Style for the next generation of men
The back to school season gets me thinking about my four year old son. Every other day it seems, he surprises me with a fashionable request. Let’s see. Over the past few months, he has taken to storing his watch in my watch case. He pays attention to his shoes, pants, shirts, and even wallet. Recently, my wife bought me a couple new wallets; so, I gave him my old one. You would think it was a canteen for a desert trekker near death. It never leaves his side. He wants to wear his little clip-on tie and sport coat daily. I find myself bending down to explain that not only would he dirty his favorite coat going down the slide at the park, but he would melt into a puddle of sweat under the 100 degree heat. A disappointed look appears in his eyes and “ohhhhh” usually slips out his mouth. That’s my boy. The other day, his excitement rocket took off through the atmosphere. Why? Because I let him wear one of my casual belts. It wrapped around his waist twice (you can see it in the above photo).
Young boys and men learn the ropes from older men. You may not even realize how much the younger generation watches you. And, they do watch. How else will they learn how to dress, tie a tie, treat a woman, act as a gentleman should, or just live life?
I challenge you to be a positive influence in the world. If you walk past a young man at the symphony all dressed up or at the mall with a pair of great looking shoes, take a moment to compliment him. If you have a son or nephew or young cousin, encourage him with his fashion sense and build up his self esteem. It’s easy to implement. If you do not know the boy, a compliment will do; however, if you know him, then involve him in your fashion activities. For example, a few weeks ago I took my son with me to the tailor. He watched as they took in two shirts. They let him walk to the back to observe sewing machines at work. Then, we walked through Macy’s looking at belts, shirts, and sport coats in his size. He had a blast.
While I’m at it, I challenge you to influence the upcoming generation in more ways than just fashion. Young men need examples of doing the right thing at any cost. They need positive strong male role models. In the coming years, my son will hear my thoughts about life, integrity, family, and God. May it be the same for you.
My hope? This article provokes you to action.
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