2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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The Ultimate Compromise

Photo Credit: Official Movie Photo, Edward Norton, “American History X”

Thus far, this entire blog has touched on various fashion related topics.  Here I would also like to venture outside the box and write about the overall appearance of men.  Grooming, hygiene, etiquette, the works.  Today’s post is covering one of my all time pet peeves…

THE PEACH FUZZ HAIRCUT

If you are a man with a full head of hair, or even if you don’t have quite a full head, there is no reason to have your head resemble the fuzzy skinned fruit.  I have met, dated and known tons of men who have beautiful hair yet refuse to let it grow; some even getting one haircut per week in order to maintain their bare dome. It is a sin if you ask me.  If you are walking around with the peach fuzz hairdo then you are going to be mistaken as a skin head, an escaped convict, a Buddhist monk or a card carrying member of the KKK.  If that is the look you really want to portray then God Bless.  But seriously, do you honestly want to be associated with Edward Norton’s character in American History X? I once dated a guy who when I met him had the haircut in question.  His hair was very light so it looked even more awkward.  He appeared as though he was recovering from Chemotherapy.  I convinced him to let it grow out a little on top.  And what do you know; he has the most beautiful curly hair I ever had my hands in.  I was sure if our relationship ended, the Chemo-cut would rear its ugly head immediately, but to my shock he is still to this day sporting the hairdo I suggested and looking fabulous doing it.  There are only two specific exceptions to this rule.

  1. If you are in the military or in another profession where this haircut is required
  2. If you have a receding hairline/losing your hair and need to keep it super short to save your dignity.

This short buzz cut however, will accentuate your worst features.  For example, if you have a big nose, the super short hair will make your nose look even larger Pinocchio.  So think twice, you may be shortening the hair but what will you be adding length to in other areas?  Other than the two aforementioned scenarios, please just let your hair show.  In the ultimate compromise, I recommend going with what I have heard referred to as 3-2-1 cut.  ( i.e. a number 3 guard on top, 2 on the sides, and 1 around the edges)  This way you have at least a little length on top and you will not look like a permanent resident of Bellevue.  And whatever you do, do not cut your own hair or let a non-licensed professional cut it at home.  You will be sorry.

Quick Aside:  I do not mean to be a hater but stay away from Super Cuts.  I have seen only bad hair styles come out of there.  It is worth it for you to go to a reputable barber shop.

A Hot Mess

Photo Credit: Lisa Romerein/Getty Images

We are officially two days away from fall.  As I was never a big fan of the hot and sticky New York City summers I welcome the transition.  It is during this time of year that many people start stowing away their bathing suits and sandals and begin to take out the bulky sweaters and heavier jackets. Usually during this conversion of seasons and wardrobe we take inventory of our attire.  Amongst all of life’s difficult choices we need to decide which pieces stay and which go.  Anyone who lives in a minuscule studio apartment with limited closet space like me knows that a lot has to go.  Tough decisions must be made and as I already touched on in a previous post, sentimental value is powerful.  I’ll make it easy for you, what needs to go is any article that is…

RIPPED (not in a trendy way)

STAINED

FADED

TOO BIG

TOO SMALL

WRINKLED BEYOND RECOGNITION

I’ve heard a million times, “I love these pants even though they have a hole,” or “This is my favorite shirt but it has a stain on it.”  My reader Sleepless in Astoria mentioned a dislike for wrinkled or stained undershirts while commenting on “Underwear or Outerwear” SIA’s exact remark was “Ewww” I couldn’t have said it better myself.  If you have an article of clothing that has a stain that can’t be beaten, a hole that can’t be mended, or has been through one too many spin cycles, then it is time to say good bye.  And I do not care if you wear something all the time, if your clothes are a hot mess that is exactly what  you will look like wearing them.  Now we all have things that maybe we know we won’t wear again but we want to keep for sentiment’s sake.  Most men do not have too many articles of clothing like this but in case you do, decide what is important and put it in the memory box.  Never wear your sentimental clothing again.  My reader Islander505 asked via a comment to a previous post about his 1986 Super Bowl sweatshirt.  I went back and forth about this comment, but in the end I decided as long as it is in good condition and you look good wearing it then rock on!  But the second it becomes tarnished in any way it goes.  One of my college writing professors said that sometimes when there are ideas you are trying to make work but cannot figure out how, you need to kill your darlings.  The same holds true for articles of clothing.  I know it sounds odd but when you need to make room and stop dressing like you buy your clothes at the five and dime; kill your darlings.