Yellow Pits or Bulls Eye for a Sloppy Look?
In an effort to promote my book, Fashion for the Average Man, I am sharing an excerpt with you today.
From page 42: Every now and then, I happen upon someone in a shirt that has outlived its intended lifespan. Let’s see if I can paint a picture. Over time, this shirt has developed not a yellow, but brown ring lining the collar. It may be ironed, but the extended use has frayed the cuffs. Lastly, the fabric has stretched itself thin. But, I bet it’s comfortable and the owner’s favorite.
If your clothes have spots, tears, inappropriate fraying, or old-looking fabric, get rid of them. Who cares if it’s comfortable? It looks terrible. Open your closet door, take a deep breath and honestly evaluate your clothes. If most of them possess that ratty quality, then phase them out over time as you can afford it. Imagine driving a brand new BMW sports car through the city – the paint job is new, the interior is immaculate, but it is covered in mud. It’s the same concept. Your image suffers with worn out clothes.
For the clothes that survive the cut, protect them. Because of all the money that you invested into your wardrobe, you should take extra care to preserve their appearance. For starters, create a barrier between your sweat and your shirt with an undershirt. They prevent soiled armpits in your shirts. Next time you find yourself in a clothing store, buy v-neck undershirts. Personally, I only like crew neck undershirts with crew-neck shirts or sweaters. A v-neck stays more appropriately hidden beneath a dress shirt or a polo shirt.
Eat messy foods with caution. They have the potential to ruin a shirt. In the past, I have spotted shirts with spaghetti sauce, hot and sour soup, mustard, and oil. It never occurred to me that I should take care when enjoying meals. I know you’re thinking that this is common sense. You’re right, but a reminder helps too. If you do drop oil on your white shirt, attempt every spot removal process you know. If it’s still visible, stop wearing it or wear that dress shirt beneath a sweater. Much to my regret, I continued wearing some of those spotted shirts even after ineffective treatment.
The condition of your clothing speaks almost as much for you as your choice of clothes. You may be telling your supervisor that you are sloppy, unkempt, and oblivious to quality. When your superiors contemplate your promotion, don’t you want to make the best impression possible? Then, assess your clothes right away. Clean quality untarnished clothing keeps your image fresh.
© Copyright 2012 Jeremy Gradney.