Guys are visual. They need to see it to believe it.
That may be the reason why so many take cues from TV shows. For portraying well-dressed men, two immediately come to mind:
1. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) on White Collar
2. Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) on Modern Family
White Collar: I applaud any guy that can pull off a fedora and not look like he’s trying too hard or like he’s obsessed w. Michael Jackson. The accessories they dress Neal Caffrey up in are very cool. You notice them, but it’s not distracting. That half woven belt in last week’s episode is the perfect illustration of laid back but not sloppy. Pocket squares—folded neatly or stuff in there, he does that well too. His character also isn’t afraid of color. A striped shirt, a patterned shirt, I can see why Gilt Groupe created an entire clothing collection of their e-commerce site inspired by White Collar’s characters. From what I’ve seen, that’s what most ‘go for’—something you can wear and stand out in, but not feel overly dressed up or down.
PaulSmith suit and tie, Dolce and Gabbana shirt, Farragamo belt and shoes, Vintage tiebar. Photo: usanetwork.com
Modern Family: Cam’s a big boy and the perfect representation of how a custom shirt can make any size guy look great. You don’t have to be a stay-at-home gay dad to wear contrasting collars and cuffs. Sometimes you need to add a little something to your shirts—mix it up; you don’t want to get sick of what’s in your closet.