Yesterday I was having dinner with a few friends and a gorgeous couple was seated next to us. Seriously, this guy was so good looking—kinda couldn’t help (repeatedly?) glancing in his direction. He was wearing a navy linen blazer, light blue dress shirt, I believe dark denim and…couldn’t really see the shoes, but I know he didn’t mess that up either. He had a bit of scruff and longer hair—similar to this season’s Zegna campaign, though more masculine. There was nothing out-of-the ordinary with his dress, and maybe that’s what kept my attention.
I hear this all the time, a guy wants to stand out (in a crowd, apart from his buddies) but you need to have a healthy edit of how crazy you get with the patterns and accessories and slimness of your clothes. While not to be confused with boring, classics really do make the man. Take for example, the ensemble listed above. At the moment, I’m being drawn towards solid dress shirts. I’ve had fun dressing men in checks and plaids of all colors and scale, but now when asked, I promote the solid dress shirt—egyptian cotton, blend or linen, doesn’t matter— its simplicity is attractive and allows attention to be given to a watch, bracelets…most importantly, your face.
Summer is always the time to bring out/get creative with color. It’s also ideal for those of you who despise ironing! Not matter where you live, linen will work. It’s breathable, light and gives off that ‘I’m not uptight and know how to have fun’ vibe. Since by nature this material shows wrinkles, try wearing linen in a darker shade for a blazer (navy) or with pockets (Animas style) on a shirt, to detract from the wrinkles.
I also want to mention fit. As you know that’s part of how I make a living and is so important in what you own! Just because we’re talking about light-weight material, that doesn’t translate into sloppy. For a large population of men, they are buying clothes that are too big (not just in linen). For the men who’s task is the opposite, finding clothes that are tall enough or wide enough, I suggest High and Mighty large size clothing. Just like the name says, they’ve proved to be an excellent resource for big and tall sizing…I’m talking blazers available in 60″ chest. (that’s difficult to find in most off-the-rack retailers).
So there you go. Look sharp! Have fun! Be comfortable!…and maybe you’ll get noticed when out to dinner.