On this blog and on others I have addressed the subject of feminine clothing. But I don’t think that I have ever addressed the subject of masculine clothing. In fact, I had never really given the subject any thought until I saw this comment by Cellogirl over at peacefulhonestlife:
I have yet to read donal graeme’s blog for anything on how a man should carry himself because there are too many men out here that dress very poorly yet, they want a high-value woman to call their own. No! No! No!
That not how things work a masculine man is very attractive but, a high value masculine man that dresses properly and can be conversational is even more attractive. There are not too many of those out there anymore.
So, how exactly should a masculine man dress? What kind of clothing is appropriate for a man who wishes to establish or demonstrate that he is high-value? Well, I can think of a few examples of clothing that does the opposite:
1) Really short shorts. You know the type. The ones that look more like speedos than shorts.
2) Super tight fitted jeans. Those can look good on women (although I still prefer dresses and skirts), but they look awful on men. For example:
3) Wimpy scarves. Scarves aren’t necessarily feminine, but if you want them to be masculine they need to be matched with the proper clothing and be anything but dainty. This doesn’t cut it:
Something like that just screams “PATHETIC” to the whole world.
4) The color pink. A long time ago pink might have been a color used by men. That time is long gone, and long buried. Don’t count on it every coming back. Pink is not a masculine color, so don’t wear it. (Unless you are John Wayne. In which case you can wear whatever you want.)
Ok, those are a few examples of what not to wear. But what makes for masculine clothing for men? Some ideas are easy enough:
1) The Tuxedo- simple but stately, a man who can wear a Tux well is a man who can tell the world that he is high-value. Don’t believe me? Take it up with 007…
2) While not quite as classy as a Tux, a well tailored suit can be nearly as effective. And depending on your profession, something you can wear nearly every day.
3) A uniform. The old saying that “women dig a man in a uniform” has some truth to it, even in this day and age. A good looking uniform can lend a man a sharpness and presence which sets him apart from less men.
To be honest, this topic is one where I am out of my league. Male fashion has never been a strength of mine, and it was pretty obvious to me when I tried to write this post. So I am asking for my readers to provide ideas (whether links, photos, videos or whatever) on what they believe masculine clothing looks like.
Update: Deti has contributed his thoughts on the subject of proper dress for men:
1. Determine your body type and dress for it. Three basic body types: The muscular man (mesomorph), heavy man (endomorph) and thin/skinny guy (ectomorph). Determine yours, and dress for it. Muscular men can wear pretty much what they want. Ectomorphs should wear clothes that widen them; and endomorphs should wear lengthening, tailored clothes and dark colors.
2. Determine the dress level for the occasion, and dress one step up from that (except for formal occasions). The idea is to be one of the better dressed men at the occasion.
3. The tuxedo is appropriate for formal occasions only. However, it is not appropriate to wear a tuxedo to a wedding unless you are in the wedding party.
4. The following should be in every man’s wardrobe, regardless of his age, station and profession:
a. Good quality white t-shirts.
b. Blue jeans, relaxed fit (preferably Levi’s 501s because they fit almost every body type).
c. polo shirts in several colors.
d. long sleeve and short sleeve button down shirts in several colors.
e. slacks: khaki, tan, navy, and black.
f. a short heavy winter coat.
SUITS AND ASSOCIATED ACCESSORIES:
a. at least two 2 piece suits, one navy, one charcoal, medium weight fabric.
b. at least 3 white barrel cuff shirts, one oxford, the others standard point collar.
c. at least one French cuff shirt.
d. at least one set of cuff links.
e. medium width ties of varying colors and patterns. Some of them must be red.
f. one pair of wingtips, black or burgundy.
g. one other pair of lace up dress shoes, black or burgundy
h. a pair of loafers, black or burgundy
(all shoes with leather uppers and frequently shined)
i. a navy blazer with brass buttons. (This is absolutely essential. You MUST get one of these. It will be one of the most versatile, oft worn items in your wardrobe).
j. accessories (ties, cuff links and socks). Understated and conservative is the order of the day. You may have a couple of fun ties — for holidays or depicting some cartoon character. You may not wear your Marvin the Martian tie to work, however.
k. One long, heavy wool winter coat.
l. One long, lighter raincoat/trench coat.