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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Plaid Fad

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Such a great Saturday night this past weekend.  I attended a birthday party for a fabulous pair of twins.  At first, I was hesitant to attend.  I could not convince any of my friends to go with me, it was all the way down town and to top it all off it had begun to rain that night.  But alas, I headed south to Delancey Street and I am glad I did because I had a fabulous time!  We partied until the wee hours at a club/bar called The DL on the lower east side.  This was one of those places with many levels, so you could look down at the crowd.  While I was scoping out the eye candy I realized I was feasting on a sea of

PLAID SHIRTS

I feel that these days plaid shirts are a real “go to” staple for men and that is absolutely acceptable.  Plaid shirts are trendy, stylish and look good on almost all men.  It is hard to go wrong with a plaid shirt as they can be worn for a dressy night out or to a casual afternoon outing. However every once in a while I see a plaid shirt that looks more like a Christmas tree skirt or the knitted blanket that has been on Nana’s couch since ’82. Sad but sometimes so true. After I started thinking about the plaid shirt phenomenon while sipping my cocktail, one of my friends at the party/one of the hottest guys there said to me something along the lines of, “What do you think of my outfit, I went with the plaid shirt/ printed tie combo?” He looked outstanding.  Men need not be afraid of wearing a tie with a print on it in combination with a chic plaid shirt.  It is often hit or miss so do not attempt this combination unless you know what you are doing.  Like I often say, just don’t go nuts.  You would not want to wear a super complicated plaid with many colors with an over bearing print on a tie.  It would not be aesthetically pleasing to the eye if you know what I mean.   Also, I have known men that go over board and wear plaid shirts so often they become known as “the plaid shirt guy”  This is not a nickname you want, so make sure to keep your wardrobe in full rotation at all times.  Check out some of the shirts at Express Men or Lucky Jeans.

Quick Aside:  Please do not confuse plaid with flannel.  They are cousins but not twins. Plaid is for sexy guys who get laid a lot, know how to dress and want to make a good impression.  Flannel is for keeping warm in front of the refrigerator and cowboys who belch out loud in public.

Excess Cargo

cargo-pantsJust a few nights ago I found myself working at a charity event.  I don’t have time on this forum to explain further but I was in Brooklyn working said event and I began talking to a young man.  I was supposed to be listening and advising but I was so distracted.  This college coed was talking to me and all I could think about was the fact that he was sporting an insane amount of…

POCKETS

It was like pocket palooza.   This guy was killing me! What was he thinking?  He had so many bells and whistles going on with his jacket; frankly it was reminiscent of a straight jacket.  There were so many pockets all over his shirt that it almost looked as if someone just tossed shards of fabric together without any thought put into it.  And the amount of pockets on his pants gave cargo pants a whole new meaning.  I almost reached out and started touching this kid’s pockets to see if they had anything in them.  From what I could tell they were all empty.  When did pocket covered clothing become acceptable?  The pocket is an amazing invention.  It allows us to carry things that we do not want others to see. But this guy was just way over the line.  Two pockets on your jacket, maybe one on your shirt, and four on your pants should be the absolute maximum.  Let’s be honest unless you are filling all of those pockets, ditch the excess Cargo.  An exorbitant amount of pockets covering your body will only make you look bulky and not in a good way.  You always want to strive for a sleek neat design, not an “I just returned home from a hunting trip” look.

Drawing the Line

It is great to have a hobby and to be passionate about something.  As human beings most of us thrive in an environment where we feel a sense of belonging and comradery.  Even so, just like anything else in life and in fashion we need to set limits.   Brace yourselves male readers, for many of you this one is really going to hurt.  You need to draw the line when it comes to…

SPORTS JERSEYS

I know this is a tough wardrobe habit to break not to mention a sensitive subject for most guys.  I am not insisting that you stop wearing sports jerseys all together, however there has to be some parameters.  If you are over the age of 15 you should only be caught wearing a sports jersey in the following scenarios:

1-     If you are yourself physically playing a sport whether professionally or for fun

2-     If you are in a sports bar and/or watching a sporting event on television

3-     If you are in attendance at a live sporting event

Sports apparel companies make millions off of this craze.  I never really understood it.  It is not even your name on the back; it is as if you are wearing someone else’s clothes.  In the spirit of drawing the line I’d like to suggest the following rule of thumb.  If you are a grown man you should own no more than 5 sports jerseys at any given time.  I do not mean 5 football jerseys, 5 baseball jerseys, 5 basketball jerseys, and so on. I mean 5 TOTAL.  So if you have 5 and there is a new one you feel you really have to have, one of the pre existing five has to go to the Salvation Army or donated to your 12 year old nephew.  I know this is difficult, but please trust me on this one.

Leave it on the Battlefield

One can’t help but be a little extra patriotic when Labor Day comes around. We are all thankful for a strong military that defends our country every day. I am even proud to say that I have a few members in my family that served in the military. What I am about to write I would say to my own family members…

LOSE THE MILITARY CAMOUFLAGE

This trend baffles me. Even if you are an active service member, there is no need or reason to wear the Camo when you are not working/required to do so. I know when we see little boys dressed up in a GI Joe–like fashion we find it tender, but as an adult man you need to just be a grown-up Joe. When I see furniture or clothing with too many flowers, I have been known for saying, “Leave the garden outside.” In this case, leave the camo on the battlefield. Wearing military camouflage is not cute or sexy. When you are walking by an article of clothing that is Camo and considering making a purchase, keep walking!  And if you currently own any camouflage clothing, take it to the Good Will immediately. Along the same line whether you are an active member of the military or just trying to be trendy, don’t wear dog tags, those big bulky boots, or wannabe sniper hats of any kind. Like I mentioned earlier it just isn’t cute no matter how you dress it up. Unless it’s Halloween or you are hiding from “Charlie” you need to just say no.

Quick Aside: Although men wearing camo for fun makes me sick, Pea Coats are completely acceptable.  In fact a good quality Pea Coat is one of the sexiest things a man can wear.  Check out Kaufman’s Army & Navy in midtown Manhattan for the best authentic Pea Coats.  The shop is kind of messy and the owner is beyond excentric but you’ll wear the coat for the rest of your life and never look back.

One or the Other

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As we wind down the hazy, hot, and humid days of summer, I look back on all the good times and all the foolish fashion choices.  With much dismay I shake my head and am amazed every time I see a guy wearing…

SOCKS WITH SANDALS

Really spicy olives are my guilty pleasure and on a hot summer night I enjoy a scoop or two of pistachio ice cream.  I love socks and I love sandals but olives and ice cream belong together just as much as socks and sandals.   For those of you reading who are actively making this mistake, please cease doing so immediately, it’s not too late.  One of my ex boyfriends hated showing his feet in public, even on the hottest days he refused to wear sandals.  Looking back now, I applaud him for being wise enough to know better than to wear socks with sandals.  And truth be told, some girls are not into guys exposing their feet.  I never understood why, but I have heard this from many women.

For a quick recap/math lesson: Socks + Sandals = never ever allowed.  It is one or the other folks.  If you are going to wear socks, you are going to wear closed toe shoes.  If you want to wear comfortable summer shoes but are afraid of a chill, invest in a nice pair of boat shoes or loafers from ALDO or Banana Republic.   Trust me they are, as one of my wisest and best dressed male friends often says, “Worth every penny.”

Quick Aside:  If you are someone who thinks that wearing socks with sandals during the colder months makes up for the fact that you are wearing sandals during the wrong season, well, you may be beyond help.