Color Blocking, Mustaches, and Wingtips
This past weekend I had the privilege to spend a day with a massive group of my friends. It was one of those moments when I was surprised that I actually knew all these people. In addition to that, I met several more amazing people that I'm sure I will see again soon. As my life would have it, everyone was in formalwear. I use that term loosely, it wasn't a black tie event by any means, but the generally accepted code of dress was a suit and tie, or a blazer if that's what you're into. When I looked at all these friends in formalwear (which could be a name of an album someday), I saw some interesting things in the dress and grooming habits of everyone and compared them to myself.
The first thing that I noticed was the increased use of "color blocking" in wardrobe, more than I have seen before. Color blocking (as far as my understanding goes) is when an outfit is composed of clashing colors that are bold, but still "go." I've seen a lot of men do this, in both a formal and casual environments and I have mixed feelings. It's not that I don't like the concept, but it feels like an "artistic" eye is almost needed to pull it off; if not, it looks like random crap you threw on (which...yeah...that's sorta what it is). I see this a lot with a mixture of patterns and colors, and I get that people want to be unique and stuff, but sometimes I think it's taken too far. Look at this guy:
Not that he isn't a stunningly handsome individual, but I don't like his outfit. I actually think as per the colors go, he has the clash-and-look-good thing going on. But, the 3 different patterns are freaking me out, he might have sold me if he was wearing like a solid white shirt, but the green checker? I don't know man...
I realize that secretly we want to look like our own version of hipsters, and I'm cool with that! All I'm saying is that we may need to keep the color blocking techniques in check. The next thing that I noticed was...
That dude with the 'stache
So there always seems to be this guy...the guy that has that really weird mustache. Like this guy:
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Some guys just look terrible with facial hair. Some guys just look terrible in double-breasted suits. Whatever you look like, there are going to be things that don't suit you. So gentlemen, please, let's just let the mustache go eh? And this isn't directed toward the men that grow EPIC mustaches, they can keep theirs, but I'm talking to the ones that look like they are going to abduct children, or the guy that feels he is so cool he is uncool because that's cool to be the cool guy that looks like he is uncool but actually is cool. Because on both accounts, no one wants to be with those people.
Strange Suedes and White Belts
I love unique clothes. And if I can find a unique piece and make it work, boom, I'll do it. Lately, I have been been seeing a resurgence of wingtips. That's right! The go-to shoe for boring businessmen everywhere for decades. Personally, I like the wingtips better than the clunky square shoes or the really odd pointy elfish shoes. The only thing that gets me is the over-the-top combos that guys are coming up with! Rocking a pair of brown suede tips? Awesome. It's classy, it's simple. Do it. Have a pair of bright white shoes with a dark suit? Eh...seems a bit glitzy and stupid. That's just me.
On that same note though, that might be acceptable somewhere else. I am not throwing out ridiculous clothing such as that all together, but when it is combined with something that creates such a stark contrast I don't think it looks good. Same thing goes for white belts. These guys that are in an otherwise normal suit+shirt+tie getup rock the white belt, and dude! I will never understand.