There’s one thing that irks me more than most when it come to the dress standards applied (or not applied) by men these days.
But, before we get to it, I want to get a few other things off my chest, because it seems we’ve let our standard slip men.
It doesn’t fit
How well your clothes fit or don’t fit tell people a lot about you. I see many men each and every day who wear clothes that don’t fit properly.
Mainly, the issue is sizing. Not of the clothes, but of the man.
If you’re a bigger man, don’t wear tight fitting stuff. Some of you look like a rolled pork roast in a shirt.
If you’re a slimmer gent, don’t wear circus tents, you look stupid. You can pull off wearing slim fit stuff, so do it!
Mind the gap
Following straight on from fit, you need to be aware of gaps in-between your shirt buttons, especially when sitting down.
This can be an incredibly unflattering trait. And, while you might not care what people think of you, we have to look at you and it ain’t pretty.
If gapping is inevitable, then wear an undershirt of singlet. It might be your saving grace.
The Gig Line
The biggest thing that remains with me from my military service is the concept of the “Gig Line”.
In simple terms, a gig line is place when the shirt edge, belt buckle leading edge and pants zipper flap are all aligned nice and straight.
This simple, but effective, solution shows attention to detail and stops you from looking like a bag of shit.
Give it a try next time you get dressed.
Oh, Tuck it
Some things should always be tucked in and other things shouldn’t. but, there’s no hard and fast rule.
What I will share is a trick to stop a tucked in shirt from being so puffy around the waist.
Once you’ve got everything on, including your belt, open you fly (assuming it’s not already open!), reach in and grab the bottoms of your shirt.
(Leave everything else alone, its not the time for that!)
Now, pull straight down at the front and sides.
Once it’s all straight, you can safely do up your fly, job done.
Back to the Irk!
My irk is this:
“Polish you damn boots!”
I don’t care if you wear boots, shoes or clogs, polish the things for fucks sake!
I also don’t care if you’re going for the worn and faded look, polish the things for fucks sake!
The only exception that I will accept for this rule is if they are made of fabric or sued.
However, even these types of footwear still need to be cleaned or brushed from time to time, I which case……. Clean your footwear for fucks sake!
End Result; don’t wear shitty footwear……for fucks sake!
There is nothing worse then seeing someone trying to complete a look with crap footwear. It destroys a tiny bit of my soul.
You don’t need to buy massively expensive footwear, but you do need to look after it.
Sure, quality always comes at a cost and you should try and buy the best quality you can.
But I know more than most that sometimes you can’t buy quality.
Which is why its even more important to look after them.
It isn’t hard to polish boots.
All you need is:
- Some polish (the Kiwis have some good stuff);
- A couple of brushes (boot brushes, not the ones you use for your beard)
- A Cloth (preferably clean and not used for any other misdemeanours)
- The strength of a man
Once you have these things the process is pretty simple. So simple in Fact, that I might do a YouTube video on it to show you how easy it is to do. Until then you’ll need to figure it out for yourself!
At any rate, it isn’t fucking hard to polish your shoes. It will improve your aesthetic a million times over and make it look like you actually give a shit.
Right, irk over, now where’s my boot polish!
‘til next time….. Cheers!