Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Man's Secret Weapon...

... good clothes.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.- Mark Twain
You may be wondering what inspired this post.
First off, I went to the new, reorganized singles for our area. A representative from the stake stepped up to the podium, and my brother and I gave eachother significant looks:

Me: He looks just like Tim Gunn!
Jeremy: I know! He's just missing the glasses...

Make it work.
A few minutes later, he put glasses on to read a quote, and the vision was complete. Also, over the past week, I have been watching Project Runway (and America's Next Top Model during commercials) and have just fallen in love with it. I watched a full season for the first time last summer, and I am seriously considering looking for them on dvd or something. Also, I recently watched this trailer. AND, my favorite blogs to follow are fashion-y ones and I have been trying to keep them in mind as I've been selecting clothes to take with me back east.
And I've worked at Old Navy.
For all of these reasons, I am an expert on men's fashion.
HAHAHAHAHAH. funny joke.

With this theme running through my head, I've become specifically impressed of the role of men in fashion, and the lack of respect (or maybe just lack of interest) from the general male population.

Boys. I don't think you understand the power clothing. It is truly a secret weapon. I was talking with one of my friends the other day about moving to the D.C. area. She informed me that the types of guys I would find there would be different from the one's I've been around: "They know how to dress". She said.

I am a firm believer that if  a man can dress well, he can do anything. I think this guy summed it up pretty well: 
"...it is indeed remarkable how impressive ugly men can look in really good men's clothes. Is their a finer sight in the world than a hideous man, who is normally just one big explosion of visual pollution, decked out in a thousand pounds worth of state-of-the-art Men's Clothes?      ...men's clothes don't ever change in basic design. They just get ever more perfect and magnificent." 
A guy can get away with a lot if he looks sharp. Case in point: Scott Dissick.

Stolen from this blog.
I think a sense of style may be the only redeeming quality homeboy has.

So if any of you men are looking for pointers, here are few examples to emulate from our good friend, The Sartorialist:

Really guys, I guess you can wear whatever you want, but keep in mind this quote I found while reading about the shows at Coachella.

“whatever a dirty-looking young man with aviator glasses and certain kind of facial hair is doing looks disingenuous” - Ben Ratliff NYT
Note: most of the men in these photos have facial hair, but is is not the "certain kind" that Ben was referring to. You know what I mean.

Be clean. Be genuine. Be styled.


  1. Tim Gunn was also on Biggest Loser a couple of weeks ago, you can Hulu it if youre intruiged!

    And I love that Mark Twain quote!

    Also, I'm not sure that the guy in the yellow rain jacket does NOT have that "certain" type of facial/head hair you're referring too...he's a little iffy... ;)

    Miss you!

  2. I will have to watch that episode!

    I noticed on your blog that you're going to be in Maryland this summer...
    well I'm in Virginia!!!

    We will have to get in touch!
    Let me know what's up.

  3. you write those things my heart so dearly wishes to say and can never communicate.