Every man has his own style
One casual day at work, a coworker stopped me as I walked past his desk. He coughed up some grief for me saying “you’re killing me with the white pants.” We proceeded to debate the finer points of wearing white ending with him admitting to owning a pair of unutilized color-free slacks. Any wind let out of my sails? Nope. I know my style and have a God-given confidence in who I am as a person. Truth is – I form my own style. So should you. How about some of the fashion greats?
Let’s think about Cary Grant for a moment. In almost every picture I can remember seeing of him, he donned a well worn suit. And, he paid great attention to the fit and look of those tailored threads. He also knew his own perceived areas to overcome. For example, after being told early on his neck distracted from his appearance, he made it a point to cleverly cover his neck. Watch some of his movies and you will notice this. It may be one of the reasons he loved suits and dress shirts so much.
Or, what about Frank Sinatra? To keep his clothes from wrinkling, he preferred to stand over sitting. If he did take a chair, he did so with legs uncrossed. He obsessed over creating the best possible presentation. He sure knew how to wear a perfect fitting black suit. Thanks to his fashion conscious mother, he developed
Another exemplary fashion icon of years past, Fred Astaire, rose to stardom as a world renowned actor and a man frequently copied. His own signature to his style came in the form of substituting a tie for his belt – adding flare to an already classy presentation.
What do these three have in common? They owned their styles with confidence. They adhered to the basic principles of fashion – sometimes to the point of obsession. And, they were all different and unique men. Really, I could tell you about a host of other men with a style all their own such as the Duke of Winsor, James Dean, David Beckham, Elvis, Tom Ford, and Ralph Lauren, to name a few.
Do you own your style with confidence? Regardless of what people say? Willing to try new looks? To show the real you? Take note – the more you develop your style, the more you will find people noticing, considering, and commenting on your look. Through the years of my own fashion ascendance, I have experienced this in the form of many compliments and a few “what’s up with that look” comments.
Allow me to encourage you to own your style – no matter what people say. Keep developing your knowledge and tap into the successes of fashion history. But, don’t lose yourself in the process. Never lose sight of your own uniqueness. And lastly, think through and develop a signature style.
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