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esquire style advice: avoid the black shirt

i hate stealing a whole article from esquire, but this is too good to pass up.  i couldn’t agree more.

One of the things we look for in our actors is a guiding light — the ability not just to dazzle onscreen but to blaze a path, stylishly or otherwise, when they’re walking the red carpet, or appearing on talk shows, or, you know, taking the kids to the grocery store. It’s what makes paparazzi photos tolerable for men: you can at least hope there’s something to learn there.

Guys like Johnny Depp, as we’ve known for years, and Chris Hemsworth, as we found in our pages a few months ago (and as America discovered this weekend), have that kind of appeal. But before you get too inspired by their wardrobe choices in public over the weekend (Depp at the fifth Pirates premiere, Hemsworth on Kimmel), a word to the wise: avoid the black shirt.

For whatever reason, the black shirt has become something of a staple for men in the limelight. Which is fine, except that it just gets lost in translation when attempted by civilians — somewhere in the waiter zone. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but let’s just say (once again) that the creations of Johnny Depp are best left in experienced hands.

So if you want an alternative option to white or blue this summer, consider the gray dress shirt. Not only does it look cool, but it’ll go with all your suits: charcoal, navy, and black — a black suit, that is.

i guess i can live with the gray dress shirt (if you must), but please don’t ever wear a black dress shirt.  save that look for the dude that works on the computers at your office.

worthy style advice from esquire

after seeing the adjustment bureau on Sunday, i mentioned the hats they wore in the film.  esquire has some good advice on whether or not you should wear one:

What’s your problem with hats? Should no one, anywhere, wear a hat
unless he’s bald?

I like some hats, and I even have a favorite battered Borsalino
exclusively for gardening. I simply feel that in the 21st century, a
man cannot wear a brimmed hat like a fedora without making some kind
of statement. A man does not wear a fedora now to fit in, as he did in
our grandfathers’ time; he wears it to stand out and to say, “Hey,
look at me, I’ve got a hat on!” If you’re good with that, fine. If
not, equally fine.

agreed completely.  they also tackle the issue of tailoring your jeans:

I recently purchased a some nice jeans, but they’re too long. How do I
find a good tailor?
What you need is what is called a European hem — a good alterations
tailor removes cloth from each leg and then reattaches the original
finished hem so the join is barely visible. Get some local
recommendations for the tailor; a good test is to ask the tailor how
he would tackle it. And finally, wash your new jeans before getting
them altered, as shrinkage can occur in the wash.

store that information away for the next time you visit a new tailor.  it’s taken me 4 pairs of ruined jeans and 4 new tailors to find one that understands the “european hem” because i didn’t know how to explain it.