Okay, so, to be honest, I have never thought about this predicament. That is, when wearing a turban what is the proper etiquette for matching it with the rest of one’s ensemble, if even at all. I guess if prompted to match it with anything I would say it would be best to match it to another accessory such a one’s socks, tie or pocket square. But then I also know nothing about the customs behind the different colors of turbans so I do not want to surmise anything and consequently step on any toes. A friend of mine referred this article about a gentleman who was seated behind President Obama at one of his speeches who wore a pink turban with a pink tie. Read away, its quite interesting.
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I think that by now it’s no secret that I love black tie and have rather strong opinions on it. The Golden Globes, in all of its glory, puts the screens leading men (and women) in semi-formal attire, for better or worse. So, let’s just get to it, I have more than a few short words to say but I will try to keep things on the shorter side. I realize that the Globes are the more playful of the award shows, but nonetheless…
Rickey Gervais, congratulations. You were the worst dressed man I saw on camera last night (well, actually your tied with Jesse Tyler Ferguson). Although I do appreciate your sartorial gamble (or perhaps satire) with an open neck, black pleated shirt, flapped hacking pockets and burgundy 3-piece tux you just looked bad. And then you made it worse by taking off your jacket towards the end of the show. You could’ve perhaps made things tolerable with a white shirt. Also, what is going on with his shoes? I think I had a nightmare about them last night. Additionally, may I remind you that one of the key words of black tie is ‘tie’ and that a gentleman should not remove his dinner jacket in the presence of a lady when in public (unless he is killing it on the dance floor or needs to provide her with warmth by means of his jacket). But at least you looked comfortable in it and it fits well, those are about the only positives.
And for the rest of the field there were a few good ones mixed in with the mishaps these red carpet award shows are so well known for. The most common error was that of the long necktie. You see, there is a right way to change things up in black tie and a wrong way, a long necktie is certainly of the latter. The other most common malady was that of awful, awful, awful proportions. You see, well built and larger men should just NOT wear skinny ties, collars and lapels. Check some of thoughts below and feel free to add yours in the comment section.
As I was relishing in my Thanksgiving food coma hangover last Friday morning on the love seat in my kitchen at home Fox news popped with two segments of interest to all things concerning the FYG blog. The first of which was simply reporting on how the last beret maker in France was threatened with bankruptcy. I don’t care for berets, but I do care for nationally important industries and symbols. However, a slice of pumpkin pie or two later the conservative folks at Fox put on a segment about airline dress code (the time was roughly 11:45am on Friday November 25th). I was enthralled. As you all know part of what led me to start this blog was that I wanted to take up issue with the way many men dress, mostly for business and work. However, I have ventured into more casual attire at times. What I have not yet touched on is travel attire.
Enter the Fox News segment. They reported that some airlines have or are considering implementing some type of dress code. The justifications mentioned were mostly derived from security concerns (no excessively baggy tops or bottoms to name one point). But we all know that they don’t want their airplanes looking like they are filled with bums and Occupiers, it just doesn’t give off a good impression. And of course there was mention of special interest groups complaining about this and that injustice and offense… The most commonly cited problem was that the codes were broad and left a lot of the interpretation of what was and wasn’t appropriate up to the flight crew. I found it quite interesting. I also found it quite sad that men (and women) have let the way they dress slip so far that airlines have debated instituting dress codes.
Regardless of all of this, the issue really comes down to one simple fact. Men do not dress well enough when travelling whether it be via train, plane or automobile (or if you’re going to The Promised Land then via boat). So, if you find yourself travelling this weekend (or anytime in the future), think about how you dress and think about how it will affect the first impression you give to countless people along your way.
Leffot (10 Christopher st, NYC) is again hosting one of the finest shoe makers in the world, this time Edward Green. The trunk show takes place tomorrow, Thursday October 27th 11am-7pm. If your looking for a worthwhile detour this should be atop your list for tomorrow. Even if you are not in the market for an extremely expensive pair of shoes, the craftsmanship and beauty of the shoes are alone worth a trip.
I was lucky enough to stop by the Tweed Run yesterday. The event was sponsored by Rugby and called Rugby’s 99 University Place store home base. As was to be expected there was a slew of well dressed ladies and lads. Unfortunately, I did not see any of the bicyclists depart en masse but I did see some of the preparations. I also saw (and acquired) some of the clothing that Rugby had made for the event. And yes, I saw enough badass tweed to make me think I was on the set of Boardwalk Empire.
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Just stumbled across an update on the Tweed Run schedule for tomorrow, take a look if you are at all interested.
This Saturday (October 15th) a rather unique event is set to take place, that of the NYC Tweed Run. The general concept is a copy of an event that has been going on for years in England. Essentially one is supposed to don their finest tweed and mount their bike to ride around the city. If tweed or casual bike rides are your thing then this should be the ticket for you. The event is sponsored by Rugby, naturally, and I believe it is slated to start from the Rugby store at 99 University Place at noon. Limited edition products are also to be offered at the Rugby store. Although the event is sold out I am sure it would not be hard to join in on the fun in some fashion.
Steve Jobs was, is and will forever be a legend. His influence and legacy shall be, can be and will be compared to the likes of Walt Disney and Henry Ford. For his ideas and products have changed both the individual and society, not just nationally but internationally. For this world to lose him is unfortunate to say the least.
I could go on at length reflecting on how Apple products have changed my life and the ways I think that they have changed all of us but I shall restrain. I know that countless journalists, techies and news casters will handle this quite adequately.
What they will discuss, but to a much lesser degree, is Mr. Jobs’ uniform. That of blue jeans and a black turtleneck. When i searched ‘Steve Jobs’ in Google images 90% of the photos of him are him clad in his signature uniform. Most of the photos in which he is not are from decades ago. I am a strong believer that men dress any given way for a certain reason. It could make them happy, they are trying to fit in, they are playing a role or they are simply abiding by a dress code. Mr. Jobs could’ve worn almost anything he wanted, as he had the financial means to afford it and the position and fame to allow it. Convention would dictate that a man in his position wear a suit in some form. But no, Mr. Jobs preferred the stark simplicity of blue jeans and a black turtleneck.
Mr. Jobs’ aesthetic matches that of his products: simple, functional and likely comfortable. But of possibly more importance are two things. The first is the aura that his casual dress imparted, that of a more laid back California-esque gathering, he didn’t quite seem so much like the business man/salesman that he in fact was being; which I think worked in his favor. Secondly, the constancy of Mr. Jobs attire allowed the focus to stay on the products that he was touting, and aren’t the products what were really important?
I shall leave you all with this quote from Steve Jobs that Mr. Castleberry of Unabashedly Prep posted the day before Mr. Jobs’ passing. Although I have said things to this effect on many an occasion Mr. Jobs has yet again seized the day, “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.” It is Mr. Jobs, it is.
Over the past few months UBS has continually popped up on my radar, for two main reasons. First, layoffs. Second, dress code. At one point they decided to go down the full on business formal dress with suits and ties road. UBS even put out a detailed guide on said dress code. However, recently they scaled back efforts and decided to settle for suits sans ties. Get the full story from Dealbreaker.