2012 in Review

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

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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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A Hot Mess

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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.

Underwear or Outerwear

Everywhere I go I take mental notes about what men are wearing.  Today I had a blast at the U.S. Open and was bombarded with a plethora of material.  Most everyone looked the best they could considering the scorching heat.  Although I am someone who is usually rather decisive there is still one question I continue to ask myself time and time again.  As I witnessed many men doing today I wonder; Is it OK or a fashion faux pas when men wear…

UNDERSHIRTS AS SHIRTS

My initial instincts tell me no.  However, after further examination I feel that men wearing white undershirts as shirts are allowed under very specific conditions.  I hope that it goes without saying that this look is very casual, never to be worn at night, on a date, or anywhere of major importance.  At the same time, if you are going to rock the “white undershirt as your shirt” look you have to be physically fit.  I do not mean to be cruel but if you are out of shape or overweight and you try and sport this style, it will only make you look worse.  Please note that white undershirts are extremely sensitive and subject to pit stains.  If the shirt is white and the arms pits are looking a little too run down it is time to toss that shirt in the trash.  Before the weather cools down give this look a try.  If you feel and look as cool as James Dean then you are one of the few who can get away with wearing underwear as outerwear, just don’t lie to yourself as it is not for every man.

Quick Aside: Check out this recent New York Times article about Men, Shopping & Fashion.