On a recent trip Danielle bought me the 2010 GQ Style Manual for some reading material on the plane. It may have been the best $10.99 she had ever spent on me at an airport besides Combos. It is a head to toe guide on how to be a better dressed dude in both casual, business, and formal settings and I suggest that every guy run to Walgreens and pick one up as this is just a short summary.
When most people think of GQ, they think of fancy and expensive suits that most normal folk would never buy. But the cool thing about the style manual is it gives you the standards upon which you should dress by, whether you’re shopping at Barney’s or dressing for less at Ross. I’ll start off with the quintessential form on men’s wear; the suit.
The 21st century suit is not something that Merril Hodge wears. The suit of the times is a slim fit and form-fitting suit that shows the true shape of the man. It is not big and boxy. It does not have a horse collar built into the neckline. And it certainly doesn’t not come with cane. There are plenty of affordable suits that will allow you to look like how should with-out looking really feminine or Euro either.
How does one wear this suit? Most suits are some sort of polyester blend, so in warmer seasons lean more towards cotton/khaki/seer sucker suits and in the colder seasons bundle up with more wool/tweed/corduroy. Try and steer clear of big pleats in the pants as flat-fronts provide a more slimming and streamline look.
Shirts may be the biggest problem for men of all ages. A shirt may be your correct neck width an arm length but that doesn’t mean it fits you. The shirt doesn’t have to fit like Under Armour but just make sure it flowing over your pants. Another way to make sure it fits is by taking one finger and inserting it in between your neck and shirt so it is not like wearing a turtle neck.
Ties are the best way to dress up or down and outfit and right now dudes are all about the skinny tie which is not always the case. The best way to judge to wearing a tie is to have it match the lapel. Small lapel = slim tie. Thick lapel = standard width tie. That way it doesn’t look goofy making you look like you are wearing a shoelace or a scarf under your collar. Also, guys try to get all fancy with their knots but you can never go wrong with the “four-in-hand.” It’s also the easiest.
The accessories are the fun part. Tie bars make you look like a gangster and a CEO at the same time. Pocket squares give a little zippity-do-dah to what might normally be a plain suit. Cuff links can make you look more important than you really are just make sure they don’t have big jewels on them, so you don’t try to over-compensate like Donald Trump (the same goes for your watch). Man-bags also aren’t too gay if they can be carried in one hand like a briefcase, that doesn’t mean you have to but it is a start.
My favorite part is the shoes. If you think about it, you may have one or two pairs of dress shoes. But they probably are the part where you settled for a little less to save a few bucks. But if you think about it, you wear them more than you would wear an expensive suit, so why not splurge a little and get a solid and comfortable pair of shoes that will last you years rather than a suit you might wear once? You can never go wrong with a pair of round toe lace-ups with.
Something we don’t usually have to worry about in Las Vegas is outerwear. But as we all know right now it is friggin cold. Peacoats are probably more applicable to us than trench coats and slickers in the desert. You can wear a peacoat with jeans and t-shirt or over a blazer if it is really balls cold outside. I also have never really been one for scarves but with recent below 30 temperatures, I’ll acclimate myself to scarves by wearing them to sleep before I wear one out but knowing that Wayne wears one makes me feel a little better. I’m just a little surprised it’s blue…