I am always thinking about the best way to add a little visual pop to my male client’s wardrobes. I shared one of my favorite quotes with you recently about how you should be a work of art… For woman it is so much easier as color and pattern and print are so widely accepted. It so contradictory to nature! The male peacock is the beautifully embellished sex…the lion has the wild mane…the baboon (well maybe his visually enhanced part is better left unsaid)… So why are men so accustomed to being bland and subdued? Well if you are ever so slightly intrigued with why so many male animals are so “well-adorned”, this blog entry is for you!
Here is a really inexpensive way to be a bit bolder, get noticed and yes, continuously amp up your style. My favorite and the most widely accepted is the always casual-chic printed tee shirt. This of course is nothing new, but I am still amazed that so many men still get it wrong. If you don’t have fashion confidence, keep the color neutral. Stick to white, ivory, all shades of gray and olive. Black can work as well, but it does give you that rocker edge, which is not for every man. You have to be a specific type to pull it off. Wear them under a casual sportjacket, bomber jacket or cardigan. You don’t want to hide them, as the whole point is to add a little graphic pizzazz. Layer them over another solid tee to add more color texture to your look (choose complimentary colors). Stick with jeans or casual pants, the tee shirt under a casual suit look is a bit played out or was it ever in?
Try to stay away from slogans… No need to broadcast your political or sexual ideology to the world. Definitely look for cool vintage tees with brand names or better yet, just artistic designs. Also, don’t go collegiate, unless you are still in school and please retire your frat tees!
Some great tee shirt resources are of course Barneys Co-op. They have by far the broadest selection. Some key brands to look for are Ever, Rogan and Surface To Air. Another sure bet is “What Goes Around Comes Around” in Soho. Canvas the LES and you will be sure to find a plethora. Collect several so you can always change up the visual cues you are emitting.
Since we are talking about the proverbial “feast for the eyes”, it is only fitting that I share today’s recommended charity. This one is perhaps the most obvious, but also the most overlooked. We are so concerned with the hot “charity-de-jour” that we don’t always think about how we can help in our own backyards. How about donating to the Food Bank For New York? Help feed the millions (can you believe?) that go hungry in the 5 boroughs. It is so easy! Give some of the money you save by wearing tee shirts on the weekends and at night or just clean out your pantry. I have the same issue in my pantry that I do in my closet…unused stuff (canned goods, rice, etc.). Even if you can just give a little, it can go a long way. Please make sure that the date on the package isn’t past expiration.
Actually I have a brilliant idea…just volunteer some time. You can wear your new tee shirt when you do…