Ignorance is back in style
As I washed my hands in a men’s restroom, I heard “those are some fly kicks, man” from a “hip” young man. I replied with a thank you and thought to myself about my shoes. Surprisingly enough, his compliment sat at the bottom of a long list of people who love this particular pair. Men, women, old and young have expressed their appreciation for my “fly kicks.”
I originally discovered these Ralph Lauren Polo sneakers on a clearance rack in Macy’s and with the use of a coupon, I landed a great deal at just a third of the original price. Now, I certainly enjoy compliments and flattery. But for me, is the point to get noticed? No, but those comments indicate how much I have improved my fashion sense over the years. In the past, out of ignorance I paraded around in some pretty bad outfits.
Ignorance is back in style. Or, maybe I should say, ignorance is still involved in style. Because I can relate, a smile usually pushes back my cheeks whenever I happen upon fashion ignorance. I am referring to the caveman headshot (more hair than face or head) or the guy sporting wrinkled camouflage cargo shorts with stained t-shirt. I chalk it up to ignorance in those cases. They get noticed, but for the wrong reasons. I was the king of these poor presentations. In college, I did this by unknowingly leading a personal safari in my all tan ensemble (tan pants, shirt, belt, tie, and shoes).
On a different note, examples abound of people trying too hard to get noticed. They reachout for those glances and attention and are proud of it. The problem of this type of person lies with ignorance as well. He fails to realize he garners the wrong type of attention.
Getting noticed can certainly bring satisfaction, especially when making serious efforts to improve your fashion. Be careful not to make it your focus. Understated and stylish works so much better than pronounced and kind of stylish. Most importantly, do not attempt to portray a person who is not you. In other words, be careful when holding that Jimi Hendrix shirt or Mick Jagger belt. Learn to illuminate and build up your own better aspects without overdoing it and you will find increased amounts of success in fashion.
Lastly, stick to the basics of style. Adhere to the rules of men’s fashion. Going forward, I plan to pass along many of the basics. As opposed to women, it is laid out pretty well for us. Once you have those down, you can try more advanced presentations of yourself. Whatever you do, work hard to keep ignorance out of your style. Let’s also agree to share what we learn with our brothers.
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