Posted on October 11, 2018
by Steve Janowick
Have you ever tried on a slick, new outfit then stood in front of one of those full-length mirrors admiring how bad-ass you look? Sure, we all have. There’s just something about the way clothes-unlike anything else-can change one’s self-perception, as well as other’s perceptions of us. Whether you want to admit it or not, we all make immediate snap judgments of people we see based on what they are wearing. And those judgments form a strong set of opinions. As men, the hierarchy of “cool” that we slap on celebrities is often contingent upon, first and foremost, what they wear and how they wear it. Would Brando have been as cool in A Streetcar Named Desire had he not rocked the tight t-shirt and jeans throughout most of it? Just imagine those scenes with him in a polo style shirt or a turtleneck instead. Not cool! Would Denzel have been as intimidating and all-consuming if he ditched the black leather jacket in Training Day for a Members Only? How about Clint donning a button-down shirt in the Spaghetti Westerns instead of the legendary poncho? We all know the answers to these questions. The mystique and the overall legend of their respective legacies would be all but gone.
I’d love to be all PC and virtuous and tell you that the most important part of what constructs a man’s perception to the world and to himself (especially a classic man) is “what’s on the inside”, but I’d just be feeding you a bunch of BS. Certainly, a man’s “inner style” is just as important to his overall persona. We’ve all been trained since youth to realize that “it’s what’s inside that counts”. And in forming meaningful relationships it certainly does! But we shouldn’t feel guilty or shamed into thinking that caring about the way we look-and trying to look cool in our clothes-makes us somehow more shallow. Because it doesn’t! So, men, whether you’re a minimalist t-shirt/jeans guy or a tailored, black suit guy, find your style, make it your own then rock the hell out of it-and don’t feel guilty.
Stay Classic, men!
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