind of reaction you get. You just might be surprised. If your nicest suit is a leisure one, don’t be surprised with the reaction you get. So for the rest of you who can relate to this blog; this one is for you! However, for my friends that prefer the natural and sporty casual looks, experiment just a little to see how you like it. Expand your experience by expanding your wardrobe. Until the next time, make it happen in Style…
Yours in Style,
President, Style & Travel Daily